Body fat up to 14% now!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

According to my gynecologist, body fat generally needs to be at least 14.5% in order to have a period (something I've been lacking since, oh, FEBRUARY - right when my husband and I started trying to start a family). My body fat hit a low of 11% over the summer, before I realized how underweight-without-actually-b
eing-underweight I was. By which I mean, I was 118 pounds, which ought to be fine for a 5'4" woman in theory, but I guess most of that weight on me was muscle because my body fat was borderline too-low-for-the-body-to-even-f
unction. For a woman, that is. Men can get lower than that, no problem, but apparently women NEED more body fat. My estrogen is ridiculously low right now.

SO. I went back for another scan today. I am a few pounds heavier (sigh...months later and I've only really gained about 5-7 pounds TOPS) and my body fat is at 14%. So it's still not healthy, but it's getting closer! SLOWLY...but surely. I think moving to a new house in a new state and getting out of the old rut where I walked like 8-10 miles a day on top of whatever other hard cardio I had planned (running, zumba, elliptical, etc.) with few to no real rest days....I think that will help me gain a bit more. Because I swear, you would think that eating 3500 calories per day for several months would put more weight on you. But I guess the exercise compulsion kept me working out enough to burn most of it right off.

Anyways, the point is that I've made slight progress, but it's not good enough still, but hopefully a new life in a new house and town will help shake the exercise compulsion demons out of me.

A mixed bag, I guess, but at least a mixed bag by definition includes some positives. :) I'm trying to keep optimistic!
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    Moving in the right direction! Keep going!
    2422 days ago
    Baby steps! Good luck with the move! Your right, the move might knock you out of your regular routine into something that isn't so all consuming for a bit. :-)

    2423 days ago
    SO glad you are almost there... Just remember, small steps but eventually you will get there!
    2423 days ago
    I am so happy to hear that you are getting closer to your goal! As hard as it is mentally, the benefit from this truly healthy goal is so worth it! Best wishes as you move, what a stressful time it can be! Sometimes a change can be so refreshing! Best wishes! So happy for you!
    2423 days ago
    Thank you all. Your support really means a lot to me. :)
    2423 days ago
    It is the right direction - and you are so right that living in a new city/house is a great time to create new habits. You know what you need to do. Wishing you all the best!
    2423 days ago
    You're moving in the right direction. Keep it up and you'll get there.
    2423 days ago
    Your small steps are taking you where you need to go! Keep up the good work!
    2423 days ago
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