My Weight Loss Battle: Obesity and BMI

  • Time for a progress report as we enter the 3rd quarter of this year.  Last weekend I had dinner with some friends (a family of four) whom I hadn’t seen in far too long.  I believe we last got together around New Year’s, just before I started this public journal and made myself accountable.


    After setting down my purse, the words out of my friend’s mouth were, “Wow, Lisa, you look great!!”


    Admittedly, this made me smile something huge and I quickly said, “Thank You!!”


    (Yes, the dialogue was spoken with emphatic exclamation marks.)


    We were interrupted and I needed to go get something.  Our conversation ended there.

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    Besides my own mother and my boyfriend, this friend was the first person to mention noticing any difference in my appearance.  Not even my boyfriend’s mother had commented nor complimented me yet (perhaps because I see her more often and subtle changes are always less noticeable).


    I’ve reached a point that it is undeniable that progress has been made.  My current clothes do not fit.  Fortunately I’ve gone closet diving and found older clothes which do fit.  I’ve been making use of some summer shorts which I will not likely be able to wear next year.


    When you’ve lost some weight or your body has changed shape, I highly recommend that you take the time to survey your wardrobe.  If you are like me, you’ve held onto some cute clothes that you simply couldn’t wear any longer but still liked.


    The only clothing item which I honestly do need to replace are my bras.  The wrinkles in these size 40H’s are laughable.  If you’ve ever lost weight up top, then you know exactly what I mean.  And....yes, that really is a size.


    Even with the need of clothes which fit better, I’ve still not gone on a shopping spree.  I’m enjoying the new/old wardrobe and don’t wish to spend the money right now.  When autumn approaches, however, I will definitely need new pants and jeans.  Maybe even some new sweaters.


    Body Measurements


    It’s been 27.5 weeks since my first benchmark was noted, see Body Fat and BMI - My, Oh My!!  During these past 7 months, I’ve experienced some significant changes, physically and somewhat emotionally.  This is nearly the smallest I’ve been in 10 years.  Exciting, sad, positive, and true.


    Here are current measurements and the amount of loss I’ve achieved so far:


    Height: 5’5’’
    Hips: 48.5”   (3.5” smaller, 6.7% reduction)
    Calf: 18’’   (1” smaller, 5.3% reduction)
    Thigh: 30’’   (2.5” smaller, 7.7% reduction)
    Wrist: 6.5’’   (.25” smaller, 3.7% reduction)


    Waist: 37’’   (3’’ smaller, 7.5% reduction)
    Chest: 43’’   (3” smaller, 6.5% reduction)
    Neck: 14.5’’   (1.5” smaller, 9.4% reduction)


    BMI and Body Fat Percentage


    It’s also a good time to compare Body Mass Index and Body Fat calculations.  With my weigh-in this morning, I can see that I am slowly approaching the weight I was in graduate school.  As a result, it feels like I’m turning back the clock.


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    Today’s weight: 237.4 lbs


    According to the Home Body Fat Test tool, I have 35.5% body fat with approximately 84.1 pounds of fat and 152.9 pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water).  This is down from 39.8% body fat.  Very nice.


    My BMI is 39.5 which is significantly less than the 44.6 it was in January.  This officially moves me out of the “morbidly obese” category into the “obese” category.  I’m excited about that small distinction.


    It’s interesting.  In late May when I was in the emergency room for a medical evaluation, the doctor noted “mildly obese” in my chart.  When I caught a glimpse of that, I chuckled knowing that I fit the morbidly obese category at the time.  So often appearances may differ from the story numbers tell.


    Regardless if we are talking appearances or strict measurements on the scale, I am becoming proud of this ongoing accomplishment.  Proud because I am being open with this struggle for the first time in my live.  Proud because I am very slowly achieving my goal in a steady fashion.  Five pounds per month is a fine rate of loss in my opinion.  Proud because I am doing this for me and nobody else.  Who can beat that?


    July 18, 2010
    Weight: 239.9
    Blood Pressure: 113/79
    Pulse: 68


    July 25, 2010
    Weight: 237.4 lbs
    Blood Pressure: 107/74
    Pulse: 64


    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.

Published On: July 26, 2010