The word may almost sound like an insult, but yesterday, that word brightened my whole day.
You see, a few months ago, I wrote a blog about having to do a health assessment to get a deduction on my health insurance. And stepping on the scale at 180, I was told I was 38% body fat. And that number hit me like a ton of bricks.
On this journey, I've tried not to make it about numbers on the scale, or clothes sizes. I really am doing this for my health and my future as a wife and mother. However, after losing nearly 100 pounds, being told that day that I was still 38% body fat and obese really upset me.
So I decided to get a second opinion. Luckily, on my campus, they have a thing called a Bodpod. It's one of those egg things you sit in and it is a much more exact judge of body fat. It's said to be close to water weighing, which they do on TV shows like the Biggest Loser. But this one only cost me $20 to do.
During the test, I wasn't really thinking and forgot to snap a pic of me in the swim cap and sports bra, but I headed back after work and told them I write a blog and they snapped this pic for me.
It is definitely not for the claustrophobic. Also, please notice I'm wearing my Sparkpeople workout shirt... :)
Well, I was trying to guess what the test results would say. The scale that put me at 38% has about a 6% error rate, so even if it was way off, I was just hoping for low 30s.
Well, I got my results back and a smile just spread across my face. If the man who did the test for me hadn't been standing there, I may have cried.
You probably can't read that, but it said that I was 29.8% body fat. And on the chart 23-30% falls into Moderately Lean category for women, which states that my "fat level is acceptable for good health."
Meaning, I could logically stop right now, and still be considered healthy! I may look larger than what some people consider healthy, but I'm apparently 125.4 pounds of "Lean Weight." So if I set a goal of 125, I would literally be skin and bones. I've always used the big bone phrase and said that I thought I was muscular, but in the back of my mind, they seemed like excuses.
But now I know they aren't. Now I know that in 2 years, I went from morbidly obese to moderately lean, and from serious health risks to acceptable for good health. And that has just renewed my desire to keep improving myself.
I think I want to start strength training because I've focused so much on losing weight due to numbers, but now that I realize I'm healthy, I think my focus should be to lose fat weight and gain lean weight. So I'm going to start researching beginner's weightlifting for women. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm healthy! Now I want to be fit and strong.