elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Alright

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Today I learned quite a bit about my body. I started the day with a 7:00 appointment for a biometric screening. My employer sponsored it and I get $350 toward my HSA, so I was more than willing to participate. I first had my finger pricked and blood drawn to get my cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose readings, then my blood pressure taken ( after a blood draw?) finally my weight and height. My readings were all good. By the numbers: blood pressure 124/56, total cholesterol 169, HDL (good cholesterol) 96, LDL (bad cholesterol) 64, triglycerides 47, glucose 79, height 5’9″, and BMI 19. A lady never reveals her weight, but from my BMI let’s say my training partner has it right – I’m a bean pole with muscles. Every calculation I have done at this weight says my BMI is 20.5, the normal range is 18.5 to 24.9. Either way I am normal…

I got to the pool before 8:00 with the plan to swim at least 2,500 meters. During my swim, another endurance set, I learned even more about my body. While I may have muscles, lift weight twice a week and swim anywhere from 11,000 to 15,000 meters a week, I still have arm muscles that were not being used enough. Until I started using an elliptical with moving arm handles. As I was swimming I noticed after 1,400 meters my arms were really fatigued. It took me 200 meters more to figure out it was the elliptical workout from last night. Huh. So I made it a 2,000 meter swim. That gave me extra hot tub time to work on my ankle exercises, which is continuing to improve, so I was pleased.

Beyond my physical knowledge, I also learned a bit more about myself. Yesterday I wrote about joy in the day. Today a very wise person gave me a wonderful description of joy. Joy is knowing you are going to be alright despite the circumstances. That comes from within, a state of mind. Happiness is a feeling, joy is a state of being. My biometrics are good, I am happy. I felt a sense of joy before I went for the test. The results could have been bad and it would have impacted my feelings but not my joy. I am experiencing a few set backs in my training and I am missing a race I had my heart set on. Sure I am disappointed and frustrated, but I will not let it rob me of my joy. And there are a few other situations on my mind that impact my mood, but not my joy. Everyday events happen to impact my mood and feelings. Some good, some not. Regardless, I am going to be alright – despite my circumstances.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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