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Body fat vs. body image.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I just have a few minutes so I'm trying to bust out a really quick blog entry before leaving work and heading to the gym.

I broke down and bought at body fat scale and it arrived yesterday. I do have to say that I was a bit surprised by my initial reading. I followed the directions pretty closely and I realize it will probably fluctuate, so I'm not completely relying on that one reading, but it was interesting nonetheless.

But first let me preface that with a bit about my own body image. The way I see myself physically compared to how others see me physically is drastically different, and it's mostly because of the number I see on the scale. When people ask me how much I weigh (no, no one is being rude!), they are often quite surprised at how high the number is. Because that number is so high, I will focus on the parts of me I really dislike when I look in the mirror: the big head, the fat neck, the big cheeks, the gut, and the love handles. My brain runs in circles and thinks about how I must look enormous to others.

So, knowing my BMI is well within the "obese" range, I stepped onto the body fat scale expecting to see something well over 30%. Instead, it said 26.1%. I was shocked. I'll check it again frequently, but that was pretty good news. And, really, it means that my "goal weight" may be unrealistic unless I lost a ton of muscle or other non-fat material from my body. So I'm slowly reconsidering what the "final goal weight" might be, even though honestly that's a problem I'm a long way off from having!

Having said that, time to go to the gym...
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    I am kind of the other way around. The number on the scale is lower than my appearance. People probably think I am just lying when I tell them my weight. LOL

    I think you must be carrying a lot of muscle. BMIs are said to be inaccurate for atheletes (and by your page, it looks like you fall into that category!).
    Also, some folks' bones are heavier (or lighter). I would assume that heavier ones ares stronger, which is good. :)
    1883 days ago
    Isn't it interesting that we are meaner to ourselves than we would ever DREAM of being to a friend!

    1886 days ago
    We're our own worst enemies! People are always surprised that I weigh so little because I slump around in baggy clothing because... I feel fat! LOL! Sounds like a good scale with a BF component is just what you need to keep sane!
    1886 days ago
    We are our own worst critic. You still rock and have great hair! emoticon
    1886 days ago
    muscle weighs more that fat?
    1886 days ago
    love it !!
    1887 days ago
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