Monday, October 17, 2011

body mass index

day: 43
howdy bloggy peeps!

so i have some pretty coolio news to share…

when i started this journey six weeks ago @ 204.4 lbs my bmi (body mass index) was a 31.1.
ouch!
and in case you weren’t aware – anything over 30 is considered obese.
yes, obese.
scary to say the least!

currently my bmi is 29.7 which puts me in the overweight category.
not where i want to be of course but certainly a hell of a lot better than obese.
now there is a lot of debate about bmi & how effective of a tool it is indicating obesity because it does not differentiate muscle from fat. so if you are say a bodybuilder – you could mistakenly be labled as *obese*.
for us average folk – i think it’s safe to assume it’s accurate.
needless to say, i got some work ahead of me.
i need to be 164 to reach a healthy weight range which means i need to lose another 30.4 lbs to get there.
i have tried to not set number based goals in my journey
(yet) – but this about my health, longevity, and quality of life -- and getting to a healthy bmi is important to me.

interestingly – according to
howmuchshouldiweigh.org (thank you leah) i should be about 146 lbs. but a range of 126-167 is okay.
(they also have a bmi feature on this site as well – go check it out; it’s eye-opening!)
146 sounds foreign to me -- mainly because it was the mid-1980s since i was that small!
heh

how do you guys feel about bmi?
goal weights & setting importance on a certain weight range?
super curious on your thoughts!

well I gotta get my *overweight* ass to bed – I need my rest so I can work out hardcore to evict those 30.4 lbs.!

speaking of working out hardcore…
day 8 of the 30 day shred & going strong!
(details in the tab below my header)
I fuckin’ love jillian michaels!

spread the bloggy l♥ve, eat your veggies, and love yourself!
xxoo
cyn

7 comments:

Coming Home to Live said...

Great post with lots of info! Thanks for sharing and congrats for moving out of the obese category... awesomeness!

Maren said...

I think that BMI is a misleading number. Not for me, because I am just as fat as my number says I am... But for a fit person with a lot of muscle, it's not right. I think a combination of BMI and fat percentage is the only way to go.

Mariebop said...

BMI is crap for certain types of people. However, for the everyday Joe Schmoe, I think it works... sorta... I'm a research junkie. So, I'll do BMI and then estimate Body Fat % using a few different sites. Then calculate a goal weight based both...

I like that site you gave us. It says I'm at an ok weight. However, I'm still striving for a healthy BMI. BMI in my case is just a marker. It's one of the last milestones I have left to reward myself for. These last 10 pounds... GRRRR!

vanyelmoon said...

Awesome job at lowering your BMI. I am a bigger fan of fat percentage, as I feel it is a more acurate measure of your health. I have a pair of skin fold calipers and that is how I measure my progress. The problem is, BMI is used by the insurance agencies to determine health, and I wish they would move towards a more updated and acurate measuring system.

Daily Rant said...

Great job Cyn, I can't remember the last time I was out of the obese category - oh wait yes I do - before these last two kids! ARGH!!! Damned thyroid disease doesn't make losing weight easy either - more like impossible. Blah.
So proud of you for sticking to your workout routine - keep kicking butt!

Miss April said...

Good job. I'm beyond obese I swear. I effin hate that word.

Mommy Bags said...

First of all you are kicking ass that is super awesome and second I think I BMI is kinda of bullshit. This is a little sheet that lief insurance comanies use to see if they should charge you less or more. My doctor has even said that it is a BS chart that is not really accurate. I am a pretty tall bitch and I have always been athletic with muscle which makes my weight higher in then putting me at a higher BMI which is unfair. It pisses me the f*** off. You are in no way obese at all but becasue of this STUPID ass char. You keep doing what you are doing to feel good and screw the chart.