Here we are. Day one of our experiment. Our goal? Well, ultimately it will be to obtain our optimum BMI and weight. Other related goals include: eating healthier, being more fit, having more stamina to keep up with the kiddos and just plain feeling better. Our mini-goal is, in a nutshell, to lose 5 pounds a month each. We want to be healthy about it, and keep our expectations for weight lose realistic.
Our Goals in Numbers
Optimum BMI - 19-25
Optimum Weight - 135
Optimum BMI - 20-25
Optimum Weight - 150
Tonight we had our first weigh in and took our before pictures. They aren't pretty (though I suppose no before pictures are... that's why they're before photos, right?) but seriously, I'd advice anyone who has a weak stomach or is prone to queasiness to look away now. Just skip this post and move on to the next one.
BMI - 32.7
Weight - 190.2
Weight - 200.0
I've known this wouldn't be easy from the start but there were a few things that really got to me. Firstly, the fact that I am, apparently, considered "Obesity Class I" with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (who are those guys, anyway? I want to see their credentials). I would consider myself plump. Chubby, even. But I would never have referred to myself as obese. And I guess I am. So, let's end the disillusionment now, I suppose. Secondly is just the enormity of the task at hand. I need to lose 55.2 pounds in order to reach my goal of 135. That's a lot of pounds. With our "5 pounds a month" mini-goal, it will take me just over 11 months to achieve this. It seems nearly impossible. Good thing I've got support.
I am not proud of myself. I know I eat too much and exercise inconsistently, but I am going to re-commit to living a healthy lifestyle. Obviously I'm 50 pounds above my ideal weight and just like Kim that puts me in the Obesity Class I camp. If I meet my goal each month of losing 5 pounds it would only take 10 months to reach that weight, so here goes!