it’s not just about the number on the scale

it’s not just about the number on the scale

It’s not just about the number on the scale… Yes! I agree seeing a lower number on the scale always makes me feel good but it’s not the end all of why getting fit is important. There are much more important numbers to consider when it comes to wellness.

What numbers am I referring to? Cholesterol. There are other numbers to consider too, but today is all about Cholesterol. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that someone I know or close to someone I know has had a stroke or heart attack and guess what? Yep! Cholesterol is a direct contributor to cardiovascular disease, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.

When you see my numbers below, you’ll understand why my first blog title was: “saving my life – how it started”. Yes, I love the physical results, but the real prize for all of my hard work is my numbers, Cholesterol numbers that is. The good news…my numbers are great now. They weren’t so great 3 years ago…check ’em out.

PANEL June
2007
February
2010
Reference Range
Cholesterol 248 201 125-200
Triglycerides 73 46 0-150
HDL (good) 59 81 46-199
LDL (bad) 174 111 70-130
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio 4.2 2.48 0.0-5.0

What does this mean…well my Cholesterol number of 201 is down 19% from 3 years ago. The other great results…my Good Cholesterol is up (yes this is good) and my Bad Cholesterol is down (yay). I accomplished this through nutrition and exercise. This was an important battle to win in my fitbattle and as a result I have significantly reduced my risk of heart disease.

Are you hungry for more info on what these numbers mean and the risks of having high cholesterol? I’ve provided some links below to webmd.com.

Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

High Cholesterol Risks: Top 2 Dangers

Until tomorrow! Kathi