Saturday, April 27, 2013
I have two scales. (Maybe because I weigh as much as two people? :) I don't know... )
Anyway, one is a regular bathroom scale, purchased at a thrift store years ago. It's accurate within a pound or two and as overweight as I am that's close enough.
The other scale is digital and measures body composition; weight + percent fat, water, bone, & muscle. It's a pain to use. It keeps switching to kilos, for example. So I don't use it much.
However I recently compared a couple of readings from that scale. On 3/17/13 I weighed 250 lbs, and was 50.7 % body fat, which is 126.75 lbs. (REALLY!?! YES - A Whole Nother Person in just FAT!!!) On 4/25/13 I weighed 241.4 lbs., and was 47.4 % body fat, which is 114.46 lbs. So between 3/17 and 4/25 I'd lost 8.6 lbs. - but 12.33 lbs. of fat! The difference of almost 4 lbs would be muscle or water gained, I suppose. (I did not write down the readings for muscle or water - another problem with this scale is the display only lasts a few seconds - not enough time to write everything down)
This math is encouraging to me, because I'm working out a lot and making better food choices (especially quantity-wise) Sometimes I don't see much (or any!) weight loss over the short term. I feel stronger but it's nice to have an objective indicator of results. I plan to duke it out with the digital scale once a month and keep better track of the readings.
Other happy numbers from the visit to the doctor last week.
*Blood pressure: 104/70
*Cholesterol - 175
*Triglycerides - 63
*HDL - 67
*LDL - 85
*VLDL - 13
*Glucose - 93
(In my early 40s I weighed about 300 lbs, & my BP was routinely in the 145/90 range. I started making better food choices a long time ago - eating more healthful foods, though still in quantities that kept me fat. So although my weight has dropped slowly over almost 2 decades, my blood pressure improved a lot)
I have - as MostMom1 encourages us all to have - High Hopes that healthy trends will continue for me and for all my fellow Sparkpeople!