Are You Like Me?
Okay. So, let’s be honest. I’m not sure how long we can get away with kidding ourselves regarding our bodies. I firmly believe it is part of the human condition to make excuses and pad reality so we can continue to make the same bad choices. This isn’t just about fitness. This relates to everything in our lives. Relationships, work, health, goals, dreams…
I can jump hoops to convince myself that two glasses of red wine with dinner is not unhealthy. I deserve it and enjoy savoring a glass with my dinner while I relax after a long, hard day at work. Oh, and BTW, I do work hard and have a physically demanding job so I double dog deserve it! Don’t I? Don’t I?
How about the chips and hummus that I eat some afternoons before I work out? I know the hummus is a good choice. But tortilla chips? Tsk tsk tsk.
These choices are ones I can easily excuse away. I deserve them, they are “sorta” healthy, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. You name it, I can justify it. I’m doing it right now, as I type. It’s Sunday afternoon, my last day before I need to get back to work. I’m 46. I’ve raised many children and work really hard. Is a glass of wine really going to keep me from meeting my goals???? Do you see the litany of excuses I can come up with to justify these bad habits?
Are you the same as I am? Can you look at the choices you make each day and understand that you are working overtime just explaining away all of the choices you could be making more wisely?
I remember a conversation last year when a friend asked me how I got fit. I had been eating clean and working out regularly for about 2 years. I proceeded to tell them and, in fact, show them, the possibilities regarding a simple body weight workout. At every turn, they said they could not do one exercise after another because of a multitude of reasons.
All the while, as I listened, all I could picture in my mind was the Iraq Vet that I have watched walk with a braced crutch each afternoon, miles away from his home, rain or shine, for the last 5 years in our community. I’ve watched him become stronger and stronger, meeting and exceeding his challenges, until he can walk without the crutch, on even the hottest or coldest days without fail. He looks determined, fit, and happy.
I’m curious what makes some people so determined to make wellness a priority and be their best selves and others it just takes so…much…work to even come to that place, mentally and physically. DNA I guess.
Whatever it is, it’s important to get a handle on which one you are and how you will overcome it. If you’re anything like me, you will be a challenge!
Let’s Get Real
First thing’s first. Let’s determine the level you are at by calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is a measurement based on your height and weight that can be a good indicator of the amount of body fat you carry. Knowing this measurement can help you begin researching and understanding what type of fitness plan can be most beneficial to you as you start working on your goal to be as healthy as you can be.
You can calculate your BMI using the calculator below. Use this measurement to determine if you are under-weight, normal weight, over-weight, or obese.
It’s important to know this classification in order to understand the best type of fitness goals you can safely set when you begin your plan to fitness.
If you are underweight, a good fitness plan could include plenty of quality foods including healthy fats, proteins, and fiber along with a moderate routine of exercise to build muscle strength and endurance.
If your of normal body-weight, you may want to set a goal of building muscle and becoming more toned. Or perhaps you may want to go even further and engage in a plan of body building, in which case you will need to supplement and learn to eat much more healthy food. A healthy, clean diet can continue to prevent weight related disease.
If you are over-weight, adding cardio and light weight training to your daily routine and a healthy diet that creates a calorie deficit in order to begin losing weight may be beneficial. These classifications can also help you determine how close you are to a healthy state. If you are 10 lbs beyond the highest “normal” weight on the BMI scale, then set your goal to losing 10lbs. If your new habits help you lose enough to bring you lower on the “normal” scale, terrific! But know when to stop and to begin maintaining a healthy weight so you don’t become unhealthy and underweight.
If you fall within the obese classification, the risk for many serious weight-related diseases and other ailments is quite high. It is very important to get a handle on this and to find a way to bring healthy habits into your life. As difficult as it may seem, the challenges that come with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many other health issues related to obesity are infinitely higher and less satisfying. See your doctor to determine a safe regimen for welcoming healthy habits into your life. Find a partner or a group to help you meet these new challenges (connect with us for inspiration!) and make it a priority. You mean a lot to the world and your health is important!
According to the CDC, the following information can help you determine where to begin.
|5′ 9″||124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbs||18.5 to 24.9||Normal|
|169 lbs to 202 lbs||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obese|
Wherever you fall on this scale, making healthy choices will not come easily. It’s a whole new way of living that really isn’t possible without real and permanent changes.
How do you feel about where you fit on the BMI scale? Do you have a better sense of where to go begin? Don’t let these numbers scare you. Each measurement provides a realistic place to begin. It isn’t possible to set safe and realistic goals until we are honest with ourselves about our bodies. No place is any easier or any more difficult than another. Every person is in a place to make a plan and make it stick…for their health. For their life.
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