Of course, not everything health and fitness related can be measured in numerical terms. I won't go into the philosophical aspects of consciousness and relative perception on health and fitness though because this is a By The Numbers post. Numbers are probably not even the greatest considerations when evaluating health and fitness, but they are the easiest to measure..., so let's begin.
|Post workout weight for days when Pre workout weight is above 170|
This was an interesting experiment. I had barely started it when I did my last quarterly review, but I've been running it now for 5 months and the results are starting to become clear. Basically the idea was to take the focus off my weight so that I could concentrate on adding just a few lbs of muscle mass. The idea was to only weigh myself after my workouts when my first-thing-in-the-morning-weight is above 170. For May and June I had many days where I was waking up with a weight of 170 or less, so I didn't weigh myself on those days after my workouts and I didn't worry about it. By July, however, I was waking up above 170 everyday and recording my post-workout weight just as frequently as before. Looks like my post-workout weight is about 170 on average right now, up from about 163 in April when I was peaking athletically for the Blue Ridge Half Marathon.
My first thing in the morning weight has been averaging about 174 for 2 months now up from about 168 when I first started taking this measurement in late April. This is about 2 lbs heavier than I had originally intended, but it has been extremely easy to maintain. Which is to say that I do not need to employ a high level of mental discipline with my food choices, but rather just avoid gluttonous displays. The big question ..."Have I have gained muscle or fat?"
BF% chart only shows the reading for the final day of the month. I use a scale that reads my BF% each morning and the chart seems accurate enough to say that I have had a slight increase in BF%. This is not a clear indication to me that my 7 lb weight gain is fat or muscle...probably a little of both. My power lifting stats for bench press and deadlift have improved over the past 3 months, so I'm going to say it's a good bet to call it a little of both.
As usual BMI means nothing to me since it does not differentiate muscle from fat, yet I post this anyway just because it is automatically monitored for me when I record my weight.
I check my blood pressure once or twice a month on the drug store machines. Looks like I had a slight spike for one reading then it went back to normal. Could have been anything, but the important thing is that I monitor it and if it becomes a problem I'll know it immediately.
|Swim mileage is way down|
|Bike mileage is typical for the time of year.|
|Run mileage is determined by if I'm training for a race and the distance. In late Aug. I started training for a 1/2 marathon in Nov.|