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Monday, July 01, 2013

As I was walking to the park this morning, I thought about my goal weight and visualizing reaching it one day! I see and read how so many people in the Spark community decide to lose more after they reach their goal. I then began to question is it another addiction/habit we pick up? Then I thought about that out-dated, dumb a*s BMI chart being their reason.

I came to the conclusion that losing weight can become an addiction. I do not want that for myself. I also realized that the BMI chart is NOT acceptable in deciding what is healthy and right for ME.

Women in general should have curves and love them. Isn't this how we are built? Being Black does not automatically mean you are blessed with curves! We do however tend to be more overweight and have Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, etc. To that end, I say do not be afraid to lose a couple of them curves for a healthier you!

Now, do not get it misunderstood, at 5'2" and after having two children, I love my new and natural set of bigger breast! So...let me leave you with this...according to the BMI, I should be 100-135lbs to be healthy. When I reach my goal weight of 150lbs, I will be considered OVER! Well, I am OVER the BMI and its poor measuring standards! Sure, I could get to 150lbs and decide to lose another 5-10lbs of which, according to the BMI, I still would be OVER...

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NAPPIGURL 7/1/2013 1:14PM

    I don't pay too much attention to BMI in the "overweight" range. Overweight really means nothing more that you exceed theire "standard". Not to make an excuse, but it's generally accepted that African Americans have greater muscle mass that caucasians (which is why there is a separate formula to calculate the protein needs of African Americans with kidney failure). Well if muscle is more dense that fat then of course we're going to be "over" the standard weight.

I'm borderline overweight according to BMI, lol. I mainly focus on my body fat percentage and as I've lost weight and gained muscle mass, I've increased my goal weight to accommodate my new muscle. My "ideal body weight" (not my idea, but the equation) is 120 *insert "oh, hell no" stankface here*. I told my friends that if I ever get that small to stage a "food is your friend, here, eat this sandwich" intervention! Even now at 138 I'm beginning to feel that I'm close to the smallest I really desire to be, appearance-wise. Even though I have weighed less than my current weight in the past, I had more body fat, so I appeared larger than I do now.

Look at me crowding your comments, lol. Sorry!!!

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CANDIGIRL4K 7/1/2013 11:05AM

    I agree...I think the first goal should always be one of healthiness. After that if you feel good and feel that you look good then you should not try to lose weight according to someone else's standards!

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