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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!
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    wow.... not sure how a scale measures fat but you are clearly changing your health.... those blood results and bp measurements are amazing...well done
    1851 days ago
    Your blood readings are fantastic!

    I did not lose much weight between January-April of this year but I did manage to lose inches and I can wear some clothing that was far too tight on me in January. I've gone down in dress/clothing size even as my weight has not changed significantly. It might be the strength training but whatever it is, I know it has to be good. Perhaps the same is happening with you?
    1853 days ago
  • STR458
    emoticon emoticon emoticon that's a great blog ! and guess who is my final and mystery coach VI for this Monday (YOU ARE) emoticon
    1854 days ago
    You have some great numbers. I wish I could say the same about my husband BP, but you are doing great. I love the math. Keep it up!
    1854 days ago
  • LESLIE2561
    Thanks for sharing. I only have a plain old scale that weighs in whole pounds so when it doesn't budge or even goes up it can be depressing. I might have to get one of those fancy ones so I can see where I am making progress and where I need to improve. emoticon
    1855 days ago
    I am so pleased with your results. I used to have the scale that measured body fat and muscle. I have good lab work, am much older than you, but also have HIGH HOPES for the trend toward health to continue.
    1855 days ago
    I love this. I wish I could be as honest about weight as you are. I've lost almost 25 lbs since Jan 1. My clothes are looser, YEAH! My feet don't hurt, bigger YEAH! I can walk without stopping every 50 feet, great big YEAH. I'm making better choices for myself. Loving fruit more than ever, that's a good thing. People are noticing that I've lost weight.
    But you have the true facts about how you are going. I congratulate YOU!!! Way to go !!!! I just love this site for that reason, you've inspired me to commit to getting healthier. I'm not going to turn on the TV right now, I'm going to the GYM.
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    1855 days ago
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