I’m not trying to insult you… but everyone is FAT, including YOU! You may think you are just a little over weight – but you are wrong – you are fat. I don’t mean ‘fluffy’ or big boned, either. What is ‘big boned’ anyway; you have never seen a fat skeleton! It may not be politically correct to say “FAT” but overweight, heavyset, chunky, fluffy, big boned, on the heavy side, thick, large, horizontally challenged, lovable, plump… however you want to say it – we are all there. If you think I’m wrong, check your ideal weight here – http://www.healthstatus.com. Put in your sex and height, it will tell you what you should weigh. I thought I needed to lose 100lbs. I was wrong. I need to lose 150 lbs! That’s right, my ideal weight is 152 lbs. That’s One Five Two.
At first, I thought “No way! Anything under 200 is just too small for a guy with my build.” But who am I kidding? We have adjusted our perception of overweight in America. We think that an extra 10 or 20 lbs is ok – and maybe it is… but we have redefined ‘extra’. It should mean anything above our ideal weight – but if you ask anybody these days, NOBODY expects to be down to their ‘ideal’ weight. Believe it or not, I was poised to write an article railing against the idea that someone can tell me what my ideal weight is based on my height alone. I was wrong.
I played football in high school and although even then I was overweight FAT, I did have a lot of muscle (in my opinion). I weighed 220lbs and I thought if I could just get down to 200lbs, I would be prefect. There are a lot of online articles out there telling you that your ideal weight cannot be based on height alone, and I’m sure that people a lot more educated in these matters than me could argue either way for hours – but I have made up my mind. My ideal weight is 152lbs, and my goal of 195lbs just isn’t going to cut it!
I am a food-a-holic, and I am tackling step four of the twelve step program – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”. I am no longer afraid to admit that I am MORBIDLY OBESE. I know that I need to lose almost 150lbs to be healthy. That is my fearless inventory. So stop saying to yourself, “I need to lose a few pounds” and take a look at how much you really are overweight. Are you willing to take a fearless inventory of yourself?