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Living inside the numbers.

Monday, March 16, 2015

So I had to do my befit assessment for work this morning. This is a assessment that the company does for non contract employees for insurance purposes.
These things stress me out. I work out almost daily, I walk over 10,000 steps a day, I run, I do piyo, I do the kettle bell workouts but yet this one thing can take me down.
They measure your body fat with their machine, they weigh you, they take your blood pressure, they take labs to check for triglycerides, cholesterol, nicotine etc.....
Well, this year I started to do more strength training because my body fat was 28.6% last year and it has to be below 26% to be in the normal no risk numbers.
Today, my body fat was 30%!!!! Oh good, I have increased my body fat by 1.4%!!!!!
I have to wonder, what can I possibly do to get a perfect score. My bmi will fall in the normal range and I think all of labs will come back ok, but I will still be over the body fat number and that is not a big deal in the whole scheme of things if that is the only thing that I get docked for, but it is the principle of that stupid number! How could it have gone up??????????
I told myself that it is not a big deal, it is just a number, but those are the numbers that we live inside of. Those are the numbers that can drive us crazy.
So, I will keep on fighting, as I get closer to 50, it will get harder, but I know that I am worth it and it is just a number in the end. Just a number that will never define me.
Isn't it something what those numbers can do to us!
I will keep on pushing and keep on fighting those numbers! emoticon emoticon

And according to this chart, I guess I am average so it is all about who is choosing the numbers. Thanks Honeybliss for pointing out that fact!
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    I think there is something wrong with the machine emoticon
    2245 days ago
    Don't drive yourself crazy, Holly. You are doing such great things for your health every single day! Just think what your numbers would have been had you NOT started on this lifestyle journey.
    PS Love your background-Greece? Looks gorgeous.
    Have a great day!
    2245 days ago
    same thing happened to me at work body fat numbers up , blood pressure number up . they give you money if they are normal but im not until I go to my doctor and I am excellent with his numbers . you my dear are looking awesome don't let a number get you down
    2246 days ago
    Numbers can drive you crazy. You are still in the normal range. However, it must be frustrating to see an increase with all of the exercise you do. Hang in there. You are so much more than those numbers and are in great health.
    2246 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    It is all about who is choosing the numbers and how the numbers are chosen; for example, body fat percentages can vary widely by testing method. Based on your stated lifestyle, it's hard to believe your numbers would be anything short of excellent.
    2246 days ago
    Interesting...thanks for sharing!
    2247 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Yes, it's just number...not only are you doing great, you look great....Keep Rocking!
    2247 days ago
    Also, I've heard that some body fat machines don't give really accurate measurements, so could it possibly be the type of machine? In any case, I don't care what their machine says, you are one fit lady!
    2247 days ago
    If it's for insurance purposes, they might want to bother with minimum details to charge more? I don't like that. Sorry it is bothering you.
    2247 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15169916
    I think they need to get some upgraded equipment because you my dear are in excellent health! That is like using one parameter to measure which is never a wise decision. If YOU are in trouble, what about the guy in the cubicle that looks 7 months pregnant? No one would be getting a fair shake! Keep up the good fight, you are doing everything right!

    Hugs, Nancy
    2247 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Holly, it is hard to believe your fat is higher than last year with all the workouts you do each week. This is baffling, how stringent are these tests, and who is deciding if your fit. My dumb thinking is those who workout as much as you, works full time and on your feet on the move so much at work--equals a fit person. Don't let this befit test bum you out.
    2247 days ago
    Oh my gosh! You've got to be kidding me! I cannot believe your body fat went up 1.4%!!!
    I know it is just a number but you are more active than 90% of people I know! I think the test was wrong! I am so sorry about your test results! I hope your blood work comes back good! You inspire me every day to do better with my exercise! I think you rock girlfriend!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
    P.S. Holly, I think you look FIT and FABULOUS!!! emoticon
    2247 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/16/2015 8:42:54 PM
    I just watched "Forks over Knives" on Netflix. It was not what I thought it was going to be. I am really thinking of switching to a plant based diet after watching it. My blood work was bad last lime I got it done. So I am going to see if ths works for me

    Sorry you didn't get the results you wanted Holly. (((Hugs)))
    2247 days ago
    Hmmm According to WebMd you are still within the Acceptable Body Fat Percentage! LOL Was the test taken around the same time last year? I wonder if the difference is having the test just after winter? We tend to take it easy over winter I think. Not sure if that's why or what but just a guess. I guess the good news too is that it is only 1.4% that's not that much really. But if you really want to change it still maybe do more traditional strength training with increasing dumbbell weight as you progress so that you can track your progress a bit more? Just throwing ideas out! LOL
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