Metabolic Testing and XTend Barre

  Apr 13, 2016  |  #Charlotte

Hi, friends. Congratulations for making it halfway through the week – it’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time to show a day of eats! I’m also including a day in the life because I love reading these posts from other bloggers.

6:42 – Wake up. Snooze and then scroll through some social media on my phone.

6:49 – Go downstairs to make coffee (always my first instinct) but then remember I have to fast for my “metabolic testing” I’m having done. I think how much of a struggle it’s going to be to go without coffee and breakfast until 9. I think about going for a run to take my mind off of my hunger that I always wake up with, but I can’t do that either. That would stimulate my metabolism and I have to be at rest. I should have slept later. Ugh.

Instead, I drink lots of water and sit down to watch the news and read blogs (I’m trying not to look at pictures of food). I am literally dying. I even ate a huge dinner and extra ice cream for dessert last night.

7:41- Head in to the office. We offer metabolic testing for patients to measure their resting metabolic rates (within 99% accuracy!) to determine  how we should make their meal plans, so I figured I’d get tested myself – which required my fasting state.

body gem metabolic test

metabolic testing

8:25-8:40ish – I get tested. I had to wear this contraption to get an accurate reading of my O2 inhaled and CO2 exhaled in a sitting position with my nose plugged, so I could only breathe out of my mouth. I did this for about 10 minutes until it got a good reading. My Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) was 1400, which is apparently very high for my age, height and weight. I thought it was pretty weird that I was 1400 on the dot.


Your resting metabolic rate is the number of calories you burn each day without doing a thing (aka laying in bed). When we add in daily activities, such as walking downstairs, brushing our teeth, unloading the dishwasher, making coffee, etc., our bodies are “working” and essentially burning through calories at an even faster rate, especially if we add in planned exercise. So the RMR is by no means a number you should aim for calorie wise, but it’s a good gauge of what kind of metabolism you have at rest.

8:47 am  – I scarf down my portable breakfast without an ounce of shame of looking like a starved kid – overnight oats with bluebs, loads of PB, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocao nibs, pumpkin + greek yogurt. And a homemade iced Americano.

overnight oats breakfast

9:00 – 12:30 pm – I work on some meal plans and education powerpoints. We have a range of powerpoint topics that we keep on hand for patients, depending on their condition or needs. I like making these! This one is on the Glycemic Index.

Glycemic Index

12: 36-1:03 – Lunchtime! I have a kale salad with grilled chicken, a hard boiled egg, and an eggplant hash mixture with a side of homemade tahini dressing. I added some water and lemon juice to thin it out.

salad with egg chicken

And a side apple with oatmeal blueberry cookies.

apple oatmeal cookies

1:15-4:15 ish – See clients. We had some Spanish speaking clients so we used a translator. I worked with a CDE today (Certified Diabetes Educator) so I actually learned a ton about insulin injections (insulin can be so tricky) and working with patients about lifestyle changes and how and when to test their blood glucose. We can never stop learning as RD’s!

spanish brochure

4:30 – Snack time – Siggi’s and chocolate covered espresso beans with some Cucumber Melon sparkling water. Then I head home to change real quick and drive down to the city for a workout class.


sparkling water_espresso beans

5:30-6:15 pm – I go for a walk along the greenway near the “Metropolitan” uptown district for the second day in a row. Although it was supposed to rain, it’s beautiful out. I listened to the “Sound Bites” podcast by RD Melissa Joy Dobbins. This is one of the newer podcasts I’ve started listening to and I really love it. She interviews other RD’s in various parts of the nutrition industry and I always learn so much!

sugar creek greenway_charlotte

6:30-7:30 – I go to an Xtend Barre class through Yelp Charlotte. I’ve done some pilates but had never done barre, so I was a bit intimidated going in. I am fairly uncoordinated, definitely not into ballet, and don’t have much balance. Typical runner traits? But the teachers are so supportive and it really is for anyone. We did lots of leg squats and pulses, arm and core work – it truly is a total body workout. Definitely a great strengthening workout and I fear what my legs are going to feel like today.

