Ok, ok. You were right.
Well, at least some of you were. When I threw down the gauntlet the week before last, some of you said, “Heidi, there is no way you have 24.5% body fat!”
I admit, I was a little bit skeptical too, but I figured it could very well be possible. What the hell do I know?
Anyway, because of the determination with which I wanted to approach my goal of hitting sub 20% by my thirtieth birthday on August 23rd, I decided to go and have a my body composition tested with a method that had a better margin of error than Ye Olde Calipers. I wanted an accurate starting point for the finishing sprint to the big day.
I made an appointment to be tested with a Bod Pod at a local fitness facility. The Bod Pod works the same way a water dip test does, only it uses air instead. Unlike the lovely fitness model on that web page, I did not wear a yellow swimsuit and blue cap. I chose my favorite color scheme instead: black on black.
The trainer who administered the test warned me that caliper tests often give you a body fat percentage that is lower that your real number. “Great.” I thought, “This stupid thing is going to tell me that I am twenty-seven percent and then I’ll really be pissed.”
“Well,” I sighed, “Let’s just see what it says.” I got in, sat down, and waited as I was hermetically sealed inside and then analyzed.
And what did that weird Mork-and-Mindy pod say?
It said 19.5%.
NINETEEN POINT FIVE PERCENT, punk! You heard me right!
I was so freaking elated that I called Daniel The Boot Camp Guy to tell him my good news. And here is the coolest part about Daniel – he picks up his phone – always. He’s there for you. He cares about your goals. He is sincerely and genuinely excited for your life accomplishments.
Of course, I still felt like a complete tool for calling him but I couldn’t stop myself. I needed a wireless high-five and I needed it right away. I knew that Daniel, more than anyone else, would really understand how much it meant to me.
And I was right.
So consider the gauntlet picked up and ass-whooped. Now, as victory celebrations (protein drinks and chicken breast for everyone!) come to a close, I’m trying to settle on the next prize. I think it’s going to be 17% but I need to do some check-ins to make sure that’s not totally overboard.
Standby for The Gauntlet Redux, coming soon to a blog near you.
Handy Tip for Tricking Yourself Into Drinking Enough Water:
Drink out of a cool cup. Does this sound dumb and childish? Yes. Does it work? Yes.
Does it possibly work for me because I am dumb and childish? Probably.
Here are my top three cool-cup strategies for making water more fun:
Freezer-Chilled Glass Beer Stein: I keep extremely thick glass beer mugs in my freezer. Sal uses them for beer, I use them for water. They work great for both and I love how the chilled glass keeps my water nice and cool. I can put room temperature water into it and it will cool to a perfect temp – not icy as with an ice-filled glass, but just slightly cooler than room temp.
Wine Glass: I use a big, crystal Bordeaux glass and fill it with ice. This makes me feel sneaky, like I’m getting away with something.
Crazy Straw: Hello!! Crazy straw. I do not need to explain this. Nothing is better than water that comes via the triple-loopty-loop super straw!
Go play. This is the first day of the rest of your life.