Weigh-In: Week 19 – The Week I…Ugghhhhh…Sniff.

Week of 09-09 through 09-15 in the year of our Lord 2011
This is the first weigh-in of the rest of my life. Here are the results for week 19:

Today: 273.8 lbs.
Last Week: 274.6 lbs.
Week Difference: -0.8 lbs.
Total Loss: 60.8 lbs.
Body Fat: 23.7 % 
Lean Mass: 44.3%  
Blood Pressure: N/A
BMI: 34.2 (-0.2)

Remember how I posted about needing to wipe my nose last week? I wrote, “I am getting a cold and I can’t wipe my nose on my seatbelt EVERY TIME now can I?…” Well it turned out that I ACTUALLY WAS getting a cold or allergies or some other excuse not to work out as hard this week. I am not going to beat myself up too hard because every time I went to run I could feel the burning pressure in my chest that kept me from being able to catch my breath. And when I went to lift weights I had to have a towel for the sweat and one for the snot. I know you love how real and raw I am…

Well excuses aside, I did not get a 2 lb loss this week. Insert comments about me hitting a plateau or what ever. I am not even close to preparing to give in to any sort of stall in my weight loss. Remember that I am a weight loss Juggernaut! Ok, ok. So maybe that is a little over the top. But I am at the very least a weigh loss Clydesdale.

And yet I digress…So the news here is that I have a new scale. And with said new scale I have new statistics that I can track.  Namely my body fat percentage and lean muscle mass. I set the benchmarks for those new stats today.  The scale measures these things by sending a small pulse through your foot to measure the resistance through your body.  Muscle is denser so I assume that if it has more trouble getting through your body, then that is a good thing.  I am not really sure precisely how accurate these types of scales are, but I am taking a chance and saying that if nothing else they will tell me whether I am going up or down in these two important factors of health. I would love some feedback from qualified people on their thoughts on this. Not that you “unqualified” people don’t have thoughts, I just figure those with the credentials are the ones who know for sure!

So the scoop is my body fat shows as 23.7%. According to some of the research I have done, that is an “acceptable” range (albeit the top of the range).  I guess that it is acceptable is you are comfortable being obese, but I do not find it acceptable.  My goal is to be closer to 15% and possible under that.  I am interested in seeing how that number moves or changes (if it even does) throughout the week.

So my lean muscle percentage is showing at 44.3%.  That seems high to me, but I don’t really know.  I remember when I did the program at MUSC that the guys kept telling me that I had an impressive amount of muscle under my fat.  I guess I had to to be able to carry it all around. But I just don’t know.  I was told that I had about 200 lbs of muscle when I first came in (when I weighed over 350).  That means I have lost A LOT of muscle in this process.  And that is NOT good.  I am going to have to mull this over.

Any thoughts from you health professionals and training experts? Is this normal? Is it accurate? Hmmmmmm.

Well anyway.  Take a look at my mug shots why don’t you…


He's going to be a heart-breaker. So keep your hearts out of his way!

I am begining to think my hair should have its own website.


In case you thought I was lying about the lean muscle reading. You have no faith in me...


Be sure to check out the updated Commitment to Louie’s Kids page to see how much is going to be donated!

Until next week’s weigh-in (I have a new motto),

Remember that when it comes to food, all is permissible but not all is profitable…


2 comments to Weigh-In: Week 19 – The Week I…Ugghhhhh…Sniff.

  • Krissie J
    Twitter: phillynerdgirl

    I purchased a bodyfat analyzer that was cheap and it seems to be more accurate for my boyfriend than it is for me. Figures. I will say, the way they work is the charge will not be conducted by fat tissue, so the difference between the signal it sends out and what comes back helps calculate that. I used to know exactly, but I forget and am to lazy to google at the moment. 😉 I say keep using it even if it’s not exactly as closely accurate as you may want. As long as the number decreases (for body fat) then you know you’re burning it off. And I love that motto!!

    PS – boyfriend liked the turkey perky jerky, but not as much as I did. Apparently he likes his less sweet. More for me next time!

  • As I understand it, these scales only measure the fat % of your lower body. That said, it will still illustrate your progress overtime, though the actual number is probably not accurate.

    Water displacement (hydrodensitometry) apparently provides the most accurate measure.

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