This publish seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 collection, through which we observe three WebMD workforce members as they attempt to enhance their well being this 12 months. You possibly can observe their journeys right here.
By Invoice Kimm
Earlier than I began this journey, I met with Dr. Bruni, WebMD’s Lead Medical Director, for recommendations on the simplest path to take. She beneficial I purchase a biometric scale so I may study extra about my physique than simply weight. That may be scary, particularly for somebody approaching 50 who is aware of he’s not in one of the best well being. However I knew I wanted the knowledge, so I purchased the dimensions in January and, apart from my time in COVID quarantine, have been utilizing it daily.
The dimensions has revealed some arduous truths, however it’s additionally helped me. The data I get from it — and from my meals logs — has opened my eyes to what’s working and the place I have to work tougher.
On the burden entrance, I’m fairly glad — I’m down 14 kilos in 6 weeks! After dropping 8 kilos the primary week, I hoped to be down a little bit extra. However the actuality is that I’m dropping 2.5 kilos every week, which is a protected, wholesome degree of weight reduction. That’s nice! My physique fats is down from 33% to 32% (Dr. Bruni says I must be beneath 25%, so I’ve some work to do) and my BMI has dropped from 34 to 33 (the purpose right here is 24, so on par with my physique weight numbers).
After which there may be muscle mass. Seeing this bit of knowledge from my biometric scale was an actual eye-opener. Dr. Bruni mentioned males my age sometimes have 75%-87% muscle mass. Mine is at 30.9%! Now let’s be actual, power coaching has by no means been my factor (I detest lifting weights and keep away from it as a lot as potential), however I had no concept my quantity was lacking the mark by that a lot (I knew I used to be no Chris Hemsworth, however geez!). There’s some excellent news. It’s gone up from 30.1% to 30.9%, in order that’s progress. And I’m lastly figuring out extra. Final week I logged six exercises and knocked out my first two runs post-COVID-19. The runs felt wonderful — it was so good to be again on the pavement operating once more!
I’m going to maintain up the operating for my cardio, and that’s not an issue — operating is my jam. I additionally have to make myself power prepare a minimum of 2-3 occasions every week — undoubtedly not my jam. Weights and I wouldn’t have a great relationship. However seeing how little muscle I’ve, I’m motivated to regulate and enhance that.
On the meals facet, wanting again at my meals logs I’m pretty content material with how I’m doing. I’ve been over my calorie purpose simply 11 occasions within the 42 days, however there are three issues that leap off the web page on these 11 days: Consuming out, portion measurement, and dessert! I lined a whole lot of this in final week’s weblog, however noticing how a lot my household dines out has me involved. Having a freshman daughter who’s a aggressive cheerleader means we’re consistently on the go, and that results in a whole lot of drive-thru visits. If we will bypass the temptation of a fast meal and take the time to prepare dinner at residence, it might profit all of us vastly!
All in all, issues are going nice. I’m proud of my progress, and I’ve a few new issues to deal with. My More healthy 2021 running a blog companion Laura simply wrote about her journey into power coaching and lifting weights, so I’m leaning closely on her help and recommendation: “You’re right here for you! Get busy!”
Kettlebells, I’ll see you within the morning!
Invoice is the Senior Supervisor of Funded Content material Technique for WebMD. He’s been looking for steadiness along with his weight, train, and general wellness for 15-plus years. As Invoice approaches 50, he understands how necessary it’s to maintain good wholesome habits and take higher care of himself. He has the help of his spouse and two youngsters (ages 22 and 15) and hopes this weblog humanizes the difficulties of weight reduction in center age and presents hope to others who’re experiencing the identical. For extra on his journey, observe him on Instagram @billkimm and on TikTok @billkimm3.