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:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi_tbl.pdf

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!

I love fresh fruit. Remember that a serving of fruit can fit in the palm of your hand. (Eg. Half an apple, half a banana, a handful of grapes, etc).

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

Posted on June 21, 2011, in Introductions, Start Here. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ooooh…I am going to disagree for the square here 😉

    According to the BMI scale, I am not only obese, but morbidly so, (at a 12/10ish range in size! Hardly Biggest Loser material there!) and so are professional athletes and body builders. The problem with BMI is that it does not differentiate in ‘types’ of mass, i.e. fat vs. muscle vs. bone density and lumps them all together. A better measure for fitness is body fat percentage. As I’m still technically ‘over’ weight (yet more cardiovascular-ly – new word, like it? – fit than many of my leaner peers – funny, eh?), I’m not sure I want to know what my % of fat is (too high) just yet, but in the end it will be in the average realm!

    I like this article about BMI -http://www.annekeckler.com/whats-wrong-with-bmi/ as it gives some serious thought into it.

    NPR has a much more scathing (and somewhat conspiracy theory themed) article that, once you toss the clear bias, has some interesting points:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106268439

  2. You’re welcome to disagree, but your BMI is figured for what is best for your heart and other organs. You can obviously have have a high amount of lean muscle and be overweight for awhile as you lose weight, but your heart is going to have to work harder. Muscle is still going to burn more fat over the long haul, so if you’re not over eating calories RMR, you *will* lose weight. We measured percentage of body fat in college also… that pinchy tool hurt when I didn’t have much fat! We’ll cover more in detail that we’re not just talking about being “skinny-fat” – the process is way more important! Keep after it Heather!! To God be the glory. 🙂

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