Progress Photos/Charts: 2014.10.03 – B.I.A. B.I.T.E.S my B.U.T.T
Progress Photos: 2014.10.03
Where I started – Me on Jul 26, 2014
Where I want to be when I reach my target fitness level:
This week on my “Journey to Health & Fitness“
Weight at home: down!
Weight at Jenny Craig: down!
Total Inches (chest, waist, hips): down!
Perceived level of fitness: UP!!!!
But that nasty body fat measurement AGAIN was being weird.
I have always known that B.I.A. (Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis) is a rough estimate of body fat percentage.
I have always known that things like time of day, whether or not you’ve just exercised, how much water you have in your body or your bladder can all throw things off and give you a false reading.
To accommodate this “rough guess-timate” of body fat… I use two different measuring devices: (1) a hand held device by Omron and (2) an Omron scale with body fat monitoring capacity AND I measure myself two times a day. That gives me FOUR daily measurements which I then average.
THEN because I know that from day to day, even THIS number could be funky… on Friday, my official “end of the week” day and the day on which I post these photos, charts, and progress reports, I look at the weeks AVERAGE, the MEDIAN and then the actual number for Friday. I do this for both weight and for body fat.
Then and only then, do I take the lowest number of the three and count that as my official weekly number. Usually that is the actual weight. Though every once in a while it is the average or the median.
So… that method has always worked in the past and has allowed me to use BIA as a rough, but fairly accurate measure of RELATIVE changes in body fat.
Long time readers of my blog (meaning more than 2 posts) have probably figured out by now that if I’m going on at such dramatic lengths there is about to be DRAMA!
OH GURL! LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I FOUND OUT TODAY!!!!
It sucks. There is simply no other way to put this but “It sucks!”
B.I.A. has a built in error rate of up to 8 percent.
Basically, for most folks and most situations, and most of the time you can use BIA and everything is groovy.
While not 100% accurate, it is usually a good relative indicator of fat loss — The key to using it effectively is CONSISTENCY!!!!
HOWEVER every once in a while if you mess around with some of the things that can throw it off… like changing your base hydration levels, it can go wacko on you!!!!! And you get weird JUMPS in the data. For no apparent reason.
There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. It is the nature of the beast.
The only thing you can do is to not use BIA as your ONLY measurement of your fitness level. And I’m not. Which is a very good thing!
EVERY other indicator I have says that I’m getting more fit and more healthy! So, I am just going to keep on keeping on and hope that the body fat percentage issue works itself out.
Of course there is a supposedly more accurate, and far more expensive, body composition monitor made by Tanita which is supposed to give you a more detailed picture of body composition . Unfortunately it costs over $400. So unless I find myself a sugar daddy who wants to buy me one…. Hmmmmm….
Anyone want to be my Sugar Daddy? [batting my eyelashes furiously and pouting my lips…] If so, here’s the link to my “Wish List” on Amazon… just whip out your credit card and Amazon will take care of the rest. Woot!
Yeah, like THAT’s gonna happen! LOL
But at least we had a moment of amusement entertaining the image of Tony having a “Fitness Sugar Daddy” — Well, I was amused. The rest of you fine folks may have been horrified!
but I digress.. I do that ya know…
Other news from the Fitness Front:
For the first time since I began my journey there were two different days where I actually recorded EVERYTHING that I ate. Folks this is BIG!!!! Not until I began attempting to record every calorie, did I realize just how hard it is to do so.
I’m getting really good at reading nutrition labels! Whew!
This week marks the beginning of my October Fitness / Movement Plan
I have had a storage unit ever since I moved into my current apartment. I moved from a 2 bedroom 2 bath house into a single bedroom and a bathroom. And I have kitchen privileges. Basically my best friend is “renting” a room to me. I don’t really rent though. We just split the bills. Well when I moved in I sold a lot of stuff, but there was some stuff I hung onto.
This month, I’m going to get rid of 90% of that stuff that I kept, thinking that I’d need it someday. I’m tired of paying for that storage unit. So I rented a smaller unit, about the size of a closet (and MUCH cheaper) and I’m going to put a few things which have sentimental value to me in there and sell everything else.
Well that is going to take a LOT OF EFFORT also known as movement also known as the evil “exercise” — wish me success. I should definitely be fitter and healthier at the end of October than I am now, at the beginning of October! Woot!
Body Composition Ratio: 2014.10.03
Total body weight down which is good, but check out the huge drop in the Lean Body Mass — that’s because of the wacked up readings from the Body Fat Monitors… Urk. We’ll see what the coming week brings…
Physical Measurements: 2014.10.03
Body Fat Percentage: 2014.10.03
I really think that what this chart is showing me is NOT correct. Based on what I’m eating and what I’m doing in terms of movement, this SIMPLY CAN NOT BE TRUE! And all other indicators that I have contradict what is shown here. I’ll continue to monitor it but I’m trying to find a cheap place to do an underwater body composition test and/or a skin fold test so that I have some other Body Fat measurements to compare the BIA numbers.
See ya on the dance floor!
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