Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I have a ton of updating to do, including my sister's wedding, vacation, a friend's wedding, and other fun stuff. I'll get to those (with pictures), but again my mind was wandering.
I broke the 170s this week much to my surprise as with vacations and celebrations I have not been as diligent with my food tracking, but as the scale showed, I made healthy choices and stayed active and still managed to lose when my goal was simply to maintain.
The best part about my sister's wedding was that I got to see my family, and of course, they gave me a lot of positive feedback on the hard work I've been doing. I get the bigger body frame and darker features from my dad's side, but my (lack of) height from my mom's side. Needless to say, my mom and her sisters are tiny little things, but they all stay very active. You'd be hard-pressed to determine that they were in there 50s and above.
My Aunt Karen said, half kidding, half joking, "Just make sure you don't over do it. You don't want to get too skinny."
Ah, that comment. I knew what she was saying, and it wasn't anything mean. She just wanted to make sure I was being healthy and doing things in a smart way (she is a nurse after all). Losing 90 pounds in less than a year is a big body change. But true to form, it got me thinking.
My Mii on Wii Fit finally lost the hoodie of shame as I hit the "Overweight" designation this week. I was happy, but my body definitely did not resemble my overweight Mii. My stomach is rapidly shrinking, and I'm putting on more muscle.
My friend Kelly, who has always been skinny, said that she is even considered overweight.
So my question is: Does BMI matter?
In some cases, yes. I know anesthesia is highly dependent on BMI for dosing and safe practice. But I'm not sure if that accounts for muscle mass vs. fat.
I'm starting to think no. I have nearly 40 more pounds to go before I reach a "healthy" BMI. I don't know where those 40 pounds will come from and I'll still be recognizable to myself. I need to tone; this I know, but 40 pounds. Geez.
Is there a better measure of healthy than BMI? I was lucky. I decided to get more active before I had any serious health issues. I don't have a set number or size in mind. I feel healthier because I have more energy and I look like the average woman now. I feel the world's clothing stores are now open to me in a way they weren't before. So do I need to focus on BMI? If I chose not to, will I still feel okay when my Mii is called "overweight" although I can see the muscles and flexibility in my body?
I'm just curious about what others think and what you do to measure your ideal healthy body. As for me, I'm not sure about BMI.