Body Fat and BMI - My, Oh My!!

Phat in My 40's Health Guide January 10, 2010
  • At the beginning of any journey it is important to take note of where you are and where you are going.  Like planning a trip so to speak.  On this journey I do not have a specific destination in mind, instead I wish to focus on the scenery along the way.  Health and better fitness. &n...

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  • Tiffany / Boston MA
    Jul. 03, 2012

    Nice to know someone shares my BMI of 44.6%.  I started working out regularly mid March 2012. I'm down almost 30 lbs at 251 lbs.  At 43 years old (African American female), 5'3", I too, am what is considered morbidly obese.

     

    You've spiked my interest to measure myself against the websites markers to see where I am.  The last time I did...

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    Nice to know someone shares my BMI of 44.6%.  I started working out regularly mid March 2012. I'm down almost 30 lbs at 251 lbs.  At 43 years old (African American female), 5'3", I too, am what is considered morbidly obese.

     

    You've spiked my interest to measure myself against the websites markers to see where I am.  The last time I did my measurements was about a month ago when I was about 7 lbs heavier - so those measurements are now obsolete.  I do know, according to my doctor - my cholesteral and blood preasure levels are great and indicative of a much 'lighter' person. My bone mass index is better than many 25 year olds, at 6.8 (BMI - bone mass index,not be confused w/ BMI - body mass index).  When I get my othere measurements, as you have above, I'll share them.  I too am on a journey and am changing my choices and lifestyle. I've gotten so much more fit - I can climb stairs and talk at the same time - which is major for me.  I recently re-injured my knee (torn miniscus) and am anxiously awaiting surgery to fix it.  Until I'm 'fixed' no gym for me - ironically,  I sorely miss going to the gym almost everyday and feel incomplete. That too is another WOW for me.

     

    So for now, I'm keeping up with my yoga - what I'm able to do without hurting my knee, and repititous exercises I can do that involve reps - like abs, leg and arm lifts ect. Must be working because I lost 3 lbs the week I didn't go to the gym because of my knee - must be all that carrying around my own weight on crutches.  In any case - the other thing I'm doing is seeking out websites and folks like you on the same journey to keep me motivated and engaged.

     

    Great reading your post - hope you enjoy mine and hope we can keep in touch and encourage one another from time-to-time.

    • Tiffany / Boston MA
      Jul. 03, 2012

      Amazing. I just read everyone's posts. So encouraging, and of course I teared up. It's so weird seeing in print that others like to eat 'in private'. I used to buy treats - normally chocolate of some kind and put it in the drawer next to my bed. I'd sneak bites of whatever it was when my children and mate weren't watching.  I'm doing much better than...

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      Amazing. I just read everyone's posts. So encouraging, and of course I teared up. It's so weird seeing in print that others like to eat 'in private'. I used to buy treats - normally chocolate of some kind and put it in the drawer next to my bed. I'd sneak bites of whatever it was when my children and mate weren't watching.  I'm doing much better than I was 6 months ago when I was eating a lb of M&M's, by myself, in one sitting. Or I'd save a few so I could rationalize that I didn't eat the whole bag in one sitting...

       

      I'm so glad I found this page. Thank all of your for sharing your stories and struggles.  It really does mean a great deal. THANK YOU.

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Jul. 05, 2012
      Thank you for your beautiful and heartfelt posts. Even after having gastric bypass surgery in 2003 and achieving 100lb weigth loss, making lots of healthy lifestyle changes to maintain that weight loss, and addressing my emotional issues with food through Overeaters Annonymous, at times I still struggle with food temptations. It is as if I am revisiting the...
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      Thank you for your beautiful and heartfelt posts. Even after having gastric bypass surgery in 2003 and achieving 100lb weigth loss, making lots of healthy lifestyle changes to maintain that weight loss, and addressing my emotional issues with food through Overeaters Annonymous, at times I still struggle with food temptations. It is as if I am revisiting the relationship I had with food when I was sick, fat, and nearly dead. Why I do that will never be known. It simply is. I must be ever mindful of the fact that I can relapse into my eating addiction. It is scary when I take a step backward into emotional eating. It is at those times tath I can most vividly recall what my life was like as a morbidly obese person. I am left feeling physicially ill and emotionally shaken... I am ashamed, "What if someoen knew"... I am afraid, "What if it happens again? What f I cannot stop next time?" You have come to a good place. I hope taht you find what you are looking for. There are many good shareposts (articles from health guides and health pros) that you may comment on, as well as post questions to the community. We are glad to have you on this journey. MBL
  • Gloria
    Mar. 18, 2010

    Good luck on your journey.  I am trying to lose weight and have started to walk every day. 

