Well, duh. Bloggers have been questioning it all along. [I could soooo get lost in that Medrant blog!]
BMI was never intended to be used as a diagnostic tool, but that is what it has evolved into in recent years. According to Wikipedia [which can be unreliable, but this seems to be accurate], "it is meant to be used as a simple means of classifying sedentary (physically inactive) individuals with an average (mesomorphic) body composition."
It looks like some researchers are coming around. Here's a link, and another.
My BMI recently slipped from obese to merely overweight. I'd certainly have to agree that a BMI of 30-and-over falls into the obese category, based on my weight and pants size. However. I haven't had bloodwork done in almost a year, and I bet even when my BMI was greater than 30 my cholesterol levels were normal. My blood pressure certainly isn't a problem. I'm able to work out steadily for more than an hour on a daily basis. I eat a high-fiber, low-fat, healthful diet, and I avoid sugar. Do I think I'm going to develop heart disease? Nope. Diabetes? Uh-uh. Was I headed there last year?
I'm happy that I've reversed that trend. There are no guarantees in life, of course, but if I want to see my grandchildren grow up – and especially if I want to play with them along the way – it's up to me to be in the best physical, emotional and spiritual condition I can muster. Probably not in that order.
Moving on ... I managed to do a 70-minute workout yesterday made up of THIRTY minutes of weight training – the most I've done in one session this year – and 40 minutes of yoga. The weight training consisted of two sets of 12 repetitions of eight different moves, done slowly, deliberately and correctly, instead of letting gravity and momentum do all the work. I am feeling it this morning. It's hard to tell, though, if the lovely ache I feel in my shoulders and back is from the weight training or triangle pose. No matter; it's all good.
I'm not feeling any lovely little aches in my midsection. One of the commenters yesterday suggested that yoga wouldn't do much for my waist, but weight training and aerobic activity would. I don't disagree. All I can say is that the other time in my life that I practiced it regularly, I walked taller, straighter and leaner, even though I weighed more than I do now. I've seen others' bodies change remarkably after a few months of regular practice.
My own body surprised me greatly when I lost a lot of weight 10 years ago. I've had three abdominal surgeries, and thought I'd never have a flat stomach again. I was wrong. I wore a two-piece swimsuit for the first time in my adult life 10 years ago. [At my age, that ain't happening again. Especially after seeing some, ahem, mature sunbathers by the hotel pool in Las Vegas. But it was fun while it lasted!]
For Deborah, who wondered what team he plays for [referring to the almost-naked pitcher from yesterday's post], that's Tim Robbins as Nuke LaLoosh in my favorite baseball movie, Bull Durham. The movie really is a family favorite; my daughter's family named their new puppies Crash and Annie. I watch the DVD every April, as baseball season begins. As October draws near, it's a good time to watch it again. Or for the first time, if you've never seen it. It's not just about baseball.
Do you read Jonny Bowden's blog? I just discovered him a month or so ago. Yesterday he offered a great little motivational paragraph from a book by Esther and Jerry Hicks about getting from here to there that just makes so much sense. It's so simple and logical.
I've been trying to figure out a way to tell a funny little incident without mentioning the commercial you skip past at the top of the page. My daughter didn't skip it a couple days ago, and was led here. Considering a recent conversation here, we thought it was pretty funny. Proving that, while Blogger is great for blogging, it's probably not so great for commerce.
Think I've put enough links in this post? Hehehe.