Sunday, September 02, 2007

I rule!

Well, not really. But nearly every time I lift weights, which I do in my garage, I have a mental picture of Lester Burnham in American Beauty. And that, naturally, leads me to think of my favorite line in the whole movie, which is the title of this post.

I don't mind [too much ] that the body-fat scale says I'm 40 percent blubber, now that I've had a day to think about it. I had no trouble at all motivating myself to get out there and pretend to be Lester for half an hour yesterday. I did some bench work and a set of pyramids [two sets of 15-20 reps of six different moves at four and eight pounds, and one set of 10-12 reps of six moves at 12 pounds]. And 40 crunches. And then I ran four miles.

As for the accuracy of the scale, Mr. Shrinking Knitter's measured 25.5 percent; we both agreed that was probably right for him. Bless his heart [can you tell I'm turning Southern?], when I asked him to guess what mine was he said, "Twenty?"

When I said it was 40, he looked as shocked as I did.

I think I'll keep him.

For some reason I don't mind confessing the 40 percent, while I still have a hard time stating my weight. I've never said how much I weigh here on the blog; I've always thought I would divulge my starting weight when I finally reached my goal.

So I guess if you're dying to know how much I weigh, this would be a good time to practice patience, Grasshopper.

The other thing about the accuracy of the number is that it really doesn't matter. It's a benchmark – if I continue to run, do yoga, lift weights and eat healthfully, I should make some downward progress.

Of course I think my weight should go down, as well, and that ain't happening!

My doctor's appointment is in 10 days; I may or may not continue to bore you with my obsession about this. Maybe I'll finally get the kitchen cupboards cleaned out and I'll bore you with that.

What's a blog for, after all? Heh.


ws said...

Glad to hear you aren't bothered by the scale.

I love that movie. It is so sad that I think I know every word. I think my favorite line is "This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts." But it changes with each watching...

Bore away, for god sakes I write about running in circles and how long it takes...

jodi said...

40% seems awfully high, maybe your doctor could do a more accurate reading? i have no idea what my bodyfat percentage is and i'm not sure i really want to know... maybe if i was pushing 200+ i would be more concerned but right now - i'm happy... i think once you get in a regular, weight-lifting routine - you will see the scale move down... might just take some time for your body to adjust... :o)

Anonymous said...

You are so funny, I love reading your blogs and they never bore me!!
I was stuck with the weight loss to...between January and June. In June I was on the injured list (my shoulder) and went to a sports medicine clinic. When I explained how much I was running and weight training, the physical therapist said I was doing to much and I've put my body in a plateau. He said to take a week off. I did, I lost 5 pounds. Easing back into my routine, I've not yet built back up to 5 miles a day. Last week I had another 5 pound loss.
You are on track though, never giving up is the key. And you right in checking with your doctor.
Keep up the great work and thanks for the encouragement through your blog!!

Jack Sprat said...

"don't have a real job"
"56-year-old fat lady"
"40% blubber"

Hey, could you do me a favor and stop talking about my wonderful friend Debbi that way? She's athletic and determined, good-natured, generous, humble, kind and occasionally silly. I like her just the way she is, even though I support her efforts to lose a little weight.

If you knew her like I did, you wouldn't be so down on her!!