To be "just right", within the "normal" range for my height (a BMI of 21), I would have to lose 82 pounds. That's right. I have to lose the equivalent of a 12 year old girl. Or six bowling balls. Or the world's largest ball of tape. Or the equivalent of FOUR automobile tires.
Or I could just chop both my legs off.
I currently weigh 208 (as of this morning.) Subtract 82 pounds from 208 pounds, and you get 126 pounds. (I should clarify that I'm 5'6".)
I haven't been 126 pounds since, like, 6th grade or something.
Did you know a newborn giraffe weighs on average 130 pounds? Yeah.
To be at the very HIGH end of the BMI scale for a "healthy" weight, 150 pounds would be a Body Mass Index of 24. To get there, I have to lose 58 pounds. At least that sounds better than 82 pounds.
I can't remember the last time I weighed 150. I don't even think I weighed that when my Mom said I was almost getting "too thin."
Probably around here. A photo with my Aunt -- Look at my FACE! My face looks SO good. Right now... I have chubby cheeks. UGH. I am SO sick of chubby cheeks, y'all.
I don't really know what my weight was here, but it's what I can't wait to see again.
And holy crap, I forgot about this picture. LOOK at my ARMS! My face! Oh, my, gosh. This is my new desktop. I was a hottie. I miss myself.
Beautiful pics and awesome inspiration! I can relate to the chubby cheeks, I know I've got cheekbones in there...somewhere..
Remember, BMI is not really the best measurement of success. It is a guide, but that is it. It doesn't take into account lean body mass (muscle), which is a big contributing factor.
I feel your pain! I started at 232 and set a goal at 160- now its at 145. putting me at 80 plus pounds that I needed to lose. I set my mind to it however I could not look at the BIG picture. I had to set small goals for myself. 10 pound increments helped me. Also rewards, rewards helps! :) It has been a slow process but I feel so much better for doing it!
You can do it Jennifer!! :) Im rootin for ya!
Nothing like photos we don't like to keep our focus on the game. Mirrors can be deceiving, but cameras rarely lie.
chop off your arms instead then you could be one of those people that learn to drive, write, and eat with your feet. you would get your own TLC show, you would be rich, famous, and sadly armless...
You must be rather short like me - pain innit?
I have set my initial goal to be 140 which is still outside the correct BMI and will still be overweight (darn). Only then will I consider whether to go down further or not. I couldn't cope with thinking in the 100s!
Remember it is easier to eat that elephant (or giraffe) one forkfull at a time, lol!
You must be about 1/2 inch taller than I, I'll beat BMI=25 at 148 pounds (7 pounds to go). BMI=21 would be at 124 pounds, absolutely too thin for a busty girl with even a bit of muscles. My goal was originally 150, I don't know if I'll make a new one, I think I'll just see where my weight stabilizes at my current lifestyle. I'm still really chubby at my current BMI=26.2. I have a feeling that I'll always look chubby to myself, but we'll see what happens.
Those pics are beautiful.
Make your goal be 3 pound loss per week!
Hmmm...126 seems a bit low for 5'6"...
I think you need to get to the "high" number and see how you feel. You might be perfectly happy there!
Similar stuff here - 5'3 and had 81 to lose to get to a bmi=25. Am aiming for a bmi=21 too, which needs a 100lb loss overall. Am at 71lbs loss now, and finally it's beginning to feel like I'm gonna make it =)
Setting small goals, and really enjoying the sense of achievement when you reach them, is a really good way to make it manageable.
I was looking at a BMI chart the other day and was shocked to see that I'm considered "obese". I always thought I was just "over weight". Guess not...for my height - I have to be around 146 max. That means I have to lose around 50 lbs.
yep...I am in the same boat..I dont think I weighed 125 pounds since 6th grade..and in High School I was 150 (which back then I thought I was fat..but dang I would love to be that again). I just started to focus on my weight loss and amazed that I've gained 40 pounds since I met my husband (1992). Seems like roller derby isnt enough for me so i need to do some more cardio!
Fidela Castrate aka Maggie
Don't you think it might be a little self-destructive to focus on the past. You could diet down to 115 and wouldn't look anything like that...I'm not saying you'll look worse, but different, even better I think.
Why not just eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full - No whites: white flour, sugar, white rice, potatoes, dairy or alcohol. Nothing from a box, can or wrapper. One cheat meal per week.
auuugh i know what you mean with the face thing, I'm starting to find my own face back and I am all like 'eee my face is pointy! i have pointy face!' and I fit into a pair of size 12 jeans this morning and almost cried right there in the fitting room. I'm 5'6" right there with you and my end goal is 150 as well, I have big bones ( and it's not just an excuse LOL ) and while my BMI will put me at healthy at much lower, when my ribs are poking people in the eye they will be disagreeing.
great pics...don't worry, you're going to win the weight-loss battle!!
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