Health & Fitness Evaluation… a reality check!

As one of the lucky individuals chosen to be a “Kin’s Green Fighter” I received a health and fitness evaluation.  Boy, did I get a reality check!

Part of being selected as 1 of 13 contestants in this competition meant that I received a very comprehensive health/fitness analysis.  Blood work, Dexa Scan, fitness testing (ECG treadmill stress test, pushups, situps, flexibility….) Lung capacity, grip strength – the works!

Here’s what I learned:

  • I have 47.5% body fat        are you SERIOUS?! I mean I know that I have gained weight, but that made me feel sick How utterly embarrassing! I’m told that the “average woman” should have roughly 25%-33% body fat.

Embarrassment aside, the DEXA Scan was interesting.  You lay on a bed, toes taped together, and a machine scans your body for 6 mins. measuring lean muscle, fat, and bone density.  Apparently I do have a good amount of muscle, it’s just all hidden “under a nice layer of fat” …… sigh

  • my bone density is not that great   (I will now be taking Vitamin D along with a multi-vitamin and Omega 3-6-9)
  • I lasted 9 mins on the treadmill stress test until I got to my target heart rate (I’ll be aiming for longer at my final evaluation after this 13 weeks.  Time to up that cardio and get my heart even healthier)
  • I can do 30 full standardized situps in 1 min (this puts me in the “good” range)
  • I can do 7 standardized “men” pushups (feet together, on your toes … I’m unsure if this is “good” or “bad” as I cannot find a chart for women based on a full pushup, they all seem to be based on doing a pushup from the knees)
  • I can jump, although I’m not exactly sure how high? (I forgot to get that measurement!)
  • my flexibility is decent … there is always room for improvement (more yoga here I come!)
  • I don’t get enough protein (I don’t like milk, I don’t eat much red meat.. I’m a veggies, beans, salad, smoothie and fruit kinda gal)
  • my lung function is fantastic (yay for not smoking!) I met 99%-100% of what was expected
  • my cholesterol level is slightly high (which, even though it’s genetic, it’s very important to me to fix this … healthy heart, healthy body is the goal here!!)

So here I am … can you see all that light pink?  That’s FAT!  All that dark pink, MUSCLE!  I want more dark pink, less light pink

And apparently, according to my eldest daughter I have a small head! (I already knew that thank you!)

All in all, the health and fitness evaluation was very informative!  Now it’s time to GET HEALTHIER!

fat vs muscle vs bone.. BODY COMP SCAN

fat vs muscle vs bone.. BODY COMP SCAN

1 Minute Sit Up Test (Women)

Age 18-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+
Excellent >43 >39 >33 >27 >24 >23
Good 37-43 33-39 27-33 22-27 18-24 17-23
Above average 33-36 29-32 23-26 18-21 13-17 14-16
Average 29-32 25-28 19-22 14-17 10-12 11-13
Below Average 25-28 21-24 15-18 10-13 7-9 5-10
Poor 18-24 13-20 7-14 5-9 3-6 2-4
Very Poor <18 <13 <7 <5 <2
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some of my favourite foods…

Eat a Rainbow

Today I am trying to fit in all my fruits and veggie servings! Made a delicious smoothie for breakfast and had time to make a massive batch of delicious vegetable soup!

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Dinner tonight was noodle-less lasagne! Layers of grilled zucchini with cottage cheese, ground turkey and veggies in tomato sauce, spinach and of course yummy mozzarella …. Delicious !

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For this tasty dish I swapped out pasta noodles with ribbons of zucchini.  I grilled the zucchini to get some of the moisture out (and add some great flavour)

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper
  • 1 can Italian tomato sauce
  • 1/2 a can of tomato paste
  • fresh basil and any other spices/herbs

For the filling:

  • 2% cottage cheese mixed with thawed spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup red peppers
  • 3  mushrooms, stems trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Freshly ground black pepper

other items:

  •  shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 cups)
  • ground turkey
  • 2 meduim zucchini, ends trimmed and sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick (I used a mandolin slicer) – grilled (soak up any excess moisture with a paper towl)
INSTRUCTIONS
For the sauce:

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F
  2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, mushrooms, peppers, until softened add in ground turkey … cook until done
  3. Add the tomato sauce & paste. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the flavors meld and the sauce has slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

meanwhile you will be grilling the zucchini

To assemble:

  1. layer of zuccini
  2. some shredded cheese
  3. cottage cheese mixed with spinach
  4. tomato sauce / meat

Repeat until final layer top with mozzarella cheese

Bake uncovered until the sauce is bubbling around the edges and the top is browned, about 40 minutes. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.