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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

As I continue to ponder (obsess) over my goal weight, I had an opportunity today to get a free skinfold caliper test done by a seasoned personal trainer at my new gym. He weighed me, then took a host of measurements and determined I'm carrying 34% body fat. For women my age, this % is the high end of "average." He determined I have a lean body mass of 111 and am carrying about 35 pounds of extra body fat. When he said that, I protested a bit, saying I had no desire to look like a twig. In a nutshell, here's what I learned about how I would look at various weights:

135--If I ever want to become a body builder/fitness model, this is what I would weigh on the day of a competition. I would need to build muscle while I drop fat. Sounds like an incredible amount of work!

141--This is a lean (angular), athletic size for me. If I played soccer or basketball, this is what I'd want to weigh.

153--I would be at 25% body fat and the low end of "average", but with my curves intact.

164--My bodyfat would be 31% which is the top of a healthy range for me.

Also, an internet search yielded an interesting article about body fat %'s which I'm sharing in the link below. The writer has included some interesting photos of people at various body fat %'s.


Given what I've learned today, I've narrowed my ideal weight to a range of 147-155. This range is healthy, but not so thin that I start looking angular. When apple shapes like me are lean, we turn into rulers--no boobs, no hips, no curvy waist.

No thanks. I want curves.

Okay, so that means I need to lose anywhere from 12-20 pounds to get to my "happy weight". Nice!

Onward and downward.
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    Interesting information. I've never had a body fat test and would be interested in having one sometime.
    1886 days ago
    Thanks for the link. It was interesting.
    1886 days ago
    Thanks for the link to body fat % pictures. I haven't had mine measured, but based on the pictures and discussion, I'm probably in the 12-15% range. That confirms my understanding that I really don't want to lose any more weight from where I am right now.
    1887 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I'm with on this all of the way and want curves and a healthy lifestyle. I also have a personal trainer and have a food and workout schedule. Wek now what we need to do and I like how you're broken it down for yourself and caem up with your own weight lost amount! It's all in educating ourselves. Thank you for sharing! So, let's do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1888 days ago
    Thank you so very much for sharing this! I want curves too! I am planning to build muscle and lose fat but don't want to look stark. My goal right now is 180 only because that it what I weighed before thyroid cancer. I'll go from there when I get there!

    Thanks again!

    1888 days ago
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