The Positives

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I’ve been doing some research on ideal or desirable body weight for a woman my height, age, and frame size and I am happy to share that I am finally at that point after eight months, based on a variety of assessments. My Body Mass Index (BMI) is estimated to be around 21% body fat, which is much lower and healthier than where I started at 39% body fat. As a point of reference, female athletes have around 14-20% body fat. The exact weight and weight range vary by assessment type. I also have more positives to share.

  1. I was taking medication for slightly elevated blood pressure when I started working out in September 2016. At my annual wellness visit in April, after stopping the medications for a week, my blood pressure was 105/67, so I no longer have to take the medication.
  2. My annual wellness bloodwork report was stellar.
  3. I have energy and stamina that I haven’t had in years. I go and go and go all day long. I want to get away from my laptop as much as possible and move.
  4. Eight months ago, there was not much I could do or enjoyed doing when it came to exercise. Today I love my workouts. I love jumping jacks. I love burpees. And, I am even enjoying running short distances and I have never enjoyed running except as a sprinter on the track team in middle school.
  5. I crave working out like I used to crave unhealthy food.
  6. I feel better when I eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. When I veer off of my meal plan, I feel sluggish and not well.
  7. My positive mental attitude is through the roof. People tell me that I radiate, I glow, I exude.
  8. I love shopping for and buying new clothes again. For a long time, I hated clothes shopping. When I had to buy new clothes, it was painful. Most wouldn’t fit and those that did, I purchased to disguise the fact that I was overweight. In retrospect, it was what I call “strategic dressing.” I was so good at hiding my obesity that my friends who now know how much I weighed when I started are shocked that I weighed as much as I did. I remember many times crying in the dressing room. Now I reward myself with new pieces frequently. I deserve to feel good about myself. I look pretty damn good, too.
  9. I have regained the confidence and self love that I lost for many years when I was overweight, in a negative relationship, and in bad employment situations.
  10. Most of all, I am happier than I have been in forever. I finally feel like myself again.

As long as my health will allow, I will continue to do live my life the way I am living now.

Below are a few online resources I used for learning more about ideal or desirable weight and ranges for women. Check with your healthcare professional about what is best for you, as each of us is unique.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/185784-normal-weight-for-a-woman-at-5-8/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/157635-the-ideal-weight-range-for-women/
https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/quick-guides/what-is-a-healthy-weight
http://www.bmi-calculator.net/ideal-weight-calculator/
https://healthyeater.com/ideal-body-weight-calculator

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