Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 2 - Where do you Stand?

Challenge 2 was to obtain a wellness assessment from the Medical Clinic and get your scores.

I needed to have a blood test 24 hours prior to the assessment. I did that yesterday, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. I did it fasting because I wanted to see results without food in my system.

Today was my assessment. These were my results.

One of the first things was blood pressure - yeah that went way up because I wasn't at home and I was sitting in the doctor's office.

Second was 1 3 minute stair-step test - OK 3 minutes is a heck of a long time when doing stair steps to a metronome. This definitely showed me where I need to work on things.

Third was a stretch test. I am very limber for a short, fat girl.

Fourth was a grip strength test. I managed to pop all my fingers while doing this.

So the overall scores:

This is my blood test scores
Cholesterol - 156  (desirable is under 200)
HDL Cholesterol - 50 (desirable is under 40) - I am a little high here.
Triglycerides - 143 (desirable is under 150) - this needs work to be lower
Chol/Hdl ratio - 3  (desirable is under 4)
Calculated LDL - 77 (optimal is under 100)
VLDL Cholesterol - 29 (optimal is under 30) - want to push this number lower
Glucose - 5.2% (normal under 5.7%) - this is what they base diabetes scoring on.

This is my wellness assessment scoring
Resting Heart Rate  - 83 out of 110 (this was in the yellow range - ok but not great)
Step Test Heart Rate -  159 out of 171 (this was in the red zone and a definite need to work on area)
Flexibility Test - 40 out of 50!!!!! YEAH!! Gymnastics and Yoga and years of horseback riding flexible
Hand Grip Test - 65.6 lbs out of 100  - this is higher of the yellow range and almost into green
Total Physical Score - 7 out of 16 - Mid yellow range

Blood Pressure - high today
BMI in the yellow but close to the green side
Body Fat - yellow range but close to red side
My BMI and Body Fat are in the obese range. 

Composite Wellness Score -  66.5 out of 100
For someone my age and gender I should be at 67.7 so I am not horribly off but I would like to improve - lose weight and get myself in better shape.

This was really an eye opener and a motivation piece. I am going to so stair step exercises definitely. And work on walking, hiking, running, yoga, and so much more. I am keeping daily track of my exercise and the ultimate goal is 60-70 minutes per day.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Wellness Program

The hospital I work at does an annual Wellness Program. I joined this year's program to try to continue the weight loss that started after my surgery in September 2017. This is a blog on how I started my journey.

This is a before shot of me in 2017. This was taken in August.


I am really embarrassed by these images but to do this journey right I need to post them. 

After my hysterectomy on September 5, where I had a Softball size tumor removed along with my uterus, I lost 12 pounds and 4 inches. I was at a 42" waist and dropped to a 38" waist. 


After that weight loss, I have stayed at this plateau. So, I decided that 2018 was the year of change.

I took my measures January 1 and began a folder in my Facebook of my journey.


Then it was announced at work that they would be putting on a Wellness Program. There is a "Passport Book" that you have to get stamped/signed off on for each event in the book. 

I started mine on January 5 and I will turn it in on December 13, 2018. 


As I complete each stage - I am going to post it on my blog as a way of keeping myself accountable and to share my journey. Challenge 2 is to get a Wellness check - I will post my results when I get that done next week. 

Here is to a healthier 2018!!!