Yesterday I reached a major weight loss goal – to lose 152 pounds, which puts my weight at 250 pounds even. Since I lost an additional pound, I’m actually now at 249 – Bonus!
So it seems like a good time to re-evaluate all my health-related goals, don’t you think? Here we go:
– Weight Loss Goal: Lose 152 pounds. Reward: Going to the shooting range and firing a gun! I want to shoot up some targets badly. Will plan reward outing soon – it’ll happen when I’m back in Los Angeles in January. Current Status:
– Running Goal: To run past all six strip clubs within walking distance of my house without stopping. The route totals 6.4 miles. Reward: I haven’t really thought about it, but isn’t running past six strip clubs really the reward? Current Status: My most successful run, in terms of distance, was 5.1 miles, which I completed on 11/6/10.
– Gym Goal: To climb 73 stories on the StairMaster without stopping. Reward: Going to the restaurant at the top of the Renaissance Center in Detroit, which is 73 stories above the ground. I went to that restaurant tonight, and had a great time. I’ll blog about it in more detail tomorrow. Current Status:
I’ve reached two of my three goals in the past few weeks – not too shabby! Now it’s time to start focusing on that running goal. I haven’t been running lately, as it’s too cold to run outside in Michigan and I get bored running around indoor tracks at gyms, but I’ll resume running in January when I’m back in California and hope to tackle this goal and wrestle it to the ground within the next couple months.
It’s also time to set a new weight loss goal. This is something I’ve given a lot of thought to, read up about online, and had a discussion with my doctor about during my last appointment about a month ago. My doctor started talking about the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is the most widely-used measure of body fat for adults, and pretty much all of my online surfing led me back to BMI. Not everyone loves the BMI scale, as it’s a formula based on just height and weight, without accounting for muscle mass, but it’s the only widely-used measurement out there.
Here’s the basic BMI rundown:
- People with a BMI between 18.5-24.9 are considered to be a healthy weight.
- If your BMI is between 25-29.9, you’re considered to be overweight.
- If your BMI is over 30, you’re considered to be obese.
All you need to calculate your BMI is your height, weight, and a BMI calculator, which are all over the internet (I use the one on the CDC website, here).
I’m 6’4″ and weigh 249, and that means my BMI is now 30.3. Yep – I’ve lost 153 pounds, and I’m still obese. I need to lose three more pounds, and weigh 246, before crossing the line from obese to overweight. In order to be considered weighing a normal, healthy weight, I need to weigh anywhere from 152-205 pounds.
152-205 pounds? There is no way I will ever weight anything close to the lower end of that range. I can’t imagine what a 152-pound, 6’4″ person looks like, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they disappeared when they turned sideways. 205 pounds sounds pretty daunting, too. That means I’m 44 pounds away from having what’s considered a healthy weight!
Ultimately, I want to reach a healthy weight that is comfortable and maintainable. And I have no idea what that weight is, as I’ve been obese my entire life. I’ll just have to find it as I go along, and, in the meantime, I want to set a goal that is achievable. My strategy is to have a series of goals, and take them one at a time. That’s what I’ve done so far: When I started this process, I didn’t set a goal at all – I just began changing the way I ate and upped my exercise, and tried to create a weight loss program that worked for me. It wasn’t until I had lost about 50 pounds that I even started thinking about what a goal would be. I decided that my first goal was to lose 100 pounds, and when I reached it in July, I set another goal for 52 more. And that brings us to the present.
My new weight loss goal is to lose 30 more pounds. That will put my weight at 220 pounds, and will equal a total loss of 182 pounds. It will land me in the middle of the BMI range for overweight, and I’m okay with that. When I reach this goal (and it will be difficult, no doubt), I’ll reassess. Maybe I’ll want to lose more, maybe I won’t. Right now, I’m excited to keep going. I’ve come a long way so far, and the journey’s not over yet. Reward: To be determined. Current Status: I’m 29 pounds away from reaching my goal!
Keep it up, David!
P.S.: I apologize for the lack of photos in yesterday and today’s posts. Tomorrow’s post will be chock full of photos – it’ll be fantastic!