My "ideal" weight
Saturday, January 09, 2010
So, I posted something on my status the other day, about my goal weight - currently set at 145lbs - and it got me thinking.
I've basically been overweight since I was... 8 or 9. There was a Thing that happened to me before that, and that was the catalyst for my weight gain. Since then, it's mostly just been my love of food (good food and bad food alike!) that's kept me gaining weight.
But my point is... I don't know - I've never known, as an aware person - what it's like to be a "normal" weight. Checking out the BMI scale, the lowest end is 130lbs, and the highest end is around about 170lbs.
Now, I don't subscribe to the BMI scale at all, because it doesn't take into account muscle mass or bone mass - and I'm big-boned, as are all of my family - and I'm TALL, but I'm using it as an example, because...
Well, at 5' 10", if I weighed 130lbs, I think I'd disappear if I stood sideways. Similarly, I've always thought that 180lbs would be fine for me, but my doctor would still look at my BMI and tell me I was overweight.
So I'm not entirely sure. I *thought* that 145lbs was too low, really, that it would be below the "normal weight" on the BMI scale and it turns out that it's 15lbs HIGHER than the lowest threshold?
I don't know. I know that it's going to be a case of "I'll see when I get there", and it's going to be a long way away, but what do y'all think? What is your goal weight, and how did you decide on it?