If you read my blog, you know I struggle with my weight and fitness. I’m struggling right now.
The recent move didn’t go well for me physically speaking. Mentally, I’m doing great. But I put on weight that I had kept off for a while, and now I need to get it back off. To help me accomplish this, I will be using the Army Wellness Center.
You might remember that J and I did a bunch of metabolic and fitness testing last year. This is the same thing. But with pictures.
I went in for the metabolic and body composition tests. The metabolic is easy – you lie there for 15 minutes with a mask on your face and just breathe. I don’t understand how it determines your metabolism, but it apparently does. I will get my results next week in the required nutrition class.
Next comes the dreaded BodPod. This thing looks like an escape pod from a spaceship. You have to wear very little – spandex shorts, no top for guys, sports bra for women, and a little nylon cap, much like a nylon swimcap. To control your hair. They enter your weight and height and you’re ready to go.
|that's their test device in there|
You sit in this thing, it vacuum seals and pulses a bit, they open it and close it again, and it goes through another round. That’s it. All done. They give you a printout of your results, and you leave feeling fat. At least, I do.
So here are my results. Yes, I’m sharing these online. No shame. First is the breakdown of all my body: fat mass, other mass, etc. Next is their chart of where I should be. When I had this done back at Bliss, I was a level lower than where I am now. Ugh.
|Body Mass is my total weight|
|this is what I hope to change the most - I want to get to moderately lean|
At the nutrition class, there’s supposed to be a dietician I can talk to. I hope to be able to set up a one-on-one to discuss my personal diet struggles and hopefully get some help overcoming them. I’ll also do the VO2 Max test next week, which determines fitness.
I did a little research and found that the BodPod test usually costs about $45, while the metabolic and VO2 testing can cost $100-$200. And I get it all for free, because J is in the Army. If any of my Army/Milspouse friends are reading, you should check out the Wellness Centers. They aren’t everywhere yet, but they are spreading.
Also, here’s a little more info on the VO2/Metabolic testing, from a magazine J actually subscribes to: http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/fitness-coach/Is-Metabolic-Testing-Worth-It.html
And finally, a cute pic of Remy. Just because.