I’m guessing if you have EVER been to a doctor you have probably seen or been told about this chart. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. On the one hand I DO refer to it from time to time, but that’s mostly because I want to know if I have gone from the “obese” to the “overweight” section of the chart. According to my latest calculation via WebMD I am at 32% BMI so I’m just on the edge of that divide. Don’t get me wrong, I know that a BMI at that level isn’t good and I’m working on it. The problem I have is when I see the recommended weight range, which for me is between 118 (haha) and 159 (I even let out a little snicker at the number….did anyone else just think of Snickers…maybe this is why I’m in my current category).
First things first, a 5′ 7” woman with my bone structure cannot weigh 118….I completely refuse to believe this. It’s not possible. A 118lbs Kristi would look sick and weird. Even at the heavier end of the healthy range that still leaves me needing to lose another 47lbs! I can not even imagine what I would look like another 47lbs lighter…I’m sure it would be good, but it’s just not easy for me to see at this point. This is the area of weight loss I find so difficult…the long game format. I’m like everyone else, I want things to happen quickly and efficiently. I blame my iPhone and Google for these expectations. If they hadn’t taught me that I can GPS my directions anytime and look up who Peter Dinklage is when my friend sends me a text message saying she just saw him (so jealous! I want to see Tyrion Lannister in real life!) I wouldn’t be as impatient as I am currently.
So the question becomes what do I do about this? I have come up with a couple ways to cope with the “long game” format that is weight loss. First I set small goals for myself. Sometimes it takes me a LONG time to reach these “short-term” goals but it’s easier to tell myself that I want to reach “onederland” by the end of January than it is for me to say I want to weigh the recommended 157lbs that chart is telling me I should weigh. It’s just too overwhelming to deal with a monster that huge.
Another thing I do is turn to other peoples weight loss success stories. I’m totally addicted to this! Take this blogger Alan of Sweating Until Happy. Since May 09′ he has lost over 130lbs! That is amazing! And what’s even more amazing is that he’s still at it and posts lots of workout pics, motivational quotes and links to other success stories. There is so much power in seeing other peoples successes! I can not stress this enough!
The third thing I’ve done is turn to tumblr, which is basically another “blog” but somehow I consider it something completely different. I like that the feeds I follow have lots of inspirational quotes and pictures of people doing and eating healthy things. Some of the quotes have even become mantras of mine, sayings like these:
“Ask yourself if what if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow”
“You never fail until you stop trying”
“Be positive, be patient and persistent.”
Who doesn’t love a good quote?! Even though I hate that chart and don’t totally believe it, I haven’t dismisses it totally and even refer to it on a somewhat irregular basis. I have come to the understanding that I am in this for the long hall. There’s a reason the word “die” is in diet, I’m not on a diet…I have made a life change (I know how corny that sounds) and even once I have reached my goal weight (btw I have no idea what that number is) I will continue living the same life I am currently living. This life is for keeps.
So anyone else have opinions on the BMI chart? Other ideas on how to stay motivated? Anyone wondering why that rabbit was the featured image for this post….because I LOVE IT and couldn’t resist not sharing it!