Source: Toronto Sun

I’m a little overweight.

As a middle aged guy as well as being the Middle Class Guy and also living in the Midwest, I have held sedentary desk jobs for my going on 24-year career.  I do move around a lot during the day, but the bulk of my days are spent sitting at my desk in my office, talking with people on the phone, emailing, writing reports and attending meetings in my office or in other people’s offices or in a conference room.  It is a lot of sitting.

Besides work, I have spent years of my life commuting one hour each way, lying around on the couch after work due to exhaustion, watching TV and the like.  I sit a lot now while I write blog posts.

OK, I obviously know that I am not in the best shape.  Even before my now permanent ankle injury, sustained over three years ago while playing tennis, I was not in the greatest shape.  For several years following this injury in May 2013, it was painful for me to walk, let alone exercise or continue playing sports.

For over an entire year, I did not even walk during my lunch hour like I have tried to do most nice days.  Even though it is February 2nd in the Chicago area, I did manage a one-mile walk today during my lunch hour, along with reading a book for another half hour or so.

I will not blame the injury for my higher weight, but I was a few pounds less in 2013, fluctuating between about 180 to 185.  These days, I have been fluctuating between about 188 to 195 and I weighed an even 200.0 pounds at my physical exam last fall.

I have dropped some weight in the past month or two following a very shitty day that I had prior to a colonoscopy and not eating for three days.  I have shed a few additional pounds since then, mainly by laying off the sweets.

I just weighed myself and thought that now would be a good time to post about it since I weigh an even 190.0 per our digital scale in our basement laundry room.

About my height.

I grew up playing basketball and was pretty good.  I played point guard and, after several lectures from my father, who also coached some of the teams that I was on, learned to value passing the ball and setting my teammates up rather than jacking up twenty jump shots per game.

After a while, it came to the point where my teammates had to remind me to shoot the ball since I would sometimes hold the ball for too long near the top of the key looking for somebody to pass the ball to.

By the point when I was a college graduate and playing in an adult recreational league with my friends, I found the right balance between driving the ball to the basket, pulling up for a jump shot or passing the ball to a teammate.  Truth be told, I came to enjoy making a snappy pass that helped my teammates score, so both of us would be happy about the basket and I would be one of the better liked players on the team.

Nobody likes a “black hole” of a teammate where the ball goes in but never comes out.  Per NBA.com: Black Hole If the ball is passed inside to the post and never passed back out to the perimeter player, the post player is a “black hole”. Once the ball goes in, it never comes back out!

I mention basketball because I started listing my height as 6’0″ on the basketball roster back in high school, not wanting to be the only player listed in the 5’s out of twelve guys.  The other white guys on the team who were about my height were actually a bit taller and legitimately 6’1″ or 6’2″.  My best friend at the time played forward/center and was (and still is) 6’6″.

By the way, during my senior year of high school, I listed myself as 6’0″ and 160 pounds, although I was still under 160 due to running cross country for four years and also being a naturally skinny guy.  Come to think of it, weighing thirty pounds more than I listed my weight at twenty-nine years later is not so bad, even though I was probably more like 155 pounds as a high school senior than 160.  I also did not want to be the lightest by far, when many of my teammates were between 180 and 200 pounds, but they were more muscular than I was.

I listed myself as 6’0″ on my driver’s license when I obtained it at the age of seventeen and have not changed it in the past twenty-nine years, either. My brother is about 6’3″ and when he finally surpassed my height (when he was 14 and I was 20), I would tell people that I am 6’0″ and my brother is even taller.

Anyway, there does not seem like a better time than now to admit that I am not six feet tall.  There, I wrote it.

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Source: WN.com

Although with my high-tops on I could easily pass for over six feet tall in high school and college and afterwards, and could fairly easily grab the rim with both hands prior to a knee injury (I could dunk a soccer ball for a very brief period of time, but never a basketball), I never actually grew to a height of seventy-two inches.

I used to truly be just a shade under per the nurse at my doctor’s office through high school and college, who would always remark that I am just about a half inch under six feet.  Perhaps years of stress, poor sleep and desk jobs have taken a half inch from me, since the nurse measured me at an even 5’11” at my physical exam last fall.

