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# Interesting (to me, anyway) math

### 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!
• LIBBYL1
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
• SMOKY_TEA

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
that's a great blog ! and guess who is my final and mystery coach VI for this Monday (YOU ARE)
1854 days ago
• FREELY-LYNN77
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!
Lynn
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.
1855 days ago
• NANCYPAT1
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.
Thanks.

1855 days ago