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Old 01-11-2006, 09:47 AM   #1
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Default "You are obese" ~ The truth hurts...

For me this diet struggle hits home. I have been dieting well over the majority of my life. I have finally made a commitment to myself to succeed this time. In doing that I have researched and researched and then planned.

My research led me to a BMI calculator. So, I type in my info...low and behold it was not the number I was expecting and right there on the chart I was in the, "You are obese" catagory! WOW!! Seeing that plain as day staring me in the face how can I NOT get on board this time?!

I'm not going to lie, I never really saw myself as obese so I wasn't expecting that and it hurt, I mean REALLY hurt! It set me back and knocked me down a few notches!

Maybe that's what I needed this time, I don't know, but what I do know is I can't live with obesity. It's not an option, I want to start a family someday.
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Old 01-11-2006, 10:49 AM   #2
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Yep, I've been there, in the "obese" category. It slapped me in the face as well. "Fat" or "overweight" I could handle. But when I saw "OBESE", I was like holy crap, I'm obese. I'm obese. I'm obese. I had to keep repeating it until it finally sunk in.

I didn't wanna be "obese" anymore. That and I told myself I didn't want to be a "fat mom". I wanted to lose it before my son started school (he started Kindergarten this past Fall) and I did it. I didn't want to be ashamed of myself, waddling down the school hallway with my son, having the kids poke fun (because they do and they will) or have Shane go through being teased by the kids - "Shane's mom is fat! Shane's mom is fat!"

So I got off my arse and made a committment to myself. I had said "this time I'm going to do it" too many times, only to completely fail. I was tired of failing.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:36 AM   #3
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My goal weight (242#) will still leave me "obese" by BMI standards. BMI's are meant to be a rough estimate of what you should weigh; let the mirror be the final judge.
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Old 01-11-2006, 11:53 AM   #4
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Talking Many of us are obese, we just don't know it!

Just to clarify a misconception. Obesity is an indicator of body fat instead of BMI (or body weight). A high BMI is an indicator that you might be obese or incredibly buff. But the truth is many of us are actually obese. Imagine me at 125 lb and have a body fat percentage of 34%. Guess what, I am obese. So don't lose heart and start exercising!
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:02 PM   #5
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I always thought of myself as just fat until one day I read my chart at the doctors office. In big red letters at the top was OBESE That hurt!
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:20 PM   #6
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Ya, for the longest time I refered to myself as "heavy". That seemed so much nicer than "fat" or god forbid "obese". But I think it did me good when I finally accepted that 260 pounds on a 5'4" frame is way beyond "heavy".
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:25 PM   #7
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260lb on a 5'9'' frame is obese too...

I never really thought of myself using "that word", that was for people heavier than me. I didn't actually know what I weighed for a long time anyway, which made it easier to ignore, but once I found out my weight and put it into a BMI calculator I nearly died of shock. 38.1.

It's now 25.3, and what a difference it makes It's not the only indicator I go on, but at the end of the day almost all the numbers whether it's weight, fat, BMI or whatever need to go down, so down it went
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:30 PM   #8
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The first time my doctor called me obese I was shocked. I knew I was overweight but I had always thought this word was for someone else.
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:32 PM   #9
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As Robert said, BMI shouldn't be your only indicator. I did a body fat test on a new client yesterday. Her BMI was 24.7, which put her in the healthy range, but her body fat was 38.5% I NEVER used the word obese in a siutation like that because the real issue is that she is "deconditioned and undermuscled". Through training, she will probably lose some scale weight, but her goal is to change her body composition, not necessarily her BMI or scale weight.

Just another view. A healthy BMI and scale weight doesn't mean heallthy and fit.

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Old 01-11-2006, 04:32 PM   #10
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Im 261 at 5'4" and my BMI is 44.7
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:47 PM   #11
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ya..I remember taking mine and it was 46% which was mind blowing.. but just take it day by day and that number will surely go down...

YOU CAN DO THIS!
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I'm 5'5 at 141 pounds and my BMI is 23.6.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:17 PM   #13
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Thats what Im doing.....taking it day by day.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:18 PM   #14
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Uhhhh, 141 and holding. My weight just won't budge because I'm getting too close to my goal and my body is saying, "Noooooo! I won't let go of that last 8 pounds, and you can't make me!"



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Old 01-11-2006, 05:30 PM   #15
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I think it only appears on your first post on each page.
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