Alright

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.

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