     

    It isn't easy but I know I will feel better being active.

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Mar. 18, 2010

      Hi Gloria,

       

      Thank you!  I wish you the best on your journey as well.  I'll admit that I'm not out walking everyday, but with the recent weather change (for the better) the neighborhood is looking more and more inviting.

       

      I'm excited about the modest weightloss I've experienced already, and it is already making a difference in how I feel. ...

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      Hi Gloria,

       

      Thank you!  I wish you the best on your journey as well.  I'll admit that I'm not out walking everyday, but with the recent weather change (for the better) the neighborhood is looking more and more inviting.

       

      I'm excited about the modest weightloss I've experienced already, and it is already making a difference in how I feel.  Please let us know how your journey is going.  I really appreciate hearing from others who face their obesity head-on.  I've avoided doing that for far too long and it has been somewhat cathartic to do so in public.

       

      Thanks for you comment.  I look forward to seeing more of you here.

       

  • Anonymous
    Erin Prindiville
    Jan. 18, 2010

    First I must applaud you for being brave enough to share your numbers with the rest of us. That takes a lot of courage, but in a way, I could see how it adds a new level of accountability. You can figure out the numbers for yourself, and never share them, and just hold yourself accountable, but sheets of paper can get lost, you can forget the numbers, or choose...

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    First I must applaud you for being brave enough to share your numbers with the rest of us. That takes a lot of courage, but in a way, I could see how it adds a new level of accountability. You can figure out the numbers for yourself, and never share them, and just hold yourself accountable, but sheets of paper can get lost, you can forget the numbers, or choose to believe you were mistaken when righting down your BMI or Body Fat Percentage. For Example: It wasn't 39, it was 31. However when you post it online, it's there forever, you can't forget, and you have online friends to help motivate you to lower the numbers you originally posted.

     

    I've personally battled with obesity since third grade. Being diagnosed with RA, Fibromyalgia, and possibly MS (they are still running tests) didn't help the matter, expecially being prescribed Prednisone. So here are my numbers. 

     

    Weight: 230 lbs
    Height: 5’6”
    Hips: 54”
    Calf: 15”
    Thigh: 27”

    Wrist: 6.25”

     

    Waist: 44"
    Chest: 44.5"
    Upper Arm: 15"
    BP: 116/72
    Pulse: Too Swollen in Jaw and Wrist to feel my pulse.

     

    Body Frame Size: Medium

    Ideal Body Weight: 142-156

    Body Fat Percentage: 39.4% (90.5 lbs of FAT, 139.5 lbs of muscle, bone, water, etc.)

    BMI: 37.1

     

    Let me know if you need any assistance in your weight loss goals. We both have a lot to lose, and I know its difficult to stay in the skinny side of the road.

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 23, 2010

      Erin,

       

      {{{{{big hugs}}}}}  I'm so glad that you've joined me.  You are absolutely right in thinking that by sharing in public creates a different level of accountability.  It's like I can't hide it anymore.  And I've only received warm support in return.

       

      You are brave to also share the numbers.  Let's check in with each...

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      Erin,

       

      {{{{{big hugs}}}}}  I'm so glad that you've joined me.  You are absolutely right in thinking that by sharing in public creates a different level of accountability.  It's like I can't hide it anymore.  And I've only received warm support in return.

       

      You are brave to also share the numbers.  Let's check in with each other occasionally.  The mutual support would be great.  Trish has recommended some books that I haven't checked out yet, but will.

       

      Also, in this process, I'm hoping to find some of the most useful places on the interest to find easy information and tools, then to share them.  Very helpful for myself as an online journal and bookmarking endeavour.  Hopefully others will find it helpful as well.

       

      I did see your FB status update regarding the numbers here.  I applaud you!!  Let your friends help keep you accountable as well. 

