The reason I got blood work this week was for my Nutrition class. I need my blood type and cholesterol levels for a paper (that’s due today!).
I’ve actually always been curious about my blood type, but have never given blood because I’m always training for something or another and didn’t want to risk passing out on a solo run (one time I passed out at a club and it was scary, but that’s another post for another day).
As expected, my cholesterol results are good
LDL Cholestrol aka “bad cholestrol” was down, HDL aka “good cholesterol” was up. And my triglycerides were pretty low too! I actually thought that was be higher since I eat a fair amount of fats and my body fat % is pretty high, but I think I need to re-read the explanation because I was wrong.
For reference, here’s an explanation from Web MD
LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries and increase your chances of getting heart disease. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as "bad" cholesterol. The lower your LDL cholesterol number, the better it is for your health. The table below explains what the numbers mean.
Less than 100
100 – 129
Near optimal/above optimal
130 – 159
160 – 189
190 and above
If you have heart disease or blood vessel disease, some experts recommend that you should try to get your LDL cholesterol below 70. For people with diabetes or other multiple risk factors for heart disease, the treatment goal is to reach an LDL of less than 100.
When it comes to HDL cholesterol — "good" cholesterol — the higher the number, the better it is for your health. This is because HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries. The table below explains what the numbers mean.
60 and above
High; Optimal; helps to lower risk of heart disease
Less than 40 in men and less than 50 in women
Low; considered a risk factor for heart disease
Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and the body. A high triglyceride level has been linked to the occurrence of coronary artery disease in some people. Here’s the breakdown.
Less than 150
150 – 199
200 – 499
500 or higher
I was most happy to finally find my blood type – O for Olivas!
By the way, Ben says he doesn’t donate blood because, “If someone wants my blood they have to come take it from me.”
He’s joking. Or crazy.
This morning was a rest day from running so I did some strength training. I am determined to build up some upper body strength. I was a “base” in cheerleading aka on the bottom of the pyramid (I know you’re shocked). Anyways, we didn’t do any strength training but I was naturally pretty strong.
I think incorporating strength 2 to 3 days a week will get me back in jiggly free arm zone in a few months.
After my improvised strength routine I made a massive smoothie. It’s not oatmeal weather here yet. But even if it was, I wanted a smoothie.
In the mix: frozen berries (because I forgot to refill the ice trays), spinach, chia seeds, Cherries Jubilee protein powder, almond milk.
If you like it then you should put some rings on it.
Cereal rings that is Plus golden raisins, almond butter and more cereal.
Since it was 10 by the time I ate I was also ready for a snack and had a piece of cinnamon roll with pumpkin butter.
Question: Do you know your blood type?
Have you had your cholesterol checked?