Yes, it’s that time of the year again – where I put myself out there for everyone to see.
Since my birthday is coming up, I decided to go for my annual body composition test. Below are the results compared to the tests from the last two years.
|Age||Weight Delta Yr Prior||Body Fat %||Dry Lean
|Intracellular Water %||Extracellular Water %|
Why am I sharing this? Well, four and a half years ago, I decided it was time to take a hard look at, and address, my physical condition. And, this has been a focus for me ever since.
Looking at the numbers above, I’m not concerned about my weight gain between 2008 and 2009. I was underweight back in 2008 and the level for 2009/2010 is a more reasonable mark. And, yes, I’ve put on a few pounds of fat in the past year. But, I can work on that – and, it’s not terrible to be 48-years old and have 15% body fat. So, I’m not overly concerned about it.
Bottom line, if I can go from where I was in June 2006 to a much healthier state – and then maintain that condition for four years, anyone can do it. The trick? Make good food choices, use portion control, and exercise – in that order. And, if you can’t move around that much, just eat healthy and wisely. It works.
The holiday feasting season starts next week. And, by some reports, the average weight gain during this time is two to six pounds – although I’ve also heard some claim it to be as high as ten pounds.
Enjoy your holidays – but, the best gift you can give during this time is the one you give yourself…by aiming to maintain and/or improve your health during this time (as we head into the new year).
Again, if this old man can do it, so can you.