This week I’ve been gathering all the information I need to set realistic goals for Phase 1 of Project Paris, which is to be in the best possible shape for starting the real distance training later this year.
but in order to start I needed accurate figures for my current weight and body fat percentage. The weight was easy enough (scales calibrated by an impartial third party) but for the body fat percentage I decided to use the caliper – a.k.a. Dreaded Fat Pinchers – rather than my new Tanita scales. I’ve heard really good things about scales that also monitor body composition, but as a starting point I wanted the grim truth.
Another good thing about the caliper method was that we could use the information provided to get a BioSignature profile done at the same time. BioSignature Modulation was developed by world renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin . The method is based on the correlation between body fat storage and possible hormonal imbalances, which can lead to stubborn body fat storage and other health concerns including poor sleep, low energy and impaired cognitive function.
I have to say that standing in a consultation room wearing a sports bra and shorts while a sculpted personal trainer pinched my fat with this instrument was probably the low point of my Paris Marathon training so far;
We took measurements from 12 points on my body, including my chin and cheek (general indicator of fat loss), pecs and triceps (the androgen sites), hip and shoulder (the insulin sites), ribs (thyroid site), umbilical/stomach (the cortisol site), knee and calf (the growth hormone sites) and quadriceps and hamstring (the oestrogen sites).
As well as working out my overall body fat percentage (which I don’t really want to publish in public, but lets just say its a good 8% higher than I would like) identified that I need to keep an eye on my insulin and oestrogen levels.
Sadly for me, this means looking at my carb intake and limiting the carbs that have the worst effect on insulin response such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous and alcohol. All my favourite things! I have a list of foods that I should be eating and I’ll be adjusting my diet accordingly over the coming weeks.
My Week In Training
Monday – lunchtime 60 minutes PT (as with last week focus on core, glutes and legs but with some nasty boxing sparring and staircase sprints mixed in). Evening London Boston Strong run 3 miles easy
Tuesday – rest day
Wednesday – 60 minutes weight lifting class (did overhead squats for the first time – ouch, but I did really well on my normal squats)
Thursday – upper body workout
Friday – 60 minutes Reformer Pilates (I was expecting my hamstrings to be too sore to do anything but surprisingly, I coped much better with this class than I did last week
Saturday – 3 miles easy at parkrun, 3 miles hilly walk in the afternoon
Sunday – 2 miles easy
In Other News This Week
On Monday, I took part in the Boston Strong London run – let by Mollie Millington and joined by a great group of runners including Becca from fromsnickerstomarathon and Nicole from RunDanceRun. Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support, both in London and worldwide. Thanks also to Pavement Runner who came up with the idea and to Mollie for stepping up to lead the London run.
Also, this week I was hugely honoured to join the Girl On Fire section at amazing sports style blog Kicks and Kit! You can see me here and check out my fellow Girls On Fire here. Kicks and Kit is responsible for introducing me to some truly spectacular fitness fashion brands – make sure you follow her on Twitter (@kicksandkit ) for a daily dose of fashion lust!
On My Stereo This Week
I’ve become slightly obsessed with this track by Austra, which has been played at the beginning of my Reformer Pilates Class.
Coming up next week … I’ll be implementing the changes based on my BioSignature into my diet … I’ve got some food phobias to get over!