Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Trip to Reality

For some, finding out their actual weight is quite a blow in and of itself and they will often use this emotional set back as a means to motivate themselves to cut back a second portion or eliminate an occasional bedtime snack. However, I am finding that the problem with this is that my highly charged emotional motivator quickly loses its motivation once the initial shock and embarrassment wears off. So it is here that I must rely on intellect.

Fact: I weigh 293.2 pounds.

True, this is not a huge motivator either, but what is motivating is what this number represents. Here are a few motivators that can’t be so easily ignored.

At 293.2 pounds, my BMI is a whopping 38.70%. That places me in the Class II obesity category. It is estimated that an individual within this classification has a lifespan 6 to 7 years shorter than that off someone not overweight. Excessive body weight is also associated with various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.


  1. And those diseases are prevalent in your family. All of my siblings are diabetic as are several in your father's family, we all have hypertension (high blood pressure) and cancer is also an issue. I used to think I had such an incredibly healthy family but as we have aged, we are not. Keep pushing toward that health goal!!

  2. ok maybe I should have read this one first. Makes me scared to do my BMI. UGH okay no I am motivated!!!