Monthly Archives: February 2011

Enjoying a Sunday

Friday I had an unexpected snow day! I guess I just didn’t pay attention to the weather predictions because I had no idea this much snow was coming our way! It was nice to stay in and not have to venture out into the horrible weather conditions.

During my snow day I did an at-home workout.  My workout of choice at home is doing workout DVDs or using the elliptical that Andy and I have.  Lately I’ve been craving Turbo Kick workouts so that is what I did!

Ready to sweat!

Can you tell the sun has not been in Cleveland for some time? My skin is literally almost the color of my shirt! Vitamin D…I need you! Spring can’t come soon enough!

Aside from being distracted by my paleness, I had a nice workout! I did a Turbo Sport DVD, which I am liking more and more each time I do the workout. 

Turbo Kickin' it in the living room!

My Turbo Kick workout took about 45 minutes.  Then I had to assist Andy with his car.  It was stuck in the snow halfway in our driveway and half way in the road.  It took us a while and with the help of two strangers in tow trucks, we all got it out.  I was thankful they stopped to help!

Chipping away at the snow and ice

I think my camera is about done…see that black spot that shows up? I don’t know how to get rid of it.  This poor camera has been dropped one too many times unfortately. 

 Good thing I have an old digital camera that I dug out of storage, although it looks like the Zack Morris “cell phone” of digital cameras…it’s quite the dinosaur!  But it works and that is all that matters until I get a new one.

"Cell Phone" of the 90s

Enjoying a Sunday

The rest of my snow day was spent cleaning the house.  I decided to get it out of the way so I can spend Saturday and Sunday relaxing.  Typically I leave all of my errands and cleaning to do for Sundays…and I wonder why I tend to dislike Sundays! It’s a day of work! Now I feel like I will acutally be able to enjoy my Sunday. 

Andy and I also had our typical “Pizza Friday”.  This time we got a pan pizza from Pizza Hut with all veggies.  It was a really good pizza but they forgot our cheesy breadsticks! The driver said he would bring them right back, but after an hour of waiting we called to find out what happened to our breadsticks.  They ran out! Well thanks for the heads up! Luckily we called and they issued us a credit.  Good thing I order pizza a lot and will use up that credit in no time!

Weekend Plans

I have no real plans this weekend and as of right now I’m catching up on some shows I’ve recorded during the week (Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, all the trash stuff!) I may make a trip to TJ Maxx to use some Christmas gift cards.

Have a great weekend!

Question:

When you can’t get to the gym or go outside for a run due to weather, what is your go-to at-home workout?

Are YOU up for a Challenge?

At work we are doing what’s called the “Pick 6 Challenge” for our members.  There is a list of exercises to choose from and you have to choose 6 of them to complete, 3 being cardio and 3 being strength.  You get to choose the order you want to do each exercise.  You  have 2 minutes in between exercises.

The weightlifting events are:

  • Bench Press on Smith Machine
  • Pull-Ups on Gravitron
  • Leg Extension
  • Push-Ups (modified for women)
  • Tricep Dips on Gravitron
  • Abdominal Crunches

The cardiovascular events include:

  • 1-Mile Indoor Run/Walk
  • 1500-Meter Row
  • 10 Minute AMT Challenge
  • 2 mile Expresso Bike Race (Stationary Bike)

For each event, points are assigned.  Points are based on time for the cardiovascular events (the AMT challenge is based on distance too) and points are based on repetitions for the strength events.

Determination of weight lifted for each event is based on a percentage of one’s body weight, gender and their age.

Point Values

Running:

Mile Run/Walk Inside
Men & Women
Time Points
under 5:59 100
6:00-6:59 95
7:00-7:59 90
8:00-8:59 85
9:00-9:59 80
10:00-10:59 75
11:00-11:59 70
12:00-12:59 65
13:00-13:59 60
14:00-14:59 55
15:00-15:59 50
16:00-16:59 45
17:00-17:59 40
18:00-18:59 35
19:00-19:59 30
20:00-20:59 25
20+ 20

Biking:

