If I don't lose more weight, I will still be considered Overweight on the BMI scale & waist measurement test. The scale at the Drs office showed me at 165 the other day (it could be because I ate breakfast and lunch and had a lot of water before the appt or who knows). When I was last there 2 1/2 years ago, I weighed 250. The Dr was amazed and said I don't have to lose more weight because I lost so much already. Honestly, it didn't bother me at the time, but now I am a little disappointed with what she said. She kept saying she was so proud of me & how did I do it. I told her about SparkPeople & my custom diet and exercise routine. I also mentioned my goal weight was 155 & she responded saying she will be happy if I stay at the weight I am at. But... I won't be as happy. Since I joined Spark over 2 years ago, my goal has been to reach and maintain at 155 at the highest weight. I will be disappointed in myself if I can't reach it especially since my weight keeps fluctuating a few pounds every other day.
Part of me is wondering - Are Doctors OK with Overweight now and only want people to stay out of the Obese category? I am so proud & happy with how much weight I have lost so far, but in my mind I am still "overweight". I would like to be NORMAL on the BMI scale. I don't want to be at the lowest end of 140 because I have so much extra flub/skin/yuck on my belly! But I would like to be 155 or even 150. I am pretty sure it is possible because I used to weigh 155 seven years ago. Just because I look like a normal size doesn't mean I am healthy enough!
I understand the BMI scale isn't truly accurate because it is based off of EVERYONE and not individuals. That is why I would like to be on the high end of their range. The scale is •Normal weight = 18.5–24.9 and I am at 26 right now. I don't see why trying to reach 155 would be impossible for me! I am not a size 2, or 4, or even 6, so I am not starving myself. I am still a size 8,10 or even 12 on pants depending on the brand.
Another way to test for being overweight is the Waist Measurement Test: •A non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches.
My waist is at 36 - so I am right at the borderline there. Maybe it is all in my head, but I just really want to be within the ranges - I am so close!
Is it wrong of me to not be 100% happy with my weight even though I lost so much? I really think I can reach 155. I was at 158 a few months ago, and I really think this 5% challenge will help me. My boyfriend is going to join me and do some of the goals I set for myself. He already gave up french fries & tortilla chips because I am doing it too. I am proud of him for wanting to do it for himself. It makes me happy that he wants to join me in making healthier choices!
This morning the scale said 161.8. Not too bad. I will have to weigh myself tomorrow morning and use that as my official 5% weight (I won't be around on Saturday morning to use the scale). One day I would like to be on the maintenance part of this challenge - but I have a long way to go because I get there!
I went to the Flyers hockey game with my boyfriend after the appt. They finally won a game! I am not a huge sports fan, but I do enjoy watching a hockey game. The games have a lot of action compared to football and baseball! A friend lent me a Jersey I could wear, and it was a size XL. It was huge on me! I felt so skinny in it haha. At least it kept me kinda warm because it was so cold watching!!!!!!
Anyways, my 5K race is rapidly approaching!!! 10/26 will be here before I know it. I am excited about this 5% challenge starting on Saturday. I have a few team buddies, which is a lot of fun already! I seem to work better at achieving my goals when I have someone cheering me on & I also like to help do the same thing. I would really like to lose the 5% this time! If I continue to make changes to my diet, I think I will get there. If not, I won't be disappointed - I will keep working towards my goal!
I need to keep Sparking over the weekend. It is always tough on me during the weekends because I have so much going on & I normally don't have access to a fridge full of what I normally eat. Have a great rest of the day!