there doesn't seem to be a "training" or "health" section, so this seems to be the best spot for this.
i've seen threads every once in a while saying "why spend $400 to lose a few pounds off of your pack, when you can spend NO money and lose a few pounds off your body?" after having two kids i ahdn't exactly let myself go, but i had declined somewhat and reached a level of fitness that i just wasn't happy with. so i'd see these "lose some fat" threads and they'd be like little darts in my side.
well, back in December my husband got me a gym membership for my Christmas present (best gift ever - they have babysitting!), with 6 sessions with a trainer. so i got calipered and calculated, and learned that i was at 27% body fat. that's not *terrible* for a woman, but it was certainly not where i wanted to be.
i've busted my hump for the last 2.5 months now, typically in the gym at least 3 times a week and then hiking/backpacking as much as possible on the weekends. it's been frustrating, because my weight has really not changed significantly - 3 pounds less after all that work! but on Monday i has my last trainer session, and they calipered & measured & calculated.
24%!! 24%!! that's roughly 9 lbs of fat burned off, 6 of which has been replaced by muscle. i really don't have anywhere else to crow about this, but i know *somebody* here will appreciate it.
now i have to go buy something titanium. mmmwhahahaha!!