Driver Licenses, Pee, and Resting Heart Rates

January 21, 2011

Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. a stranger rang my doorbell.  She asked for my driver's license and gave me a cup and sent me to the bathroom.  I came back a few minutes later and handed her a cup of pee.  No, this was not some sort of sick horror movie...I was actually having a paramedical exam as a requirement for my life insurance company.

A funny thing happened after I handed her my pee, she looked at me and said, "You need to get a new license."  Initially I thought, "No, my license doesn't expire until my birthday this year.", but then she added, "because there is no way this is your weight"  I looked at my license...and laughed a nervous little laugh.  Let me just say that the picture on my license should be burned.  Apparently when I was much fatter, I did not feel the need to smile.  I give you exhibit A:

Apparently I am NOT happy
The weight on my license was listed as 275 pounds - I was never a very good liar, so it was accurate at the time.  My weight as I stepped on her scale on Wednesday morning was 168.  Yeah, I guess I do need to get a new license, and I probably need to start smiling more too.

In addition to the weight, pee, and blood, she took my resting heart rate, which was 64.  An average resting heart rate for me, prior to starting running back in April 2010, was in the 80s.  Think about that.  My heart is working a good 20% less most minutes of the day than it was even one year ago!  If that doesn't demonstrate to you the importance of exercise, I'm not sure what will.  My blood pressure was 110/58 on my left side twice and even lower on my right side... she just shook her head and kind of laughed.  Hopefully I will be laughing all the way to the bank when I see my new life insurance rate.

Sometimes it is so nice to have another measure of success besides the number on the scale! 

Speaking of the number on the WAS down yesterday.  I was down a pound on Thursday at my weigh in.  I officially have 13 more pounds to lose, but I am nearly 7 pounds under my goal weight right now, so I am feeling good about that, AND I feel less scared about the PointsPlus plan, now that I have a loss under my belt. 

I've been having some insomnia lately, due to my 3 year old not sleeping well, and so my visits to the gym have suffered, but I am determined to get back on track this weekend.  If I'm going to for my 10k at the end of April (oh I didn't officially announce that, did I?  I guess I need to get right on that), I need to start training by the last week of January, so its time to gear up! 

No excuses, no looking back, no living in fear!

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  1. I never lied on my license either. I just could not do it! I am quite a bit lighter than what it says now. That is exciting!

    You can totally do the 10k!!

    Keep focused you are almost there!

  2. What a wonderful way to see the progress - in those numbers we don't always look at! Congratulations!

  3. That is amazing! I laugh everytime I pull out my licence now as well. When I first moved to MN a few years ago I flipped out finding out I had to put my weight on my licence and like most people I lied and dropped some digits off it. When I renewed this past year, I rounded down and now I am less than the number on my license. I pull it out about once a week for work and every time I do I get a little smile inside. a friendly reminder from the state that I am not what I once was.

  4. I reevaluated my life insurance last year and it was much better. I am wondering if I did it now if it would be even better. I was excited when I saw the rate...I am sure you will be too! Great job on the weight loss...I am struggle with the pp plan...but it will come!

  5. I think your doing amazing, I know you do not know me but I ran across your blog and started reading, was so interesting been reading all morning :) Keep up the GREAT work! I have been up and down up and gave me hope....

    PS I lied on mine soooo...It happens lol

  6. Congratulations on being down this week, way to go!!! Where are you running your 10k at the end of April?


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