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A Hair's Breadth Away from a Healthy BMI


Thursday, August 08, 2013

After a week of my weight going up and my freaking out a bit over that (which I talked about last blog post), I've been pretty careful this week. I've been watching what I eat, but also adding some protein and an extra meal when I exercise. And I was happy to see the scale read "160".

I am now in the final 15 pounds. But more than that, when I inputted those numbers into SparkPeople, I saw something else - my BMI was 25.8, a mere .8 above a "healthy" BMI.

I don't even remember the last time I was in the Healthy BMI category. Even as a child, I was outside of my healthy category. As a teenager (weighing 180 pounds), I remember dreaming about being 140 pounds, a weight I was sure I could never attain.

Getting this close to the Healthy BMI range is exciting and rewarding. Yes, I know that me at 160 pounds is still healthy, and I could probably stop losing weight and live happily at this weight. To me, it's not so much, "I *MUST* be within my Healthy BMI to be healthy" more than "I would *LIKE* to be within my Healthy BMI".

This journey has been truly amazing. I've done things I never thought I'd be able to do. I've struggled with cravings and temptations and have STILL managed to lose weight and not backslide. I've lost over 100 pounds. I run. I bike. I enjoy life. And although this health journey will never truly end, it's nice to be nearing the rest stop of Healthy Weight and continue on into Maintenance.
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AJDOVER1 8/9/2013 3:19PM

    Yes! This health journey will never truly end! A healthy BMI was one of my early goals and it took me a long time to reach it. I let that number have a big meaning to me. Once I reached it, I felt free to exercise more, stand taller, and respect myself more.

Surprisingly, I've come a long way since then. Isn't it strange how we let the numbers affect us?

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MILLIFRED 8/9/2013 8:38AM

    Yes the is the ultimate reward! To not only look, feel and act healthier and fitter but to have the added incentive of those numbers telling you that you've arrived. It's even better than the number of the scale. Congratulations and start reading about maintenance because you will be there before you know it. We in maintenance will look forward to having you join us! Millie

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BHEALTHY4ME1 8/9/2013 1:16AM

  That is so great. This has been THE goal for you since I started reading your blog. How amazing you must feel to be so close to it. It's only a matter of time. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/8/2013 8:29PM

    That's so exciting, congratulations!

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HOLLYM48 8/8/2013 6:27PM

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TIGER_LILY_613 8/8/2013 5:58PM

    Awesome ! Go get it, girl ! emoticon emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/8/2013 5:26PM

    You're in the home stretch!! You have accomplished so much and should be uber proud of yourself girl!! Hitting that healthy BMI will feel amazing and you should celebrate all that you've accomplished!! So proud of you!!

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ADARKARA 8/8/2013 4:45PM

    You are doing so wonderfully! Keep it up!

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TRILEMMA 8/8/2013 4:26PM

  Well done

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JUNEAU2010 8/8/2013 4:07PM

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MIRMIUM 8/8/2013 2:56PM

    A very exciting time indeed! I recently came out of the unhealthy zone of the BMI and it feels pretty awesome! I'm glad you have had such a great journey and are looking forward to the maintenance stage :)

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PESKIGIRL 8/8/2013 2:52PM

  Congratulations, exciting news!! emoticon

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PERSIANINTRIGUE 8/8/2013 2:33PM

    This is a very motivating post! Good luck to you, whether you decide to lose those .8 BMI points or not! You've done an emoticon job!

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LEWILL1982 8/8/2013 2:04PM

    Congratulations! Eating more has been helping me too!

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LAILATN 8/8/2013 2:04PM

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Way to go! I agree, seeing that healthy range BMI number would be a huge boost! Your perspective is healthy and balanced and I know that you can achieve that goal.

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KAZZIE531 8/8/2013 2:02PM

    You are truly emoticon ...What an accomplishment!!!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/8/2013 1:57PM

    I totally agree that there is something joyful about seeing that BMI in the healthy range. Just got there myself.

Congratulations on getting here and I know you will get where you want to be.

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