So lately I’ve been thinking I want to set my goal not to a weight, but to a body-fat percentage. I think I’d like to get between 22-25% body fat. I’m too embarrassed to tell you where I’m at now, but let’s just agree I’m not there yet. 🙂
I don’t want to be skinny fat. I don’t want to lose metabolism-boosting muscle and be left with a lot of fat. Muscle burns more calories in a resting state than does fat. Moreover, no one will know how much I weigh except me and anyone I choose to tell, but the whole world could look at me and know whether or not I am fit and strong.
This is not easy for a couple of reasons. First, with as little as I’m eating right now, it’s really hard to not lose muscle. Secondly, it’s very difficult to put on muscle when you’re eating this little. So the best I can hope for is to not lose as much muscle as I might if I wasn’t working out. I expect to lose muscle at my level of calories. I know that all I can do is minimize the loss of muscle and maximize the fat loss.
I’m starting to think that most of us with sleeves or other forms of weight-loss surgery need to focus more on muscle retention and fat loss rather than muscle gain and weight loss.
I don’t quite know how to figure it out accurately. According to my scale, I’ve lost 32 poundss in total. But it also shows that 29 poundss of that is fat and 12 poundss of that is muscle, which is clearly 42 poundss, not the 32 poundss I’ve lost. If anyone has advice on this, I’ll take it.
All I know is, I have to do whatever I can to keep the muscle and lose the fat. I will be strong when all this is over. I will not be the “typical” 47-year old woman.
Now there’s a goal that motivates me.
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