My plan is to weigh myself every Saturday morning before making up my meal plan for the week. That way, I will have one more guide to aid me. Once a week is probably still too frequent, but at least if I didn't lose weight or if I gained weight, I can take a look at my body fat percentage and my muscle percentage to see if it's something I need to be concerned about.
Even though it's Wednesday night, I decided to give my new scale a test whirl. After inputting my data, I got myself measured and received the following numbers:
Weight: 125 lbs
Body Fat: 28.3%
Body Water: 52.2%
And then, for kicks, I measured my waist circumference, which was about 30".
According to the handbook that came with the scale, I'm just over what they consider "average" for body fat percentage (28% for women between the ages of 20-29; "good" is between 18-23%, and "very good" is less than 18%), but I'm well in the range I'm supposed to be for my body water percentage (50-55% for women).
Of course, according to HealthCheck Systems, my body fat percentage is "acceptable," and to be "fit" I should be somewhere between 21-24%, which Beurer states is "good." When I take a look at their equations and input my numbers, in order to be the minimum "fit" I should focus on being at 24% body fat and 120 lbs. To be at the brink of athleticism, my measurements should be 21% body fat and 116 lbs.
I want to be 115 lbs... but I'm not so focused on being "athletic" so much as I am being "fit" and healthy. So, if I manage to get below 120 lbs and bringing my body fat percentage down accordingly, that just might be good enough.
Body water percentage is interesting, but I want to look into that some more.