the measure of a man (me)

My last body composition update was on Dec. 5th, 2010, and prior to that, the last time I posted metrics and measures of my body was on Nov. 21st, 2010.

The data I collected today, compared to the data collected on these dates, could be interpreted as telling the tale of a Christmas and Winter season of serious self-indulgence. Let’s look at the numbers.

Body Measurements

Weight Observed

Suprailliac Skinfold

Body Fat %

Fat Mass

Lean Mass




Feb. 6th, 2011

187.0 lbs

7-8 mm


21.5–25.8 lbs

165.5-161.2 lbs

35 1/2″

14″ (flexed) / 12 1/2″ (unflexed)

21 5/8″

46 1/4″
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″
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″

I have laid on more than seven pounds since October (I also weighed in at about 180 in December). Some of this has been lean mass. I am sure of that. But that lean mass hasn’t shown up in my thighs or biceps. It’s possible that one might see little bit of growth in the shoulders, but it could also be just be an error of the tape. The noticeable, real difference is in the measure of my umbilical waist: 1 1/4″ increase. That’s fat! And my skinfold measure has clearly increased. Together, these two data points say one thing: I’ve been getting fatter! Not cool.

I worked hard to get lean, and a year ago, I weighed about 15 lbs less than I do today. True, today I am stronger, faster, and look better than I did at the start of 2010. But I am also fatter. And fat, my friends, does nothing for your health, for your strength, or your speed.

So. This is my decision: it’s time to reverse the trend of Nov 2010 — Feb 2011.

Numbers don’t lie. I’m going to post all the measures, every two weeks. Until further notice.

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