Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Big Momma Challenge 2011 : week 3

This week was much better due to the fact that I've finally got back into a sensible routine. I've cut back on the dreaded snacking and with the better weather and slight increase in daylight hours I've been able to take Tessie for some longer walks. As a result have lost 3.5lbs.  I've still got another 2lbs of my Christmas excess to lose and then I'll be losing fresh fat! Or is it stagnant because it's been hanging around for so long?

I checked my BMI (body mass index) again today and it's 32.54 which is classed as obese. I was surprised it had only gone down a little bit since this post from August when it was 33 and I've managed to lose over 20lbs since then, but it just shows how much more I need to lose to even be classed as overweight instead of obese. The overview of being classed as obese is this:

"You are in the range that is classified as obese and your health would greatly benefit from a life-long reduction in weight.

You may want to get specialist advice from a doctor and dietitian to help you do this. Being obese is linked with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, fertility problems, back pain, stroke, certain cancers and other types of illness.

It is very important that you don't gain any more weight and start to take life-long steps to reduce your weight. You will need to burn more calories than you consume. The best way to do this is to combine a healthy diet (for example, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, choose lower fat foods, watch your portion sizes) with regular physical activity.

Try not to be tempted to lose weight fast; body fat can only be lost slowly (aim for about 0.5 - 1kg (1 - 2 lbs) week). It is best to see your doctor before starting an exercise programme or if you have any existing health problems."

To be considered merely overweight, my BMI has to be between 25-30 but to get to the 'ideal' range the advice is to have a BMI between 18.5-25. 

There's still a long way to go, but this gives me a clearer indication of how I am compromising my healthy and longevity by being obese and how important it is that I'm doing something about it.

So, how has your week been? I hope you've managed to get your routine sorted and you're seeing improvements in your health and maintaining a positive outlook.

If you are blogging about your progress please make sure you include a link to my blog so that others can find out about The Big Momma Challenge and will hopefully join us, and include your link below so that the rest of us can visit your blog and offer support and encouragement.  I can't wait to hear how you've got on this week!