Monday, February 13, 2012

February progress report: Weight, fat, and measurements

My first weigh-in was January 2, which was about 42 days ago, if I'm counting correctly. I checked weight, body fat percentage, body fat weight, and measurements.

As far as weight loss alone goes, the results are not spectacular. I lost 2.6 pounds. According to my body fat scale, though, I have lost 2.9 pounds of fat. I know these scales are not 100% accurate, but this at least suggests that I am holding on well to my lean mass as I lose. My body fat percentage, while still too high, dropped one percentage point.

Measuring myself has similar potential for accuracy issues. I might have pulled the tape tighter or measured in a slightly different place this time. To eliminate some potential for bias, I did not look at my original measurements until after I wrote down today's. I also measured twice in each spot and took the average. My measurements suggest that I lost 1.5" in my waist, 0.5" in my thigh, 2" in my hips, 1.5" in my bust, and added 0.5" in my upper arm. These numbers do make sense to me (except maybe the arm) because I am fitting into smaller clothes again.

I am going to weigh myself again tomorrow to see if I just overdid the salt yesterday. I really had wanted that 5-pound loss for Valentine's day. No matter what the scale says, though, things seem to be moving in the right direction.


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