Last week while I was ill I saw a new doctor, and as part of the labs she took to rule out anything too serious, she did a full panel of just about everything you can test for with blood. I got the results over the last few days, but first I want to remind you all of what happened when I got there: I got on the scale and had a shockingly high number. It was in the “overweight” range for BMI, and not only that, it was pushing obese. Ok, you’ve seen me, right? I’m not obese. Look at obese ol’ me this past weekend:
Yeah, I’m a few pounds over what I normally try to aim for (being sick and unable to exercise for a week will do that to you). But obese? I think I look healthy, maybe even would use the term sturdy. But, it doesn’t seem to matter what the camera or mirror says, see a chart that says you’re 3 pounds from obese (with your winter clothes and shoes on, after breakfast and coffee) and it’s hard not to get a complex.
Right. Now that I’ve got that out of my system… the blood work came back and I was right on target for every measure, plus my blood pressure is on the low side. I did come back with 2 abnormal results: low Vitamin D (I’d been sick in bed for several days, hard to get much sun) and my mumps vaccination needs a booster. So I’ve been told to go in and get some shots for those issues. I’ll take care of it later today.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is, you can be healthy regardless of BMI because it’s not a good indicator of general health. It’s a nice guideline for beating yourself up with, if you’re into that kind of thing. I did spend many years beating myself up with BMI, but when I have better indicators of health, it’s hard to justify. As much as I hate to disregard such a conventionally-accepted measure, when the other measures all say I’m doing great, it’s hard to overrule everything else just for the sake of one guideline that doesn’t take anything about me or my build into account.
If you’re actively working on your health, doing the things that are right for you to exercise and eat right every day, keep doing them and being healthy. Me? I need to work on journaling my intake this week and building back up to running as I start feeling better over the next few days and weeks. I intend to take a couple of pounds off and rebuild my momentum. Here’s to having a strong week!