Hey there! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was a little bit busier than I thought it would be, but we did manage to find time to relax and unwind. Let’s do a quick re-cap shall we?
Friday was Tyson’s birthday!
He got to run around lots all day and I even baked him a special cake.
Clearly he hated it…
- 1 cup Oat Flour
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Large Mashed Banana
- ¼ cup Natural Peanut Butter
- ¼ cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Egg
- Combine oat flour and baking powder
- Melt peanut butter and coconut oil together (I did it in the microwave)
- Add mashed banana and egg to peanut butter and coconut oil and combine well
- Combine dry and wet ingredients
- Pour into cake pan and bake for 20-30 min (mine took 30)
- Allow to cool and frost if desired - My frosting was simply greek yogurt mixed with some more melted peanut butter
Friday night my mom and I went downtown to check out the sound light show that the city put on. London is currently hosting the world figure skating championships so downtown has been extra busy.
It was beautiful and I thought it was really cool that so many people were out to see the show. Afterwards we went to a local coffee shop and sipped on tea and chatted away for a while.
Saturday was a busy day for both Steve and I. I had clients in at the gym, got in my own workout and then had a bunch of errands to run. Steve had clients at the gym and then met up with some of the guys to do sprint work at the local track. I am so happy we had date night in because everything turned out soooo yummy! And it was all homemade – well, not the beer.
Baked chicken wings, potato wedges, garlic knots, caesar salad and cold refreshing beer.
Once we ate dinner we settled in and watched a couple movies on netflix. It was lovely and relaxing.
Sunday was spent visiting Steve’s Gramma, Oma & Opa and getting Steve a new phone. He’s needed a new one for quite some time and now he has the same one I do (Samsung Galaxy S3) but in a different colour. At night we lounged with the pets, watched some TV and called it a night.
Had to make sure Chester didn’t feel left out
The weekend felt a lot shorter than I would have liked, but I got to hang out with all my boys so that makes me happy.
I want to take a minute to talk about something that really irks me (I love the word irk). I don’t understand why some people place so much emphasis on their BMI number. The BMI was developed in the early to mid 1800’s by a Belgian polymath named Adolphe Quetelet as a way to quiclkly determine the population’s obesity rate. It was never meant to be a measure of health. The formula for calculating your BMI is: weight in pounds, divide it by the square of your height in inches and multiply the result by 703.
What the calculator doesn’t ask for is your waist size, bone density, muscle mass or other factors related to determining your body fat percentage in a more reliable way. Using this method of calculating your body fat I come in right at the cutoff for being considered overweight while Steve is in the overweight category, right in the middle.
Clearly we both need work :S
Hell, we have calipers here at the gym and because there are so many different formulas for how to come up with your body fat percentage one formula pegged me at 33%, another at 27% one at 20% and some other one in the middle. Ugh, I’m sorry what? Now I know how inaccurate these things can be and so I don’t read too much into it, but I worry about people who really think these things must be correct. I cringe at the thought of a young female athlete who starts doing massive amounts of cardio and eats next to nothing because her muscle mass throws off the BMI calculations and tells her she’s overweight. That’s just not right.
Oh and just a little tidbit of information for anyone out there who gets their body fat measured by a trainer at a commercial gym on one of those scales that you step on with bare feet – those things are not super accurate. They fluctuate depending on your water levels. The first time they measure you they’ll likely have you do it before your session when you haven’t broken a sweat yet. Then they’ll measure you the next time at the end of your workout when you’ve sweat a bunch, thus making your body fat percentage seem lower, so you think they’re a super awesome trainer who’s helped you lose 3% body fat in 2 weeks. Tricksters I tell ya.
In my humble and awesome opinion you really shouldn’t worry about your body fat percentage. Even when I was getting ready for my competition I never tracked what it was at. I used a combination of how my clothes fit, the mirror, weekly progress pictures and the scale (mainly to track any muscle loss, otherwise I rarely use a scale) to see how I was doing.
Now there are methods that are much more reliable that you could use, a bod pod, water displacement, ultrasound, but really does it matter? Most people know if they need to lose weight and it seems silly to me that we have insurance companies and the government using this arbitrary method of calculating body fat when there are better ways out there. Even the circumference calculators available online do a better job for most people – unless you have a good amount of muscle on you, then it will tell you you’re overweight like me.
My point is you shouldn’t let something like your projected BMI get you down. Don’t focus on the numbers so much, focus on what makes you happy. Are your jeans fitting better? Are you stronger? Are you able to do more? Than who gives a flying…duck?….what the numbers say. In a day and age where we have become obsessed with labelling people and things and having neat little categories for everyone I think it’s high time we did what is right for us and stop worrying about where we fit in and how we compare to others.
I’m strong, I’m explosive, I have stamina, I’m happy, I’m healthy – I don’t give a damn what all the numbers have to say about me.