My aims ~TJ67

When my son was home from uni we were discussing what I was aiming to achieve with all the healthy eating and exercise. From this very simple question came a torrent of information and different outcomes which I had to try to justify to him (very logical boy).

Firstly – I wanted to improve my health – he liked that

Secondly – I wanted to lose weight – same as first aim according to Mr Logical

Thirdly – I wanted to be fit  – same as 1 and 2 he says

Fourthly – I want to be a size 12 – this completely flummoxed him he had no conception that women’s clothes came in sizes. We discussed men and women’s clothing ie trousers come in a waist size not a generic number, he could not grasp that women’s clothes were graded according to standard measurements.

So being a scientific sort, off he went to investigate, we discovered some startling facts. Each clothing chain decides on its own measurements for sizes and these can be very varied indeed.

Dress Sizes on the high street

Dress Sizes on the high street from an article in the Daily Mail

As you can see there is a two to three inch difference in bust, waist and hip sizes from just these few shops, so my son asks how can you want to be something that simply does not exist in reality?

My turn to be confused, the more I tried to explain, the more confused I became. Eventually I had to concede that he was correct, there is no actual size 12, but I am certain that the vast majority of women in the UK would have an image in their heads of what the shape and proportion of a size 12 was.

So my aims then have changed due to the chat with my son (lasted for an entire evening), health, fitness and no blubber regardless of size.

During the investigations we found this image from showing five women all weighing 154 pounds (11 stone) – slightly less than I would have thought for me to be size 12 at 5′ 4″.

Five women of varying height all weighing 11 stone

Five women of varying height all weighing 11 stone

Just goes to show that you cannot select a size or a weight and hope to be the shape you want – that is affected by height, body composition and many other factors – over to Steve for geek stuff on body composition, how to improve it, toning, conditioning (whatever that is – makes me think of Bob Martin’s conditioning powders for the dogs coat)

Understanding: Body Composition

Its is not really about the weight on the scales.

It is really about the proportions of lean body mass, bone weight and density and the (some of it) vital body fat.

It is the pesky body fat which often exceeds the helpful or even the optimum level which is really what people need to consider and not the number on the bathroom scales.

Grrr – Weightloss Plateau ~TJ28

Partial - 2013-08-02_085425I admit I fell off the path of righteous eating last week and had a gain of 0.7 kg – my fault, no excuses.

But now I’m getting fed up, doing everything right, food, exercise – alternating between upper and lower body strength exercises, walking again, some interval training on treadmill and rowing machine; and I am simply not losing weight.

Body composition figures are bouncing around daily by less than one percentage point between fat and muscle. I don’t know what else I can do except perhaps try a couple of fast days and / or have a real go at Lizzie (my internal controller).

Anyone else been here?

What do you do when this happens?