Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Throughout this whole journey of weight loss I have worked with a physician, and since I moved to the PNW he is the only physician I have seen, my primary care is a ARNP due to the shortage of physician's that is already being felt in some parts of the country (like mine). This is really fine with me - I love my Doctor he was a primary care physician but went in to weight management everything from coaching - evaluating diets - trainers on staff - to surgical options, because he felt it was a way to get ahead of so many chronic illness that begin with obesity. My health insurance has not paid for my visits but it was worth it to me to go and seek professional help to make a lifelong change in my life. Plus my doctors also has a self-pay cash rate that is affordable, especially if I think about all the others ways I can blow $$ .
I started out at his office in June/July 2010 at 180 pounds but didn't have my body composition performed until 9/16/2010. Yesterday I had a second one performed. Keep in mind I am only 5 foot tall, and just celebrated my 41st birthday. I lost an additional 14.1 pounds (total weight loss to date 41 pounds).
Now here is the interesting stuff :) I lost 19.4 pounds in fat; I gained 4.7 in lean muscle mass; my body fat percentage went from 46.3 % down to 37.4 %; my actual BMR went up from 1176 to 1222 (this doesn't calculate for any activity it is the actual base line with Spark's calculation it would be 1465 ). To be at optimal health technically I should lose another 26 pounds of fat. A healthy weight is 120-125 and that is my goal and technically I am still considered "overweight". *I was at 125 in May of 2011 but have slowly gained 12 pounds over the last 22 months.
I am really proud of these numbers, and I think it really illustrates that just isn't your weight that matters. ** Also I had my yearly physical with all my labs I have significantly increased my HDL the good cholesterol and lowered the LDL the bad cholesterol and combined I have a slightly higher level of 221, but nothing to worry about because of how it is distributed! Before they were talking meds!
I have not attempted to build any lean muscle this just happened over time as I did cardio (mainly cycling). My Doctor is supportive of my goal and feels that it is very realistic. I will be adding 2 days of general strength training, plus maintaining my 2-3 days of cardio.
I am looking forward to doing another body composition and finally seeing everything checked in the "normal" box but for now this is very satisfying! There is a much bigger picture than just the "scale" and sometimes it takes years to achieve goals.