Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This morning I measured my body fat %. Now I realize that there is usually a (potentially pretty big) margin of error when measuring this. I have a fancy Omron scale that has a hand grip to supposedly be more accurate.
Well, my bf% is up nearly 2% since October. I've only gained about two lbs since October, but I haven't really worked out at all, so I've lost some muscle, I suppose.
As of this morning I have 41.8% body fat. That seems like a huge number! I'm not very overweight, but I'm totally not fit. That's according to the fancy scale. But then just using online calculator using mathematical formulas based on averages, (inputting my gender, my age, my height, and my waist measurement) my body fat is 30%.
That's an unbelievable discrepancy! And honestly, I'm more likely to accept the 30%, not because it sounds so much better, but because it seems much more realistic considering my size. I can't believe that 145 lbs equates to 41% body fat. That just doesn't seem right.
This is really frustrating, because I believe that body fat is what needs to be lost, not over all weight. But with no reliable way to measure body fat, how can I tell it's going down?
Well, I guess I throw out that scale. Just like everyone tells you to. Instead, I'll go by the fit of my jeans. Right now I'm wearing my largest pair of jeans. And they fit well. They used to be really loose and fall off my hips.
Goal #1: Get these jeans to fall off my hips again so I need a belt. Can I accomplish this in the 3 weeks before my first June weigh-in? I guess we'll see . . . .
Here's to weight training! And HIIT!
Hope y'all have a beautiful and healthy day.