       

      And regarding the prednisone - I did 8 days of Solumedrol last summer in June and July (1000mg each day) and when I weighed in at my PCP's office in September, I was actually 2-3 lbs lighter than I had been in May.  Odd.  But I didn't complain.  Maybe it was how these steroids make everything taste metallic or oily to me.  Also, I don't do prednisone.  He and I aren't friends at all.  I prefer his sister Decadron.  LOL.

       

      Thanks so much for coming by and reading and commenting.  I feel much less alone.

    • Anonymous
      Erin Prindiville
      Jan. 23, 2010

      I've heard that steroids actually speed up some people's metabolisms.

       

      Whereas with me, it gives me the munchies, and makes me put on a lot of weight in my belly and face (I started getting purple stretch marks on my belly after being on 30mg of Prednisone for sixth months, now my whole belly is nothing but stretch marks.)

       

      I'm so glad they are...

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      I've heard that steroids actually speed up some people's metabolisms.

       

      Whereas with me, it gives me the munchies, and makes me put on a lot of weight in my belly and face (I started getting purple stretch marks on my belly after being on 30mg of Prednisone for sixth months, now my whole belly is nothing but stretch marks.)

       

      I'm so glad they are tapering me off the Prednisone, I'm finally losing my "moon face".

       

      Let me know what type of support works best for you, and I'll definitely check in to reevaluate our stats.

       

      I'll also let you know what resources I find that works well. Currently I'm doing Weight Watchers, and I just joined a gym. The Water Aerobics gives me the gushy, cooling feeling in my joints, and Yoga surprisingly brought my Fibro pain levels down from an 8 to a 4 for about 3 hours. So I recommend both of those if you get the chance to try them. My knees can't take walking long distances on land, but I was able to walk a mile in the lap pool yesterday. Plus I found out that while on land you're only exercising your muscles when you move your leg up, but in the water you're exercising your muscles when you move them up and down. Gotta love 2 for 1 exercise in a nice cool pool, especially if you experience heat exasperation.

  • Anonymous
    Diane J Standiford
    Jan. 16, 2010

    I hesitate to comment (EVER) on anothers weight loss journey. I hate fat-loss preachers and I fear being seen as such. I weighed around 200 when I was 12. My body is covered in stretch marks. I was a lonely child and my aunt FED me as if I were starving. Once I became interested in romance as a young adult, I began eating less and running, then learning...

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    I hesitate to comment (EVER) on anothers weight loss journey. I hate fat-loss preachers and I fear being seen as such. I weighed around 200 when I was 12. My body is covered in stretch marks. I was a lonely child and my aunt FED me as if I were starving. Once I became interested in romance as a young adult, I began eating less and running, then learning about healthy eating, then running and lifting weights. Luckily, I lost the extra lbs (bit never the scars--stretch marks), changed my lifestyle,state of birth, and never looked back. I am now HWP and eat without regard to emotions or aunts.Laughing Congrats on taking the first steps.

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 23, 2010

      Thanks Diane!!

       

      I was so worried about telling people I 'knew' about this that I wasn't going to at first.  But I'm so glad that I did.  I've received such support already.

       

      There are certain stages of my life where I remember what I weighed, well because obviously it was an issue somehow.  I bet that Aunt Vi was happy to see you...

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      Thanks Diane!!

       

      I was so worried about telling people I 'knew' about this that I wasn't going to at first.  But I'm so glad that I did.  I've received such support already.

       

      There are certain stages of my life where I remember what I weighed, well because obviously it was an issue somehow.  I bet that Aunt Vi was happy to see you become active and healthier in those young adult years.  Probably made her proud of you.

       

      My roommate during my college freshman year was ROTC and I was marching band.  She really disliked it that I could outdo her in the sit-up department.  Good thing she only asked (and tested) me once.  Now that belly is mostly mush but I'm working in it.

       

      The stretch marks may still be there, but it sounds like the scars of those years are long since healed.  Height-weight-proportionate.  That would be very nice.

    • Anonymous
      Diane J Standiford
      Jan. 23, 2010

      Aunt Vi HATED it. She always said I was too thin. Sickly. Crazy. I never wore shorts in public until I was in my 40s. I still see only fat when I look in mirror or photos.

