#NowIKnow: I’m on my way to better health
Written by Karen Kennedy, Sales Support Coordinator, Quest Diagnostics
Blueprint for Wellness® may very well have saved my life—I know it certainly has improved it!
Even though I have been a Quest employee for several years, I had never taken part in the yearly wellness screenings. In 2016, I decided it was time for me to take part. My numbers were not the greatest: my blood pressure was 174/121; my total cholesterol was 222mg/dL; my hemoglobin A1c (hbA1c) was 6.0; and my weight was higher that it had ever been. What an eye opener!
I decided at that point that I needed to change things in my life, especially if I did not want to go down the same paths as my parents and my brother. I faxed my physician my Blueprint for Wellness results report and waited for the call from the office. I did not have to wait long, as my blood pressure needed to be addressed with medication immediately.
The rest I took care of. I started walking every day. I started watching my diet and I made use of the lifestyle counseling program offered by my employer.
When the 2017 screening program came around, I could not wait to participate. I was excited about it because I had lost 50lbs. My 2017 numbers showed me the rewards of my hard work: my blood pressure was 127/75; my total cholesterol was 201 mg/dL; and my hbA1c was 5.2.
I still walk every day (I am doing 12,000 steps /day). I have now lost a total of 70 lbs and I hope to be at the goal weight I set for myself, have a total cholesterol well under 199 mg/dL, and any other improvement in my numbers. I am also hoping to get 14,000 steps (if not more) each day.
I don’t consider myself a success story quite yet. But I certainly believe I am on my way!
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