I'm not sure where to post this, but I figured the exercise forum was as good a place as any.
I had my body fat tested at the Y today (cue dramatic music). It was actually better than I thought it would be--22.2%. That's right in the middle of "Optimal". Hooray! Apparently I have 32.4 pounds of fat on my body and my basal metabolic rate is 1617. I like that that is nice and high. More food!
The bad news is that my actual weight is not 141, as my scale at home, that feckless flatterer, tells me, but rather 146. I knew my scale is off, but still, it hurts my feelings
The woman who did my test said that I could lose about 4 pounds to get my body fat to 19%, but I probably won't bother too much with that. I'm busy converting fat to muscle anyway. The upside of weighing 5 more pounds than I think I do is that I'm actually burning *more* calories during my cardio than my HRM tells me I do. And that ain't bad.
I'm glad to have had all this tested, just as I'm beginning to get serious about lifting weights. It'll be nice to have measurable progress in the fat-muscle trade-off when I get it tested again in 12 weeks.