Slightly Discouraging News

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We had a health screening today at work to help keep our insurance premiums down for next year. I figured I would be okay except I know the weight is still a little high. Thought the body fat would be in the 20s somewhere, albeit high. Oh no, 33.1%, I was NOT happy. Now I realize as a 47 year old woman, that this is in the healthy range. Not healthy in my mind. So I guess it's time to ramp up the intensity of the workouts and decrease the fun of the foods for a little while and get that down. Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, all were rocking beyond healthy limits. BMI of course was up, which it will always be up in my case, or if good, at the high end of healthy. and my blood pressure, usually always very low and in the old days, was actually normal, but no, they have me as pre hypertensive.. with 128/78???? What? I have a resting heart rate of 55 and I'm pre-hypertensive because you lowered the scale? Crazy.

So I went out and busted a pissed off workout, even without my music because I left it of course in the office after charging it. It just angers me. Glad they didn't measure me 24 pounds ago.

and... omygosh.. this doesn't happen to most women but it was just ugly. I know this woman strength trained... let's go as far as to say WEIGHT lifted, but she was so veiny, it was freakiung ugly. I hate it on a man, much less a woman. I love weight lifting, but I will not get to that extreme and I've got some good veins that might want to show, but if it came to that.. they can keep that little layer of fat.
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    I know it is difficult to have someone tell you those figures, but I'm glad you went to have your health checked. Don't be disappointed - you are a work in progress. You're doing great!
    3102 days ago
    don't sweat over the fat measuremnet! You just keep working out and eating right and the rest will follow...and excuse me 128/78 hypertinsive? give me a break!!!!! My doc is ok with the old measuement of 120/80 otherwise....the pharmacuticals would just love putting everyone on their expensive drugs so they can get richer.....I don't buy into that at all!!!!
    Good luck and keep getting it! emoticon emoticon
    3102 days ago
    I thought I had heard those inaccuracies with the hand held. I have calipers at home, but it's kind of hard to measure oneself. Yeah, the numbers were good cholesterol 171, HDL 71, and blood sugar 91 2 1/2 hours after eating.
    3102 days ago
    How did they measure your body fat ? If they measured body fat with either a hand held meter or one of those body fat scales you step on, take any measurement they give with a grain of salt. Those devices are notoriously inaccurate. If you want a better estimate of what your current body fat is, you should have a caliper test done. Getting a 9 point caliper test is a much more accurate way to measure your body fat percentage.

    Personally, if someone measured me with one of those devices and said my BF was that fully knowing those devices are inaccurate, I would have gotten on the floor and given them over 100 military style push ups. Then I would have made THEM do it !!! Remember, if your BMI went up, it could be a result of increased lean muscle if you've been engaging in regular strength training for the last few months.
    BMI is only one way to measure health and it's not the best because it doesn't take lean muscle into account. It's just a rough average.

    Just as an example, my own BMI hovers between 25-26. For some, that's the high end of healthy, bordering on overweight. Well, like I said earlier, I can drop to the floor and do 100 push ups without batting an eye. BMI can't measure that !!

    Your blood pressure is awesome !! Your cholesterol, blood sugar, etc... are all rocking. That's great !! Trust me, your body fat is lower than they said.

    No reason to be upset. You're doing

    3102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/19/2010 2:44:49 PM
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