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?
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