The Arrival of the Scale
A humbling experience, but one from which I think I will ultimately benefit.
It turns out my old scale, either on its own or through my repeated verbal and physical abuse, was weighing 5 lbs under. I kind of suspected this, but I'm now mentally ready to accept it. So my weight zoomed up overnight, from 132 to 137. And my body fat percentage is 34%. Which is definitely outside of where it wants to be, according to this chart. My goal would be well within the "fitness" category, say 22%. So.... if 34% of my current weight is fat, then approximately 90 lbs of me is lean body mass. Assuming that doesn't go down, my goal weight would be approximately 110 lbs. (If you don't know me and you're reading this and being all horrified that I should want to be so thin, please be aware that I'm barely 5 feet tall, and 110 lbs is a nice healthy weight for someone my height.) What I would really like to do though, is up my lean body mass by another 5 lbs and weigh about 115, which I think is more sustainable and would probably look a bit better.
What I'm interested to see is how fast the fat percentage is going to change. I can generally lose 2-3 lbs a week without too much difficulty, but I wonder if some of that is muscle, and if I should be upping my protein intake a bit. I'm not going to change my diet until I see how this goes though.