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Is my scale sexist?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I have one of those electronic scales that measures your weight and body fat percentage. You set it up by entering your sex, height and age. This morning before stepping onto the scale I accidentally hit the button set up for my husband but didn't really think it mattered so I stepped on the scale. Hmm, it said my body fat was 17%. I stepped off and waited for it to reset, then pushed the button set up for me. Now it says my body fat is 38.5%? Really? Of course that's more in line with what it normally reads for me. But still, why such a huge difference between men and women? Maybe I stepped on it weird the first time. So I tried re-weighing myself under my husband's program and yep, 17% body fat. What's up with that?????

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Q8PRINCESS 11/18/2012 10:59PM

    I think your scale is must playing mind games with you.

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GOLFLADY11 11/13/2012 6:39PM

    It is certainly true that men have more muscle mass and put on fat differently than women. But I resent the fact that they throw all women, whatever shape or size, into the same pot. Let's face it there are petitie women (of which I am not), small boned women, large boned women (I am one of the latter), tall, short, etc. etc. It is one reason that I refer to the "waist-hip" ratio for bdy mass rather than the BMI. There is a good article on this by Dean Anderson. You can probably do a search. Using this method I have a"moderate" health risk. Using the BMI I am obese!! I am 5'6" with wide shoulders and hips. I was once told in a better Ladies shop that I have "model" shoulders for tailored jackets!! I am a size 14 and trying to get back into a 12. i'm close!! I am not obese!! I am slightly overweight and a work in progress. emoticon

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LAURIE160IN2013 11/13/2012 6:26PM

    Yes, I think the assumption is that men are bigger boned and have more muscle mass. So, in general, a 5' 7" man at 180 pounds would have less fat than a woman of the same height and weight.

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MATHISC4464 11/13/2012 5:16PM

    It probably is because guys are naturally more built and have more muscle in them and if you weight less than your husband then his number would be lower!

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My very first (and not last) 10k!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Last Sunday I participated in San Francisco's 3rd annual Bridge to Bridge 10k, and what an awesome experience! We went from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Crissy Field. From the starting line you couldn't even see the Golden Gate Bridge and I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to make it, but I did! I ran with my best friend and our mantra throughout the entire race was "We can do this. We will do this. We ARE doing this!" It was awesome. My official time wasn't so great, 1:37:09, but now I have something to shoot for next time. I would like to shave about 10 minutes off, but I don't want to push it too much. I'm just so proud of myself for making it to the finish line. Ya baby, 6.2 miles!!!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/12/2012 4:37PM


Our first time is always a Personal Record, so no matter the time, it was good. emoticon

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DEEJON123 10/12/2012 2:38PM

    You should be proud, good for you!! Who cares how long it took, it's the fact that you went out and participated that's the main thing. WAY TO GO !

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Inspired by the Olympics!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

There is something about seeing athletes with zero body fat and pushing themselves to the absolute limit that really inspires me. I feel like I give it all I've got during my 30-40 minute workout, but when I look at the faces of all the athletes and realize what a wimp I am. Okay, I'm old enough to be their grandparent, but that's beside the point. I just need to suck it up. If I want the results I have to work for it!

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HEARTS116 7/28/2012 6:12PM

    I absolutely love the Olympics! And agree they inspire me to push a little more...

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Not ready to squeeze into that wet suit just yet

Friday, June 15, 2012

Here it is mid-June and the vacation pounds I gained last April are still with me....and then some. My "healthy weight" is 165 and I somehow managed to hit 179 and I know that come hell or high water I wasn't going to get to 180. I always thought 170 was my maximum I would allow, but I kind of blew that one out of the water. How did I allow this to happen? I've been working out hard every day for at least 30 minutes and I thought I was watching what I was eating. But then I realized that I stopped tracking all my meals. Big mistake! I always thought it was a pain to log every little thing I put in my mouth, but I can see now that it really makes a difference. For the last 2 days now I've been diligently logging everything I eat and I've dropped a half a pound. I know it doesn't sound like much but I'm at least heading in the right direction.

I was supposed to go diving this weekend, but it didn't work out so instead I'll be going the weekend of the 6th. That gives me 3 weeks to make getting into and out of that wet suit a little easier. Yeah!!!!

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VHALKYRIE 6/18/2012 12:20AM

    I've had a goal of buying a wetsuit when I got to my target bodyfat of 24%. I got as close as 26%, and now I'm at 28%. Grrr! I need to get back on track, too.

Have fun on your dive! There's no diving emoticon, so this will have to do! emoticon

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CTTAGENT 6/17/2012 11:49PM

    I agree about getting into and out of the wetsuit. That is part of the reason I have decided to not haul our dive gear to Minnesota next month.

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JENNSMITH209 6/16/2012 9:57PM

    Way to write what you bite, ScubaDiva. Jealous of your upcoming dive. Enjoy! emoticon

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9 days in Maui = 3.4 lbs.

Monday, April 30, 2012

I guess that's not TOO bad considering that I also took a vacation from my diet. That's not to say that I didn't make wise choices while eating out, but let's face it I only chose healthy options if that's what I truly wanted. I'm hoping that at least a pound is due to water weight, we flew in last night and I drank a ton of water before, during and after our flight. Now that I'm back to eating home cooked meals we'll see what the scale holds in store for me tomorrow. Now if only I can get past this jet lag........

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VHALKYRIE 6/1/2012 9:16AM

    Hope you had a nice time in Maui! I love that little island!

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CTTAGENT 5/31/2012 12:16PM

    During your 9 days on Maui did you dive or just relax and enjoy the island itself?

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