Xtend barre

xtend barre

8:20- Come home to heat up leftovers of this eggplant hash recipe that I hope to share next week. Sauteed eggplant, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale and spices. Yuuuum!

eggplant hash

8:51 – Dessert and then netflix on the couch with Ed as I write this post. Pssst – I’m kind of obsessed with Talenti ice cream! This was cookie dough, which was good, but I think my favorite flavors are still caramel cookie and peanut butter pretzel! Have you tried Talenti? Friendly nudge…

Talenti ice cream

10:01 – Kindle reading in bed. I am really getting into When I’m Gone and have been staying up past my bedtime reading along in suspense!

Your turn:

Have you ever tried barre?

Have you ever had metabolic testing done?

48 responses to “Metabolic Testing and XTend Barre

  1. I so wish I could get Talenti here in the UK, it always looks so good. I would be really interested to see what my RMR is, though I am very glad that you made a point of mentioning that a persons’ RMR is NOT an indication of energy actually used in a day (really appreciated that).

    1. I wish I could send you some – it’s so creamy! Yes, RMR is definitely not useful in terms of the energy we actually burn during the day since we are actually alive, breathing and moving, and it can be confusing, but I do think it’s important for people to realize that! 🙂

  2. I really want to try a barre class, it would be a good change from my normal routine. That’s so cool that you got to test your metabolic rate! The fasting for that long in the morning would have killed me too lol! And no coffee?! Even worse 😉

  3. Oh, I got so excited while reading this post! It’s so awesome to see what you are doing now that you are an RD.
    So, I have always wanted my BMR tested haha, I really want to know what mine is!
    Also, we have just finished the diabetes topic and man do I agree that insulin and diabetes is one tricky subject, must of been fun to get all that knowledge from the CDE.
    I seriously LOVED this post, wouldn’t be opposed to seeing more day in the life posts in the future 🙂

    1. Short acting, Long acting, immediate release – so much to know. I really credit those who have it down pat. I’m glad you loved the post! It was fun to do so I will likely do more 🙂

  4. I love to run and find barre to be the perfect complement. I go to pure barre in birkdale..obsessed!!!
    Never had metabolic testing done but I’ve always wanted it. And now I want Talenti!!

    1. I actually live much closer to Birkdale so maybe I’ll have to try that one out! That’s great to hear that you find it to be a good complement to running – that’s really what I’m looking for 🙂

  5. I’ve always been interested in having my metabolism tested as I’m someone who can never seem to gain weight even though I eat way more than Jesse (who seems to have the opposite problem to me!) but I’ve never actually looked into doing it properly! Looks like your metabolism is on fire, girl! 😛

    Barre classes are something I really want to do, however, there aren’t any around us!

  6. I would love to have metabolic testing done! I am so curious to see what mine would be. I actually want to look into that now. I think when you know that you have to fast it makes it so much harder because you are constantly thinking about when you can finally eat!

    1. It is a really cool thing to have done and fascinating to figure out! And you’re totally right – all I could think about was when I could eat. I already knew WHAT I would eat.

  7. So fun to read! I’m a dietitian working toward becoming a CDE. Agreed the medication stuff if all new to me and it keeps me on my toes.
    And I’ve done online bar but the price of the actual class always deters me…
    Love you blog. I’ve wanted to get in to blogging for awhile but I get so nervous… You are brave to share

    1. Hi Ellie – thanks for commenting! That’s so awesome that you’re working on becoming a CDE! The one I was working with was telling me how there is such a need for more RD’s to get the CDE certification. It’s definitely something on my radar down the road.

  8. I’d love to have metabolic testing done. I wish I could have done it during marathon training and then compare it to now. Fasting, however, is the WORST. THE WORST

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