Body Metrics, Month Two

Body Measurements

Weight Observed

Suprailliac Skinfold

Body Fat %

Fat Mass

Lean Mass




Oct. 24th, 2010

179.5 lbs

6 mm


20.5 lbs

159 lbs

34 1/4″

12 3/8″

21 5/8″

46 3/16″
Nov. 21, 2010

184.0 lbs

(less than) 6 mm

(less than) 11.5%

21.2 lbs


34 1/4″

14″ (flexed) / 12 1/2″ (unflexed)

21 5/8″

47 1/4″

What a month! At one point (last week) I was up 8.5 lbs from my weight in late October! At the end of the month I am up 4.5 lbs. That’s virtually all lean mass.

I lost about 4 lbs over the past week using calorie restriction in “Zone” fashion (this was no fun, by the way, and only about 80% successful too). That weight loss was primarily fat, I’ll wager. My skinfold measure is definitely down this week from last.

The measurements of my body parts is mixed. My chest and shoulders, would appear to have grown SUBSTANTIALLY, suggesting that new lean mass is primarily distributed in the upper body and relates to the push-ups and pull-ups I’ve been doing. I wasn’t sure whether I measured my biceps flexed or not, etc. That’s why I put both of the numbers in today. (Less dramatic growth seems more likely; i.e. I measured them unflexed last month).

I’m puzzled that my thighs don’t show growth. That’s not what my pants have been telling me! They’ve been feeling more snug. Maybe it’s my butt?

But I’m pleased that my waist remains stable. It looks the same. Maybe slightly more cut in the abs.

Basically, these measuring tools, whether scale, MyoTape, or skinfold calipers, are pretty rough instruments. Let’s look for the trend. Four weeks until the next measure.

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