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And My Body Fat % is..... (Drum roll, please)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I am one of those people that use a scale religiously. I have used the scale as my goal guide for a long time....

I know, I know, there are a LOT of scale haters out there. BUT I do realize that it is just a number, I don't base my life's happiness on it, I don't get bent out of shape when it fluctuates up a little (for the most part emoticon), and I TOTALLY realize that body composition - muscle mass vs. fat - is far more important than just weight....

Which is why I pump weights hard too. emoticon And have for quite some time.

With all this talk about body fat being more important than weight, I was totally curious to find out what mine really was. I just really didn't have a way to measure that to find out.

I found a few websites that said to measure this & that- like your waiste, hips, arms, in relation to your wrist- so I did that, but came up with what I thought was a pretty high number.... in the mid-20s. I thought that couldn't be right. So, I was left just wondering..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Then, after much debate about where to join a gym, I joined the Y. I decided to go ahead & do the fitness assessment with their staff, & get a personalized workout assigned to me (as part of my membership). So, yesterday I went in for my fitness assessment - we went over medical history & issues (which I have virtually none), then she took my measurements, weight, & measured my "flab" by pinching & pulling it (OUCH!!) & using a little device to measure the skin/fat.

I was DYING to know what that number was!! So, she quickly put it in the computer & gave me a printout.

And the verdict is.......

16% body fat!

WOW! She said 12-16% is where athletes usually are, so she said that is super. (I think even she was impressed.... emoticon) I believe the term she used was "the ELITE athlete range!" She said anything UNDER 12% will cause serious health problems, so I am definitely not shooting to get under that.

Not bad for this little mommy of 4, who has only used a scale as a guide!!! Funny thing is, I have BARELY done ANY strength training for the past 6-7 weeks, since we moved out of our house in Germany. So, I really wonder where I was BEFORE I left Germany....... Hhhmmmmmmm...... emoticon

She will be formulating a workout for me, & going through it with me on Monday. After 8 weeks, she will do all my measurements again, & change up my workout.

So, for the next 8 weeks..... it is GAME ON!!!! I'm already shooting to lose those last few pounds that I didn't get off before leaving Germany, plus I want to focus on my ST & building some muscle mass. It will be so fun to see what my measurements say in 8 weeks!!

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    That is a fantastic number! I'd be curious, but no where to do it here. Tape measure it is. :D
    2173 days ago
    Wow! You Elite athlete you! Great work. Lxx

    2173 days ago
    Awesome....wish I was like you.
    2174 days ago
    I always find it funny that you feel so surprised by how fit and strong you are!
    Even without ever seeing you in person, I would have guessed like 18%... so 16% doesn't surprise me ( there can be plus or minus 1-2% errors on calipers- just so you know).

    All that steamy running in the heat is going to pay off soon enough as well- just think how strong you'll feel once it actually does cool off? You guys in Florida are lucky that way :-)
    2174 days ago
    Way to go, WOW!


    Tearin' it up!!
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  • IRP1114
    That is awesome Darcy! Congrats on such a great number ;-)! Be proud girl. 16% is definitely good number. That is why you can see your abs! That is the number I have to aim for to see mine. Witch is why 18 is my goal so I can be close enough to the 16 I need to be at to see my abs.
    You rock! So motivating!!!! I can't wait to get back on track with you on our challenge next week.

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    2174 days ago
    Wow that's awesome! I'm betting mine is in the 40% range, personally (even after losing 50 some lbs)... I'd love to have it tested so I have a concrete number to measure progress (of which there will be!) against.
    2174 days ago
    Darcy- That is awesome!!!!! I am curious what mine is too, my scale has a body fat measurement (which I don't think is very accurate), and mine is in the upper 20's usually.... I would be thrilled with your #!!!!!

    2175 days ago
    Incredible, jus incredible!
    2175 days ago
    So awesome!! All of your hard work -- and hard lifting -- is definitely paying off!!!

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  • PSALM42
    especially for a woman 16% is incredible! good luck with your gym!
    2175 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Darcy, if you aren't giddy about that you should be!!! Have a Giddy day!!!!!!!

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    2175 days ago
    Wow Darcy! That's like Super Duper Athlete range. But then again, look at what you do; you are a super duper athlete. Sounds like the Y may be a good fit for you. I'll be watching and cheering on your progress the next couple months. All I see in the future is an even more fit and streamlined you!
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