Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I may be fat, but I'm fit too!

The gym we have at work is offering free fitness assessments.  Since it's free I figured what the heck, might as well see how bad I am.

Had the assessment and was pretty happy with everything I was able to do.  The assessment involves waking on the treadmill as the incline is increased, sit ups, push ups, body measurements, strength and flexibility.

Turns out I'm well above average, both in good and bad ways.  First the bad,  39.9% body fat.  OMG, have never even thought about % body fat.  So I fall into the well above average for my age.  If there was a category for supercalefragilistically above average, i'd be in that one.  Nothing too surprising, I am obese after all.

Now onto the great!  In both push ups and sit ups I am also in the well above average for my age.  Who?  Me?  wow!!!!

The trainer actually said to me "don't take this the wrong way, but a woman who weighs almost 250 usually can't do that many push ups/sit ups".  So just because I'm obese doesn't mean I don't have muscles under all that fat.

Strength, flexibility and treadmill test I was all about average.  I'll take that.  So much better than I thought I would do. So no more "I can't do that cuz I'm too fat".  I had a training session and said I didn't think I could do something and the trainer looks me in the eye and said  I saw you do 24 pushups, so don't tell me you can't do 10 now. If I was smart I would have held back a little in the assessment.

I have set a new goal for myself of losing 100 pounds by my one year surgiversary.  That gives me about 3 months to lose about 15 pounds.  I can do it, just need to set my mind to it.  To that end I'm signing up for personal training.  One 30 minute session a week with the trainer.  I could try and do the stregnth training she gave me one my own, but I know I will do so much better with someone yelling at  encouraging me.

I was going to start this week, but work schedule is crazy, so next week it is.


  1. You are a machine! Great job, and what a boost of encouragement for you.
    Best of luck on your one year goal. You can do it!

  2. I'd say you passed those assessments with flying colors. I've worked with several personal trainers over the years and think it is a much better value, for less money, than therapy. Though I've worked with plenty of therapists too. Good luck with the one-year project.