How do you know?
Monday, July 04, 2011
I'm not happy with myself or the scales at the moment. Summer is hard on my diet, I get more exercise but it's so much easier to eat too much of the wrong things when I am at the house all day. I try to keep healthy snacks around, but too many calories are too many calories not matter how healthy they are. Plus I end up making goodies too, I like to treat my family when I have the time to do it.
The problem really is that my weight has gone up quite a bit. My clothes still fit for the most part, some are tighter than I would like. What I wish I knew was exactly how much of this is muscle? I have no idea where I could get someone who has calipers to test for body fat and I would really like to know. Those who keep up with me know that I swim laps and do lots of other exercise in the summer and I feel I am in good shape. I also know that I have been eating too many calories and I am trying to get back to tracking EVERYTHING again as that seems to be the only way to really keep myself in line.
So why can't someone come up with a really good reliable way to test body fat at home? My scale is supposed to do that but it is not very accurate from what I have read, it basically only works for the lower half of your body, which is where most of my muscle is.
Besides, it's so hot here that I basically spend all afternoon reading & napping. I get up early and do stuff, then I do more stuff in the evening. But when it's 100+ it's just not worth doing much of anything that you don't have to do.
I did a 3 mile Walk Away the Pounds this morning and I think I'm going to do some more. It's already 7:00 pm so I better get it done before it gets too late.
I just wish I had a reliable way to know for sure that I am at a healthy weight. It's frustrating. Besides which, anytime I am not tracking, I'll start gaining again. I can't seem to ween myself off the tracker. Probably because it's too dang hard to stay under 1500 calories without knowing exactly when to stop. Sometimes I get really tired of having to think about it and consider every bite I put in my mouth, but that seems to be the way it works.