For the last 6 months, I’ve been focused on my health. I’ve been eating better. I’m exercising 3 days a week. And I’m feeling great!
When I started this journey, I wasn’t even close to having a normal BMI. I was overweight.
But with a lot of hard work, at my last measurement, just over 1 month ago, I had lost 13″ and 24lbs.
In the last 4 weeks, I’ve lost another 3 pounds!
As much as I’ve been watching the scale and tape measure, I’ve also been keeping an eye on my BMI. As of today, I am Normal!
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Why is a normal BMI important?(info from the CDC)
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool. For example, a person may have a high BMI. However, to determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include skinfold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings.
The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease and death. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
Since I have a family history with so many of the things listed above, getting healthy and getting back into the “normal” range was important to me!
Still have work to do
I still have work to do though. I would like to be more in the middle of the normal range, so I have about 10-14 pounds more to lose. I’ll confirm this with my trainer and doctor to make sure I’m hitting the correct targets.
What is your BMI?
Are you in the normal range? Are there things you can work on to become healthier?
Other awesome things that are happening
Since Craig and I have adopted healthy habits, I have seen our girls do some things that make me very happy.
Just the other day, Rachel stopped and read a nutrition label to see the amount of sugar something had in it.
Lauren will grab fruits and veggies from the fridge more frequently than she asks for candy. She still has a sweet tooth so we’re working to curb that!
How are your health goals going?
If you’re on a healthy journey too, let’s support each other! Leave a comment below and let me know how you’re doing!