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Know Your Numbers and Check Them Annually


There are numbers you should know to determine your health. These are guides of course, but I recommend keeping a list and comparing your numbers against these. If they are out of alignment, begin to make adjustments.

 Optimal numbers:

  • Weight: Each is different; the goal is your body mass index  should be below 25%
  • Waist: For women, should be 35 inches or less; for men 40 inches
  • Cholesterol: < 150
  • LDL: < 75
  • HDL: >40
  • Triglycerides:  <150
  • Blood pressure: 120 / 80
  • Blood sugar: < 100

Are you aligned with your numbers? If yes, excellent. If not, what is your plan?

If you do not know your numbers, consider booking a doctor’s appointment to discover what they are. Create a list of the baseline numbers and compare the optimal numbers against the baseline numbers. Then create a plan to bring the numbers closer together. File these numbers away and bring them out regularly (at least annually) to check your progress.




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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