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My soul feels 40, my mind is 30, and my body works like a teenager. Love that!

April 11th, 2012 No Comments

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I did a fitness profile today with Richard at Blast900 and found out that physically I’m 18. Saaaweeet!

I always joke my body feels 40 because it aches so much (and I love James Taylor), but apparently I’m stronger than I thought!

Here are my stats:

  • Blood Pressure 119/84 (optimal/normal)
  • Cardiovascular 43.7 ml/kg/min (very good)
  • Body Fat Percentage: 17.5
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Flexibility: 24 (elite)
  • Strength: Excellent (deduced by pushups and crunches)

What does this tell me:

  1. I’m really healthy.  Yay!
  2. My body needs 1785 calories per day (I eat so much more!).  This breaks down to 300 calories in 6 meals a day.
  3. If I work out 6 times a week (no matter the intensity), I need to burn at least 580 calories a day to reach 3500, which equals 1 lb of fat.

**Did you know that a pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories?!!

His advice:

If my body fat is 17.5% body fat, that means 103 lbs of my 125 is lean body mass and 22 is fat.  In order to change my look and not lose weight, I need to lose 2 lbs of fat and gain 2 lbs of muscle.  Since muscle weighs more than fat, that shouldn’t be hard.

**Did you know that your fertility is at its peak when your body fat is between 20-26%?

The challenge for me here is that a change in my body will require me to use my heart rate as a guide and be concious of calories, two things I don’t normally do.  I’ve been working out for so long, I know my heart rate just from the feeling.  Richard says, “Without it, you’re running a business without checking your bank account.”  I had a couple arguments about the emotional benefits of exertion, which he agreed with, but eventually, I bought a Polar because the website offers free tracking.

Obviously a lot of exercising efficiently has to do with nutrition.  I’ve never been a big calorie counter, just a “pure” and educated eater.  On Livestrong.com/myplate, we calculated how many calories were in my breakfast: oatmeal w/almonds and agave and coffee with whole milk.  That totals 480 calories! But, I knew I was going to do a blast class, so I purposefully ate more carbs than protein, so it was a smart choice.  Usually I get a big shot of protein with almond butter in my quinoa.

I’m honestly happy where I am, but I look forward to seeing some numerical values come out of the heart rate monitor.  I’m thinking it’s going to be defeating instead of motivating, but we all need to try new things to educate ourselves and change, so here goes!

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