  • Anonymous
    trrish
    Jan. 13, 2010

    I was obese in college - probably about 225 lbs.  I was up and down during my 20's.  I eventually figured it out in my 30's and 40's.  My problem is that I am naturally a compulsive overeater.  It was pretty bad in my 20's - I ate for sport.  I got a better handle on that - I learned to express anger instead of eating about it, etc,...

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    I was obese in college - probably about 225 lbs.  I was up and down during my 20's.  I eventually figured it out in my 30's and 40's.  My problem is that I am naturally a compulsive overeater.  It was pretty bad in my 20's - I ate for sport.  I got a better handle on that - I learned to express anger instead of eating about it, etc, etc.  I tend to weigh about 10 or 15 lbs more than I think I should, but when I try to stay at a lower weight, I find I am white-knuckling it all the time.  So, I live with my relatively small amount of extra flab.  I am ok with it, and I'm so much happier than I was in the days of my compulsive overeating.

     

    The MS-Diet has helped, although I learned I can overeat anything :-)   

     

    There's a lot of good information out there - the Hungry Girl site, plus the Weight Watchers site.  

     

    Not everyone is a compulsive eater.  For those that aren't, I think it can be much easier to get the weight down.  You can make some basic substitutions and get pretty far.  For those of us who are compulsive eaters, we need to look a little deeper and understand why we are choosing to do it.

     

    good luck - you are not alone!

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 13, 2010

      Trish,

      Thank you so much and big hugs!!  I know that there are times which my stomach feels like a bottomless pit and I find that a "normal" meal doesn't satisfy (most often when I'm premenstrual).  When I overindulge I tend to do it when noone is looking.  That tends to be a large part of my emotional issue...hiding it and hoarding through food. ...

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      Trish,

      Thank you so much and big hugs!!  I know that there are times which my stomach feels like a bottomless pit and I find that a "normal" meal doesn't satisfy (most often when I'm premenstrual).  When I overindulge I tend to do it when noone is looking.  That tends to be a large part of my emotional issue...hiding it and hoarding through food.  Then, I know that I'm not coming close to burning those extra calories.

       

      This feels REALLY awkward to put down the facts and to share them, but I'm hoping that this helps me to face those facts and to really, truly get honest with myself.  If I'm not yet able to do it for myself yet directly, perhaps doing it for myself and whoever happens to come across these posts WILL help me come to terms with the whys and hows of it all.

       

      Your words mean a great deal!  You have made me feel less isolated and alone.  Thank you.

    • Anonymous
      Trish
      Jan. 18, 2010

      Lisa, you bring up something that was very important for me.  Growing up, I did always overeat in secret.  My parents had food issues, and in our house, there were loads of rules around food.  So I wasn't allowed to eat what I really wanted to.  So I would eat those things, and way too much of them, after others were in bed, alone in the...

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      Lisa, you bring up something that was very important for me.  Growing up, I did always overeat in secret.  My parents had food issues, and in our house, there were loads of rules around food.  So I wasn't allowed to eat what I really wanted to.  So I would eat those things, and way too much of them, after others were in bed, alone in the car, whatever.  

       

      I learned that closet-eating creates it's own catch-22 cycle - the more you closet-eat, the more shame you have and then the more you closet-eat.  In my early 30's, I figured out that the first thing I needed to do was eat in "public".  I noticed my husband ate whatever he wanted, and right in front of me.  Then I developed a friendship with a woman who had a very high metabolism, and she would eat enormous amounts of food when she was with me.  I thought, "wow, you can do that???"  I didn't know it was ok to eat what you really wanted to eat in front of people, especially if you were a woman.

       

      I encountered a book by Geneen Roth called "Breaking Free from Emotional Eating".  That book helped me learn how to stop the things that were contributing to the shame that I had.  She really taught me a lot.  Want a brownie?  Have a brownie or two.  Much better than having 10 brownies later that night because you were deprived yourself of the one.  Many of us who are compulsive eaters have a deprivation mindset, and it really gets us into trouble. For those who don't have it, it is pretty hard for them to understand and relate.  Geneen is the master at working on that very thing.  It helps to surround yourself with that understanding, particularly if you are living with someone who doesn't get it.

       

      I have found it to be a lifelong issue.  When I decided to stop eating gluten, dairy and soy for MS purposes, I really had to consciously manage myself so I wouldn't overeat in response to the perceived deprivation.  I succeed or fail depending on the day.  The good news is that my pendulum swings cover much less distance than they used to have to.  I can treat myself with smaller amounts of food now.  

