I’m been struggling with a lot of things this year in my first “offseason”. Bodybuilding has been put on the back burner a bit to try and work on other life issues, some of which I’ve been running from for years and some that are new. My struggles with my Rheumatoid Arthritis have really been one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with these last two plus years, but even harder than that is having to accept my body as is, the way it is and learn to be comfortable in my own skin at a time when I can’t physically do the things I used to do. On Monday I decided to do a hydrostatic body fat test as well as a metabolic test by Fitness Wave NorCal which has been coming to our Orangetheory Fitness every few months. I figured that now is as good a time as any to really know where I’m starting from. I’m at my heaviest weight and my worst fitness level in years and I’ve been really down about getting so far away from my physical peak. Within one year I went from my best physique to my worst. It’s been a hard pill to swallow but now that I know where I’m staring from I have an idea where I need to go and how long this road will be to get back.
When I got my results today I found out that although I’m horrified by my physique and how far I’ve fallen from my best, I’m still in the ideal body fat range for women. The ideal healthy range is 22-28%, and I’m sitting at 126 lbs at 24.48% body fat. That isn’t lean by any means, but it healthy. After competing at such a level it has really affected the way I see my body. Although 24% is much too high to be a competitive in season bodybuilder, it’s a perfectly healthy body fat for a woman. Although I’ve strayed a bit farther than what I deem a comfortable weight to walk around at, I need to remember that my competition weight is something that can only be maintained for a short duration of time. It’s not a healthy body fat level to carry for any extended time. I was also happy to hear that most women of my weight and height only carry about 80-90lbs of lean body mass, and I’m carrying almost 96lbs!