Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I've been thinking about goal weights lately. Two SparkFriends posted calculators that got me thinking.
First, REDQT2 posted Self Magazine's Happy Weight calculator. Something tells me this is unscientific, but what it said is my happy weight is within 3 pounds of my actual weight. That felt good and, yes, happy. www.self.com/calculators
Then I read ITSMATT's blog about the "new BMI." I know that there are issues with BMI calculations in general, but personally think it's generally accurate for the majority of the population. Anyway, this new calculation is interesting because it attempts to take into account our dimensionality, which the original BMI wanted to do but didn't to keep the math more simple! It seems to expand the range of what a "normal" weight is. See here: people.maths.ox.ac.uk/tr
Anyway. The last time I truly had a goal weight was a couple of years ago. I weighed 140, the most ever at the time, and so I started exercising and constricting calories. I lost about 10 pounds, which was 2 pounds more than my original goal. (I started to really like the idea of having a big fat zero at the end of my weight.) But once I got to that goal, I decided that I didn't want to work out or, especially, constrict calories anymore. And then my weight shot back up, and then some.
Now I'm exercising again. I'm not constricting calories quite like I was the last time, even though I know calorie constriction is the real workhorse in weight loss. I find that I don't enjoy life when I'm hungry all the time.
I don't have a goal weight -- I just want to exercise consistently for health and have my pants fit comfortably all the time. Hopefully that keeps me healthy AND happy.
*The title of this blog comes from a song from what once was my VERY FAVORITE band, Over the Rhine. I still like them, but I don't go out of my way to see them anymore. Here's the video of the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=