weigh in and metrics

Obviously, I’ve been getting into trouble with my diet here. Besides increasing about 20 lbs over the past 18 months, in the last month alone I’ve added eight pounds which, the calipers tell me, is mostly fat (and my pants tell me it’s mostly at the midsection). In the same period I’ve made few measurable increases in lean mass (my thighs being the apparent exception). Of course, the calipers are a blunt instrument; but they make it look like I’ve actually lost lean mass. I haven’t… but it’s not a happy trend.

In general I think it is very dangerous for “older athletes” such as myself to mess around with trying to gain weight. Gaining mass as a way to gain strength… that’s a younger man’s game. This is probably especially true for those of us who have been fat in the past.

The fact is I would rather stay leaner and I’m going to do something about that. Starting today.

One other thing occurs to me: it’s dangerous to trust single point “measures” of things like body weight. Today’s weigh-in is doubtless an outlier (I was weighing in at 192 all week long and the past two Sundays as well). I am confident that next Sunday will see me a lot leaner, and my next set of measurements, on June 5th, will document some positive changes.

Body Measurements
Date

Weight Observed

Suprailliac Skinfold

Body Fat %

Fat Mass

Lean Mass

Umbilical

Bicep

Thigh

Shoulder/Chest
5/8/2011

195.5 lbs

10 mm

15.9%

31.1 lbs

164.4

36 1/2″

14″

22 1/4″

47 1/4″ / 41″
4/10/11

187.5

7mm

11.5%

21.5

165.5

35 7/16

14″

22″

47 1/4″ / 40 7/8″
3/6/2011

186

7+ mm

>11.5+%

>21.4 lbs

<164.6 lbs

34 5/16″

14 1/8″

21 11/16″

47 5/16″ (sh) / 39 3/4″ (ch)
2/20/2011

182.0 lbs

6mm+

11.5%

21 lbs

161 lbs

34 3/8″

13 3/4″ flexed, 12 5/8″ unflexed

21 3/4″

46 3/8″
Feb. 6th, 2011

187.0 lbs

7-8 mm

11.5-13.8%

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

162.8

34 1/4″

14″ (flexed) / 12 1/2″ (unflexed)

21 5/8″

47 1/4″
Oct. 24th, 2010

179.5 lbs

6 mm

11.5%

20.5 lbs

159 lbs

34 1/4″

12 3/8″

21 5/8″

46 3/16″

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