What IS a healthy weight for ME?
And what do I need to do to get there? (and NO, let me repeat, it’s not a diet – you will not starve!)
Today we’ll go over what we’re going to call STEP ONE on being educated about your health.
I’ve read about professional athletes who needed to be at a certain weight, or build certain muscle mass to perform – but what about the rest of us? Does it matter that I exercise? How do I know how much food is too much? I just wanted to FEEL good, and be healthy. What was that supposed to LOOK like?
When we began this journey, our Dr. pointed us in the direction of a BMI chart. Your BMI, or Body Mass Index, is what your weight should be for someone of your height. It’s a “healthy range” standard. Now, I remembered this chart from college when I took health and fitness courses, but at that point my BMI score was a 19 (low-end of normal) and I didn’t really care about what it meant. Little did I know, I might need to pay better attention!
So after being reunited with the BMI chart – it was interesting to see what a “healthy weight” equaled for me. Since I’ve been shrinking in height since my 20s, I was now told I am 5 ft 8 inches or so, or 68 inches. According to the chart, I should weigh between 125 to 162. My goal at the time was to get from 175 post partum to around 140 – without dieting. This was a reasonable goal, but seemed SO far away. (We’ll cover how I set some smaller goals a little later.)
The one we used was from the cdc, but I don’t see a copy of it online. Instead, the CDC has one that just tells you your BMI for your height and weight vs. what your weight range should be for someone your height. This one is similar to the one we were given. Look here and figure what your BMI should be:
Great! You’ve educated yourself with some numbers and nothing too strict to make you feel like it’s a cookie cutter answer. Since God makes all shapes and sizes, we can assume – He doesn’t want us to all look the same! This is a great start! If your weight is within the guidelines, now you can start focusing on fine tuning that body you’ve been blessed with…putting IN the best things to make it run like the well designed machine it is!
Just so we’re clear – being a healthy weight isn’t about being “skinny”… It’s about being healthy. It’s about feeling your BEST so that you can perform at your best every day in all you do. It’s about being the best witness you can be in the flesh! Think INSIDE-OUT! 🙂
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. – Matthew 23:26