About 3 months ago, I tested my body composition.
- Total body-weight was = 243 lbs
- Lean body mass (bone, muscle, organs) was = 216 lbs
- Body-fat was = 27 lbs
- Body-fat percentage was = 11%
And since winter is my time to focus on strength and ignore body-fat, I was pleased with the numbers.
I was strong as a horse and would worry about the excess blubber in the spring.
And then my Dad went into the hospital.
At first, he seemed to be responding to treatment and we were expecting him home in a few days. Unfortunately, he picked up a couple of drug resistant infections in the hospital and things started to go downhill.
But since my Dad has always been a fighter, he went to war against the drug resistant staph & c-difficile. One day he would be getting better and we would feel hopeful. The next day, he would crash. This went on for over two months.
Until, on Feb 9, 2011, my Dad passed away.
Since that time, I have had the pleasure of organizing services, looking after my Mom and attending memorials and family remembrances.
I also went a little mental during the 3 months and gained 24 lbs of body-fat.
- Total weight as of yesterday is = 267 lbs
- Lean Body Mass (bone, muscle, organs) is still = 216 lbs
- Body-fat weight is = 51 lbs
- Body-fat percentage is = 19%
And it’s not like I went on some sort of cheesecake bender.
Instead of my normal Paleo diet of meat and vegetables, I was eating more like a normal North American.
- A giant cookie with my Starbucks coffee
- Sandwiches instead of salads or stir-frys
- A can of Coke in the hospital cafeteria.
- Hard candies and potato chips from my wife’s stash
- and the occasional giant bowl of ice cream
Combine all this junk with my skyrocketing levels of cortisol and a bad case of the blues – and I have managed to pack on an extra 24 lbs of blubber and a newfound fear of my bathroom mirror.
And if that isn’t the perfect example of how emotions can make you fat, I don’t know what is.
Luckily for me, between my muscle mass and my ultra-casual personal trainer wardrobe, it’s hard to tell that I packed on the weight.
But, I know it’s there.
But not for much longer.
FYI – More info on Emotional Eating