About six months ago I started eating clean and became more active. I eliminated soda and fast food (which I never really consumed anyway), processed foods, most added sugars (Christmas, Valentine’s and my birthday aside), and hardest of all, caffeine. I added a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to my diet, whole grains and lean meats, plus my favorite energy boosters, almonds and coconut water. Each morning I spend 15-20 minutes practicing yoga, use a standing desk and spend 30 minutes on the walking desk at work, take the stairs ALWAYS and long walks whenever possible, and hop on my elliptical every weekend.
Thankfully I work for an awesome Health Care IT company that has a vested interest in the health of their associates so last year I had a lab and biometrics screening to receive incentives on my insurance premium. I knew with all the hard work I’ve put in that my results had to have improved; little did I know how much.
First of all, yes, I’m aware I’m about to violate my own HIPAA. I’m ok with that. These are the baseline and current stats of a 32 year old (my birthday was Thursday!) woman.
In every single instance my results improved. Except neck circumference, what’s up with that? Most significantly, my triglycerides went from at risk levels to well into the good range. And it only took six months. That’s nothing. The small but consistent changes I’ve made in my life will help maintain these healthy levels for years to come.
Think about it. If you started today, what could you accomplish by August?