MyHealthScore: September 2014

Lifetime Fitness, the new gym I joined two weeks ago, is the best fitness facility I’ve ever been to. I knew this already, as I was a member back in Katy from 2007-2009. If you’ve never set foot in a Lifetime, I strongly urge you to check it out. Is it pricey? Yes. It’s far more expensive than a regular gym. But given the things you receive as a member—free Crossfit, yoga, and every other class you can think of—it’s well worth the admission. Plus, it’s just nice to go to a place where you can hit free weights, use a squat rack, then hop on one of 14 different kinds of cardio machines before getting in the eucalyptus steam room or the dry sauna or the massive hot tub. And then you can top it off with a swim in one of the massive 10-lane indoor or 12-lane outdoor pools.

This is going to sound like a Lifetime commercial, but I’m a big fan. And one of the other perks is something called MyHealthScore, which is an overall assessment of your health and fitness. With my membership, this costs $20, which is quite cheap when you consider all that the test reveals. I knew I wanted to take the test soon after signing up so I could figure out my baseline score and have something to look back on three months down the road when I take it again.

Here are my results.

Overall score: 76 out of 100. This is not perfect. But it’s much, much higher than I would’ve scored even six weeks ago. I was docked 16 points for high body fat (more on that in a little bit) and 8 points for my glucose being slightly high. The glucose was high because I ate carbs last week (I usually only eat vegetable carbs). That’s easy to manage, and I was barely over the threshold.

Body fat: Currently, my body fat is 28%. When I measured my body fat on August 21, it was 34%. So I’ve made drastic progress, and it is absolutely evident in the way my body looks and in the pants I’m now wearing (size 34, down from 38). My Body Mass Index is 28.5, which is high. I need to get my BMI down under 25 in order to be truly healthy, and my body fat goal is 15%. That’s going to take awhile, and when that day arrives I will have some nice abs. But I am going to get there.

Total Cholesterol: My total cholesterol is 176. Anything below 200mg/dL is desirable. So I’m good here. My drastic change in nutrition has worked wonders here.

TC/HDL Ratio: This measures the relationship between healthy cholesterol levels and your total cholesterol level. Mine is 3.67 to 1. That, again, is in the low side and is desirable. I’m good here.

Blood pressure: My blood pressure is 110/71. These are great numbers for my age.

Triglycerides: Anything lower than 149 is considered low and desirable here. Mine are 88. So again, doing awesome here.

Glucose: My glucose levels are 103. This is slightly high, as desirable is considered to be less than 101. The doc said this is partially due to the processed foods I ate in small quantities last week, and partially due to the fact that I am overtraining. I’m in the gym twice a day, seven days a week, and yeah, that is too much. He has instructed me to rest, and with my regular diet (which includes zero sugars), this will drop down to desirable levels.

Aerobic capacity: My VO2 score is 45.7, which is “in the green” for oxygen intake. I’m very happy about this number.

So, things I am going to work on in the hopes of improving my score on the next text: Not overtraining. Resting more often. Being cognizant of not taking in sugars or processed foods. Flexibility. And finally, mixing in more cardio so I can continue, along with my healthy food lifestyle, to shed that body fat and get it down below 20% and onwards to 15%.

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Progress.

If you are happy, if you feel good about yourself, that means you have improved a lot. You can see progress when you are no longer afraid to say the truth, when you can say “I want this instead of that.”

Don Miguel Ruiz

189

I am 189 pounds today. On August 20, one of the worst days of my life, I was 216 pounds.

27 pounds lost in just over a month. My body looks drastically different than it did a month ago. I feel utterly and completely fantastic physically, emotionally and mentally. My therapist, Alana, has instructed me that I will not be coming to see her every single week from now on as I do not need to. She said, in fact, that I have made one of the quickest turnarounds that she has ever seen. I am so grateful to her for saying those words. I’ll continue to see her every two weeks, because it is good to talk about things.

Someone who has become a very close friend told me that I am not the same person I was even three weeks ago. At dinner last week and again this weekend, she said my face looks different and my voice sounds different. I am animated when I talk. I look her and others directly in the eye and I discuss deep, emotional things that I used to keep hidden away. I smile a lot now, and apparently I wasn’t a big smiler for a long time. She noticed. And she can see the difference now. I can feel it. I am happy and I am focused.

I am thankful for those who have surrounded me and helped me through this time. I feel like a version of myself that has not existed for at least 11 years and perhaps longer. I’m going to keep my nose to the grindstone, but I think awesome things are in the future. A month ago, I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it out of the cloud I was in.

Today, I can look back and see that cloud was absolutely necessary in order for me to get where I am at this moment.

Hot Yoga Thought Timeline from This Morning

Actual thoughts from my head this morning.

10:20am: I am optimistic that I will make it through this without crying.
10:30am: It is pretty hot in here.
10:32am: Is it getting hotter in here? It is getting hotter in here.
10:35am: Where is my water.
10:40am: Find my calm center? All I want to find is some air that is not hot.
11:00am: I think I blacked out for 20 minutes?
11:15am: CALM CENTER YOURSELF IN THE FACE GIVE ME AIR AND WATER AND A TACO
11:20am: I can’t move because I just downward dogged into my face.
11:30am: Where did everyone go and why am I here alone.