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It's official... I have a healthy BMI

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

So I was going to post my goals today, but it was weigh-in day and while the scale has been reading 149.5 for three days now, I didn't want to make it official until today... and now it is.

For the first time in at least 2 years, but probably closer to 3. I am considered to be at a healthy weight. There have been a lot of stops and starts, but I made it. I told my mom today and she laughed at me, which was a little discouraging, but my two running buddies gave me high fives so I did get support I was expecting at least. Though I have to say no one's support has been as helpful as spark people, and my teams. I don't think I could have done it without this site.

This is only my first major goal, and certainly not a stopping point. . 5 pounds is not enough for me to be comfortable with the range. I still have about 20 pounds to lose but I have now lost 25 total since I started spark, and 16 since I started getting serious, and so it's a bit of a mile stone. I've told myself for over a year. I'm going to be a healthy BMI, and I would get close, but just never make it... now I have I'm so excited.

Just to be clear though, I don't put so much stock into the BMI that I would be unhappy if I never made it there. However, I have been 15-20 pounds lighter before and I know how my body looks and feels at that weight and that's where I feel I'm healthy. Does it happen to fall into the healthy range for BMI yes, but the number itself is more a marker of the half way point than an affirmation that I'm doing well. Now I'm going to focus purely on the pounds and not worry about where I fall on the BMI. In fact, I intend to see how I feel and look at 140 and 135 if I want to continue to lose to see if I really think I should. We'll worry about that when I get to it though.

The last reason this is a huge deal to me is that my goal for a friends wedding in the middle of August was to be 148. That would have been 18 pounds total, but I started going strong in May and so that would have given me plenty of time. Well now I'm going to hit that goal. I'm very excited. This is just a great day, and gives me more motivation to keep being healthy and active and not fall back into old habits. You really can reach your goals, it just takes time and effort.
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