Assessment: Establishing My Baseline

“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been….”  ~ Someone Marginally Intelligent 

Thus, I commence my journey back into being an athlete.

But, before I set my fitness and health goals, I think it’s important to establish a baseline for both health and fitness. This is the health portion of that assessment.  As I learn more about what it means to truly self-assess (read: not beat up on myself), I will incorporate more information (for example, a postural assessment).

Without further ado and in my science-y style, I give you my deplorable health stats:

General Physical Stats:
Overall Weight: ~150 lbs. ((sigh))
Height: 5 feet 3.75 inches
Body Mass Index: 25.7*

*Thoughts: Many people believe that BMI is a flawed measurement.  For example it does not account for the relative density of individuals with differing percentages of fat and lean tissue. I tend to agree. According to the BMI, I am technically overweight. I am not – I am a short woman with dense, muscular legs (for the record, I am a size 6, considered to be pretty average).  That being said, Furr.is.out.of.shape.  But Furr will win. 

Measurements:
Bust:  35.5 inches
Waist:  32 inches
Hips:  42 inches
Thighs:  25 inches ((thunder clap))
Arms:  12 inches

Thoughts: Nothing to see here, folks, move along ((thunder clap)).  I will be taking a “before” picture of myself – this is essentially that “before” on paper, so that I may track my progress in terms of shrinkage, of which I don’t plan on doing much of.  However, I will not be posting such a picture until I have made some visible progress, for insecurity’s sake. 

Aerobic Stats:
Resting Heart Rate (RHR):  84 bpm (beats per minute)
Maximum Heart Rate (MHR):  (220-age) 190 bpm
Lower Range of HR (50%):  0.50(MHR – RHR) + RHR = 137 bpm
Upper Range of HR (85%):  0.85(MHR – RHR) + RHR = 174.1 bpm

Thoughts: I don’t know much about the meaning of these numbers quite yet.  It does appear that my RHR is higher than most.  I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing. 

Diabetic, Metabolic, and other Medical Stats:
Hemoglobin a1c:  9.3
Average Blood Glucose (BG) This Week:  196 
Highest BG:  432
Lowest Recorded BG:  68

Thoughts:  Plain and simple, these numbers SUCK.  

Thyroid:  3.12
Cholesterol:  207
HDL Cholesterol:  65
LDL Cholesterol:  144
Triglycerides:  85

Thoughts:  One of the few happy revelations that came out of my [first] endocrinologist appointment [in four years] is that it appears I do not need to be on thyroid medication.  Good times!  Otherwise, all of these levels are normal, but on the higher end of the range.  My goal will be to reduce them generally.  Interestingly enough, my triglycerides are closely connected with BG levels, so I hope to see a quick reduction there. 

There you have it.  My health on paper.  These should be updated quarterly, and I’m excited to see what my new lifestyle will do change these numbers for the positive.

Namaste, suckas.

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