2 mile Expresso Bike
Men Women
Time Points Time Points
under 6:00 100 under 7:00 100
6:01-6:15 95 7:01-7:15 95
6:16-6:30 90 7:16-7:30 90
6:31-6:45 85 7:31-7:45 85
6:46-7:00 80 7:46-8:00 80
7:01-7:15 75 8:01-8:15 75
7:16-7:30 70 8:16-8:30 70
7:31-7:45 65 8:31-8:45 65
7:46-8:00 60 8:46-9:00 60
8:01-8:15 55 9:01-9:15 55
8:16-8:30 50 9:16-9:30 50
8:31-8:45 45 9:31-9:45 45
8:46-9:00 40 9:46-10:00 40
9:01-9:15 35 10:01-10:15 35
9:16-9:30 30 10:16-10:30 30
9:31-9:45 25 10:31-10:45 25
9:46-10:00 20 10:46-11:00 20
10:01-10:15 15 11:01-11:15 15
10:16-10:30 10 11:16-11:30 10
10:30+ 5 11:30+ 5

Rowing:

1500 Meter Row
Men Women
Time Points Time Points
under 5:30 100 under 6:00 100
5:31-5:45 95 6:01-6:15 95
5:46-6:00 90 6:16-6:30 90
6:01-6:15 85 6:31-6:45 85
6:16-6:30 80 6:46-7:00 80
6:31-6:45 75 7:01-7:15 75
6:46-7:00 70 7:16-7:30 70
7:01-7:15 65 7:31-7:45 65
7:16-7:30 60 7:46-8:00 60
7:31-7:45 55 8:01-8:15 55
7:46-8:00 50 8:16-8:30 50
8:01-8:15 45 8:31-8:45 45
8:16-8:30 40 8:46-9:00 40
8:31-8:45 35 9:01-9:15 35
8:46-9:00 30 9:16-9:30 30
9:01-9:15 25 9:31-9:45 25
9:16-9:30 20 9:46-10:00 20
9:31-9:45 15 10:01-10:15 15
9:46-10:00 10 10:16-10:30 10
10:00+ 5 10:30+ 5

AMT: 7 points are awarded for every tenth of a mile completed in 10 minutes

Bench Press: (note: only posted until age 40, if interested for values over 40 just let me know!)

Bench:      
Men Women
Age Percentage Age Percentage
20 and under 75% 20 and under 40%
21 75% 21 40%
22 74% 22 39%
23 74% 23 39%
24 73% 24 38%
25 73% 25 38%
26 72% 26 37%
27 72% 27 37%
28 71% 28 36%
29 71% 29 36%
30 70% 30 35%
31 70% 31 35%
32 69% 32 34%
33 69% 33 34%
34 68% 34 33%
35 68% 35 33%
36 67% 36 32%
37 67% 37 32%
38 66% 38 31%
39 66% 39 31%
40 65% 40 30%

Leg Extensions:

Men Women
Age Percentages Age Percentages
18-29 50% 18-29 40%
30-39 48% 30-39 38%
40-49 46% 40-49 36%
50-59 44% 50-59 34%
60+ 42% 60+ 32%

Dips:

Men Women
Age Percentage Age Percentage
18-29 74% 18-29 50%
30-39 72% 30-39 48%
40-49 70% 40-49 46%
50-59 68% 50-59 44%
60+ 66% 60+ 42%

Pull Ups:

Men Women
Age Percentages Age Percentages
20 and under 70% 20 and under 50%
21 68% 21 49%
22 68% 22 49%
23 68% 23 49%
24 66% 24 48%
25 66% 25 48%
26 66% 26 47%
27 64% 27 47%
28 64% 28 46%
29 64% 29 46%
30 62% 30 45%
31 62% 31 45%
32 62% 32 44%
33 60% 33 44%
34 60% 34 43%
35 60% 35 43%
36 58% 36 42%
37 58% 37 42%
38 58% 38 41%
39 56% 39 41%
40 56% 40 40%

Push Ups:

Every Rep Above Low End of Average:  +1 point
           
Men
Age Excellent Good Average Fair Poor
20-29 >49 34-48 17-33 6 to16 <5
30-39 >40 25-39 12 to 24 4 to11
40-49 >35 20-34 8 to19 3 to 7 <2
50-59 >30 15-29 6 to14 2 to 5 <1
60+ >20 5 to19 3 to 4 1 to 2 0
           
Women
Age Excellent Good Average Fair Poor
20-29 >55 45-54 35-44 20-34 <19
30-39 >45 35-44 25-34 15-24 <14
40-49 >40 30-39 20-29 12 to19 <11
50-59 >35 25-34 15-24 8 to14 <7
60+ >30 20-29 10 to19 5 to 9 <4

