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June 02, 2008

Happy to be Overweight

I'm happy to be overweight!  You heard me right, I'm happy to be overweight and I don't care who knows it.

Think I've gone nuts?  Read on, an explanation is coming.

Back in the 1980s, Body Mass Index (BMI) became the widely recognized standard for the measurement of obesity.

This isn't news...people that struggle with their weight talk about BMI all the time.  I've posted a couple of blog entries on it.  But for those of you new to the struggle, you can calculate your BMI either by using this formula...

BMI=kg/m2 (where kg=weight in kilograms and m=height in meters)

...or by using one of the many online BMI calculators that are available on the Internet.

Once you have your BMI, you can see what your classification is by using this chart...blchart

When I was at my heaviest (292 pounds), I was 'Obese Class III'...the worst on the chart.  Back in October, I dropped down to 'Obese Class II' and in January of this year I dropped down to 'Obese Class I'....

Obese Class I

At my official weigh-in on Sunday, I saw the scales display 201.0 pounds!  I've been waiting for this for a long time.  I know what the number means!  Using the BMI calculation, I am NO LONGER CONSIDERED OBESE!!! 

Now I am simply overweight.  So yes, I'm happy to be overweight.....very happy indeed!  Happydog NOTE:  I actually got off the obese list when I hit 202 pounds, but I lost an extra pound this week.

Reality Check

While the BMI scale is widely accepted, it has also taken some heat from numerous pundits.  Mostly because it doesn't tell the whole story.  Since it doesn't differentiate between muscle weight and weight from fat, extremely athletic people, like football players and body builders, show up as being obese.

It also doesn't do well with the very old.  As people age, they tend to lose muscle mass and bone.  So some one very old can actually be carrying around more fat than some one younger than they are.

So it isn't a perfect measurement...and it shouldn't be used solely to gauge your overall health.  But it is a good starting place for people that want to track their progress as they slowly work at transforming their bodies from fatty to hottie.

Progress Report

What?  Weren't you paying attention?  I hit a major milestone!  Weighed in at 201 pounds.  Total weight lost....91 pounds.  I've come a long way from my couch potato days....

fatcat 

Mystery of the Earring

I changed my earring back in December and for some reason I've had a bunch of people ask about it in the last few weeks.  Everyone thinks that it is bigger.  The only reason I can come up with is that I'm smaller...so the earring looks bigger in comparison.

Well, that's about it for this week.  Be sure to check back next week when I'm sure I'll have some INCREDIBLE news.

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