Of tummy pooches and progress.
Friday, April 06, 2012
I weighed today, and it looks like I may be on the move again (in the right direction). It is VERY slow going, but I'm ok with that. I'm inching closer to the 120's, and I've not been there in a long time. Interestingly though, I'm already wearing clothes easily that used to only fit when I was below 130. So... I'm happy, because clearly the workouts are making a difference that the scale may not notice.
I also have a set of skinfold calipers. I find them to be terribly misleading. If I check where I am supposed to on my body, I'm in the "lean" category, which is even thinner than "average". The funny thing is that I clearly have plenty of fat on my body - I'm not super athletic or low in body fat at all. I just happen to have very little above my right hip.
My lower belly, on the other hand, is a lovely storehouse of fat. Since my second kiddo, I've had an AMAZING pooch, but more interestingly, the skin there is THRASHED. I showed a friend once, and she actually said "you may want to get that looked at by a doctor." Nice. I didn't, but that area has certainly been altered by childbearing.
Anyway, I've been using the calipers there too - not to take a real "body fat" measurement, but to see if I can get rid of some of the fat stored there. When I started at SP, I measured 29mm of tummy pooch. Today? 20mm. I think I'm most excited about this. It still isn't awesome in that region, and the skin still might make a friend have an unhelpful exclamation, but the fat under the skin is definitely on the wane, and that makes me smile!
Still, I can do much more, and get even healthier, but I'm really excited that I have measurable improvements even when the scale is sluggish.