Crunches:

Every Rep Above Low End of Average:  +1 point
       
Men
Age Beginner Intermediate Advanced
<30 <30 30-50 >50
30-39 <22 22-45 >45
40-49 <21 21-40 >40
50-59 <18 18-35 >35
60+ <15 15-30 >30
       
Women
Age Beginner Intermediate Advanced
<30 <25 25-45 >45
30-39 <20 20-40 >40
40-49 <18 18-35 >35
50-59 <12 12 to 30 >30
60+ <11 11 to 25 >25

My Score

Today I did the challenge myself and picked the following exercises (also in the order I did them):

  • 1 mile Run: 8:20
  • Crunches in one minute: 77
  • 2 mile Bike: 6:32
  • Bench: 30 reps (at 50lbs)
  • AMT (distance in 10 minutes): 0.97
  • Leg Extensions: 61 reps (at 58lbs)

Phew, this was tough! My score came to 395.9.  I was happy with it, but would have loved a score in the 400s!  I think the top female score right now is 530! She killed just about every event, she’s in great shape cardiovascular and strength wise.

Are YOU up for a Challenge?

Try it out! If you don’t have a rower or AMT or any of the other machines, substitute another exercise.  For example, instead of the AMT use the elliptical.  Or do one of the cardio choices twice.  Just have fun with it!!

How to do it:

  • Choose 6 of the exercises listed above (shoot for 3 cardio and 3 strength)
  • Rest only 2 minutes between exercises
  • Go as hard as you can! Give it your all!
  • Tally up your points with the values above and let me know how you did!
  • Have fun! Challenge yourself!

Let me know if you try it out!

Life Isn't Always How We Plan

So I’ll elaborate more about my car accident from Monday.  Like I mentioned, I was not hurt what so ever, but I was left a bit shaken!

Unexpected Snow Storm

I was driving home from Cincinnati to Cleveland, which is typically a 4-hour drive.  The weather called for some flurries in Cleveland so I was not too worried about bad weather.  That is until I got past Columbus, OH.

Snow + Ice + Rain = Disaster

When I got just outside of Columbus (which is about an hour and a half from Cincinnati), the weather was horrendous.  It was a total ice storm.  It was raining, sleeting, hailing and snowing all at the same time.  I had no clue this would be happening!

As I began to slow my car from a cruising pace of 70mph I saw an accident to my right.  I got over to the far left hand lane to make room for semi trucks to get over as well.  My car slowed down to around 50mph and I said out loud to myself “I need to really slow down, it looks crazy out here”.

Just as I was slowing down a semi was to my right.  I decided that once I passed up the semi I would get over to the far right (as I was in the passing lane in the left) to drive slow.   But I was unable to pass the semi.  My car went out of control as I slipped on the ice and straight into a metal guard rail and into a grass ditch.  I was terrified!

I wasn’t so much scared that I crashed, but more so I was afraid that another car would do the same thing and just plow into me.   After several minutes of panicking and calls to my family and Andy, I managed to drive my car out of the ditch.

After driving back into the road something didn’t feel right. My car was wobbling and my steering wheel felt strange.  I pulled over to the right and called a tow truck.  My car was not going to make it!

And I Waited

Unfortunately there were many accidents and it took hours for a tow truck to come.  I sat and waited for 3 hours in my car on the side of the road as the snow piled up.   I would like to say I was calm, but patience is not my best quality. Truthfully, I was a bit panicked.  I didn’t like being on the side of the road alone.  Plus it got dark and scary outside.

The tow truck came and I decided that the weather was too dangerous for Andy to come get me (that was the original plan).  Plus I was still 2 hours from home.  It would take him much longer with the weather to even get there then we’d have to drive all the way back.   I had the tow truck guy drop me off at a Comfort Inn hotel.  And I waited again.

Still Waiting

Many other people had the same idea to stay at a hotel that night.  And the Comfort Inn was not expecting this storm…so they had very few clean rooms.  There were about 30 of us waiting for a room and the house keepers had to clean them all.  I waited 4 hours for a room in the lobby.  It was pretty boring and I was getting pretty cranky.  Luckily I had a book and stayed occupied.  But Andy and my parents would tell you that I was a baby.  I complained to them and wanted their pity.  Not my finest moment!

