Body Fat Follow-up and Peanut Butter

Trainer Kevin has left me barely able to sit upright, but I wanted to get this posted before my complete collapse.

Thanks so much for your kind words and such on my body fat news. My personal trainers are a little dubious about the results, so we’re going to do another test with them soon to see how close their numbers are to the gym manager’s reading. Her margin of error, if there is one, wouldn’t be significant enough to put me too much higher, so I’m still mighty happy with these results.

In her kind comments, Diana> mentioned that the number seemed low in comparison to her understanding of what constitutes normal-healthy body fat percentage. Ditto for me, Diana. Like you, I thought low-to-mid 20s was a really good number. And it is. It turns out that anywhere between 16%-25% is good for a woman in my–ahem-age group. (If you scroll to the bottom of the link, there’s a handy reference chart.)

What I didn’t take the time to mention last night was that the gym lady suggested that I get to 9% body fat by losing–get this–38 more pounds!! Oh yeah, that’s going to happen. For one thing, I doubt I can lose 20 more pounds. Forget about twice that. LOL Also, I don’t care to BE 9% body fat. Am I crazy? I’m thinking I would look gaunt, plus the only curves I’d have left would be the skin flaps where my breasts and hips are now. No, if I can affirm and keep a body fat % under 20 and lose another few pounds, I’ll be quite content. Very content. Elated even.

On to other news, and this is HUGE: The folks at Hungry Girl report that Peter Pan has a whipped creamy peanut butter that has 50 less calories per serving than most other PBs! I did not know this! Do you have any idea what this means? I can have a peanut butter & banana sandwich (on whole wheat, of course) for 300 calories! I’m in heaven!

Oh, btw, the HG folks have a new book of recipes coming out soon. I’m looking forward to checking it out. They use a lot of “shelf products”, but they mostly choose healthier options. My kind of people.

Okay, I’m toast. I hope you all had a fantastic day and enjoy an even better tomorrow!