    • Anonymous
      trrish/trish
      Jan. 18, 2010

      The book was actually "Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating", first published in 1983 and a real lifesaver for me.  Geneen has published a number of other books since then, and also continues to do workshops, I believe.

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 23, 2010

      Trish,

       

      You've given me such wonderful words of advice and encouragement.  Thank you!!  I need to check out this book and the author.

       

      This week my roommate (who happens to be my Mom) was interested in brownies.  So I made some.  I did something which I don't normally do.  I went ahead and ate some of my favorite part (the...

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      Trish,

       

      You've given me such wonderful words of advice and encouragement.  Thank you!!  I need to check out this book and the author.

       

      This week my roommate (who happens to be my Mom) was interested in brownies.  So I made some.  I did something which I don't normally do.  I went ahead and ate some of my favorite part (the batter in the bowl) right there in the living room and took my time rather than trying to do it quickly in the kitchen or elsewhere.  It was satisfying in itself and I didn't need anymore brownie (cooked) until the next evening.  I think even more brownie batter made it into the baking dish in the process.

       

      Small victory but enjoyable.

    • ak47
      Aug. 12, 2010

      My stats are:

      Current Weight: 182.2

      Height: 5'3.5''

      Frame: Medium (6'' wrist at 5' 3.5'' tall)

      Ideal weight based on calculator: 124-136.4 lbs. (56.4-62 kg)

      Body Fat %: 40

      Lbs body fat: 73 lbs

      Lean body mass: 109.2 lbs.

       

      Measurements:

      Hips: 40''

      Calf: 16.5''

      Thigh: 23.5''

      Wrist: 6''

      Waist: 36''

      Chest: 41''

      Neck: 14''

      BMI: 31.7 (Obese)

       

      I am 29,...

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      My stats are:

      Current Weight: 182.2

      Height: 5'3.5''

      Frame: Medium (6'' wrist at 5' 3.5'' tall)

      Ideal weight based on calculator: 124-136.4 lbs. (56.4-62 kg)

      Body Fat %: 40

      Lbs body fat: 73 lbs

      Lean body mass: 109.2 lbs.

       

      Measurements:

      Hips: 40''

      Calf: 16.5''

      Thigh: 23.5''

      Wrist: 6''

      Waist: 36''

      Chest: 41''

      Neck: 14''

      BMI: 31.7 (Obese)

       

      I am 29, been diagnosed with Bipolar.  The reason I mention this is because I gained 25 lbs during my hospitalization.  I went in at 160 lbs and came back out at 185 lbs.  The meds make you crazy hungry and we didn't get much physical activity.  I also struggle with overeating.  I tend to eat more when I am very emotional...and I can be happy one minute and sad the next with excitement and sadness (Bipolar basically).  I'm on meds that have less hunger increases because of my weight gain.  I asked my doctor to change my medication.  Anyways, I still have a ways to go.  I need to lose 45.6 lbs.  Well, we are all in this together and good luck to everyone.

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Aug. 16, 2010

      Hi ak47,

       

      Welcome to Healthcentral and thank you for joining me in aiming for some weightloss and accountability.  I understand how emotions can seem to control our eating.  I have been a stress eater for years.

       

      You might want to aim for a 10% loss and enjoy that.  Then you can look forward to 20% loss.  This is what I'm aiming...

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      Hi ak47,

       

      Welcome to Healthcentral and thank you for joining me in aiming for some weightloss and accountability.  I understand how emotions can seem to control our eating.  I have been a stress eater for years.

       

      You might want to aim for a 10% loss and enjoy that.  Then you can look forward to 20% loss.  This is what I'm aiming for around the end of the year which will be exactly one year since I started keeping track.

       

      Be patient and keep the goal in mind.  Definitely talk with your doctor about any possible medication changes which might help you along the journey.

       

      I look forward to seeing how you do on the journey.  Let's support each other.  :)

    • ak47
      Aug. 16, 2010

      Thank you!  I realized that the scale is not my enemy.  It is truly just a number.  I want to look better, but also lose weight for my health.  Thank you for the support.  I want to be there to support you too.  All the best