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Weekly measurements and stats.

Sunday, December 21, 2008 by  
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It’s Sunday and time for my weekly tape measurements and body fat reading. If I had to sum up this week’s progress in a sentence, it would be “Weird, but very good!”

My scale weight this morning is 214.0 pounds. That’s a whopping 2.6 pound gain over the past week. That’s the “weird” part. I woke up yesterday weighing in a full two pounds more than the day before, and this morning I’m still at 214 pounds. I remain convinced that this sudden weight gain is water weight (I know what water retention feels like, and I can feel it through my entire body), but I have no idea how I could be retaining water right now – my diet has not changed at all! As I mentioned in yesterday’s update, I wonder if some of the very mild flu symptoms I’ve been feeling the past couple of days have something to do with it? It will be interesting to see what my weight does over the next few days….

My 2008 bulk total scale weight gain (after 12 of 17 weeks) is 19 pounds. That’s an average weekly gain of 1.58 pounds. At the 12 week mark of my 2006 bulk I’d gained a total of 28.1 pounds (an average of 2.34 pounds per week). I’m pretty sure that ~9 pound of additional weight in 2006 was all fat. That’s a pretty significant difference when you consider that 9 pounds would take me about a month to lose on a fairly aggressive 2 pound per week cutting diet.

My body fat reading this morning is 13.1% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). We took the measurement twice this morning to be sure. That’s a very small jump from last week’s 12.9% reading (which I “officially” called 13%).

This week’s tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) were fantastic! I literally added a quarter of an inch to each and every measurement except my calves! That’s the “good” part!

Total measurement progress looks like this: over the past twelve weeks I’ve added an inch to my forearms, 1.75 inches to my arms, 2.25 inches to my quads, one inch to my calves and 2.25 inches to my chest. My waist size has only increased one inch over the past three months, and that is something I’m very happy about (at the 12 week mark of my 2006 bulk I’d added over three inches to my waist!)

All my stats, past and present, can always be found on the stats page.

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