Monday, May 23, 2011
So, after months of hovering around 152-153...I'm back up to 163. This happened nearly overnight - in a matter of a few weeks, really - and is despite me exercising (running, elliptical, tennis, and weights) more than ever. I burned over 4,000 calories last week in cardio alone. My calories have remained about the same, any way you choose to measure them - quantity, carbs/protein/fat ratios, quality of food, etc...
Overall, I feel better and I'm a lot more toned, but I certainly haven't gained 10 pounds of muscle. What frustrates me the most is my measurements are going up - I've gained 1.5 inches in my waist in the past three weeks. Yikes. I get that part of the reason I do this is for health reasons, and being fit is healthy. BUT...I don't care if it's muscle or fat, I don't want the added girth.
I went to a body fat percentage calculator online - one that takes into account your weight, waist, hip, wrist, and forearm measurements - and it calculated me to be ~25% body fat. That seems a tad high to me, but I'm hardly an expert. As I played with the calculator, however, I figured out that even if I weighed 135 pounds and decreased both my hips and waist by 4 inches, I'd still have 25% body fat, or so the calculator says. Really? And why doesn't it take height into consideration? Because let's face it - I'm 6'1", and if I weighed 135 someone would likely mistake me for a Halloween decoration.
I think I'm going to have my body fat tested at my gym - the caliper method is free - and see what they say. Maybe I'll splurge on a couple sessions with a trainer and/or nutritionist to see where I'm going wrong...because I've been at this long enough that minor plateaus no longer trouble me, but clearly I'm headed in the wrong direction.