### Monday, January 21, 2008

So in the February issue of Self there is a way to calculate your "happy weight." It says "Stop aiming for an unrealistic goal and use this formula to get your ideal digits."

So I go through the calculations waiting for the exciting answer to my "what's my happy weight?" question. So what is it? My "happy weight" is apparently 128, which is 17 pounds lower than my goal weight! They had a whole article where the women said what their goal weights are and then the expert saying what their happy weight SHOULD be. Their happy weights were all higher than their goal weights!

It basically just made me feel sad that they want me to lose even more weight than I planned! For reference here is what you're supposed to do.

Multiply your height by itself. (since I'm 5'4'' I multiply 64*64). Then you multiply it by .031

If you have a small frame you multiply your result by .95 or by 1.05 if you have a large frame. (if you have a medium frame, like me, leave the number alone)

Add 1 pound if a sibling or parent is obese.

Add 2 pounds for each decade you are over age 20. (since I'm almost 25 I added one pound)

Add 5 pounds if you've had any children.

Subtract 2 pounds if you exercise and weight train once a week, subtract 2 pounds if you do it three times a week, or subtract 3 pounds for five or more times a week.

Add 4 pounds if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more and have since quit.

Add 1 pound if you allow yourself a treat now and then.

My result after all of these calculations, was again 128. I might have weighed that in middle school. I know I didn't weigh that in high school. The problem is I have no frame of reference for me at that weight, so I'm not sure how realistic it is!

I've decided that my "happy weight" will be what they said it was in the beginning. A healthy number "that would enable them to live well (dessert!), look great, and maintain peace of mind." Whatever that number is when I get there, I will be happy!

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