Hey there Fit Girls! How are you doing?
I’ve been doing okay, but am happy to report that my days have been getting better. Anyway, a couple weeks ago I posted on Facebook that I had some lab blood work done to check my levels for cholesterol, fasting glucose, vitamins, and triglycerides. I also had my liver and kidney function tested as well as my thyroid, blood count, and electrolytes. Today, I had my body fat percentage calculated, so I have tons of cool information to share with you!
So, if you can remember, I used to have high cholesterol a few years ago. I don’t remember the exact number, but the total score was well over the 200 limit. I took a simvastatin for a couple of months, but stopped about a week before my 21st birthday. My cholesterol went down some, but the number was still close to 200. The reason I stopped taking my medication was because I researched it more and decided that it was something I did not want to put in my body. Not to mention there were some studies that suggested the drug was harmful to women of child-bearing years as it caused infertility. Other side effects included muscle deterioration and liver damage. After I stopped taking the drug I went in for a check up blood test and discovered that my liver indeed had been damaged, though not irreversibly. That was in 2011. It’s 2013 now and as of September 6 my HDL, healthy cholesterol, is an impressive 83 (normal is anything greater than 46) My LDL, “bad” cholesterol, is crazy good at 70 (101-130 is normal and under 100 is optimal) for a total of 153!!!
My triglyceride levels, liver, kidney, and throid function, electrolytes, and complete blood count are all in great standing!
The only issues my blood presented concerned two vitamins: Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. They were both within the normal range, but at the lower end of the spectrum. My doctor recommended taking supplements, which I just so happened to have started the day before this test was conducted. I am so happy my iron levels are fine! I was a bit worried since I only eat seafood and iron is primarily found in red meat. Nonetheless everything is all gravy baby!
My next bit of good news has to do with my body fat percentage! I got measured in my kinesiology class at school and I am at 18%. According to my book I’m in the “good” category, which is just one level above average lol. Yay victory!
I eat an unprocessed diet and monitor portions. I limit my sweets and sodium. I eat loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. Occasional wild caught seafood. I drink tons of water throughout the day. If my cup is empty, then I need a refill. I lift heavy and do HIIT. Most importantly, I get plenty of sleep. Sleep matters! I do it all because of all the wonderful benefits I have gained. Even if my weight doesn’t budge or my body doesn’t change as quickly as I’d like I can be over the moon happy with my internal progress! It gives me just that much more motivation to continue on and persevere.
I can proudly say I AM HEALTHY AND HAPPY.
Earn your health.
Earn your body.
Anyway, just thought you’d all like to know how I was doing 🙂
That’s all for now. Stay Fit!!