Starting out

Does anyone ever start out on a project to improve something and think “Gee, I hope this takes a good long year”? Don’t most people start out to improve something wishing it would happen by the time they wake up next morning – or sooner?

I want to wake up in the morning weighing 30 pounds less, wearing a size 8, looking fit and buff, and not feeling winded after walking up a flight of stairs. But I know I didn’t wake up one morning 30 pounds overweight and needing to stop to catch my breath at the top of a flight of stairs.

So, the trick is to figure out how to get where I want to be. First, though, I need to know where that is. And to know how to get where you’re going, you need to know where you’re starting. I won’t say how much I weigh, but here are some other benchmarks.

I’m 5’5″, I wear a size 14, and my BMI is 29.1. I get winded walking up one flight of stairs or chasing around with grandchildren for a few minutes. I have sometimes been at a healthy weight, but I don’t know how it would feel to be truly fit. I’d like to know.

I want to do this using as much good information and research as I can find. As I go along, I’ll post the resources I find.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website has a lot of good information about healthy weight and fitness: According to that site, a healthy BMI for a middle-aged woman who’s 5’5″ is 18.5 to 24.9. The good news is that my BMI makes me overweight, but not obese. The bad news is that I’m a lot closer to obese than to healthy.

Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5—24.9 Normal
  25.0—29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

Here’s my first tool, one I saw on Pinterest. Use two containers (I’m using wine glasses). In one container, put as many pieces of something (I’m using marbles) as pounds you want to lose. For each pound you lose, transfer a piece to the other container. I have 30 marbles in one wine glass.



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