My digestive system and I have come to a peace agreement and I can finally eat all that Israel has to offer. The Fella and I celebrated last night by getting some gelato at 9pm, which we had to finish promptly by 10pm because we had to be in a fasted state for our BMR (Basal/Resting Metabolic Rate) test and Dexa body composition scan.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember that I had seriously damaged my metabolism from years of extreme dieting, which is one of the reasons I’ve gained weight pretty steadily over the last couple of years. I’ve been seeing a nutritionist who has worked with me to heal my metabolism and increase my BMR. It has taken a lot of structured, increased eating (which didn’t help with the weight gain) with the goal of having a healthier body moving forward. I was pretty excited to see what the BMR test said and find out if this little adventure worked. And if I’m in a place where I finally have a healthy enough metabolism to start cutting back calories in a healthy manner and losing some of the weight I’ve gained. This whole process has been somewhat counterintuitive, but I have trusted the process.

So, The Fella and I rolled out of bed, hungry and tired, and arrived at the Yair Lahav Center to get all of our body analysis done.

Have I mentioned we couldn’t even have coffee.

Thanks to the food poisoning I was going on day three without caffeine and I was barely able to hold my head up, but I pretended to be functional as I made my way into my first test. The Dexa, a test that breaks down your body composition into fat, muscle, and bone mass.

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I’ve had my Dexa done before. Let’s just say The Fella and I have some serious life changes to make based on our results this go around. We’ve gotten a bit too loosey goosey with our diet and there’s nothing like cold hard body fat percentage data to scare you into giving up takeout for the rest of the 21st century.

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Now, on to the BMR test. This is the test I was really looking forward to. I want to know how many calories my body burns naturally. Basically: What is my metabolism. Well, after having a really low BMR almost a year ago, I’m excited to say that not only is my resting metabolic rate now in a healthy rage, it’s even a bit higher than average. The average BMR (calories burned just by existing) for someone of my age/weight is about 1550. My BMR is 1699.

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THAT’S HUGE for me! So, I’m going to start trying to take off some of these pounds but without causing any of the damage that sent me to the nutritionist in the first place.

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Afterward we cried. I mean we went to a neighboring shoe store to get new running shoes as we cooked up ideas about how much healthier we would be when we get back to NYC. Stories of early morning spin classes as a couple and long runs with Inez on Sunday mornings swirled around as Roy’s former boss/mentor, after whom the clinic was named, showed us his new favorite brand of running shoes. ON Running, a Swiss company. Obviously we each bought a pair, because we’re going to be runners, and because we’re easily susceptible to fantasy and peer pressure. They’re actually pretty comfy. They’re light with a real spring to the step.

These are the ones I got. Roy got the same make in mens.

These are the ones I got. Roy got the same make in mens.

I haven’t run since I broke my foot training for a half marathon, so yeah, this should be interesting.

And then, we worked out back in the center. The Lahav Center is a private client training center with state of the art body analyzing equipment and top notch, academic personal trainers. We snuck into the gym to get a workout in, and got to watch some of the trainers in action. I asked who the clientele of the clinic are, for the most part, and The Fella told me it’s affluent people, professional athletes, and people willing to invest in regaining their health, “in that order.”

It’s a pretty cool experience. BMR tests are done all over these days. Dexa scans you may need a prescription for in the States, I know my mom gets them regularly to test her bone mass. But you can probably get a BMR test at a high-end gym, if you’re interested in finding out more about your resting metabolic rate.

I have no food photos for you, since our eating has been minimal and mostly within the confines of peoples’ homes–but soon, I promise!