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What is my proper weight, why isn't it on the weight table, and the "lost and found" department

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two things guided me to write this entry: my profile goals and this recent SparkPeople article: "Tom Hanks has Type 2 diabetes www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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". My profile goal includes this comment:

"The recommended goal, 164 pounds, is probably impossible; I've never weighed that."

The BMI table for healthy weights includes this information for my height: 136 to 179 pounds (the 179 pounds assumes a BMI of 25). The Devine formula indicates an ideal weight of 166.

Now, we all know the problems with the BMI table; it assumes everyone is built more-or-less the same. I happen to be a person with a big frame: broad shoulders, deep chest, wide hips. Thus I should be expected to weigh more, all other things being equal.

In the article Hanks said his doctor said "if (Hanks) weighed what he did in high school he wouldn't have gotten Type II diabetes." Hanks said he "weighed 96 pounds in high school." I'm a lot like that, albeit a bit heavier.

A little history is in order. As a senior in high school, playing sports year-round and eating as many teenagers do, I was nearly 6 feet tall and weighed 145. In college I started working out regularly (cardio and strength training, 1 hour a day each week), continued to play sports year-round, and kept that up into my mid-30s. During most of that time I weighed 185, and almost all of the 40-pound difference in weight came in one, six-month period (around age 21 - 22). In summary, then, at my current height I've either weighed 145 or 185, give or take a couple of pounds, and I've never weighed anything like 166. I have to think 185 is about my ideal weight for my height and build.

So what happened after age 35? I got married and put a lot of time into the family. I payed less attention to what I ate and essentially stopped working out. Here's the key to that: I changed jobs from a company with a health center to a company which did not have one. The morning workouts were my motivator. There was no place to work out in the morning, and I'd forget to do it at night because the kids needed a lot of attention.

I have recently made some much-needed changes to my diet (see my recent blog entries), but the exercising still isn't there. I am a lot more physically active than I was a year ago, most of that being gardening and a lot of moving furniture and boxes so I can have more space... but that has a finite time period and will end soon. Somehow I'll have to remotivate myself to do planned workouts. I start a new job next week, which might be a block or a motivator to working out; I'll have to see how it develops over the next couple of months. Stay tuned as I shoot for 185 again.
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    From what I know of you from reading your past blogs, I'm confident you can meet your goal. I laughed at the part about Hanks's doctor telling him his high school weight would've prevented his diabetes. That's such a classic example of the one-size-fits-all mentality prevalent in the health care and, unfortunately sometimes, fitness industries.

    I also gained my weight right about the same age as you, settling in to a relationship and letting what used to be dynamic exercise habits languish and fall victim to other priorities. Now the metabolism has slowed and, dang it, it's extra hard to get the weight back off! But we will!

    I've got another similar problem - the work schedule. I've been doing my workouts in the mornings, which means being up at an ungodly hour, but it's the only way I can ensure consistency.

    Good luck to you! I know you can do it!
    2457 days ago
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