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!