Calling Her Name
One night, a young girl was lying in bed, just on the verge of falling asleep, when she heard her mother calling her name from the kitchen. She went downstairs to see what her mother wanted, but as she was passing by the cupboard under the stairs, the door opened and a hand reached out and dragged her in. It was her mother, hiding in the cupboard. “Dont go into the kitchen,” whispered her mother. “I heard it calling my name too.”
2 Years in Measurements
Today, I got my 2-Year Feedback from the research study I volunteered for in college. My measurements were taken at the baseline, 4 month, one year, and two year assessment periods. I’m excited about the results.
Let me start by explaining that the study coordinators requested that I make “small changes” every day to my intake and activity habits. This was supposed to result in a slow, but permanent weight loss trend. I agreed to sign up for the study because I was at a point where (after taking almost a year to recover from an ED mess) I had put on some weight and was looking for some motivation to take it back off. I started off with the small steps and ended up making my own large leaps once I had kicked my butt into high gear. I quickly lost about 15 lbs. Afterwards, I started weight training seriously. Here are the results. I’ll try to shed some light on the patterns.
When my weight was 144.5 lbs, my body fat percentage (via BodPod) was 30.4%. At my current weight (151.6 lbs), my body fat is 25.9%.
My body fat percentage has gone down from 37.4% to 25.9% since I started weight training and eliminated the majority of my traditional cardiovascular training and conditioning.
Most of my bloodwork showed similar levels, but my triglycerides went WAY down. Whoa. When I first saw that my waist size didn’t change much between this year and last year, I was disappointed (until I flipped the page and saw the body fat changes!)
SHAZAM! There you have it! Quantifiable results. Quantifiable motivation to weight train.
I’m still not super lean, but I’m super happy to know that the composition of my body has actually drastically changed.