Thursday, February 03, 2011
So, this morning at my personal training session I took the “body age” test for the first time since before I left for Germany. My goal was to be the same or better than the last time I tested. I have taken about 7 of these tests in the past year. The first time I tested (almost exactly a year ago) it calculated my "body age" to be 37, and this was after I'd already lost about 60lbs from my top weight.
Today, it calculated my “body age” at 28 years old. Chronologically, I turn 35 in exactly one month. The only section I didn’t place “good” “optimal” or “elite” in was body composition. I am 5’4.5” tall and I weight 203lbs (by the gym scale). However, my current body fat percentage is only 33.7% (unexpectedly low for my height/weight ratio). And when we plugged in my proposed goal weight of 156 (half of my top weight and still solidly in the “overweight” section of the BMI chart for my height), it said if I didn’t lose muscle mass, I’d have a body fat percentage of 13.5% (very very low). It suggested that for ideal body composition, I should weigh between 166.4-177.3lbs. On the BMI chart, the cutoff between Overweight and Obese for my height is around 180lbs. This is yet more evidence that the BMI chart is a metric ton of bovine feces and only applies to the "average" person...when many of us are simply *not* average.
So, I’m just gonna train for my runs and do my strength training twice a week and eat well this year and wherever I land at the end of the year, that’s where I’ll land. I suspect that if I do right by my body this year, by the end of it I’ll be well within healthy body composition standards one way or another. Forget the BMI.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
On my way tomorrow! Nervous about Joules instead of Calories...Nervous about not having time/energy to work out. Packed all my yoga DVDs and my salsa dance cardio DVD and my TRX and my resistance bands and my jump rope and my running shoes (2 pair!) and I think I'm ready...but still nervous.
Also, don't think I have one of my "hearing" arias totally memorized! EEEEP!
Hold your thumbs for me!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
So, I just reached my short-term goal of 200lbs, which is great. But sometime between reaching that goal and putting in my new goal (180 by Sept 19) SparkPeople dropped my calorie allotment by about 400cal/day!
So yesterday, I went over their suggested calories, because I didn't realize my allotment had dropped till the end of the day when I was tracking!
But does anyone know why it dropped so drastically and so suddenly?
Edit: It's interesting, because up until now I had manually changed the calorie allotment to be LOWER than SP suggested. Now I'm tempted to change it to be higher than they suggest. I had my RMR tested back in May and it was 1815. Granted, that was 17 lbs ago, but I can't imagine my RMR has dropped over 300cal in 2 months, but now SP wants me to eat around 1500cal/day, even if I'm working out 5 days a week.
Monday, June 07, 2010
From when I joined this site on December 1, 2009 I needed to lose about 60lbs before moving overseas to pursue an opera career. My weight and sedentary lifestyle has been a struggle all my life. I have never felt ugly, only embarrassed, because I didn't fit in plane seats or theater seats or I couldn't do the extreme sports I liked or I was not able to shop at nice clothing stores. I was told by coaches and opera professionals that I needed to get myself to a size 14 to be hireable in this career, no matter how good my voice is. As of March first 2010, I have lost 75 lbs total, and I find myself still thinking and acting like a morbidly obese person. I think my body is bigger than it is. I leave extra room for people. This is going to take some getting used to. It's strange to look in a mirror and not recognize the person looking out at you. I have 35lbs to go for my short term goal, and I intend to try to maintain that size/weight for a while before deciding whether I want to lose more weight. I need to start recognizing the girl in the mirror. As of April 18, I have only 20lbs left to lose till my original goal, but I'm beginning to think I need to revise that goal. I would like to lose another 40lbs. That will hopefully put me in a size 12 jean/dress. I think that would be about ideal for my career goals and I think I would feel very good about myself at that size.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
So, as many of you know, I'm am opera singer. A dramatic soprano. And I've undertaken this weightloss to further my career. I've lost over 100 lbs and gone from a size 26 to a size 14. People will sit and talk about singers whose voices changed when they lost weight. I think that's a load of hooey. And the coaches and teachers I've worked with over the past year or so have confirmed that my voice wasn't changing.
Before the weightloss, there was no confusion. I was a dramatic soprano. Noone ever questioned my repertoire, except to suggest pieces that were even HEAVIER. Like the time my coach at AIMS gave me Isolde...when I was 30 years old. The one notable exception to that rule was when I was about 28 and sang in my first (and only) Met audition, and one of the judges talked to me afterward and told me she thought I was a coloratura. Good joke, lady. I have been laughing for the past several years over that one...
Yesterday I sang in a masterclass for a well known coach/dramaturg. I presented Ariadne auf Naxos. It was only my second time singing the piece in public, and it was the largest audience I've sung for in quite a few months. To be fair, NOONE sounded good yesterday. I think it was the room. It sucked sound like crazy. And we were all nervous, cause this guy is a real big-shot. So *everyone* was oversinging. (Except the tenor, bizarrely...) And I oversang. Especially in the low, as is an old habit of mine. What happens when one oversings is that the core of the sound gets fuzzy and the breath gets short. So...The Master decided to tell me he thinks I'm singing too big of repertoire and that I'm a Spinto.
Spinto? Really? Verdi and I have an understanding, sir. I don't sing his music, and he stays dead. (The exception being Ballo in Maschera.) And the German coaches/conductors I know DO NOT LIKE my voice for Italian repertoire. They don't even really like me singing Puccini, but certainly not Verdi.
I have several thoughts about this. Firstly, I was nervous and oversang and so he got a bad read. Secondly, he's an American. He's used to thinking about how voices will sound in halls that seat 2000+ listeners. I'm planning to be in Europe where most of the halls are between 1000-1500 seats. The type of voice is therefore going to be different. Thirdly, I'm now "average" sized for an American woman, a size 14. And as much as Voight's weightloss has been in the news, and as much as there's been all this talk about "we want to cast people who look pretty", people are still used to seeing dramatic sopranos who are...thick. Curvacious. Voluptious. Rubenesque. In Europe, I still am "plus sized", but here? Here I'm on the cusp. And there are plenty of lyric sopranos in this country who have bodies that are the size mine currently is. But not in Europe. In Europe, if I want to present myself as a lyric soprano, I gotta lose another couple of sizes. Not just one size. I'd have to be a size 10 or smaller.
My saving grace is that I will NOT be singing for American auditions any more. So I will keep my repertoire, TYVM sir. And I and my brand new body will be presenting it to the Germans.
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