It Really Might Be “Big Bones”
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Since I have embarked on this Sparking adventure, I have learned to become very focused on the daily process of getting fit: tracking my food, charting exercise, talking with fellow Sparkers, reading inspirational articles. It really has worked, too. I have progressed from 168 pounds on my teeny tiny 5-foot 2-inch body to 129 pounds on my scale this morning.
So, what about the big picture? When I originally set my Spark goals, I aimed at the weight at which I felt the best and looked okay back in college: 125 pounds. Now with that goal in sight, I want to know how I stack up on a real height and weight chart, since I never had looked it up in the first place.
So I Google searched and found a website (healthchecksystems) with the traditional weight ranges listed for small, medium, and large framed people. It also included the Metropolitan Life method to calculate frame size: Extend your arm in front of your body bending your elbow at a ninety degree angle to your body so that your forearm is parallel to your body. Keep your fingers straight and turn the inside of your wrist towards your body. Place your thumb and index finger on the two prominent bones on either side of your elbow, then measure the distance between the bones with a tape measure or calipers. (If you can do this without help, you are a contortionist. I handed the tape to my husband Steve and asked him to measure here to here.)
Then compare to the chart of elbow measurements for a medium frame. If your elbow measurement for that particular height is less than the number of inches listed, you have a small frame; if your elbow measures more than the number of inches listed, you have a large frame. I assumed that I would be in the petitely small-boned range. So I was very shocked to find that I am WAY over in the large-boned range, not just on the borderline between large and medium.
I asked bemused Steve, if he had to describe me to someone, would he say that I had a small, medium, or large bone structure? He snorted and said that I had “great big old honking large bones.” (Yeah, he really does talk that way.) “Don’t you remember how, back when you were skinny, I always complained about being poked by your big old sharp bones?” (Silver tongued devil.)
So, looking at the chart with new excitement, I read that for my newly discovered large frame, normal weight range with the lowest mortality for my height is 128 to 143 pounds. Even allowing for the indoor clothing weighing 3 pounds and shoes with 1" heels used in the website’s calculation, that would be from 125 to 140 pounds. Which means that -- GASP! -- I am just a few pounds away from reaching my real weight goal!
It probably will take a couple of days for this new information to sink in. It definitely is time for me to set some new goals.