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Weekly measurements and body fat reading.

Sunday, October 19, 2008 by  
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It’s Sunday, and once again time for my weekly measurements and body fat reading.

My scale weight this morning is 201.6 pounds. That’s a 1.8 pound gain over the past week. That’s may seem a little high for one week of bulking, but growth is never perfectly linear. For example, this past week I was flatlined at 199.8 for five days straight (Sunday – Thursday), but on Friday I was up almost a pound to 200.6, and this morning I’m at 201.6. My diet did not change one bit over those seven days, and even my intake of water and salt has remained consistent. So far on this bulk I’ve gained a total of 6.6 pounds in 3 weeks. Discounting three pounds to account for the water retention caused by creatine seems reasonable, so that leaves me with an average of a 1.2 pound gain per week. Perhaps still a bit on the high side, but I really don’t think cutting my calories is an option at this point; my caloric intake is not really all that high right now. Let’s take a look at the rest of the data…

My body fat reading this morning is 11.8% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). This is identical to my initial reading of 11.8%, and also identical to last weekend’s reading of 11.8%. I’m a bit surprised by this, but pleasantly so! I guess Lisa and I have become fairly adept with the caliper to get such amazingly consistent readings. Judging by how I look in the mirror, I have to say that it doesn’t look like I’ve added any real amount of fat over the past three weeks. The fat I have now is there as a result of how I was eating before my bulk.

I’m extremely pleased by this week’s tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape)! Over the past week I’ve gained another quarter inch on my arms, another quarter inch on my chest and another quarter inch on my quads. That means I’ve added a half inch on all three of those muscle groups since the start of my bulk. Muscle memory is real. Also, this week my waist measurement is identical to last week’s measurement, so that further supports the unchanged body fat reading.

Based on these numbers I’m clearly on the right track. No changes are required for this upcoming week: just more clean foods and super-intense training!

Of course all my stats, past and present, can always be found on the stats page.

Ok, I’m going to go get the house cleaning done and then I think Lisa and I are going to round up the dogs and hole up in the theater all day. 🙂

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