Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Our benefits department scheduled a free health screening for all full-time employees that are participating in one of the health care plans available through the company. I was happy to participate since it has been a little over a year since I've had my cholesterol and sugar levels checked at a regular physical.
I am so pleased with my results and even more excited to find out that I have dropped .9 points on my BMI since I had my body composition test done two weeks ago and 2.3% less body fat! This is great news!
The best news, however, was to see that all levels fall within range and at a desirable rate. Coming from a family with a long history of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity, I am so proud of myself for not letting myself go and making a difference.
I have more work to do to reach my ultimate weight goals, but it's great to know that the changes I've made are paying off. And that the things I am doing will influence the decisions my daughters will make in the future about their health and in turn they will be able to maintain a healthier lifestyle as well. My oldest daughter's dad died 3 years ago from heart disease at the young age of 46. No one knew he was sick. He never saw the doctor, he lived a very sedentary life (even though he was not overweight), and had very poor eating habits. With that history, I need to lead by example and help guide her to making better decisions.
It's a great day today! I am motivated and feel great about the things I'm doing. It's never too late to make the changes you need to make. Take charge! You can do it!