I’m a triathlete. I exercise a lot. I’m an Ironman. My body is strong. Sometimes, it’s even a little bit fast.
I admit it. I still get happy when I see a smaller number on the scale and less happy when I see a bigger number. I shouldn’t care. But I do. I suppose this is just part of being a woman – regardless of what we do and what we’re capable of, we still let that number influence us a little bit. I KNOW I shouldn’t care, and it doesn’t influence my eating choices, but yes, when I see a number I like, I do a little happy dance inside.
I made a purchase this week that feeds my inner data geek.
It doesn’t just measure weight. You get % body fat, % body water, muscle mass, BMR, metabolic age, and bone mass.
You see where I’m going with this…
Numbers. More numbers. More data to track!
Don’t worry, I’m not letting it take me over. I’m actually finding it very interesting.
The new scale says I am 2 pounds heavier than the old scale. OK, I can deal with it. It says my % body fat is within the healthy range. I’m not too surprised by that. Body water, muscle mass, bone mass…yeah, all OK.
BMR, the number of calories needed to maintain my current weight: 1199. Um, WHAT??? I think I would starve on that # of calories. Clearly it is slightly mistaken here, even when I account for my calories burned working out.
Metabolic age: 19. I’ll take it :)
The interesting part has been figuring out the right time of day to weigh in. In the past, I’d always gotten on the scale first thing in the morning, after using the restroom and before eating or drinking anything. In other words, the lightest possible time I could get.
For accurate readings on this scale, it says that’s not really the best time. Your body water is lower and so your body fat reads higher. It’s a tradeoff – weigh later in the day when you are hydrated and get a correct body fat % but a higher weight, or weigh early in the day and get the opposite. Today, I have weighed in at several times of day to just get a sense of the variation. Surprisingly, it’s not as big as I thought it would be.
I really wish I’d had this scale last year so I could see the huge changes that took place in my body during IM training, the muscle mass added. But still, I will enjoy tracking – in a non-obsessive way, I promise – my numbers as I get back into shape this year and have some idea of what my “norm” is. At the very least, I should have a better understanding of some of my good and bad training days if I see any correlation with hydration levels and weight.
Other than that, I promise not to let the numbers make or break my day. I won’t obsess. Any more than any other woman, anyway :)