Monday, January 14, 2013
I had my husband do the skin fold calipers on new years day, but the chart was really vague so it's taken me a while to sit down and interpolate the figures. I'm really close to a 70/30 lean/fat percent now. I know I said that a couple months ago, but it was more like 68/32 (I started measuring around 66/34 in August, when I began working out).
It appears I do lose a little lean tissue with the fat, which might not be muscle. I mean, if skin is really 15% of your weight, that could be half of the lean tissue right there. That's probably somewhat wishful, but if you look at my picture of my shrinking jeans, that has happened somewhat with my skin. And looking just at the caliper from the back of my arm, it measured 22 mm in August, 16 in October, and 14 now. My husband thought we must have wrote down the wrong number, but that's a lot less chickenwing, even though I still have some.
I've also done different things with my exercise routine that could cause some muscle loss. Like when I started using the treadmill consistently, I didn't do core and lower body strength as much. And I didn't start pullup training until shortly before the October measurement. Anyway, I'm making progress in what I can actually do, so that's what I am more concerned with.
In other news, I found this shirt I had really liked but made me look like I had sausage arms (and showed my tummy rolls). I probably got it for Christmas 5 years ago. I was looking for a different shirt yesterday and came across it, and I tried it on and it fit!
So even though I still have a soft belly, it's not anywhere near what it used to be. (and boy would I like for that skin to figure out how much of itself it needs, but we'll be patient). Because I have thought a couple of times, "I don't feel that different". Well, I am different. I just have become more like who I used to wish I was when I could hide from the harsh light of reality.