"Health Score"

Friday, June 14, 2013

My gym offers everything you can possibly imagine. Everything from a bazillion classes all day long to a medispa where you can get botox if you want it.

I don't really have a use for botox, but I did take advantage of one of their "tests" today. The Health Score. Basically, it's a smallish blood test to check cholesterol levels and a few other things as well as a short fitness test. One of the things it checks is weight and body fat. Sadly, not one of my scales is right. I weighed in today at 199....and 50.1% body fat.

Half of me is fat.


I wanted to cry.

I knew I was fat. There was never any question. I see it when I look in the mirror, clothed or otherwise. But I never imagined it was THAT bad.

I have lost no weight since I began working out and eating better at the beginning of the month. Not. One. Pound.

Not on any scale.

I wanted to just come home and curl up and cry.

But I stayed and listened to the trainer. A huge, hulking Katrina evacuee who never went home.

And I got overwhelmed with the data and what it all says. Apparently a lot of things contribute to weight gain and hamper losing it...not all of them have to do with choices I make. And then I got overwhelmed with all the "next steps" I should take.

After I listened, I went and worked out for about 40 minutes, lifting weights and such according to the plan Kelly put together for me. When I couldn't hold it in any longer, I went and got my stuff, picked up a healthy breakfast at their little cafe, and then went home and cried.

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    I feel your pain. I've worked with a trainer for nearly 18 months and didn't lose a single pound, before I went to a specialist and was properly diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance. I am now on what amounts to a "nothing white" diet. No potatoes, no pasta, no bread (with 1 exception) and no rice. It is hard....very hard, but I track EVERYTHING. And I lost 12 pounds in 2 months after losing nothing for over 5 years, only gaining.
    The "new way of eating" I am doing is also low Glycemic Index, so you might want to see if dropping off the white stuff works for you. Can't hurt!
    Good luck -- and keep on trying. You CAN do it.
    1772 days ago
    I tried looking at your food tracker because you shouldn't see NO improvements over 30 days....but your tracker is incomplete so I couldn't really tell. I can tell you this though.....if you eat lean protein and veggies for bfast, lunch and dinner and lean protein and fruit for snacks plus going to gym....I GUARANTEE you will see changes immediately the first week goes by.
    1774 days ago
    emoticon Sorry, just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You can do it!
    1774 days ago
    Don't cry - it takes time for the results to show up. Make sure you are eating enough for the exercise you are doing. I get a fitness score every 3 months or so at our fitness center - they weigh, measure body fat, check BMI, do some fitness tests like arm curls with weights, chair stands, and walking. I too almost cried when I had mine back in September last year - then each one since then has been better and I KNOW I am still 50+% fat - but I ALSO know that I am getting close to switching that percentage to more muscle than fat. It hasn't been easy but it IS doable. Listen to and take advantage of your trainer and learn what you can about healthy nutrition and exercise. YOU CAN DO IT.
    1774 days ago
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