Tag Archives: health

The little things count

Any effort toward your better health is beneficial. check out this article from the NY Times.




stop obsessing over the scale!

Please. And start paying attention to your body composition. Healthy people come in all shapes, sizes and numbers. You can be thin and still have the a high percentage of body fat,  almost as much as someone much bigger. For example, a woman who weighs 150 pounds and has 19% body fat is going to be much more slender than a woman who weighs 150 pounds and has 35% body fat. Duh, right. But think about the fact that when you are looking at the scale you are overlooking that fact! The number is irrelevant in so many cases it’s just not worth worrying about. I was my thinnest and most healthy at 142 pounds. I was pure muscle. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep this, a desk job will do that to you but I bet you didn’t think someone could be a size 2 and 142 pounds! Goes to show you.  Start thinking about how you feel, your energy level, your mood and your relationship with food. Pick up some heavy weights and start building lean mass. As a bonus – you’ll burn more calories just sitting around when you have more lean muscle mass than fat.

FYI – If you are a member of a gym you can take advantage of their personal trainers (usually you will get a session or two free with membership) and have one of them assess your body mass. That’s when they pinch you with the calipers. At the YMCA you are entitled to 3 meetings with a wellness counselor who will do the same thing.