In order to be successful with my weight lose attempt - this time - I think it's important for me to step back and take a look at how I got here. I've already gotten on the scale, seen the dreadful number that registered and set my goal to lose 40 pounds. But really, 40 pounds! That's a lot of weight to lose! I need to have some understanding of how I got here if I'm going to be able to make a real change and lose this weight.
Right now, I am at the heaviest weight of my life! Going back, not too long ago, I won the Female Senior Athlete award in high school. Ok, so that was a quite number of years ago.....but, in general, I don't live a sedentary lifestyle. Back in high school, I played sports year round. In college that dropped off but I did aerobics and jogged pretty regularly. By the time I got married I was working full-time so there was less time for exercise but still I took hours-long bike rides on the weekends with my husband, and from time-to-time held health spa memberships. Then came the kids (four ) and the house, added to the job --- I don't think I stop moving for more than half an hour from the time I get up in the morning ‘til I go to bed at night. So how could this be?
Realistically, I understand the natural slowing of my metabolism as I get older and the fact that I really am not doing any regular exercise - carrying laundry up and down the stairs, while it may help tighten the thigh or calve muscles, certainly doesn't count as a cardio workout. Then there's the time constraint of getting everything done in day that needs to get done. It means I am just eating what's available wherever I am. But could that really be it? Is it that simple? For the lack of planned exercise, not tracking my weight with a scale and just grabbing meals on the go all this weight has crept up on me over the years?
I think I am like most women; we get so caught up in our every day responsibilities and checking things off the list that we really don't pay much attention to outcomes of our lifestyle until one day we look in the mirror and don't recognize the person looking back. I am beginning to realize that it is just as important to take the time to take care of ourselves, plan our meals and set aside time for our own exercise workouts (not just practicing basketball with the kids or walking the dog). We need to pay attention.
So here's my first assessment of where I am. I checked out three different sources to see where I fall with regard to my current weight and BMI.
- According to Rush University Medical Center, the ideal weight for my height is 117-143 (that in and of itself is a difference of 20 pounds, but okay, it's a start) My goal of losing 40 pounds will get me right in the middle of that target.
- Checking out the US Army weight chart, my maximum weight ---- after completing basic training - should be 161. Just to reach that I need to drop over 10 pounds --- but that still doesn't mean I'd be fit. Losing 40 will put me in a better range.
- And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) charts my BMI at the high end of the "overweight" category. If I lose the desired 40 pounds, that would put me in the center of the CDC's "healthy" BMI range for my height.
So, I am on target. I need to lose 40 pounds to register in the "healthy" category. My weight lose goal is a healthy one and realistic. Now I just need to make it happen.
Published On: January 27, 2010