January 26, 2010

Am I done?! Really?! Yikes. :-o

My initial goal has been 150 lbs or 25% body fat, whichever came first.

My Tanita scale has been indicating anywhere from 22% to 26% body fat for the past week or so.

I suspected I was close, but wouldn’t know until I had it measured by a more accurate method.

While in CA on January 15 through a DXA scan I found out my body fat is actually 19%.
Are you freaking KIDDING me?! That’s actually in the “athletic” category.  Specifically Nordic skiers, bicyclists, and swimmers.  Gee, what a coincidence, LOL

However, last year at this time I still weighed around 300 lbs, so it’s a lot to mentally adjust to.

Apparently what’s going on is that my BONES are uber-dense.  As in over 3 standard deviations denser than normal.  The T-score is 3.5, the Z-score is 3.2, if you’re into that sort of thing.  This doesn’t mean I have *big* bones – I’m still small-framed by all the measures I’ve tried.  It just means that my tiny little bones are the osteo equivalent of titanium, or something.  Which actually bodes well for the future, because they lose density, I’ll eventually end up at “normal” while everyone is fracturing their hips at 80…

So my dense little bones are tricking my scale into thinking I’ve got more fat than I do.  Because the scale is using average values for my age and gender, etc. to estimate body fat.

This body fat percent means, technically, that by at least one measure I am done. I have been processing this information for the past couple of days – I actually cried a little in the car on the way back on Thursday, because I was just so overwhelmed. I wasn’t expecting this. I wasn’t really ready for it.

I have been lightening up on the calorie restriction but continuing with the heavy exercising, with predictable results. This morning I’m up to 158. So I’ll be pushing back down on the restriction a little more.

In the meantime, realizing that I’m probably going to be close to this size for a while, and having my two sisters handy, I indulged in SHOPPING. Me. Who has historically H.A.T.E.D. shopping. With a Passion.

In the interests of public service, here is a rundown of the thrift and consignment stores my sisters and I investigated:

1) American Cancer Society Discovery Store, Rancho Bernardo
16787 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego – (858) 385-0479

Small store, Salvation Army-type prices & selection. Found the sparkly $18 blue velour dress on sale in the above pic for half off.

2) Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique, Poway
12222 Poway Road, Poway, CA – (858) 679-1222

Upscale. Lovely selection. Found a really nice workout top and leather pants ($26).

3) Plato’s Closet, Escondido
1220 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA – (760) 233-0002

Geared toward 20 year olds. Found some really nice workout gear there. Lots of colors and styles and the ability to be picky.

4) Deborah’s Next to New, Escondido
1624 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA – (760) 743-8980

Large selection. Similar items scattered throughout the store. Quality ranges from Salvation Army to upscale. Found an awesome lined suede long skirt there for $29.

I had to get a box to ship all this stuff home…



  1. Your results are extraordinary! 19% body fat and STRONG bones…what a way to set yourself up for a healthy present and future! Are you done? That’s up to you and whether you feel there are areas to work on still. Either way I know you have the tools, knowledge and most importantly the passion to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
    Well done again! Proud of you… as I know you must be.

    Comment by seelieness — January 27, 2010 @ 7:13 am | Reply

    • Thanx.

      Now I’m focused on the maintenance. Recidivism rates for weight management are appalling.

      5% of people who get to goal weight manage to stay within 5 lbs of it in the following 3-5 years.

      20% of people manage to keep off 10% of their original body weight. By that measure, even Eric Chopin of the US Biggest Loser series is a “successful maintainer.” 😐

      For perspective, 20% of Everest attempts actually result in a summit.

      Comment by origamifreak — January 27, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  2. YAY!
    So are you the feminine human equivalent of Wolverine?

    Comment by jpm14 — January 28, 2010 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

    • Gee. I suppose that would be about right. Except that I hope the calcium in MY skeleton is a bit more reliable than adamantium… LOL

      And I don’t have retractable claws. But I do have a sharp tongue that is retractable… 😉

      Comment by origamifreak — January 29, 2010 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  3. You look AMAZING!! Big congrats to you. And I think your shopping spree was well deserved!!

    Comment by Shannon — January 29, 2010 @ 9:24 am | Reply

  4. Yes, I am confident your bones are not static. 🙂

    Comment by jpm14 — January 29, 2010 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

    • LOL. Besides, I came up with my own superhero identity back in May 09 (over 100 lbs ago)

      Fancy Sneaky Projectile

      The true irony of this image, and not one I would have known about back in May is that my midriff is one of the areas I definitely am not leaving bare these days, due to the skin flaps hanging down from my rib cage over my waist! LOL

      Other than that, the colors are right, the hair is about right, and the only way the symbol could be better is if it were biohazard. hehehe

      Comment by origamifreak — January 31, 2010 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  5. My goodness you look fantasic!!! Gives me hope that I too can do it!!!!


    Comment by aylilth — January 29, 2010 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

    • Yes, you can definitely do it – you just have to really really really want it badly enough to put up with stuff like logging all your food, exercising when you don’t feel like it, and making your friends and family accommodate all your new foibles… hehe

      Comment by origamifreak — January 31, 2010 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

  6. Super awesome Angela!
    No dreaded old-woman-hump for you.

    Comment by Kathie — January 31, 2010 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

    • LOL. We’ll see. My mom had a LUMP (terminal thyroid tumor) not a HUMP. I think I’d prefer the HUMP!

      Comment by origamifreak — January 31, 2010 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  7. Wow, look at you……….

    Guess that walking is a weight bearing exercise and good for your bones; now you go for a walk you’ll need to carry a bag of cement with you to maintain bone strength 🙂

    Thrift store, come on you must be at the point now where you can buy clothes that will last for years suggest that you splash out and go to TJ Maxx ;D


    Comment by Deano — March 10, 2010 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  8. I hadn’t checked your blog and decided to do today. I’m glad that I did! I won’t recognize you anymore. Congrats and now you really inspire me….

    Comment by Mika — April 18, 2010 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

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