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body betrayal

Yesterday, I had an emotional setback in terms of my personal fitness. After my personal success at the Modo 8K on Sunday (he said modestly), I was feeling fairly stoked and self-righteous.

At the suggestion of my personal trainer, I made an appointment with Bodycomp Imaging. Bodycomp uses unique technology to do a full body scan and provides analysis of your body fat and bone density. The results are more accurate than BMI or skin calliper testing.

While I knew that I was holding some weight in my belly area, I will still pretty confident about my over fitness level and general health. What I learned was less encouraging than I had expected. Without going into details (or numbers or percentages!), I discovered that:

  • My overall body fat is considerably higher than I expected
  • My bone density is somewhat low
  • I have very little muscle mass in my upper body

And here I thought all of these runs would be having a more positive impact on my body!

What to do?

I’ve got to make some changes! Armed with recommendations from Peter at Bodycomp, my objectives are:

1) More Vitamin D

Particularly in sun-starved Vancouver, this is crucial – and has an effect on bone health. This is fairly easy to supplement going forward.

2) More protein

We don’t eat red meat, although we do include seafood and dairy in our diet. However, I know that I tend toward more of the carbs and veggies, and often skimp on protein. I feel very butch, having gone out and bought one of those giant tubs of protein powder, and I guess smoothies will become a regular part of my routine. (Anyone who is a regular smoothie maker, feel free to share suggestions and recipes in the comments!)

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I also need to cut down on the amount of potato chips I hoover by the bag get a craving for once in a while.

3) More resistance training

I’m not a gym bunny. If you regularly follow my blog, you’ll note that I’m mostly outside. My indoor exercise is usually of the yoga/Pilates variety. I know that I need to get in more weight training, but it’s not something I’m drawn to. But realizing how lacking my upper body strength is – clearly I need to do something! So I’m going to start focusing on a weight training program ASAP!

As a result of this, I’m feeling a little forlorn today. But after work, I took advantage of the 20-degree weather and went straight out for an 8k run. Insanely warm! I bought a protein smoothie on the way home.

GIVEAWAY RESULTS

On a completely different note, my Giveaway for the Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon wrapped up yesterday. Very happy to congratulate Amanda at Just a Mom who TRIs – she can register for free! If you didn’t win – or didn’t have a chance the enter – you can still get $15 off a race entry. Just use the discount code DAMRUN at checkout!

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Comments
  1. That sounds like a very interesting analysis, I’ve heard and used the body fat percentage scales at a local gym but this is even more in depth. I’d be fearful of my numbers but at the same time they would give me the kick in the butt I need to get back to the gym. I prefer outdoor hiking/ walking and Pilates/yoga over weights but I know it’s a component that I need to get back to. Good luck to you and as for the protein shakes I try to make them as icy as possible then I pretend they are a frosty shake from Wendy’s. Adding a banana to the shake is usually my go to.

  2. egercke says:

    This body scan thing is interesting. I’m intrigued but don’t know if I even want to know that much about myself! I’m going to pick your brain on Saturday. Also, let me know if you want to hear about the bootcamp that I do!

  3. Wow so cool that you got to see you body fat and bone density results. that’s super helpful.! and good job on thinking about what changes to make, that’s a great first step.! Obviously everyone has improvments to make. I would love to see what my levels are

  4. Ima Mosier says:

    “I’m not a gym bunny.” I am so borrowing that phrase. It describes me exactly. You are so much braver (or in more denial) than I am. I have no desire to see a body scan of myself. I don’t know if there is enough beer out there to help me recover from that trauma.

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  6. Rudy says:

    This full body composition scan looks interesting, is this the one where you are plunged in water? May I ask how much did it cost?