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    RUTHXG   44,804
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OK, so I've decided!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thank you all for such thoughtful responses to my last blog, mulling the possibility of letting go of my desire to lose more weight.

I've decided to continue to work on fitness & health, but with a slightly different focus. I have changed my ticker to show my current & goal body-fat percentages instead of weight. My goal is now to become stronger & more toned--of course while eating good food & keeping up my cardio. If I lose some weight in the process, fine, but as long as I am getting fitter (as indicated by such things as the weight of dumbbells I can handle, endurance in workouts, & shrinking measurements) it won't really matter if my weight stays about where it is now.

If I gain 5-10 lbs & don't see improvements in those areas, though, I'll quickly switch back to focusing on weight along with the rest.

Reading up on body-fat percentages, I came across a couple of helpful sites:
www.builtlean.com/2010/0
8/03/ideal-body-fat-percen
tage-chart/

lowcarbdiets.about.com/l
ibrary/blbodyfatcharts.htm


For some of my Sparkfriends, an ultimate goal of 28% body fat would be too high because you're younger than I am. But both these charts show differences in ideal fat percentage based on age as well as gender. (The second one also takes into account whether one is currently underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese.) I chose 28% because it's pretty much in the middle of the ideal range for women of my age group (I'm 58). This morning my scale registered my current percentage as 30.5. We'll see how long it takes me to get to 28! Already 30.5 is amazing to me, as when I first started using this scale it was regularly telling me 37 or 38%. What a difference regular strength training can make!

I'll try to remember to take my measurements tomorrow morning as well.

As for how this fits into my travel-savings scheme, I think I'll allow myself to save $25 each week that my BF % & measurements are trending down.

I'm excited about this new focus!
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SHANSHE 8/12/2012 5:33PM

    Sounds like a GREAT plan Ruth! I am happy and excited for you!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/25/2012 3:53PM

    Love this. I need to do my body fat test again - i'm afraid to see what it says, though!

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MOMFAN 7/23/2012 1:55PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/23/2012 1:53AM

    emoticon I think that is a good decision. Before you told me you were considering this I had thought of it after reading your blog. That is a good thing to track and will show your progress. I think I will also start measuring as a way to track my progress and not focus on the scale.

Great decision!

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BEATLETOT 7/22/2012 7:49PM

    You are such a big deal, Ruth!!! =) I love what you're up to...good luck! emoticon

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KAREN_NY 7/22/2012 7:28PM

    Here's to Healthy & Happy!!!

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VARSWIFE 7/22/2012 7:24PM

    Good for You!

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TURNERHEATHER4 7/22/2012 7:21PM

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