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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

When Princesses Are Morbidly Obese...
And Princes, too!

I, Princess Dieter, am morbidly obese. That means that I have a lot, lot, lot, LOT of weight to lose. The official definition for morbid obesity is as follows:

a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or greater with severe obesity-related co-morbidity or BMI of 40 kg/m2 or greater without co-morbidity [1]. Superobesity is defined as a body weight exceeding IBW by 225% or more, or a BMI of 50 kg/m2 or greater.

If that's gobbledygook to you, allow me to wave this magic wand I borrowed from the Slenderize Me Fairy--thinnityskinnityshoo!--and translate: If you're more than 100 pounds over your ideal weight or your body mass index is more than 40, you're morbidly obese. If your BMI is 50 or more, you're morbidly superobese. That's depression.

Princess Dieter has a BMI of 47. Morbidly obese. (I do not like the sound of that. Do you?)

Calculate your BMI by going HERE.

If you're curious about that Ideal Body Weight (IBW) thing, try THIS SITE. According to them, I am large-frame (ie, my fingers don't meet around the smallest part of my wrist, with a gap of about an inch). But I clicked both large and medium frame to see what values came up.

If Princess Dieter were medium frame (ie, my fingers barely meet around my wrist) : Ideal weight range is 142 - 156.2 lbs. (64.5 - 71 kg.).You are overweight by 132.8 lbs. (60 kg.).

If I am large frame (which is likely, I've never been remotely considered petite in structure--being wide-hipped and broad-shouldered and not-tiny in the feet, either, even when I was normal weight) : Ideal weight range is 152 - 167.2 lbs. (69.1 - 76 kg.).You are overweight by 121.8 lbs. (55 kg.).

Notice something about those numbers?

They're SANE!

They're not crazy, Hollywood, catwalk anorexic size 2 figures. The complete range (ie, taking the medium frame low and the large frame high) would be 142 to 167 pounds. That's not skinny by a long shot. And yet, 145 was a comfortable weight for me when I was in my late teens and early twenties. That is to say, I was active, flexible, and looked normal, though not slim. I was a size 12/13 back then, and while I wished I was one of the thin gals, that actually was a pretty good size for me in terms of activity and health.

Taking into account the large frame range, I'm aiming for 160. The upper end, sure, but still, that's a number I haven't seen on my scale since the mid-80's. It would be like turning the clock back about 20 years.

I can live with that? :)

So, my current weight? 289. A simple bit of arithmetic gives me the amount of weight I aim to lose: 289 - 160 = 129.

Ouch! I feel the pain. But then, so do my feet and knees and back and general self-esteem.

Did you figure out your ideal body weight? Did you calculate your BMI? Wanna share it here and put down your number, the amount you wish to lose?

The story begins...at 289 pounds and a 47 BMI on Tuesday, May 8, 2007.

When does your story begin and how long is that road in terms of pounds?

Come on. Give yourself a fairy tale name if you prefer anonymity, and join me. How about one of these:

Duchess Dieter
Marquesa Makeover
Contessa Calorie Counter
Lady Living Healthy
Dame Dieting
Princess Willpower
Countess Cooking Light
Princess Portion Control
Queen Low-Cal

If you're a gentleman, you can join in, too. Pick a name:

Prince Power Smoothie
Duke Dieter
Count Calorie Slasher
Marquess of Leansberry
Earl of Exercise
Sir Fresh Produce
King Calorie Killer

Make up your own monikers. Have fun. Start the journey off with a tiara or a crown or a satin sash--and a smile!

:::waving borrowed wand for a happy beginning to everyone:::


Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I have been working on a lifestyle change for about 2 months now and have lost 20 pounds. My BMI ideal puts me between 132 and 167 pounds. I am aiming for around 165, a number I haven't seen since I was probably in 5th grade. This means that from my start 2 months ago, I will need to lose around 215 pounds, which is more than half of me. Pretty sobering, but totally possible. Anyway, thanks for sharing your story. I will stop by now and then to see your progress, to share my own, and cheer you on. Blessings!

Once Upon A Dieter said...

Thanks, anonymous. I know, sometimes, what the weight charts say and what we choose don't match up, just cause we think of more realistic numbers. I can't even imagine being 130, cause I haven't weighed that since the 70's, when I was like 15.

And once you get as big as we are, the body really sabotages you, it wants to hold on to that, it makes you hungry like crazy. It's WAR.

I've decided not to put my mind on fast loss. When I've done that in the past, it never stuck. So, one to two pounds a week would be victory to me.

I'm wishing YOU THE BEST. I think 165 is a great weight for those of use who've been above 200, 250 and more. You can shop in just about any clothing store at that weight. You can bend over without straining. You can walk up stairs without feeling like your knees are gonna CRACK.

I hope you make it, slow and steady. And me, too!!!

And hey, you dropped by on my anniversary. Cool.


Anonymous said...

hi princess:) i hope that your weight loss goals are going successfully, i found you on a google search looking up ww points. i'm currently at 167 and hoping for 15lbs loss by eating 6 cups of veggies a day and cutting out the beer and cookies. i just wanted to say thanks for that BMI site, it made me feel so much better. according to it, i am only moderately overwheight and only need lose 10 pounds. i thought it would be 25 or something. you've made my whole day:)
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