Monday, October 8, 2007

0 Weigh-In: Another 0.8 Pounds Lost!


From the last time I weighed myself (which was two days ago), I lost another 0.8 pounds. I know, I know: It's probably water weight or the fact that I didn't eat much last night, but I'll take it nonetheless. As long as it's not a loss of muscle mass, I'm fine with it.

As I said previously, I like to hop on the scale after a particularly grueling or victorious run, (yesterday was the former), to see how I'm progressing. I don't want to fall into the dangerous trap of weighing myself too often, but lately I just can't seem to help myself. I'm too damn curious, & have been getting even more & more curious with each step I take towards my goal weight. ;-) As long as my laser focus on my goals doesn't turn into obsessive discussion of my weight & body fat (which Erik thinks has already happened!), it should be fine. He's just not used to women talking about their weight & body fat, which is a fairly "normal" thing for women to talk about! ;-)

Speaking of which, Erik just reminded me that if I lose weight too fast I should probably see a doctor, but I think that everything's just fine for now. I think he's a little bit alarmed (or perhaps a little envious! ;-) ) over how "fast" I've lost weight recently. He tells me that it should be a little bit harder to lose it than it's been, which I don't know if I buy, since the weight loss has been gradual, i.e., 15.2 pounds over 11 weeks, or 1.38 pounds per week. He also hasn't seen me for many of those weeks, since I've been on personal & business travel on & off during several of those weeks.

The bottom line is that I'm working hard to achieve my fitness goals; it's not like I'm consciously starving myself to get there! (And thankfully, I've never been anorexic or bulimic either.) The effort I'm putting in is real, & of course, the pounds I've lost are real too!

Anyhow, I'm now slightly over the half-way mark to my weight-loss goal. Yippee!

Technically, according to an official weight chart, I am no longer considered to be overweight, as I fall well within my weight range for medium-framed women of my height. If I were to use the small-frame measurements instead, then I'd be considered only a few pounds (i.e., about 2.6 pounds) overweight. (I don't know exactly, but I think I'm somewhere between small & medium frame size.) I've checked several charts & they tend to vary a bit, but my ideal athletic, healthy weight for my height (5'6") & frame-size should probably fall somewhere between 120-130 pounds. My BMI is 23.7, which falls just within the range (18.5-24.9) for the normal weight category.

A more important measurement than body weight is body fat: My body fat percentage, which I'm still reeling in shock from measuring the other day, is way too embarrassingly high to reveal, but all I'll say on that is that I'm planning on taking another body fat measurement after I lose another 10 pounds. Don't know if I'll reveal my percentages then either, but we'll see. As I said, if I can first get to a normal percentage range, then I'll work on reaching the athletic range. ;-)

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