Why Numbers Matter Part One

Sometimes a number is just a number and there are a lot of people avoiding looking at their weight because of the number. I feel like this is so counterproductive to a lot of people’s training goals. I wrote earlier this year about my love for the scale, but there are a whole host of other ways to measure your body and what it’s made of. So, the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend I asked another trainer to measure me and give me some numbers. Here’s what I got:

Body Circumference Measurements:measurements may 2016




Body Fat Percentage Calculated from 3 Skinfold Sites:measurements 2 may 2016




So, what do these numbers tell me? Well, they tell me that my body is pretty well balanced from left to right except for my right leg being slightly larger. I’m also right side dominant and I’ve been working on that. My waist (the narrowest part of my body between the bottom of the breast bone and the belly button) is a full 10 inches smaller around than my hips. This means I’m at a lot less likely risk of suffering from heart disease because I am more “pear shaped” or carry gynoid obesity vs. abdominal, apple shaped, or android obesity. (Nothing wrong with a little junk in the trunk!)

And I’m in the average category for body fat percentage which means that I’m not at an unhealthy amount, but there’s always room for improving the composition of my body. I don’t know how much I currently weigh, although I was weighed at the doctor’s office recently….I was too distracted by the youngest to look at the number. If I were concerned with losing weight I could easily pick a “better” body composition and figure out how much to convert and/or lose in combination to improve. For right now, with what I do and my lifestyle and goals, I’m okay with what I see.

These numbers do impact my training a variety of ways. The more weight, and specifically more fat weight, I carry; the harder it is to be faster on the runs and bikes I do. The more balanced my body, the better I will perform at certain activities like yoga. So, I take these numbers as a benchmark….a place in time…..a check in with where I’m at on my fitness track. I don’t let them consume me and I don’t let them dictate anything. But I can use them to set more SMART goals if I choose.

I also recently received the numbers from a health scan for our health insurance. Come back tomorrow to learn more about CVD Risk and how those numbers matter.


What numbers do matter to you and which ones do you discard?

TOLT: Unconditional Love

Can you be unconditional with yourself? What a question….

A couple of weeks ago my hubby and I binge watched (well an episode or two a night for awhile) the second season of Frankie and Grace. In one of the final episodes of the season Grace (played by Jane Fonda) asks her daughter if she felt unconditional love when she was growing up. The response was NO. But, the daughter says, it kind of makes sense….because you’re not very unconditional with yourself.

OUCH! Continue reading TOLT: Unconditional Love

Meditation Monday: How Yoga Am I? – Trouble with Participation Trophies

I’m going to tell you from the start that this post is a little like a rant, but it’s a necessary unloading of some thoughts and feelings that I need to explore on my path to lead a more yoga life. I encourage your feedback on the issues.

I wrote a series in April about my yoga journey (12 Years of Yoga), but I find that I often stumble along my path to live a more yoga lifestyle. Case in point is the way I was making judgements last week at my son’s gymnastics show. All of the kids (preschool age) did a great job and I didn’t fault any of them on their performance. I’m just kind of over the participation medal being called an “award”.

A similar situation irked me on a run recently. I was going along a usual route one morning when I noticed a sign in a yard. The sign read “Sportsmanship Athlete of the Week”. Why did this get me so riled up? Well, because I’m tired of people giving out awards and recognition for things that we should be doing anyway! Continue reading Meditation Monday: How Yoga Am I? – Trouble with Participation Trophies