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Day 704- 38.4% Body Fat?

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Monday, November 04, 2013

This morning, I went to a health screening offered by my work in an effort to lower my insurance premium. Doing the screening means a $120 decrease in your annual fee which might not seem like a lot, but I still live like a poor college student so every dollar counts.

Well as the guy was taking my measurements, some things didn't surprise me. 5'8" and 182 pounds fully clothed was definitely what I expected. But when I stepped on their fancy smancy scale and it said 38.4% body fat, I felt a little piece inside of me cry. WHAT? Since when? What is this scale detecting?

But then I did the math. At 182 pounds, 38.4% of my body weight is about 70 pounds of fat still on my body. Meaning, my bones and organs and all that jazz weigh about 112 pounds.

*EDIT* After telling JD about this, he asked "so you have 0 muscle?" Lol. So my calculations are definitely off... hahaha.

And female athletes range from the 14-20% body fat range. And a "fit level" can be 21-24% which at my goal weight of 145 would mean I have about 33 pounds of fat on my body, which would be about 22.7% body fat.

So my goal weight is exactly where it should be, and even though I'm at 38.4 % right now, I used to be around 60% body fat.

It is all relative, and it is all about continuously improving myself. That 38.4% was a shot to the heart, but at the same time, a good indicator of where I've come from and where I still have to go.

I know BMI and Body Fat and all that stuff is all questionable by many people, but for me, I like to take everything into consideration to use as motivation. And the day when I can get on a fancy smancy scale and see something under 24% will be a big day for me.

I'm hoping to get back into the 170s this week as I'm now down to 11 days to get to 175, and I don't think it's going to happen any more. I may need to readjust to December 3, which would mean losing 100 pounds in 2 years with SparkPeople.

Hope you had a good weekend, SparkFriends.

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MCJULIEO 11/13/2013 7:49PM

    Sounds really good to me!

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CICELY360 11/5/2013 10:34PM

  Keep on trucking.

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2013 9:26PM

  I think you have a pretty good attitude about it. Take it as a piece of data, one of many, but don't let it bring you down. You are doing really, really well.

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/5/2013 7:59PM

  I see what your saying, but if it makes you feel better.

I used to be 135 at 5'2 43 percent fat. I was shocked.

'Now I am 120 ( with clothing) and 25=26 percent.

You still will improve and you have come a long way, lovely lady. Just don't give up. We are rooting for you. You are marrying the prize! emoticon

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RURAL3 11/5/2013 7:41PM

    Forget about the numbers! You are doing great! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 11/5/2013 6:10PM

  It's hard not to get sucked into the numbers trap. Keep working on you goal and I know you can do it even if you need to adjust. We all do it!

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MIMIDOT 11/5/2013 5:15PM

    I've been out of town, so I've missed your blogs. Glad to read it again. You are such an inspiration to us all! Great job! Keep on keeping on!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/5/2013 4:15PM

    I've been reading about those scales, and evidently there are many variables at play in the number it spits out to you for body fat %. I've read that calipers are still the best and only accurate means of measuring. I've actually asked for a pair of calipers for Christmas, lol! I love being a fitness dork! :-D

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PATRICIAANN46 11/5/2013 3:47PM

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DIANNEMT 11/5/2013 1:31PM

    You'll do it. Just keep after the prize, one day at a time.

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HAPPYMENOW58 11/5/2013 1:16PM

    Congrats on your success! You are getting there!

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NANHBH 11/5/2013 1:00PM

    Little by little, we arrive at our goal. Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration to us all.
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NONNAOF2 11/5/2013 11:31AM

  Go at your own pace and you will be successful! Congratulations on all of your hard work! :-)

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LCRUMLEY81 11/5/2013 11:01AM

  you can do it

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IDICEM 11/5/2013 9:52AM

  Glad that JD pointed out the flaw in your original logic and you did the calculations again! Sometimes our original thought is negative, and we need a nudge to get to the positive. Okay, some of us need more than a nudge, but that's all you needed! Thanks for sharing your experience.
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NEENSTER1 11/5/2013 8:26AM

    emoticon emoticon , Well...... Hello you are doing it!! emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 11/5/2013 8:15AM

    I love your candor, your realistic and practical perspective and your willingness to make adjustments as necessary. Love your posts and am glad we are on this journey together. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 11/5/2013 8:03AM

    you my friend rock

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KATHIC2 11/5/2013 7:25AM

  100 pounds in 2 years...fantastic!!! And even better you have found your healthy life style.

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SHERYLP461 11/5/2013 7:11AM

    Congratulations, you will get there soon. I seem to remember reading about athletes by standard BMI were over weight due to their muscle mass. Could have misread this, but it makes sense to me.

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BESSHAILE 11/5/2013 6:56AM

    It's always interesting to count the mileposts as you go down the road - Congratulations on loosing 21.6% body fat!

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SHANNONY84 11/5/2013 6:54AM

    You have already come so far. I am sure you will reach your goals! Keep inspiring us!

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PENOWOK 11/5/2013 6:42AM

    Body Fat machines typically don;t account for the muscle so well, and for someone who is athletic, as you have been, it probably isn't as accurate a reading. In other words, your BMI is probably a bit lower than that AND you are on a great track to bring it even lower!

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CARRIELYN56 11/5/2013 6:05AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/5/2013 4:39AM

    I'm truly impressed by how much you've already decreased your body fat percentage. Congratulations. Obviously, you have worked very hard.

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ASCIESZKA 11/5/2013 3:34AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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NASFKAB 11/5/2013 1:18AM

  lovely that your blog was on Spark mail interesting point you brought out

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 11/4/2013 8:28PM

    You are on the right track....keep up the good work! 38 beats 60 ANYDAY!

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GINGER_BEAR 11/4/2013 6:09PM

    How awesome to have DECREASED your body fat by as much as you have!!! emoticon emoticon

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BEBOP4ME 11/4/2013 5:40PM

    Take the pressure off yourself and just try to live each day healthy. I have found I always miss specific goals by at least a couple pounds. I believe the goals are important to have something to strive for, but they can also discourage you when you don't quite make it. Unfortunately, losing weight is not a precise activity. You are doing good, by reminding yourself how far you have come!

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UWPALUM 11/4/2013 4:19PM

    You have a great attitude about your weight loss and this whole journey! I learn so much from things you have already considered, and agree with you about the BMI and stuff. I don't take it as law, but I think it helps to inform me. Great blog!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/4/2013 2:01PM

    You're right--body fat will decrease as you lose weight. I am in the 20+% range and used to be in the 30+% range.

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