In 1997 I had my body fat tested at Nautilus Gym. This was back when I was exercising and working out regularly. This was also before kids, and before gaining 55 pounds with my first pregnancy.
My Body Fat Percentage: 20.2%. I was 24 years old.
Fast forward 14 years….three pregnancies….never fully losing any of my pregnancy weight. I tried diet and exercise, over and over, and I could not shake “those last 10”. I didn’t think I was that “fat” but online calculators showed different.
My Body Fat Percentage: 29%. Ouch.
Here’s a calculator you can check- it’s not completely accurate, but it gives you an idea of where you may be:
In November 2011 I started the Take Shape for Life program (TSFL). I had a goal of losing those 10 pounds. Turns out I had more than 10 pounds to lose. I lost about 15 pounds and have been maintaining my new weight/size for the past 3 months.
Feeling pretty good about myself, even though I’m not exercising, I decided to get my Body Fat Percentage tested again- professionally. I went to a gym that has the Bod Pod, which is supposed to be extremely accurate.
My Body Fat Percentage = 18%
EIGHTEEN percent! LOWER than pre-kids! Holy cow!! Know what this means? TSFL works. It truly does burn the fat and you do not lose muscle on this program. It WORKS.
So what’s next? I’ve got a goal of getting down to 15%. I probably won’t get officially tested again, but I know what I want to look like. I plan to do another Fat Burn Blitz (going back on the 5 & 1 for a couple weeks) and then start an intensive weight training program with a goal to look like this:
(image from here)
I’m GOING FOR IT!