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OK, it’s Sunday and time for my weekly measurements…
My scale weight over the past week is nearly identical to last week: 184.4 pounds this morning, 184 pounds last Sunday. I believe this is the first time on this year’s cut that my scale weight did not go down. Let’s look at the rest of the data, and then I’ll make some choices.
My body fat measurement this morning is 8.0% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). That is identical to last week’s body fat reading. Hey, at least that is some verification that our caliper skills are fairly consistent!
Moving on to my soft tape measurements, the only change this week is that my waist size is down to 30.5 inches (as measured by the MyoTape). Last week my waist measurement was between 30.75 inches and 30.5 inches, so that’s a little improvement.
It’s interesting to note that last summer my waist size was 30.25 inches (my all time low) at 6% body fat. I’m just a quarter inch from that mark now, but still at 8% body fat. Further, my “trouble spot” (just below my belly button, and where I take my “waist” measurement) seems less obvious than it normally is at 8%. While I’m very happy about that, the downside is that I’ve got some additional loose skin in that area that I’ve not had before. I’m almost 40 years old now, and like it or not my skin is not as elastic as it once was. That’s just age. Yes, I’m well aware that there are some people who say there’s no such thing as “loose skin”. Well, I say those people are wrong!
Now, even though loose skin and reduced skin elasticity are very much real problems as we age (especially for those of us who have lost a significant amount of fat), I do think there are some things that can be done to help reduce the appearance of loose skin. The most obvious is to fill that skin up with muscle. Yesterday on the forum I answered a question about my ab routine (“I haven’t directly worked my abs in a long time”). While I feel the abs get a very good workout while doing just about every other kind of lift (particularly big compounds), I think it may benefit me to start doing direct, heavy ab work again – especially when I’m bulking. Increasing the size of my abs is probably my only hope of tightening the loose skin in that area.
OK, so this week it seems I’ve hit a little plateau. This is actually my first stall since I started this year’s cut, and that’s pretty good. I’m far more concerned about muscle loss than losing fat quickly, so I’m going to wait it out another week before making any changes. If I don’t drop some fat this week, I’ll make some adjustments. I’m in no rush, and I’d rather err on the side of caution.