Body Composition Challenge & Countdown!


Starting Weight & Body Composition Measurements

Today, I am starting a 76 day challenge. By January 1, 2022, I want to have lost 8% of my body fat. Also, I would like to simultaneously increase my muscle mass as much as possible.

Unlike in the past, I am not setting a body weight goal. My focus is on reducing body fat percentage to the athletic/fitness range so that I can improve the metabolic syndrome caused by taking olanzapine. Having a lower body fat percentage also helped my asthma improve greatly.

Instead of focusing on how my body will look, I am focusing on improving my internal health. At my age, I am less interested in the aesthetics of fitness and more interested in the wellness aspects of fitness. I would like to have ripped abs, but for my starting goals, I am focusing more on the health angle as I think that, more than appearance, will motivate me to work out on days when I would rather be a lazy lump.

So, here are today’s Week 1 measurements!

Helpful Products That I Use

If you would like to join my fitness journey by using the the same helpful products (or similar products) that I am using, please see the affiliate links below. Any sales through Nibbana Wellness on Amazon will fund an Amazon gift card that I will use to buy more products to feature here. 

Renpho Body Composition Scale

I love this scale! Before using this scale, I used skin calipers and while they are helpful, they are time consuming. I still use calipers from time-to-time to keep my skills up, but this scale has been wonderful for keeping track of my body composition as well as the body compositions of my two daughters. In the past, I was put-off by smart scale prices, but the Renpho scale is reasonable priced.

About Renpho Body Composition Scale

  • This scale needs to download Renpho Health App! Smart App Syncs With Fitness Apps. Easy setup app works with Samsung Health, FitBit, Apple Health, and Google Fit. RENPHO Health connects with the apps to help you set goals, save historical data and track your daily, weekly, and monthly progress.
  • 13 Essential Measurements. The RENPHO HEALTH app measures weight, Body Fat, BMI, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, and more. It displays graphs that track progress in these various metrics. You can weigh anytime WITHOUT turning on the APP. The data will sync to the app once it is connected again.
  • Fast installation and easy setup. Download RENPHO HEALTH app via App Store or Google Play, open Bluetooth to connect the scale, step on the scale and finish the measurement.
  • Multiple users. RENPHO Body Fat Scale can measure up to 20 members with Renpho Health app, set a goal for weight and body fat, monitor your body changes for every measurement, help you know your body well.
  • Auto calibration, body composition analyzer, 5mm tempered glass, 4 sensitive electrodes, and 4 high precision sensors to ensure get accurate data.

Fitness Trackers

I use a Fitbit Versa 2 fitness tracker. It syncs well with the Renpho scale. You do not have to buy the Versa 2 to link the scale with your Fitbit. You can choose from any of the other models.

About Fitbit Inspire 2

  • Earn Active Zone Minutes as you progress toward your weekly 150 minutes of heart-pumping activity and use 20 plus exercise modes to track goals like distance, calories burned and more.Operating temperature: 14° to 113°F
  • Track all-day activity: your steps, distance, hourly activity and calories burned.Maximum operating altitude: 28,000 ft
  • Use 24×7 heart rate to track resting heart rate & better measure calorie burn
  • Enjoy 10 days of battery life for daily progress without constant charging. Varies with use and other factors. Track your time in light, deep and REM sleep, then get a Sleep Score to better understand your sleep quality each night.Stay inspired from the shower to the pool with this swimproof tracker (water resistant to 50 meters) and motivated by connecting with friends, competing in challenges, earning badges and celebrating goal milestones.

About Fitbit Versa 3 (The newest model of my current Fitbit, the Versa 2)

  • Run, bike, hike and more phone-free and see your real-time pace & distance with built-in GPS. Then check out your workout intensity map in the Fitbit app
  • Active Zone Minutes uses your resting heart rate to gauge exercise effort and gives you a buzz when you step up the intensity so you can make the most of your workouts
  • Better track heart rate 24×7 with PurePulse 2.0, Fitbit’s enhanced heart rate technology
  • See your nightly blood oxygen levels at a glance with our collection of SpO2 clock faces. Then use the Fitbit app to track your trends over time in the Health Metrics dashboard to see when there may be indications of important changes in your wellness
  • Use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa Built-in to get quick news, set bedtime reminders and alarms, control your smart home devices and more just by speaking to your watch
  • Use the built-in mic and speaker to take Bluetooth calls hands-free, send callers to voicemail and adjust volume (Available when phone is nearby. Requires more frequent charging)
  • Store and play music & podcasts on Deezer or Pandora, plus control Spotify all from your wrist (Subscriptions required for use of music services; not available in all countries)


It is exciting to share my fitness challenge with you! I am a bit nervous about not meeting my goals because I currently have bronchitis. However, I am hoping that will clear up soon. I cannot wait to smash some goals and start 2022 off with a healthier baseline!


You do not need an expensive smart scale to track your body composition progress. Renpho is a great, inexpensive tool, to help you track your progress over time. Fitness trackers can be pricy, but I have found that the information they relay to me is invaluable. I hope that these products help you with your own wellness challenges!

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