I paid for my InsideTracker testing, but was offered an upgrade to the Ulitmate Plan in exchange for sharing my experience on my blog. The opinions shared here are my own.
So what made me decided to go forward with this testing? Well, having had an amazing training cycle for Boston and less than amazing run on race day I have felt blah with running and working out. My summer schedule doesn't help either. However, August came around I got myself back in the swing of things because I'm planning my next marathon and with that comes a new training cycle. I wanted to have information to guide my training and progress. I decided that now is best time to find out what my blood is saying and to make some changes.
When purchasing my Ultimate Plan I added on White Glove Service, which is an amazing thing! Having a 3 yr old at home who may, or may not, be up for me to drag early in the morning for a fasting blood test, made this selection a no-brainer. With White Glove Service, a phlebotomist in your area comes to you at one of the times that you've selected. I loved this service and will definitely do it again!
Once my purchase was complete I was to fill out a profile where I made selections about what physical activities I did, how many times a week I was active, how often I slept and what was important to me. I found it easy and interesting to fill out. I received a call that night about when my test was going to be. I had to wait about a week and a half, but that time flew by.
I was so eager to get my results back. I wasn't sure what to expect and didn't have any particular set of blood work that I was focused on. This was the first time I ever had anything like this done. 5 days later I got my results!
All of a sudden I was nervous to see what my blood was showing Before I share some results here are a few things I want to note about where I currently am:
- This test was taken 2 days before I got my period.
- I was on no running routine... running maybe 2 or 3 times a week, no longer than 5 or 6 miles. No cross-training aside from a random spin class, and no strength work.
- My consumption of alcohol is high thanks to Summer BBQs, vacations and fun with friends
- My eating is random and not where it usually is, this and my water consumption take a major hit during summer months as I have no routine and structure in my days. I'm a 4th grade teacher who stays home in the summer with our son.
- I have a hypothyroidism that I currently take daily medication for
Before I viewed each thing individually I was asked to selected a few things that I would be willing to change with that they gave me recommendations to fit my needs.
I was absolutely shocked to see that Testosterone was at risk. It never even crossed my mind that it would be something of concern. Again, I was 2 days before my period so I don't know what role that plays with my hormones. However, to be so high in Testosterone worried me. I'll be following the recommendations InsideTracker gave me for food and contacting my PCP about it.
Some things that need work are:
I'm planning to follow the recommendations given here to work on this group.
This one was surprising to me because I don't drink soda, I rarely have juice, buuuut my downfall is iced tea in the summer months. So, that is something I'll lay off of.
I've seen that my B12 is low before in other work ups that my PCP has done and I have yet to follow through with making a change, but after seeing it here again, I know that I need more B12 in my body especially for muscle repair.
I was pleased to see where my Cortisol was, even thought it's at the higher end of normal. It will be interesting to see where it falls on the chart once I head back to work and life picks up.
I'm also happy that my Folate is in a good spot to improve my recovery time!
I continue to log back into my account to read up on each item more carefully so I can better understand it's function and what I need to do to make changes. There is so much information on their website for you to learn more about your body. I've watched a few videos and read a lot of stuff. There is a lot to learn!
The changes I'm going to make now are:
- Diet -add more granola, beans, blackberries and squash
- Add daily vitamins (I know, I know, I should already be taking them. I don't)
- Get back to my earlier bed time schedule. I'm so tired these days and that's because I'm staying up to watch the Olympics but then it impacts my early morning work outs. Sleep is key and I know this!
I'm glad I can get some things into place before my marathon training starts up in September. I am looking forward to my next blood test to see what, if anything, changed for the better. Blood doesn't lie and I'm happy to have information to go off of!
Have you ever had your blood tested? Were you surprised by any of your results?