Ever since my little rant about being stuck on a plateau a few days ago, I have been watching the scale numbers drop slightly. Well, on the official weigh in day this morning the scale showed me another new low number, 233.4. That puts me 91 pounds down now overall and only 9 pounds away from my goal of loosing 100 pounds!
But, there is another big milestone that I will hit when I loose 7 more pounds. When I started this blog I described myself as one of the "American Obese" surviving on fast food, sodas, no food volume control, and no exercise. That term "obese" comes from the BMI charts. Now, before I start talking about the Body Mass Index, it is important to qualify the discussion with the fact that BMI is a standardized number. In other words, the labels that the BMI charts place can be wrong. Numerous people are "overweight" on the BMI chart but are actually very healthy because of their physical makeup, so only use BMI as one factor in determining your health picture.
Anyways, back the the milestone that I will hit when I loose another 7 pounds. The BMI chart has several categories. If your BMI is under 18.5, you are underweight, 18.5 - 24.9 is normal weight, 25 - 29.9 is overweight, 30 - 39.9 is obese, and 40+ is labeled "morbidly obese." Once I drop to 227, I will no longer be in the "obese" category and will drop down into being considered just "overweight." So, I am proud of the fact that I was considered morbidly obese with a BMI of 42.8 when I started in January but now I am within 7 pounds of no longer being obese. This has been a long journey but it has all been worth it!
If anyone is interested, the shorthand formula for BMI is = (Weight / Inches of height) / (Inches of height x 703)
So, today is going to be a good day and I will be walking around with my head held high. I have a gym strength training workout today at lunch and just a 10 mile run scheduled on Sunday because of the tapering off for the race which is now only 9 days away. I can't wait!!!
Life is good!