Monday, October 3, 2011

Dum dum dum....the RESULTS!

I survived the bod pod!  Have you guys ever seen one of these contraptions?  They look totally space age:

You can pretend that is me in that gigantic space egg.  I wore the swim cap and everything!

The test was pretty much painless.  They took my height and weight (5 pm weigh-ins are NOT my friend), and then had me change into skin tight shorts/capris (I wore my running capris) and a sports bra.  I quickly hopped into the pod and looked forward to it closing.  Least favorite thing about the test?  Having to sit while wearing tight capris and not having a shirt to hide the muffin top!  Good thing the technician did a good job of averting his eyes.

Anyway, once the door on the pod closes the fun begins.  For a 50 second interval, the pressure in the pod is adjusted as the air is used to measure the fat in your body.  It wasn't uncomfortable, just a bit weird.  It felt like someone was repeatedly trying to pop my ears.  Anyway, after 50 seconds they open the pod up to check on you and make sure you are okay and then close it down for another 50 seconds and repeat the test.

And that's it.

Yep, super short and sweet.  Minus the paperwork, the whole thing took less than 2 minutes.  The results were instantaneous.

So what were they?  Drum roll, please!

Height: 65.5 inches
Weight: 154.787 lbs (so specific!)
Body Fat %:  29.2%

As you might remember from my previous post, I was hoping for somewhere close to the 27% range but expecting something about 31%.  So...smack dab in the middle!  I can't complain too much.  This percentage puts me in the "Moderately Lean" category (but just barely).  According to the printout I received, if you are a female with a body fat percentage between 22-30%, you are moderately lean.  If you fit into this level, your fat level is generally acceptable for good health.

Yay, right?

Except the test has a +/- 2.7 pt variance.  So, my body fat percentage could be 26.5% or clear up to 31.9% which puts me into the "Excess Fat" category.

With that in mind, I have made a goal to get down to at least a 27% body fat percentage or lower.  In a perfect world, I would be around 20-24%.  That seems incredibly far fetched to me at this point, so I'm just going to take it one percentage at a time!

Have any of your ever gotten your body fat percentage tested?  Were you surprised at the results?

I have to admit that it is a bit disheartening to think that nearly 30% of my body is made of nothing but fat.  That's crazy, right?  Oh well, it is what it is!

An another note, cold season is here and has found me.  Thank goodness for Afrin.  Have you ever used the stuff?  I was totally against the idea of a nasal spray, but after trying it once in a moment of desperation I am a total convert.  It's a miracle worker on clogged sinuses!
How was your weekend?  Mine was spent watching my church's General Conference and laying in bed trying to get better.  I'm looking forward to feeling 100% and getting back on the active wagon.  I haven't worked out in weeks!


  1. I have never seen that kind of machine! It really looks like a space egg ha!

    Great results!

  2. What a cool test!

    It's best to know where you are starting from before you worry about where you want to go.

  3. I had body fat immersion testing done about 20 years ago. It was not in a pod but a big tank. And we had to do some breathing thing to measure residual lung capacity. I was not surprised by the results, but the tech was at first and my whole rowing team was. It was 19%. They were sure it would be lower, but I have boobs.

  4. That is SO cool! I want to try one of those things.

  5. wow! i have never had my body fat measured (minus my body fat scale from walmart which is probably not so accurate)...i would be scared to know for real but i am sure it would be good for me to know! you are brave! thanks for all of your support this weekend. it meant SO much to me!

  6. Never seen a bod pod! And never had my body fat calculated. I've only tried using some online body fat calculators based on multiple measurements, and I know those are less accurate.

  7. My scale says it measures body fat and I really don't like what it tells me. But I know I have work ahead of me. You've look fabulous! Way to go!

  8. I am behind on the reading...
    Body fat...these numbers can drive us crazy right..
    I had it done 3 times race expo they had a fancy machine and I now I have an ironman scale that tells me my % of fat every day if I want to. I dont.
    Almost all my adult life mine has been to high. Now it is low, usually 18. yesterday was down to 16.6 that is not good and also not true to reality since I had been in the hospital and not eating a lot and post half marathon. you have to know your other numes also : cholesterol numbers all 3 of them to know if you are in good health.

  9. I live in SLC- where can I find the pod test?

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