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Obese, Overweight, or Healthy?

Friday, July 30, 2010

I just looked up the BMI ratings for my height:
110-149 lbs = Healthy
149-179 lbs = Overweight
179 lbs and up = Obese
I've just gotten down from 238 to only 206, which feels fantastic, but is still Obese.

My goal is set at 180, because when my goal was 150 (a weight at which I look DAMN good) I made it down to 180, was walking daily and felt healthy but kicked myself for not losing more so I ended up gaining. I don't want that kind of stress. Does it really matter if I am officially on the lower end of Obese, if my blood pressure is good and I look and feel good?

Comments welcome. (And yes, I should also ask my doctor what he thinks.)
- Toby


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Thanks for all the great comments. Another thing I believe is that one of the MOST unhealthy things is to go up and down and up and down in weight, which is what I've done for about the last 15 years. I just imagine my skin being like a rubber band that has been stretched and released and stretched and released over and over and can't imagine that is going to make me look very good.

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LMB-ESQ 7/31/2010 1:20AM

    I don't necessarily trust the charts or the doctor. Most doctors have little to no training specifically in nutrition or fitness. They follow the same charts we do. And I've been looking at anything put out by the government with a very skeptical eye.

I think if you look good, you feel good, your blood pressure is good, your blood counts are good, what else do you need? There's also a point where fighting the numbers on the scale is pointless and too stressful. You're right... who needs it?

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LDY_ALI_79 7/30/2010 11:45PM

    Keep your good momentum going & you're be in the normal range before you know it. Don't worry about that now, I have been classified as obese & overweight my entire adult life....i'm making progress in alot of areas I never thought was possible!

Take care~

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MMCOLLECTOR 7/30/2010 11:30PM

    Hi, it is not necessarily the numbers on the scale. It is how good you feel in your own skin. I for the past 2 yrs have been fighting the same 10 lbs. I started this journal (with spark people) weighing in at 180.
My doctor says I need to lose 50 lbs. To me that seems like a ton of weigh. People I speak to say I would look to thin. I am taking this journey by 5 lbs at a time. If you read my blogs you will see that I have been on one heck of a roller coaster since joining spark people back in April 2010. I am glad I joined spark people.
Here are some of the things I have taken to heart now. Be happy for the little goals you achieve right now. Don't think about the BIG picture. I started a virtual journey, I am having a blast walking to florida (need to update my mileage). Once a day give yourself a hug or pat on the back for taking better care of yoursel (not hubby, children, parents) just yourself.

Wishing you well on your adventures and if you want to talk that would be great, if not, I totally understand.


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    p.s. My blood pressure is MUCH better now, too.

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