I was talking to a friend of mine the other night and she mentioned she had seen my dad in the grocery store. He had told her I had lost more weight and he just didn’t want me getting too skinny. Last week, I saw my uncle at church and she said, “I see you’ve lost more weight.”
The truth of the matter is, I’ve actually gained 5 pounds! I sit happy and healthy at 112 pounds lost. I take these comments as a complement. I see this as a perfect demonstration as to why even though I am at goal weight, my workouts continue. I work harder now than I did when I was losing. When I was trying to lose weight, I was completely focused, and while I allowed myself to eat what I wanted, I didn’t want to eat the treats because all that mattered at that point in time was the end result. Now here I am at the end result and know I have to allow myself to be a human being. I need to allow myself to indulge every once in a while and my workouts help me to do that. Not only that, but they make me feel strong, healthy, energized, refreshed, de-stressed and on and on I could go.
Along the same line, out of curiosity, I decided to check my BMI again. While for my height my max weight should be 150 (which I am 150) the CDC and my insurance company still calls me overweight! Really? Why do we have to put everyone into a box? I know it’s the easiest way to standardize but I find it hard to believe that my xs, size 4 body is overweight. While my BMI says I’m overweight, my waist-to-height ratio says I’m 1 pants size away from being underweight.
A friend of mine reminded me of this: ” Instead of BMI we should be measuring our happiness, our strength, our ability to run around with our kids, our confidence in ourselves, our desire to consume real food most of the time and splurge now and then. The government, CDC, insurance companies, and major food producers want us to be constantly herded sheep striving after goals that are either unattainable, unrealistic, and most obvious, unhealthy. I prefer to be a goat, since they eat what they want, do what they want, escape the artificial boundaries around them, and dare to be silly just because they can.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!