While my body fat is at 21.5% my BMI is a solid 21.
OK chick what's the difference between those two numbers? English please?
Body fat percentage is an accurate reading that you must use some form of machine to measure. BMI is determined by calculation of numbers and/or a chart. Which one is more accurate? Body fat.
To measure my body fat, I use a hand held machine in which I input my height (6'0), weight (158), age, and sex. Holding the machine away from my body it sends harmless radio signals through out the body to measure body fat. I always check it twice to ensure an accurate reading. My ultimate body fat goal is an 18%. It's incredibly difficult for women to get below a 20, cause we gotta have boobs and butt y'all, however I want to take on this challenge, I really feel I'll be very happy with my body at an 18 regardless of what the scale says at that point. To check my BMI I use an online calculator which does not take into account your body fat percentage so you can really just take that number with a grain of salt.
For those of you doing half marathon training, I want to talk about the short runs during the week. The continuous 3 mile, 5 mile, 3 mile or 2 mile, 4.5 mile, 2 mile whatever your designated consecutive distances are. These short runs are more challenging for me than the long runs. My strategy through out half marathon training has been to run the short runs slowly and really save myself for the long runs on Saturday mornings. So far, this has been working for me. Additionally, throwing in treadmill incline training and circuit training has really helped to improve my long run time, that said I am not pushing myself to exhaustion on all of these weekly runs. What's your long distance training strategy Talk to me! I can't be the only one finding the short runs to be killer and the long runs to be easy?
This morning I did a repeat of this treadmill routine from Pinterest. At the end of the work out I doubled the 5.0 jog time and then popped up to 6.0 for one minute before cooling down for two minutes inclined at 4.0. I really like this routine, it's challenging but not exhausting I can still complete a full body weight routine after the treadmill inclines.
I followed up this morning's work out with egg whites, turkey bacon, bell pepper, & one cup of mixed fruit- peaches, strawberries, and pineapple.
I think I've finally decided what I'm going to give up for lent. I'm going to make my final decision sometimes this weekend. Make sure you're following me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness! Lot's of over sharing will go down for Mardi Gras!
Feeling GREAT this morning! I just love clean eating and exercise :)