A Jaw Dropping 35%
Welcome to Life's An Adjustment’s FIRST EVER blog post. As you know the idea of this blog is for me to bring up a very real life situation that I am dealing with and then Dr. Scott (my hubby) to drop some knowledge on the situation. So here is it honey! It’s kind a big, overwhelming bomb to drop the first week, but it’s my reality.
One of the perks of working for a large corporation is they like to invest in your health and every year give employees the opportunity to take a health assessment. During the assessment they check all kinds of things including your cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and blood sugar levels. This is not something I would normally participate in, because I typically prefer to live in a state of denial, what I don’t know won’t hurt me, RIGHT!? Well, my Co-worker, you know the tiny, blond, adorable kind, made me do it. She said, “Come on, it will be fun! Let’s see how healthy we are.” Well something came over me and possessed my body, so I decided to join her. And that my friends was the beginning of the end!
You see ladies and gentlemen, last November I had a baby. (See adorable picture below, clearly her father has an influence on her.)
And let’s just say, the information I gathered from this health assessment was a bit shocking! Even though I made it back to pre-baby weight months ago, turns out health is more than just a number on a scale. Below is a picture of me the day my world changed… Can we say thunder thighs!... or better yet Chipmunk face!
But I’ll cut myself a break, I mean I did just push a human out of me. The picture next to it is me after losing 30lbs and being back down to pre-baby weight. In fact about 5 lbs less than pre-baby weight.
But honestly as skinny as I was feeling, and as good as I looked, I haven’t been feeling healthy and now I know why. Let’s get back to the results from this health assessment and that skinny blond who made me do it. I want to talk about one particular number and that is my body fat percentage. Did you know, according to my totally reliable and 100% accurate resource (Wikipedia), women with 32% body fat or higher are considered obese?
Yep, that’s right folks. So even though I got back down to my pre-baby weight, and honestly I don’t think I look half bad, I am considered obese because my body fat percentage is a WHOPPING 35%. YES, 35%! Hearing this number made me almost drop to the floor. It explains so much; why I have been tired, why I can’t lift anything heavier than our 10 month old daughter, why I have had no energy…
So Dr. Scott, this is where I hand things off to you. I want to feel good again, I want to decrease my body fat, increase my strength, and most importantly I want to be able to chase my daughter around Walt Disney World in January without running out of breath. You have roughly 100 days to whip me back into shape and get me feeling good again so I can go to Disney not only looking good, but feeling great!