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Day 740- I Am Acceptable


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Acceptable.

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.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/10/2014 2:56PM

    This is a new technology for me. I have seen it before, but not actually known someone that has done it. It doesn't seem as abstract now. TY

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TERRIJ7 5/8/2014 8:14AM

    I know this is an old blog for you, but the emotions you describe are real for anyone who has worked hard for something. To go from deep disappointment to pure joy--I think I'd react the same as you (probably would have cried in front of the guy! LOL)

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LORIVIOLA 4/20/2014 1:15PM

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GRAMPIAN 2/22/2014 10:59AM

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TIA0907 1/13/2014 12:44AM

    great job!!

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GREGGWEISBROD 1/6/2014 1:12PM

    I was gonna say... there's no WAY you have 38% body fat. Just no way. Glad you got that second opinion, that would have crushed me too. I just had my physical done and I came in at 22% body fat. I was very proud of that, for all the same reasons as you mentioned. Just so much healthier, and that's an amazing thing. Love the picture of you in the pod, lol! So cute!!! :-D

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/24/2013 10:13AM

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LEANMEAN2 12/21/2013 6:48AM

    Good for you!

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LEANMEAN2 12/21/2013 6:47AM

    Great. Kudos to you.

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MARCYNA 12/19/2013 5:36AM

    Brava!!!!You set an example!!!

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LISA_FRAME 12/18/2013 4:03PM

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 12/18/2013 3:34PM

    Way to go on getting to a healthy fat %. I am so proud of you!

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CLPURNELL 12/17/2013 7:11PM

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RENATA144 12/17/2013 4:43PM

  You are Blessed.

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MRSRIGS1 12/17/2013 12:35PM

    GREAT job!! I feel so HAPPY for you! You've reached a goal/dream many of us want and that is to be HEALTHY! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 12/16/2013 3:08AM

    wonderful!! Keep up the good work, and stay happy!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/15/2013 9:18PM

    Woo Hoo!

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LBRAUN5 12/15/2013 7:39PM

  How fortunate to have a bodpod so close and available! (Gotta love OU!) Keep working, you are doing great! (My first time reading your blog, makes me want to go back and read previous posts)

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SAPHRAEL 12/15/2013 10:27AM

    Moderately lean...acceptable for good health....woohoo! That message really is reassuring. I felt fit at 170, even though the BMI charts would have me at 149 to be considered a healthy weight.

Your journey is inspiring!
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P.S. Jamie Eason has a great 12 week program on bodybuilding.com

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SFREY217 12/15/2013 7:25AM

    Congrats ! What an inspiring story. I do some weight charting on an online app and I remember the day when I hit the less than 30% body fat. I was extatic about going from "obese" to just "overweight". I really hate the word obese !

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BRENDY_28 12/15/2013 2:07AM

    wow, i wish that technology is also available here in the philippines since it is more accurate. congrats on the great results!

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LSIG14 12/14/2013 4:09PM

    It really helps to have good numbers to raise your morale! That is such good news. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and continued progress toward a healthy life!

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HOLLYM48 12/14/2013 3:34PM

    Way to go! That is awesome!

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JSEATTLE 12/13/2013 10:58PM

  Had to read this again, it is so awesome!!

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GEORGE815 12/13/2013 8:51PM

    Good luck!

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HOLLEYL 12/13/2013 6:46PM

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PEGGYO 12/13/2013 6:21PM

    Way to go!! keep on keeping on

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MOVEITMARY 12/13/2013 1:53PM

    That is awesome!
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My preference with regard to strength building is using dumbbells and bodyweight exercises, less equipment and can do with or without a gym. I got some used adjustable dumbbells and they are great.
Example - pushups, pullups, crunches, lunges, squats, planks, dips... plus working with the dumbbells to add weight and/or target specific areas.

When I had a gym membership there was a class that was called "Bodypump" that was a lot of fun, they did different routines like an aerobics class, and it was in time with music, only using barbells and dumbbells.

http://en.wikiped
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GRLTAZ 12/13/2013 1:11PM

    Crying happy tears for you. emoticon !!! TC

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JLPEASE 12/13/2013 12:27PM

    Always good to get a second opinion!
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MCFITZ2 12/13/2013 12:12PM

    Congratulations!!!!


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REDSPIRALWOMAN 12/13/2013 11:55AM

    Numbers can support us or work against us. You're attitude always brings everything back to support. Yay!! As always, thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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CLAVINOVA 12/13/2013 10:48AM

    Thanks for sharing that - it just proves that the scale isn't everything like we've learned here at Spark!

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BITSNPIECES38 12/13/2013 9:49AM

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Thanks for sharing. Love your blog.

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CMINDYC 12/13/2013 9:35AM

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NEWMOM20121 12/13/2013 9:06AM

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You have done an amazing job. Well done.

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NEENSTER1 12/13/2013 8:19AM

    Hi healthy girl!!!!! What a blessing to know that you are healthy which is far more important than the numbers on the scale.. Thank God.

I like that you are now going to focus on losing body fat and gaining lean muscle. So much better to focus on for sure.

Be Encouraged and have a good day, ok. emoticon

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JMB369 12/13/2013 8:04AM

    Love the things you share about your journey, and you must be feeling great to learn that you are officially "moderately lean." Isn't it great how progress gives us the motivation to do more?

I don't know if your campus gym has a trainer who is available to all students or only to the sports teams, but that could be a good place to start. Otherwise, look for DVDs that target beginners, so that you learn good form from the start. Mine are more than ten years old, and I'm sure there are some newer ones out there.

Another approach is to do pilates, combined with yoga. I find that exercises that use my own body weight are the most effective, and you can do them anywhere! This includes, plank, push-ups, "hundreds," and roll-ups. Again, proper technique is super important to avoid injuries, especially when you are starting.

Keep up the good work. I think you will see changes in your body within a few months of doing these kinds of exercises. I started doing a pilates-yoga fusion class twice a week, less than two months ago, and although my weight is the same, my waist is down by 3 inches!

Keep going, girl!

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MIMIDOT 12/13/2013 7:49AM

    Great blog! Always enjoy hearing from you. You are an inspiration!

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MAWMAW101 12/13/2013 7:22AM

    You are a true example of what we all say we want "to get healthy"! You just went out and did it!
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TORTISE110 12/13/2013 7:05AM

    Just great! Number are just numbers, but in this case your new numbers represent so much success, after much hard work. You rock!

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TRENAMARIE 12/13/2013 6:13AM

  Always feared the scale my whole life, will it ever end? Noiw that I,m older the Dr's make you feel scared to go there, now its body fat no too,but I keep trying and walking too, good for you for getting the real truth emoticon

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LOVINGLIFE43 12/13/2013 5:43AM

    I'm so happy for you! Your story was so inspirational and I really needs it this morning. I m going to look around in my area for a bodpod. Thanks doe the pick me up this morning.

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    That's a great feeling! I'm happy for you. emoticon

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