Hi, my name is Brittany and I have a problem. I love going to the doctor. LOVE it. Call it mild hypochondria, but I love getting told that the funny bump on my scalp is nothing serious, that heart flutters can be completely normal and that it’s ok that I need 8+ hours of sleep to function.
That’s why I’m a fan of the annual physical. I recently had my blood work drawn and just received the results. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing I’m in the healthy range. Well, one thing bring me more joy- comparing my numbers against… my numbers.
Please tell me you have a folder with your health history, too?
I pulled out my physical results from 2006 and 2010 and decided to compare. I’m sure you’ve heard me mention that after graduating from college is when I decided to focus on getting healthy instead of jumping on another diet. I graduated college in 2006. Check out how things have changed since then.
I won’t pretend I’m a medical expert and know what all the numbers on my print out mean, but I do know that I’ve more than cut my triglyceride (fat found in blood) level in half. I also know that LDL is the “bad” cholesterol, and I’ve lowered that by 20 points, while bring up my HDL “good” cholesterol.
My blood pressure is 112/70 and my doctor told me I have a low resting heart rate, which is why I probably feel the PVCs.
My Vitamin D level, however, is low. I know most people are vitamin D deficient, and it’s time for me to admit I’m one of them. Though I’m not big on supplementation, I’m now taking a 1000 IU Vitamin D supplement every morning to get my levels up from 24 into the 30-100 range.
Overall, I’m thrilled with my progress report. It proves to me that I don’t have to be perfect, just to focus on whole foods and stay active.