Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Week 3 May Check-in + What the heck IS that thing?!

Another Wednesday, another update for the current Sisterhood challenge!
May Your Way Challenge

Starting weight 189.0
Last week 189.2
This week 188.4
Loss -.8

Hey, it is heading in the right direction, south! That's what I like to see, no matter how small!

So my big news of the week involves this thing:

What the heck IS that thing you may ask.

It's carried around from gym to gym across the country in this:

You go into that little door on that little trailer and sit down in The Egg aka The Bod Pod, which measures your body composition and all sorts of data I am too intimidated to even read up on. A session in this thing was one of the prizes I won in my gym's Biggest Loser-style competition, which my team won

You sit in the egg in spandex type clothes with a bathing cap on - I had a true dork thing going on there, bike shorts, tank top, bathing cap. It lasts for 50 seconds and then another 50 seconds.
All in all not bad. 
When I got my THREE page report, which is printed out right then and there, I nearly cried.
I mean, I have lost close to 30 lbs at WW now. 
I am MUCH more active than I used to be.
My clothes are size baggyyyyyy
I feel healthy and strong.

So yes, the results knocked me off my feet for a minute.

See that top number there? It says my percentage of body fat is 46.3%

I saw that and my first thought was "OMG that is nearly half! HALF!"
Another section of the report says my body fat rating is "risky" and "ask your health care professional about how to safely modify your body composition"
Panic mode
I called my trainer who was my trainer during the BL competition. My team and I loved her so much and loved being a team, that two months after the contest ended, we continue to meet as a team with her for a workout once a week.

She said she didn't think it could be right, but also not to worry. I am improving after all, she reminded me. And she said even a healthy fit woman - someone in good shape - has about 25% in general. She is going to go over the whole report with me next time I see her.

Right after I saw my report I went straight to Body Pump and upped the weights.
I haven't read the whole report yet, but I will.
Knowledge is power, right?

I did great on upping my fruits and veggies for the week. Didn't always get in 5 each day but came might close on most, which is a huge improvement for me. Been good on the water intake as well.
This week we are supposed to look into the mirror every day and say something nice about ourselves. I am hoping my Gemini twin will come through on this one! Maybe she is better at that than I am.
AND I am so excited to be going to Fitbloggin' right here in Baltimore!
I am sure that will charge me up some more.
Have you ever had a body composition test before? How did it go? Did it change the way you approach things? Cause you to switch something up? Or assure you that you are on the right path?


  1. i've only done the hand held kind or the kind on the scale, not nearly as accurate as the "POD".

    i think its great that you have someone to help you sort through this. remember some body fat is essential, so its not like goal is to get down to 101 or anything!

  2. sometimes the fancier the machine the worse it makes us FEEL...BUT like the trainer said YOU ARE IMPOROVING and that number has gone down dramatically since you started just 6 months ago! Think of how far you have gone, not how far you have yet to go. Take it one day, one workout at a time! Follow the advice of the trainer and the dr not the Bod Pod!! {{Hugs}}

    btw, SOOOOO jealous of FitBloggin attendance!! Have fun for me, too, k??

  3. wow...that pod is really cool but I can't stand to be in an enclosed area like that. I'm one of those weird people who can't even ride the submarine ride at disneyland!

    I think I agree with everyone else and your have come a long way so don't let that number get you down!

    Lucky you to be going to fit bloggin with the other sisters...have fun!