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Ouch - Reality Check: Obese to Overweight

Monday, December 17, 2012

I was feeling pretty proud of myself for losing 20 pounds and I still do. My long term goal was to lose 30 pounds. I still intend to meet that goal. Nine more pounds to go! But today I'm facing the fact that losing 30 isn't enough. I went onto the government health Centers for Disease Control webpage and used their BMI calculator to see what I should actually weigh.

According to this calculator (and others I consulted) I need to lose, not 9 more but 25 more pounds to be in the normal weight range for my height. This means that when I started this journey with Spark People I was 45 pounds overweight - Obese! Ouch - man have I ever been in denial about my situation! Here are the hard facts:

My starting weight: 224 (BMI - 30.8, Category: Obese)
My current weight: 203 (BMI - 27.9, Category: Overweight) - well that's progress I guess...
My target weight: 194 (BMI - 26.7, Category: Overweight) - Drat!
10 lb. lower target: 184 (BMI - 25.3, Category: Overweight) - Good Grief!
15 lb. lower target: 179 (BMI - 24.6 Category: Normal) - Whew!

I know that when I set my original goal I hardly dared to believe that I could achieve even that. It felt like wild reckless dreaming to think that I would ever weight under 200. I proably knew then that losing 30 pounds was not really enough but I felt so depressed and discouraged about my weight I couldn't muster up the courage to hope for more. I was stressed out about how serious this was for my health - being part of a family with heart attack and stroke risk. But 45 pounds overweight - I was in denial about how overweight I was!
The cool thing is that I have lost 20 pounds - and I expect to meet my original goal of 194 fairly soon, by mid or late February. I am really looking forward to what Grateful-dad calls ONEderland, being in the "land" of weighing less than 200. I'll be there soon. With this new confidence and progress, I can now envision going on to a new goal of 179 (better yet 175). Man, does that sound crazy! Even as I dare to envision it, old doubts creep up within me. But I am on a new path.
So, I've lost 20 in a little less than three months, so I could lose 20 more by my birthday in April. That would be a very nice present for myself - to be at 184 on my birthday! Then moving on I could be looking good in a swim suit in the summer of 2013 at 179 or even 175 emoticon
Well, I now see that the long-term goal is bigger than what I originally dared to believe possible - and I need to dig in here for the long-haul. But I give thanks to God and to the Spark People community and to my wife and family for encouraging me and giving me the tools, motivation, courage, and faith to do this!
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  • RUSSELL1960
    Reality is still stinging a bit today so thanks for the encouragement and perspective to keep focused on healthy living as opposed to too much focus on numbers. Good advice.
    1762 days ago
    I remember the first time I realized that the O word (obese) applied to me. Whoa! check that passport baby, cause it's time for a trip down de Nile! I remember the first time I said that my goal was to be overweight at a Weight Watchers meeting. Under 200 - after 10 years of weighing over 200, that sounds like such a difficult goal!, but my ideal weight (I think - I'm not even sure) is 35-40 pounds below that. You can do it, Russell - and so can I - and "IT" is a healthy balanced life - weight loss is a side -effect.
    1763 days ago
    you can do it!!

    1763 days ago
    Meh, I long ago gave up on that BMI chart. I am focused on eating right, being active, and repeating consistently. And I just have to trust that doing the right things will get my body to the right place.

    And good luck on YOUR journey!
    1763 days ago
    You have a good outlook on this. It's common to have to re-evaluate your goals as you make progress. Sounds like you have a little bit farther to go than you realized. That's not a bad thing, it's great that you've recognized that your journey will take you a little farther than you first realized. Now when I first started about a year ago, my doctor told me that the majority of the health benefits come from getting out of the obese range and into the overweight range. So, great job, you've done that! You've already reduced your risk of the diseases you mentioned. Now it's time to get out of that overweight range. And believe me, you are going to feel amazing when you get there. Hitting that normal range and being able to say to yourself that you did it. That you're no longer one of the overweight people in this country. You got up and pulled yourself out of it. That's a great feeling.

    Keep fighting. emoticon emoticon
    1764 days ago
    You can do day at a time
    1764 days ago
    You can do it! So can I!

    Just keep doing the right thing. Every little helps.

    I too didn't dare believe I could lose so much weight that I'd get to the healthy weight range. But this year I'm planning to get there! :-)

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

    1764 days ago
    I first joined sparkpeople to lose 15lbs so my pants would fit again. i lost another 15lbs that same year for a total of 30lbs in 1 year. i lost my motivation after that but managed to keep it off for a couple years. i was still obese, but i felt better that i had in a while so i was not worried about it.
    1764 days ago
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