It’s been hard to get my head around the fact that 124, or the amount I weigh, isn’t the important thing. Over the last few months I’ve been trying to see how what I do (eat, sleep, exercise) impacts my body composition, and weight).

When I started out, way back in June 2008, I was 147lbs… And after 6 months of exercising and being careful with what I ate, I got down to 135lbs. My ‘ideal’ weight for my height. Then I started running longer and training for marathons and the weight fell off. After a while I went down to 124lbs and without really trying (except for my ways of living: training and eating to fuel my body), I maintained it for a few years.

The actual numbers aren’t important what I’m looking at now is the fluctuation of my weight and body fat (more important) based on what I do – eat, sleep, train.

Since June this year for some reason, after training for and doing the Skye Half Marathon, my weight went up to around 128lbs and although I made an effort to eat better and be active, it didn’t tend to go anywhere near my usual 124lbs.

I started weighing myself daily on my wifi scales, just to see the results of what I was doing. (A bit excessive I hear you say, but it was simply to give me an outcome of what I was doing, and to make some nice graphs too). Here are the results:

As you can see from the weight graph above, what I did in June into July (namely changing what I ate slightly, and changing my exercise), helped me to have an overall downward trend for a few weeks.

Then in July one thing after another happened in July and life took over a bit. Now in August I’ve been struck down with some sort of viral thing and have needed to step back from training to allow myself time to recover.

Weight isn’t the be all and end all though. If you look at the more important graph, my body fat that the scales has measured shows a different graph. A longer dip into July (when I was training more consistently) and a slight increase into August (when I’ve not been training as regularly).

I feel fine in myself. I feel like there’s been progress. Maybe not that much, but apart from this cough or whatever it is, I still feel strong and like I want to focus on my training again once I get better.

Now here’s why body fat measurement is more important than weight. We want to burn fat, get rid of fat, not necessarily weight.

So if we look at my measurements 2 months apart, you’ll see that I’ve lost a measly 0.5lbs. But 26.5% of 128.5lbs is 34lbs.

25% of 128lbs is 32lbs.

So although I’ve only lost 0.5lbs of weight or more or less stayed the same weight, I’ve lost 2lbs of body fat. 🙂

This is why weight doesn’t matter and why I’ll be focussing on getting the fat mass chart to change and hopefully take a downward trend.

Burn the fat, feed the muscle, through 1: mind 2: food, 3: cardio, 4: strength. That’s what I’ve been doing, and that’s what I hope to doing the next 5 weeks before my holiday. Eat good food to fuel my training, and hopefully reduce my body fat %. Getting better is first on my list though.

I’ll continue to measure my progress daily, and focus more in the next 5 weeks to see if I can make a concerted effort to see some change.

If you haven’t read this book, it’s well worth it. 🙂

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