I got to bed around 11:30pm and woke up around 7am.  I had some continental breakfast (best part of the whole ordeal I must say!) and waited some more.  My car wasn’t ready until 3:30pm.   So all day I watched TV and read my book “An Unquiet Mind”, which is about bipolar disorder (side note: very good book, I recommend it).

Cheez-Its and Combos = My Food Groups

My diet consisted of mainly vending machine eats since I was not in walking distance of restaurants.  Cheese Combos, Cheez-Its and candy were a major staple the past couple of days!

Dinner

Lunch

I was glad to get home yesterday to see Andy and the pups.  I feel safe and secure once more.  I thanked God that I was safe and that my accident was not serious and that I was OK.

Lessons Learned

To be honest, I had a feeling that day something was not going to go right so I had some prior warning. Strange how intuition is always right! But I had to get home and I would not have had the opportunity to leave later…unless the storm had been predicted to be really bad.

I guess this accident was a test of my patience and how I handle tough situations…and I failed miserably! One thing I learned is that I need to remain calm in these situations.  Life is not always going to go as planned and panicking is not going to help.  I needed to stop and take a minute to think instead of getting all crazy.  Looking back on the situation, yes it was scary, but I was not hurt and I needed to calm down and think things through.  Lesson learned!

5 Hot Guys

On a totally unrelated note, part of the 30-day challenge (which in reality is taking me about 90!) the topic is to post up 5 celebrity guys that I think are hot.  Here we go!

Jake

James

Johnny

Shane

Matthew

Question:

Do you  have a celebrity crush?

Life Isn’t Always How We Plan

So I’ll elaborate more about my car accident from Monday.  Like I mentioned, I was not hurt what so ever, but I was left a bit shaken!

Unexpected Snow Storm

I was driving home from Cincinnati to Cleveland, which is typically a 4-hour drive.  The weather called for some flurries in Cleveland so I was not too worried about bad weather.  That is until I got past Columbus, OH.

Snow + Ice + Rain = Disaster

When I got just outside of Columbus (which is about an hour and a half from Cincinnati), the weather was horrendous.  It was a total ice storm.  It was raining, sleeting, hailing and snowing all at the same time.  I had no clue this would be happening!

As I began to slow my car from a cruising pace of 70mph I saw an accident to my right.  I got over to the far left hand lane to make room for semi trucks to get over as well.  My car slowed down to around 50mph and I said out loud to myself “I need to really slow down, it looks crazy out here”.

Just as I was slowing down a semi was to my right.  I decided that once I passed up the semi I would get over to the far right (as I was in the passing lane in the left) to drive slow.   But I was unable to pass the semi.  My car went out of control as I slipped on the ice and straight into a metal guard rail and into a grass ditch.  I was terrified!

I wasn’t so much scared that I crashed, but more so I was afraid that another car would do the same thing and just plow into me.   After several minutes of panicking and calls to my family and Andy, I managed to drive my car out of the ditch.

After driving back into the road something didn’t feel right. My car was wobbling and my steering wheel felt strange.  I pulled over to the right and called a tow truck.  My car was not going to make it!

And I Waited

Unfortunately there were many accidents and it took hours for a tow truck to come.  I sat and waited for 3 hours in my car on the side of the road as the snow piled up.   I would like to say I was calm, but patience is not my best quality. Truthfully, I was a bit panicked.  I didn’t like being on the side of the road alone.  Plus it got dark and scary outside.

The tow truck came and I decided that the weather was too dangerous for Andy to come get me (that was the original plan).  Plus I was still 2 hours from home.  It would take him much longer with the weather to even get there then we’d have to drive all the way back.   I had the tow truck guy drop me off at a Comfort Inn hotel.  And I waited again.

Still Waiting

Many other people had the same idea to stay at a hotel that night.  And the Comfort Inn was not expecting this storm…so they had very few clean rooms.  There were about 30 of us waiting for a room and the house keepers had to clean them all.  I waited 4 hours for a room in the lobby.  It was pretty boring and I was getting pretty cranky.  Luckily I had a book and stayed occupied.  But Andy and my parents would tell you that I was a baby.  I complained to them and wanted their pity.  Not my finest moment!

I got to bed around 11:30pm and woke up around 7am.  I had some continental breakfast (best part of the whole ordeal I must say!) and waited some more.  My car wasn’t ready until 3:30pm.   So all day I watched TV and read my book “An Unquiet Mind”, which is about bipolar disorder (side note: very good book, I recommend it).

