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# Curiosity confuses the cat...

### Friday, August 22, 2014

So, today has been a rather disappointing day (hole in favorite shirt, stood up by favorite sister, tonight's dinner ingredients spoiled, etc) so I decide to add further insult by attempting to calculate just what my ideal weight should be. What. A. Trip.

So, according to the gubmint and their BMI calculator, for a 5'3" woman I should be anywhere between 105 and 135. According to a Body Frame Calculator, which doesn't take into account that for my height I have Ginormous Man Hands (seriously, same heel-to-middle-finger-tip size as my 6' built-like-a-tank Marine boyfriend. Plus, I have a friend who is taller than me whose fingertips barely reach the last knuckles of my fingers) and because my giant man hands can wrap easily around my wrist I should only weigh a smidge over 100. Seriously, at that weight I'd probably need to be hospitalized. Another Body Frame calculator said that I have a medium frame based on my elbows (wtf, my elbows?) and should be in the 115 to 140 range. Okay, 140 is better.

But then... I tried a calculator that had me measure all sorts of different parts of me and punch them into their system... and came up with some rather surprising numbers. Numbers that made way more sense than the previous ones based on my shape/size. If I were to tell you how much I weigh you wouldn't believe me, based on looking at me. I have rolls and chub, but you'd think 184 on my height would be much more rotund. Nope. I've got a good muscle base underneath the pudge. This calculator put me at 132 lean mass and 52 fat.

these numbers make much more sense, because the last time I dropped below 150 everyone told me I looked like hell. *lol* I'll admit, I'd been ill so I looked like crap, but many folk said I looked shrunken and gaunt, with Skeletor arms.

SO... this is why I'm sticking with my goal of 150. If I hit that goal and it still looks like I've got pudge and flab to lose, then I'll try for another 5-10. I'm not going for waif, for skinny, for even slender. I'm going for fit and shapely. With my frame I'll never be anything less than sturdy, but as long as I'm not jiggling and overflowing my jeans I'm cool.

Anyway, just thought i'd toss that out there. It's amazing how everyone's calculators and measurements and judgements of what is and what isn't a healthy size/shape/frame differs.

Oh, and gubmint BMI? You can eat me.
• SHARBEAR100
I agree that the best indicator is how you feel and how you look, not what you weigh! For me, it's mostly how I feel. Those calculators are dealing with "averages", not individuals and everyone is different.

1674 days ago