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April 18, 2008

Yay! I’m overweight!

That is: I am no longer officially obese. Not long ago, I dropped to a weight that, according to a calculation of my body mass index (BMI), places me in the merely ‘overweight’ category. You can find examples of BMI calculators here and here.

The BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height and it roughly estimates the amount of body fat you have. It has limitations; for example, it may overestimate the amount of body fat for athletes or exceptionally muscular people. Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for me. There are other ways to measure body fat like skinfold thickness measurements with calipers or underwater weighing; but these methods aren’t always affordable or DYI.

I don’t take this designation too seriously, but it still gives me a grain of satisfaction. It’s another milestone achieved. I would have to lose another 30 pounds to fall into the ‘normal’ weight category. This will probably not happen. At the very least, I plan to drop another 15, but everything after that is gravy, or rather, lack of gravy. I think it’s quite possible that I will have to remain ‘overweight’. Or, I could grow a few inches taller.

04:24 PM | Permalink


Congrats! I hate the BMI charts; I've been doing heavy-duty weight training for 6 years and, while I am overweight, most professionals guess my weight to be 40 pounds less than it is.

Like Garfield, I'm not overweight, I'm undertall.

Posted by: diann at Apr 18, 2008 9:46:38 PM


Posted by: Francesca at Apr 18, 2008 10:42:58 PM

Congratulations!! What a great gives me motivation too!

Posted by: Vickery at Apr 19, 2008 11:08:05 AM

That is awesome. I recently did that too and it feels so good. And I hear you on that extra 30lbs. I need to do at least 15 too!!

Great to be inspired by others!

Posted by: Morgan at Apr 19, 2008 8:11:21 PM

Whoo hoo! Congrats!

Posted by: scoutj at Apr 20, 2008 6:13:05 AM

just stand on your tiptoes!

Ha--wait till you start shrinking: ) I'm down several inches, making me even fatter!!


Posted by: ellen at Apr 20, 2008 8:17:32 PM

Congrats on your weight loss! I know all too well the battle of the bulge and how tough it can be. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Teresa at Apr 21, 2008 7:30:33 AM

That's awesome! Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Alyssa at Apr 21, 2008 11:29:54 AM

Congratulations! This is truly a great accomplishment. Best wishes on the remainder of your journey!

Posted by: Stephanie at Apr 28, 2008 7:47:09 PM