Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

did you do something today for yourself? To love yourself, your mind , body and spirit? we often think of valentines day as a day for lovers, but why not make it a day to love yourself? Pamper yourself, Get a massage, get in an extra workout ( simply because you can) get your toes done, or simply sit back and read a book. There are many ways to love yourself, and treat yourself in a loving way. So often we do things to our bodies that are not good, not loving, so why not take a day to love yourself? and if you're reading this after the big day?? No biggie, do something this weekend for YOU!
I did something good for myself today. I got TANKED. I wanted to know, once and for all , what my body fat % really was. Because of my loose skin, I can not do the pinch test, it wouldnt be accurate. and the thing that you squeeze at the gym ,isnt all that accurate either. ( Hmm, but mine wasnt too far off) but still. I wanted to have the most accurate testing available to me. I was hoping for 20% see chart :

Body Fat Percentage Categories
Classification Women (% fat) Men (% fat)
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese 32%+ 25%+

the first % is woman, second % is male. as I said, I wanted 20% I got 23% . As you can see from the chart above, I am considered "fitness status" Should be fabulous, I should be jumping for joy, but knowing that I wanted "athlete status" I am not jumping for joy. I need to lose 6 pounds of fat to be where I want to be.

I have my work cut out for me <3

But with that said, I am still VERY happy with what I have done, and where I am at. VERY VERY happy. I am good. I have a healthy HAPPY heart.

On a very bright side note, I was at the grocery store yesterday morning, and a stranger ( male) came up to me and said " I just have to tell you, you are beautiful " I said " thank you very much, that is so sweet" he said " no need to thank me for telling the truth " when he walked away, another man who was standing there and overheard it all said " Its true" Thank you BOTH , strange men at the grocery store. I Heart You ......

Speaking of Heart you. I leave you with a picture from Saturday night and my dinner that I made for my husband for our Valentines Day celebration .


  1. I just found your site. I am amazed by your story! I have felt for so long that gastric bypass is NOT the answer to solve weight issues. It is fabulous to find a story such as yours!

    I too have been trying to loose weight and struggle the with mental aspect of it. When to relax, when to push hard. It seems that it is a delicate dance.

    YOu commented about your loose skin--have you and your doctors considered taking any action for this? I struggle with it as well.

    Keep up that great work! 23% is fabulous!!!!

  2. Love love to read your blog. the bf% is so baffeling to me. you see i am 4'11'' 130 pounds and my body fat is between 37 and 34%, it depend of wich scale i use. that is considered obese. but in the same time I am very muscular and i wear a size 4-6 canadian. I am wondering if those charts are not way off for us that are vertically challanged. Do you intend to lose those 6 pounds or are you good where you are?

  3. Rhea, I intend to work very hard at changing my body fat % to what I want. I know it will take some time, But I have nothing but time, as it goes by anyway, so why not try to improve? I will enjoy seeing what I can do, just as I have been enjoying all I have done the last two years.

    Rosie , Thank you :)

  4. Just found you through MFP. What an extraordinary journey! I am working on losing 80 pounds by the end of 2011. I have seen a couple of comments about the extra skin left after losing weight but truly after losing 180+ pounds where did it all go? Have you had surgery for this? I know cardio workouts and strength training will only go so far and it is totally awesome that you are now in a size 6; but still curious about extra skin and what I should expect at the end of my journey.