Thursday, March 3, 2011

Round is a Shape

Today, I got some paperwork from my first visit with my trainer.  It had stats and measurements from about 7 weeks ago.  According to the information, it said I was 202 lbs. of lean muscle and the rest was fat.  I have now lost quite a bit of fat, and I am sure I have gained muscle. 

I am in shape; the shape might be round, but I am healthy.  How many skinny people who live sedentary lifestyles can up and run for 30 minutes?  I am sure some can but not that many.  (I also hate you all for being able to be skinny and sedentary... Bless your heart.)

My goal starting Monday is losing 5 lbs. a week.  Time to turn it up to the next level.  I want to be at 250 this May when I start my training for my marathon in November.  I also want to be up to 15 miles a week with running.  Stronger, faster, longer....  Hate to quote Justin Bieber right now but "never say never!"


Paul Rone said...

202 lbs of lean? holy crap!

wam said...

Remember that 'Lean Body Mass' is not the same as 'Lean Muscle'. Lean body mass includes the weight of all bones, blood, organs (including skin), as well as muscle (basically, everything that's not fat). As you lose fat mass, it's natural (and desired) to also lose some amount of lean body mass, although hopefully what you lose in reduced blood volume and reduced amount of skin is offset by gains in muscle mass. The more important factor beyond the raw numbers is the ratio between the body fat and the lean body mass.

I do kind of worry that you might be setting unrealistic weight/fat loss goals. A pound of fat is roughly equivalent to 3500 calories. To lose five pounds of fat a week, means to run a 17,500 calorie deficit. That roughly equates to a 300 pound person running a 10 minute/mile pace for 12.8 hours per week. Plus keep in mind, that as you lose pounds, the amount of calories you spend to accomplish the same amount of work goes down as well. Consequently, it becomes progressively harder to maintain those deficits without adding more and more time and/or speed.

I really don't want to be a downer to you. In fact, I would be ecstatic for ya if you end up able to sustain the kind of weight loss you've been showing. I just would hate to see ya get discouraged for not being able to live up to goals based on enthusiasm and desire vs realistic expectations of a typical human body. I recommend consulting with your trainer to help determine what an appropriate amount of weight loss you should set as your goal (and for how long that goal should be valid).

Kate in Technicolor said...

You know I really wasn't into this post until you mentioned the Biebs...