I had my Bi-Weekly visit with my friends over at The Petteruti Center today and I was able to hop onto their new handy dandy space aged wicked cool scale.
This little gem measures all of the important things that make up our body weight like muscle mass, skeletal mass, body fat mass, the amount of fluid one’s body is holding….. yea pretty intense! I’ve been excitedly dreading the arrival of this new toy for weeks, partly because I had absolutely no idea what my body fat percentage would be and I have been running and lifting weights and I was hoping that my muscle mass number would be nice and high which would also be a reason for the scale to reflect a “high” number for someone of my height. As my lovely Wellness Coach Shannon entered my stats into the computer and the scale weighed me, down 2 more pounds by the way for a total weight loss of 32 pounds with 21 more to go until goal weight, the scale began humming and computing gathering all sorts of data that was either going to burst my bubble or make me want to make out with it….. it actually did a little of a both in a way.
I really thought this machine was going to tell me my body fat was like 75%….. no really. I honest to goodness was ready for it to chuckle and reach out and tickle my sides and say “Omgosh aren’t you just the cutest little chubb”…… well it didn’t and my body fat percentage is BELOW 50%! It’s actually 42% which is not great and I need to be at around 25% to be at optimal health, as we all should be. Being in the 25% body fat percentage range reduces our risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes etc etc….. it’s not just about becoming skinny it’s about extending my life and making sure it’s the best one possible. After I was a bit down at how close it was to 50% Shannon let me know that my muscle mass was coming in at a 94!!!!!!!!!!!!! That to me is total ROCKSTAR status!! I have grown to appreciate the fact that I have a lot of muscle mass, some of which I haven’t worked on it’s just naturally there from years of dance, but for most of it I have been running and curling and toning and it’s paying off. I never thought of myself as an “athlete” and thanks to Dr. Petteruti that’s the body classification I’m put into. I’m built, I’m strong, I’m a little force to be reckoned with and I have to say my attitude is changing. Then Dr. P and Shannon dropped the bombshell of all bombshells on me…..
From here on out it’s no longer about reaching the number on the scale…. no scale…. I repeat NO SCALE!!!!!!! It’s going to be about reducing that body fat percentage and continuing to lower my BMI (Body Mass Index) number. If you’ve been tuning into my Silencing the Fat Girl Inside Videos then you know this whole NO Scale thing will be a big deal. Not that we won’t be monitoring the scale but the number we see won’t matter as much as the percentages Dr. P wants to see. Once we saw how my body was made up as a whole and how many calories my body burns at rest we were able to completely re-evaluate my whole plan….. and it’s CRAZY EXCITING!
I left Dr. P’s with a little pep in my step, I felt confident, determined…..even a little SPICY! So guess what’s for dinner…..
Spicy Turkey and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers
-1 lb white ground turkey
-1 taco seasoning packet
-3 cleaned bell peppers
Don’t toss the tops!!! Chop them up and add them into the turkey mix!
-1 15.5 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
-fat free, reduced fat, or shredded rice cheese for topping
-1 tablespoon minced garlic
In large skillet coated with cooking spray saute your garlic and chopped pepper tops. Once soft add in turkey and cook until done. Pour in black beans and mix well, stir in seasoning mix according to the instructions. Allow mix to thicken. Meanwhile in large pot bring water to boil and allow peppers to blanch. Once peppers are soft and turkey mix is thick, spoon turkey into peppers and top with cheese. Place in pre heated 350 oven and bake until cheese is melted, serve warm!
Healthy Wishes, T