Kelly’s Blog – Week 12
Hi everyone! Hope you have had a great week. I have! So, at the beginning of the last blog I told you I met my goal of weighing less than Greg and this week…I still weigh less than Greg. So, what happens when you reach a goal? You need to set a new goal. So, I have been thinking about what my next goal should be and I decided to work on a couple of them. I would like to be able to do 50 pushups in a row on my toes and I would like to have my BMI (Body Mass Index) in the normal range by the end of the year. So, that gives me until about Christmas time to work on these goals. I am about half way towards the push up goal and I need to lose about 15 more pounds to get under 25 for my BMI.
So, now that I have new goals, I have new focus. I have 14 weeks to work toward my new goals. This does include my birthday week (in Jamaica), Thanksgiving, and I will weigh in on Christmas Eve. Hopefully, I will be able to update you on the status of my new goals in our “Where Are They Now” section. Being consistent with my food has always been my biggest challenge, so hopefully setting these new goals will keep me focused and accountable. Didn’t we talk about that a couple of blogs ago?
When I weighed in this morning the scale said 138.8 – losing 1.4 lbs this week for a total of 21.7 pounds (in 13 weeks). The slow weight loss has been challenging for me over the past few weeks. I feel like I am trying really hard without results on the scale, but people tell me my body is changing…so that is good. I had a pity party on Sunday, but then on Monday…I got over it and am just continuing to make smart eating choices and exercising at a “normal” level. I did buy a pair of size 6 jeans yesterday (not sure how many years it has been since I have been in a size 6 anything). It is crazy for me to think that back in January/February I had let myself get back to 174 pounds. I tried to find a good picture of myself in our archives and wanted to delete all of them! I definitely don’t want that to happen again.
I have loved being able to coach and play with my son’s soccer team. I couldn’t have done that as well last spring. I will post pictures after my Jamaica trip (hopefully we will get a few that I like). Going for a walk soon!! Have a great week.
Kelly is continuing to grow—emotionally speaking—and ‘shrink’ physically…ALL good stuff! What I’m really enjoying with Kelly and her journey is how she’s evolving her perspectives on what being healthy means for her and her lifestyle while still being her own competitor! She’s set a new goal regarding her body composition. This is where I can truly step in as a Certified Personal Trainer and educate her (and perhaps some readers) on Body Mass Index (BMI).
BMI is not an assessment regarding body fat. It’s an archaic number that is now just an easy method to determine if a person’s weight is appropriate for their height. It does NOT take into account lean muscle mass or body fat. Sure, there are high ranges that tend to be seen with obese people that could further indicate they could develop obese-related health problems, but most CPT’s pay little attention to a BMI number. If you really want to know your body fat composition the 4 methods are as follows: 1) girth measurement, 2) hydrostatic weighing, 3) bioelectrical impedance and 4) skinfold measurement with calipers. The most accessible are using a bioelectrical impedance device and calipers. Hydrostatic weighing, while the most accurate, is not readily available in any given gym and expensive to perform.
If Kelly really wants to know her body composition, I encourage her to find one or both of the most accessible means available. As a ‘cheat’, I found this link to be helpful in further understanding the process and ranges that are acceptable: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php
Again, I sense that Kelly’s perspective of the scale taints her reality of success. She’s now a size 6?! Are you kidding me Kelly?! THAT should be proof right there that all of your hard work and discipline is paying off!! Congratulations! Kelly—you are missing out on congratulating yourself!! And while this week 12 for Kelly, we agreed to continue to work towards her goal(s) until her 40th birthday—which is October 5th!
So, for the next 3 weeks, I’m having her commit to resistance training 3 days a week. She’s only been doing 2 and I think that’s why she’s hitting a plateau with her process. Adding an extra day may help, in addition to her committing to 3 or 4 days of cardio. Kelly, if I have to fly Maryland to snatch that proverbial mallet out of your hands—I will! Keep on keepin’ on—you’re doing GREAT!
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