Wednesday, June 25, 2008

7 Weigh-In: The Downward Trend Continues


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As usual, I hopped on the scale after my run. I'm down another pound & have also lost another 0.8% body fat. My goal is to whittle off atleast a percentage point of body fat per week over the next few weeks. If I keep putting the same level of effort into my runs, I think I can definitely accomplish that goal.

Assessing my weight loss & BF% goals in more specific & finite terms, I'm currently 12% to goal in my weight loss goal (i.e., as of 6/15/08, I've lost a total of 1.8 lbs. thus far out, of a possible 15 lbs.), & 19% to goal in my BF% loss goal (i.e., as of 6/15/08, I've lost a total of 1.9 BF% thus far, out of a possible 10%). Considering that 6/15/08 is only 10 days ago, or a week & a half ago, I'd say that I'm doing fairly well so far. Of course, I've still got my work cut out for me, especially if I want to reach these goals by 8/17/08. Or put another way, if I'm to reach my goals, I've got 13.8 lbs & 8.1 BF% points more to lose over the next 8 weeks.

I think I can, I think I can. I know I can, I know I can!

Classification Women (% fat) Men (% fat)
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese 32% plus 25% plus

7 comments:

Andrew is getting fit said...

Good stuff! You seem to be well on track.

Good to see your pushups are going well too.

Mister Scott said...

this may be a basic question which you have already answered elsewhere, but what method do you use to determine the percentage of your body that is fat? I've heard of a couple different ways (calipers, etc.) and was wonderng if you felt the method you use was particularly reliable.

Congratulations on all of your progess!

TexasTesla said...

Good for you! Nice when either or both of those numbers goes down. All that work is paying off!

cyberpenguin said...

Thanks, Andrew! It feels great to be making progress once again!

As you've probably noticed, I've started to chart my progress in terms of "percent to goal" for various stats; I'm finding this exercise to be very useful & illuminating, because it gives an exact measure of what I've accomplished & what more is required to meet my goals! The numbers rarely lie. ;-)

Like you, I like to have a clear picture of my goals, & enjoy breaking them down into smaller, "mini-goals," as you like to call them. ;-) Of course, as you likewise stated in a recent post, this gives you more opportunities to celebrate your accomplishments. That's a great idea & a fantastic way of looking at it!

Speaking of which, I'm curious to know: What's next for you? What are some of your macro & mini fitness/health-related goals?!

cymrusteve said...

Great news! Love the new scales!!

--Steve

cyberpenguin said...

Wow, I just saw several new comments pop up, after I responded to Andrew's. Thanks, everyone!

Now, to respond:

Hi Mister Scott,
Nice to hear from you again. No worries, I'd be happy to answer the question: I use a Tanita body fat scale, which I realize is not always the most accurate or reliable form of measurement, considering it uses electrical pulses (i.e., "bioelectrical impedance") to measure body fat. Of course, an immersion tank would probably be best, but in practical terms, that's not going to happen anytime soon. (Let's not even get into the issue of having to put on a bathing suit before one hops in the tank. LOL. Like that's going to happen until I reach my BF% goal! Hahahaha!)

But seriously, if you're interested in finding the most effective method to measure body fat, I found a great article on the subject. Hope this helps!

What method do you use?!

-C
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@TT: Thanks! So how's your running coming along?! I don't know if you saw any of my earlier responses asking about this, but I do enjoy hearing about your latest adventures in running!

So when are you going to start your own running blog?! Hint, hint. ;-)

Hope you're doing well & still having fun with your running!

-C

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@Steve: Thanks! Do you track this sort of data as well?! I didn't see it on your blog, but I understand if you don't want the exact details to be published for public consumption! ;-) That's why I use relative numbers (i.e., 10 lbs to lose, etc.) but no specifics! ;-)

I love the picture of this scale too! (It's so old-school that's it cool! ;-) ) Of course, it's not actually a picture of my own scale, but if they made a body fat scale like this, you better believe that there'd be a lot of people lining up to buy it. Hmmmm, now there's an untapped market. ;-) I mean, you gotta love a scale that smiles back at you, even if it sometimes tells you things that might not always make you want to smile. ;-) After all, seeing that happy face is still gonna put you in a good mood, eh?! ;-0

-C

cymrusteve said...

Hey Corey,

Yes, rather geekily I've been tracking the exact same data since the first of the year; not so much to get a daily figure, but more of a see how my weight/body fat shifts over time.

From the weight (in lbs) and body fat percentage (which as you rightly state is not the most accurate of course), I calculate my body fat in pounds which will also give me my current lean body mass (weight - fat = lean body mass).

Since January 1st I've dropped 11.4lbs, 5.5 of which is fat.

It's funny, when I look back at a post I made in January (http://www.runbulldogrun.com/weight/new-year-weight-goals/) I realize I'm actually 4lbs under what I class as ideal "racing weight. I don't think I've been this weight since I was a teenager...


Sorry to ramble...

--Steve

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