Juice posted a link to an NPR article ("BMI is Bunk!"), and the article discusses the origin of the ubiquitous BMI charts. I think that her post was partly spurred by the following comment I made in response to her pondering, "At what point do you decide, 'This is the weight I am.' ?".
Tough to say...I like your approach of keep giving it effort, yet being happy at what you've achieved already. I'm currently "practicing maintenance" (*I'm trying to put my positive spin on my plateau* ;-) at 20 pounds (give or take a pound) above the maximum "healthy" BMI weight for my height, but given that the *other* numbers (blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels) are telling me that I'm a healthy pup, I'm also wondering if I should just be content with where I'm at.This is rather timely, because I've been hanging out around 3 pounds within the same weight since April, and I've also been wondering lately if my goal weight (143 for 5'8") is realistic for me. I know I've read elsewhere that BMI charts are rather suspect, because they rely only on height+scale weight, and we all know that a regular scale cannot distinguish between fat and muscle. But, when I was starting out, it was a useful tool for setting the initial goal.
So, putting aside BMI charts, how am I feeling in my own skin? Generally content, although pinching around my midsection, I think there are still at least about 20 pounds of excess fat that need to go, which is 20 pounds more than my current "41.2 to go". I'm not feeling in a particular rush to reach goal, nor am I sure yet how I feel about adjusting my goal range. Will I feel like I've let myself down/settled for less than my potential somehow? Or will I be relieved? Is it too soon to tell? Will losing more fat greatly increase my quality of life? Athletic fitness-wise, I believe it would; but I don't think it would get me any more of the "quality of life" items than I have now (health, love, respect, tropical vacations, and the like). Setting vacation/crunch time detours aside, I feel like I'm doing well on my fitness goals, but I could be making a better effort in my food choices...my food plan is now functioning as "guidelines" for intuitive eating, rather than a hard-and-fast plan...which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as I stay mindful and eat more for fuel than for fun.
30-Day Shred Review
Hey, I finally did Level 3! So while I have not done 30-Day Shred for 30 consecutive days, I have done all three levels. Oddly, I liked Level 3 better than Level 2 (which had too many burpees), and it was full of posterior-kicking goodness. (Literally. My buns were really sore today.) Level 3 had a lot less chatter than Level 1, I think because Jillian Michaels assumed that people were less likely to "phone it in" by Level 3. If you have an aversion to exercises that involve a lot of bouncing and jumping--there are lots of jumping movements in the cardio segments--then you might not enjoy this DVD much, although the nice thing about a DVD is that you can modify it to suit your own preferences.
Reader poll: Should I keep the coffee goal?
For at least a couple of months now, I've included the food goal of "switch to tea and plain water after that first cup of coffee." I set it mainly as a way of paring down extra calories and saturated fat--I prefer mine with half-and-half--but I rarely meet it, and I'm not sure that the extra 40-80 calories is worth getting excited about. (As for coffee and diabetes, there are a lot of contradictory articles about its effects...some say the caffeine increases insulin resistance, others say that coffee's other components have mitigating health benefits.) So I'm debating on whether to bother keeping that goal. What are your thoughts on coffee?
Progress last week
7-day blood glucose average: 94 (met goal of <120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 97 (met goal of 100% FBG <120)
Weight goal: No change (met goal of progress/maintenance)
- Got in 5 meatless meals, no fish meals. (missed by 2 fish meals)
- Not meeting the coffee goal. I did not even try to meet it this week.
- Not quite back on track with fiber; 3/7 days were over 30.
Not met. I think I underestimated how long it would take me to readjust to being home again and getting back into the exercise groove. I got in two proper workouts this past week, one of which included strength. (Thursday-40 minute run; Monday-DVD workout, level 3 of 30 Day Shred, and a 20 minute run.) In the something-is-better-than-nothing fashion, Friday featured a dog walk in the morning and 50 bicycle crunches in the evening, my compromise between doing some exercises with my hand weights and utter sloth. :-) I also got outside for about a half hour of playing catch with the kids on Saturday, which was much fun and needed for us all. Sometimes the most important workouts don't involve working up a sweat.
Even so, I've been struggling with "I should have done more!" feelings, especially since I have my tri in 7 weeks. Doing level 3 yesterday helped me reclaim a "shred" of dignity (har har). I was back to spin class today, too, so I feel like I'm regaining momentum...at least of showing up. I felt really slow, although I snuck some peeks at myself in the mirror, and I felt happy about my legs looking nice & strong.
Misc. goals: Did well getting back on track with the sleep this week.
Goals for this week
7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.
- Keep tracking.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)
Minimum of 30 minutes of workout 5 days/week, with 1 spin class, 1 BodyPump class, 1 swim, and 1 run.
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.