Cheez-Its and Combos = My Food Groups

My diet consisted of mainly vending machine eats since I was not in walking distance of restaurants.  Cheese Combos, Cheez-Its and candy were a major staple the past couple of days!

Dinner

Lunch

I was glad to get home yesterday to see Andy and the pups.  I feel safe and secure once more.  I thanked God that I was safe and that my accident was not serious and that I was OK.

Lessons Learned

To be honest, I had a feeling that day something was not going to go right so I had some prior warning. Strange how intuition is always right! But I had to get home and I would not have had the opportunity to leave later…unless the storm had been predicted to be really bad.

I guess this accident was a test of my patience and how I handle tough situations…and I failed miserably! One thing I learned is that I need to remain calm in these situations.  Life is not always going to go as planned and panicking is not going to help.  I needed to stop and take a minute to think instead of getting all crazy.  Looking back on the situation, yes it was scary, but I was not hurt and I needed to calm down and think things through.  Lesson learned!

5 Hot Guys

On a totally unrelated note, part of the 30-day challenge (which in reality is taking me about 90!) the topic is to post up 5 celebrity guys that I think are hot.  Here we go!

Jake

James

Johnny

Shane

Matthew

Question:

Do you  have a celebrity crush?

A Very Long Day

Hi guys! This post will be quick as I want to get some much needed sleep, but wanted to make sure I updated.  I was in a car accident yesterday coming home from Cincinnati (and just got home tonight!) and had one of the longest days of my life! I am completely fine and not hurt whatsover, just exhausted.  More about that tomorrow as I get settled in.

Here are some pictures from over the weekend until I come back and write up a real post 😉

Saturday I ran in the Chili Bowl 5K run in downtown Cleveland…

The Start

I ran with some co-workers and my good friend Lindsay

My Co-Workers and I

Lindsay and I

My offical run time was 28:08. I felt great the whole time running, it was a nice race.

After the race they had some post race chili.  Chili did not sound good to me whatsover, but Lindsay definitely enjoyed it!  I was kind of regretting not grabbing some later on though when my appetite kicked in!

Luckily I grabbed a couple of granola bars to munch on during my drive to Cincinnati for the rest of the weekend.

Post Race Chili

Post Race Snacks

After the race I headed home to Cincinnati to spend time with my family.  I had Monday off for President’s day so I had a nice long weekend (until the crash!)

I spent some time hanging out with my parents, my brother Mike and my high school friends.  It was great to be home! I also spent some time reading, which I rarely do.  I read for nearly 6 hours on Sunday!

My brother Mike and I

Mom and Dad

Lunch with friends

It was a great weekend back home and even though things got a bit hectic yesterday with my car crash (I’ll talk about it more this week) , I made it home safe today. 

Well I am exhausted and heading off to bed! Have a great night!

Gotta Make time for the Girls!

I’m still pluggin’ away on this 30-Day Challenge.  Even though I have not been 100% about doing it in 30-days, I’m still going to cover all of the topics.  So stay tuned, there are still a good few left! 🙂

A Heat Wave

Today it’s actually quite warm for Cleveland, we’re in the 50s! Holy heat wave! But it won’t last long, it’s going to drop to 26 tonight.  I did, however, get to enjoy a nice, sunny 2 mile walk with the pups this morning before work.  It felt nice to actually walk without snow on the ground.  I think it’s the first time I’ve seen my sidewalks in 3 months!

Baby Claire

I announced yesterday that Andy is a new uncle to baby Claire.  We went to visit Lindsay (Andy’s sister-in-law) and Joe (Andy’s brother) in the hospital last night and I got to meet the new bundle of joy.  She is the most precious little thing I’ve seen in a long time!  She’s a doll! Here are some pictures:

Uncle Andy and baby Claire

Andy and I with baby Claire

What a sweet pea she is!

Like the slicked back hair I am sporting? It’s my “just got home from work, showered and ran out the door look” 😉

The new baby

Mama and baby

I can tell Andy is so excited to be an uncle! His parents are even more excited to be Grandparents, they are just elated!  It’s certainly a wonderful time in our lives to celebrate!

Have you had any new additions to your family lately?

30-Day Challenge

Today’s topic is to talk about my favorite show.

Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with many, many shows.  I remember being a young child and being obsessed with Sesame Street, then I loved Baywatch and would pretend to be a lifeguard when I swam (big change of pace from Sesame Street!)

Baywatch

Then came Reality TV.

Those crazy Jersey Kids

I am a reality TV junkie, I’m not afraid to admit it! Personal favorites from over the years and from the present are (in no particular order):

  • Jersey Shore (I love watching these guys party!)
  • Real World (this show never stops! What are we on now, season 20?!)
  • America’s Next Top Model
  • The Real Housewives
  • The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo is one of the best networks for Reality TV in my opinion!)
  • And many more!

But no reality show can steal my heart from my one true favorite show: The Golden Girls!

 

The Golden Girls

I started watching the Golden Girls when I was 12.  I was at my Grandmother’s house in Florida (go figure) and just fell in love with the hilarious ladies on this show.

Laughing with my girls

Each character (Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche) is so unique, witty and charming.  This show just instantly puts me in a good mood! Luckily for me it’s on a lot on networks like Hallmark and WE.  I also have many of the seasons on DVD.  I always gotta make time for the girls!

Question:

What is your all time favorite show?

What's in a Number?

Good Morning!

There is a new addition to Andy’s family: His sister-in-law (also named Lindsay) had a baby last night! She had a little girl! I am going to see her today after work! Can’t wait!

She thought for sure she was having a boy (they didn’t want to know the sex before hand) and so I figured her intuition would be right so I was really surprised to find out it was a girl (I was secretly hoping for a girl though! I can’t wait to spoil her!)  They named her Clair.  I think that name is so cute! I’ll be sure to take some pictures of the new bundle of joy 🙂

Simple Recipes

I have two simple, simple recipes to share with you all.  First, Tuna Salad, which is one of my favorites.

This made approximately 3 servings for me:

  • 2 5oz cans of chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 3 tablespoons light mayo (roughly measured)
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (roughly measured) dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all together until blended.  I had this tuna salad on a wrap and today I have it with 1/2 of a chopped yellow pepper and one chopped tomato for lunch.

Tuna Salad

On the side I have some Greek Yogurt and an orange.

The next simple recipe to share is a chicken dish made in the crock pot.

I call it Tomato and Corn Chicken:

  • Raw Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 bag frozen corn
  • 1 can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • splash of chicken stock, about 1/4 cup to cover the chicken
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Place everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours.  I’m using this tonight for chicken tacos! Yum!

Tomato and Corn Chicken

Super simple, right? That’s what I am all about!

What’s in a Number?

I know I’ve shared my weight on my blog because I don’t particularly care if people know.  It doesn’t define me.  It’s a number. I have also seen plenty of bloggers share their weight, which I don’t mind reading.  I’m just as curious as the next person!

However, I find it a problem when others begin to compare their own bodies to someone else.

The Comparison Game

We have NO idea what exactly someone’s particular body is made up of.  And what I mean by that is the percentage of body fat to lean mass.  This is more important than the actual number that the scale spits back at you.

The Scale...

Note: this is not my scale or weight

Take someone who has a lot of muscle mass (lean mass) and little body fat.  They may step on the scale and the number may appear higher then you would think. But it’s because they are made up of more lean mass than fat mass.  Lean mass is more dense and takes up less room.  So if someone has more lean mass than fat mass, they will weigh more on the scale.

A woman weighing 145 pounds with 18% fat will look much smaller than a woman at 145 pounds with 30% fat. They weigh the same, yet the composition is different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller.

A BMI scale might actually place them in the “over weight” or “obese” category because it’s simply just comparing weight and height.  This is not an accurate picture of how healthy they are.  It’s important to know what exactly your body is made up of by getting your body fat tested

*Side note on BF% Tests: I recommend getting tested with skin calipers if you want something affordable and quick.  I wouldn’t trust the scales that tell you your BF%, many things can throw that off.  If you have access to other tests through your University, such as a DEXA scan or the Bod Pod, that’s even better and more accurate than skin calipers.

So when you see a blogger post their weight or read about a celebrity’s weight, stop playing the comparison game. We are all different and our bodies are all unique.  Our body composition is different.  Even if you see a blogger, celebrity, or have a friend who is your same height and your weight is different don’t worry about it!  One weight may be fine for someone’s body but be completely unattainable for someone else.

Question:

Have you had your body fat tested?