Body fat vs. body image.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I just have a few minutes so I'm trying to bust out a really quick blog entry before leaving work and heading to the gym.
I broke down and bought at body fat scale and it arrived yesterday. I do have to say that I was a bit surprised by my initial reading. I followed the directions pretty closely and I realize it will probably fluctuate, so I'm not completely relying on that one reading, but it was interesting nonetheless.
But first let me preface that with a bit about my own body image. The way I see myself physically compared to how others see me physically is drastically different, and it's mostly because of the number I see on the scale. When people ask me how much I weigh (no, no one is being rude!), they are often quite surprised at how high the number is. Because that number is so high, I will focus on the parts of me I really dislike when I look in the mirror: the big head, the fat neck, the big cheeks, the gut, and the love handles. My brain runs in circles and thinks about how I must look enormous to others.
So, knowing my BMI is well within the "obese" range, I stepped onto the body fat scale expecting to see something well over 30%. Instead, it said 26.1%. I was shocked. I'll check it again frequently, but that was pretty good news. And, really, it means that my "goal weight" may be unrealistic unless I lost a ton of muscle or other non-fat material from my body. So I'm slowly reconsidering what the "final goal weight" might be, even though honestly that's a problem I'm a long way off from having!
Having said that, time to go to the gym...