Sunday, February 6, 2011

Join me for an experiment, if you will....

I was so relieved to get meaningful comments after my last post. You guys rock. I was worried about bringing up the subject. If I talked to anyone else about trying to lose a few pounds they'd probably stuff a cookie in my mouth to shut me up.

Y'all get it. I'm talking about getting a competitive edge, not getting into a smaller pair of jeans. I'm already happy in mine :)

Seems as though many of you have thought about this and your own performance at some point. The overall consensus was "Sure, why not, give it a shot and see what happens". So here we go.

The recipe for losing weight is pretty easy: eat less, move more. I'm good with the move more part. Eat less...not so much. Since I'm looking to lose "vanity pounds" I admittedly don't need to lose, it's going to be challenging.

Enter the BodyMedia Fit. I'm turning 30 in a couple weeks so I ordered one today (NIB from ebay, not retail of course!) as a gift to myself. Who else but a nerdy health & fitness blogger would be so excited to spend their birthday money on that?

I'm so excited!



This morning I weighed in at 112.0 (BMI 20.5), and 18.5% body fat. I take the body fat measurement with a HUGE grain of salt. I pretty much want to disregard it all together, since this isn't a reliable way to measure body fat and the readings fluctuate wildly. I'll get anywhere from 12% to 20% depending on my hydration level at the time. We'll just note it today for trending purposes.


Using the guidelines from Racing Weight, my goal is to get to 107 before the Georgia Half marathon on March 21st. Trying to get back to my weight from 10 years ago just wouldn't be healthy. I think 107 is a reasonable goal (BMI 19.6).

According to this article from Runner's World, you'll gain about 2 seconds per mile for every pound you lose. So for a 5K that would be a whole 30 seconds and a little over 2 minutes for a half. That's quite a bit for someone whose been stalled around the 21 minute mark.

I'm a very black and white thinker. My Garmin and heartrate monitor have improved how I workout, hopefully this will improve the way I eat. Seeing my calorie expenditure (with 90% accuracy) *might* me think twice before popping another pumpkin peanut butter cookie into my mouth. That's the intent anyway.

If I start getting sick more often, turn into a turbo bitch because I'm constantly hungry, or just all-around feel like sh!t this experiment will be terminated immediately.

Won't you join me for this experiment?

16 comments:

  1. I am a little behind you, or I would join you in the experiement. 6 more weeks of being pg, followed by taking care of and nursing a newborn, I am probably still 2 months out from really focusing on losing any weight, but I will have a lot more than 5 lbs. to lose. Ha ha ha! Hopefully I will be down to just 5 more lbs. soon after the birth though. We will see. Which package did you buy exactly? I am intrigued and being 5' 2" with a small frame too, I can totally relate to the whole weight thing. BTW, the Komen 5k is in May and a lot of fun (jogging stroller are allowed too). I think it will be my first race back.

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  2. Hahaha, Lindsay. I haven't weighed 112 since I was in middle school. I suppose I would look a little ridiculous at 112 being 6 feet tall though. You're a good inspiration to get fit and healthy! Good luck with your experiement. If ever you decide to quit, come visit for some Costco cake!! :)

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  3. I think this is a really healthy way to approach this!

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  4. Haha...I won't be joining you, but I'll definitely cheer you on! I'll even look for you at the race in March!

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  5. Good luck! Please post and let us know how you like your new "toy"!

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  6. Since I'm currently trying to get pregnant I won't be looking to lower my racing weight any time soon. But- I'm excited that you are because someday I'll want to do the same thing and it will be interesting to see how it goes for you! Will you give a little review of BodyMedia Fit at some point? It looks interesting.

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  7. Wow! you're getting serious!

    Also, I have the BC-1000 and it's pretty consistent in terms of bf% readings. shoot, at $300, it better be.

    has ej convinced you to race me at RnR SD?

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  8. Oh I want one of those! Let me know how it works for ya!

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  9. Wowza, Ry is that thing gold plated?

    EJ's been trying. I'm totally on board, we just never know what schedule my husband is going othave from month to month. As long as EJ stayts committed, I'll probably do it too.

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  10. Those scales look so cool! I like that your approach/conversation about weight loss is so matter of fact, related to performance rather than body image. Flo from GirlinMotion has made some interesting insights on racing weight, the book, and Tanita scale as well: http://www.girlinmotion.com/heavy-thoughts, (maybe search "racing weight" on her site to see her updates on the project...)

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  11. I'm pretty interested in this experiment you are doing. In the last week I have really been watching what I put in my mouth. I am curious if weight loss will help or hurt your time. I'm down to lose a few lbs, and even more so if it would help my time.

    How did you decide that 107 was the "ideal" weight?

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  12. Thanks sweatykid! I'll definitely check out her blog. I just decided 107 since I wanted to see the effect of losing 5 pounds. No sound reason actually.

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  13. this is my favorite part of the post:
    "turn into a turbo bitch because I'm constantly hungry"
    so true whenever I have calorie counted!

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  14. this is my favorite part of the post:
    "turn into a turbo bitch because I'm constantly hungry"
    so true whenever I have calorie counted!

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  15. Those scales look so cool! I like that your approach/conversation about weight loss is so matter of fact, related to performance rather than body image. Flo from GirlinMotion has made some interesting insights on racing weight, the book, and Tanita scale as well: http://www.girlinmotion.com/heavy-thoughts, (maybe search "racing weight" on her site to see her updates on the project...)

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  16. I'm pretty interested in this experiment you are doing. In the last week I have really been watching what I put in my mouth. I am curious if weight loss will help or hurt your time. I'm down to lose a few lbs, and even more so if it would help my time.

    How did you decide that 107 was the "ideal" weight?

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