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Goal Tracking Club

This thread is for people who formally want to track either one or two goals and hold themselves accountable to each other.  Research says that people who quantify and track their goals in a way that keeps them accountable lose up to twice as much weight.  :)

These can be any type of fitness/health goals, not just weight loss or the like.  It could be an amount of time spent working out, or drinking a certain amount of water each day, or losing a certain number of inches, for example.

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg198/KissMeKate888/GoalsJan10.jpg

Here's the chart I made, but I don't know why it's showing up so small.  Let me try to fix it....

Those calipers bring back horrible, horrible memories of the "physical fitness" tests in elementary school.

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really?  you got body fat tested at school? wow that sounds like a soul crushingly mean way to encourage young kids into even lower self esteem!!

I've never seen them, and don't fancy going near them, ever.  I can be perfectly unhappy about myself all on my own without needing some 'professional' to pinch me into feeling worse!

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really?  you got body fat tested at school? wow that sounds like a soul crushingly mean way to encourage young kids into even lower self esteem!!

I've never seen them, and don't fancy going near them, ever.  I can be perfectly unhappy about myself all on my own without needing some 'professional' to pinch me into feeling worse!

Oh, yeah. It was called "FYT," and we did it every year. Fitness something. There were like different tests-body fat, running, situps. It was horrible. We did it in junior high PE, and maybe even highschool. I don't think we had the body fat then, though. Ugh.

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no, not calliper thingies, it was the electronic weighing scales that also do body fat stuff.
The ones I used to own in the UK also did that, and they always tallied up with what the ones at the gym said.

I was really pissed off about it because N's body fat % was way way lower and I really don't think I'm that much more out of shape than him.

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wow now I'm really confused, I've never heard of scales that can tell your body fat and have absolutely no idea how they are supposed to be able to tell that just by weighing you....
madness!

when we were talking about this the other day though, my husband did say that the formulas usually used are designed to give females a higher result, as in if you get exactly the same readings as a guy, you'll still end up with a higher percentage.  So that could go some way to explaining the discrepancy between you and N.
I'll ask if he knows anything about those magical scales when I get home...

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they apparently zap a tiny electric current through you (no you can't feel it!) and it measures the resistance.  Fat can't conduct electricity, whereas water can.  I don't know about anything else.  My old scales could apparently tell the amount of lean muscle and water content.

SO yep, basically I consist of only fat and water.  Nothing else.  My bones are made of fat.

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omg! When I look at older pictures now, I can't believe I look so chubby. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I was fat or any of that crap, but it's sooo weird.
I shall show you an example.

This is me today:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs663.snc4/60320_10150264446250533_507120532_15034998_4230015_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs710.snc4/63053_10150264446775533_507120532_15035027_3643968_n.jpg

here I am (wearing the same shirt-my fave) from 2008 (sometime around may/june):

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs350.ash2/62999_10150264446350533_507120532_15035010_2095341_n.jpg

what the heck! lolololol.

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Shell~
Those electronic scale thingys that do your weight and body fat are NOT reliable at all.  Since the electrical current is going through your whole body it also analyzes the food in your stomach.  Let's say you just ate a whole avocado = higher fat reading. 

The most accurate test is bone density scan, then hydrostatic weighing (under water), then calipers, then scale (or other hanheld bioelectric impedence device), then BMI or measuring at certain points and putting those measurements into a body fat calculator.

Body Fat Categories for Women
•10-12% - Essential Fat
•14-20% - Athletic Fat Levels
•21-24% - Fitness Fat Levels
•25-31% - Acceptable Fat Levels
•>32% - Obese

Body Fat Categories for Men
•2-4% - Essential Fat
•6-13% - Athletic Fat Levels
•14-17% - Fitness Fat Levels
•18-25% - Acceptable Fat levels
•>26% - Obese

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ac, you dont look chubby in either of those pictures!! you might think you do because your hair was shorter back then. when i had short hair, i thought it made me look rounder

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The most accurate test is bone density scan, then hydrostatic weighing (under water), then calipers, then scale (or other hanheld bioelectric impedence device), then BMI or measuring at certain points and putting those measurements into a body fat calculator.

we were just talking about this yesterday, I didn't realise the dexa/bone density scan showed fat levels but my husband was telling me they do.  I've had a couple and am probably due for another as my doctor has wanted to monitor my bone density due to the fact that my mum developed quite severe osteoporosis quite early.  Last time I had one I was on the very low side of healthy, but I never knew to ask about what other information they can get from the scan.
If I'm brave enough, I might ask next time I get one done....

omg! When I look at older pictures now, I can't believe I look so chubby. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I was fat or any of that crap, but it's sooo weird.

I think your face looks rounder in the older pic, but you still look great.
I don't think it makes you look chubby at all, just younger

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