Taken from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) Website:
BMI Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703
Call me crazy, but isn't BMI calculating simply a new-fangled weight-height chart? Why has this become a standard? They say it is accurate, depending on the person. Well what is that supposed to mean?? How do I know whether I am the person it is right for or not? I know plenty of women who carry their weight differently. Often, when I confess to people what I actually weight, I am told that I do not look like I weight that much. Small consolation when people still balk when I tell them I weigh 165-ish lbs. I try to take their shock as a compliment that I look better than what a woman of 165 lbs standing only 5' 3.5" should. Wait one cotton-pickin' minute! What the hell is that supposed to mean?
I told you I would be honest and in that vein I am publishing my weight. EEK! I squirmed a little when I typed it. Why? It really isn't anything to be ashamed of. I am a work in progress and that's ok. I think that may become my new mantra.
None of us fit into a neat little box like BMI's and height-weight charts would like us to believe. I guess that is the bane of my existence AND a blessing. How about that for "deep thoughts"?
Now, I am trying to find a way to better measure my health. What's in a number? I'm hoping that judging by how my clothes fit and how my body feels will be an accurate measure. I am hoping, of course, that the scale cooperates eventually. I just don't want that to be my ONLY measure of success of failure. Honestly, I am going to try to celebrate the small things. Skipping that ice cream sundae, getting in an extra workout, being more active in my everyday life. Baby steps.
Again, I say: "I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS AND THAT'S OK."