Anyway, I am 5’11” and 190 pounds today, February 2nd, 2017, and I calculated my Body Mass Index on three websites, the CDC, Smart BMI Calculator and Healthstatus.com.  Below are the results, along with the comments.

Also, I am neither bragging nor embarrassed about the results and I know that you do not give a crap about my BMI.  The point is more that when striving to achieve a Goal or Resolution, like getting in better shape or losing a particular amount of weight, this is a useful benchmark to use and I urge you as my reader to check your own out via the links provide.

If you happen to be 5’11” and 190 pounds, just read my results.

I like the Smart BMI Calculator the best of the three, because it said that I only have to lose one pound.  The other two said that I should strive to be 178 or 179 pounds or less and I am not ready to fully commit to getting to that weight.

Per CDC.Gov:

Adult BMI Calculator – Results

For the information you entered:

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches     Weight: 190 pounds

Your BMI is 26.5, indicating your weight is in the Overweight category for adults of your height.

For your height, a normal weight range would be from 133 to 179 pounds.

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Anyone who is overweight should try to avoid gaining additional weight. Additionally, if you are overweight with other risk factors (such as high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high blood pressure), you should try to lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10% of your current weight) may help lower the risk of disease. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine appropriate ways to lose weight.

For information about the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity in reaching a healthy weight, visit Healthy Weight.

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5—24.9 Normal
25.0—29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

Per smartbmicalculator.com

SBMI Chart

This SBMI chart shows your BMI value and its age-dependent significance for the health. Your value is marked in the center of the highlighted area.

BMI = 27

Your body mass index (BMI) is calculated as exactly 26.5 kilograms per square meter.

Health aspects Your weight is at a marginally elevated level; in our view, it should still be fine for your health. By classification of the WHO, you are “overweight”.

With a good balance of body fat and muscle mass, your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar values should still remain at more or less moderate levels. You would then be quite well protected against a heart attack, stroke or diabetes. This might be less so if your body fat is higher with a lower muscle mass, if you consume tobacco, other drugs or too much alcohol, lack physical activity or sleep, eat unhealthy food, or suffer from stress and other unhealthy life factors.

SBMI = 39/70

This assessment is based on the newly developed Smart Body Mass Index. Its ideal range is between 30/70 and 39/70.

Your Smart Body Mass Index (SBMI) is calculated as 39/70 or “39 points out of 70”.

Weight stability At this weight level, you have a marginal risk of gaining weight.

Your SBMI will decrease by about one point within ten years if you manage to keep your 190 pounds stable. This is due to the fact that the optimal, i.e. the “healthiest” BMI range increases with age, thus reaching higher BMI values.

Weight management The best you can do is eat healthy food and increase your fitness. This will boost your health, whatever the case. If you lose weight in the process, all the better.

Your target weight of 180 pounds Losing weight is fine, but there is good news: 1 pound will be sufficient to reach a target weight of 13 stones and 7 pounds in your optimal weight range.

Nutrition Eat a variety of foods that you like, optimally including five servings of fruit and/or vegetables a day. Avoid eating too sweet, too fat and too much.

You have never been on a specific diet Well done. The best diet is “no diet”, as long as the body is getting a well-balanced, mainly plant-based mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins and enough, but not too much energy.

Physical activity Do physical exercise at least for half an hour daily at moderate to vigorous intensity.

Important to know This feedback can only be based on the inevitably limited extent of the data that you have entered here. This data has been evaluated by comparing it with the results of the most comprehensive study published so far on the BMI and its associated health risks.

The results and comments above can only give you an estimate that applies to all men at 46 years of age with a body mass index of 27, as a statistical group. They are non-personal. They should never replace medical advice.  Read more…

BMI Results

According to your height of 5′ 11″ and weight of 190 pounds your body mass index is 26.6. This calculation is solely based on your height and weight.

The recommended weight range for your height is between 140 and 178 pounds. In this range, your BMI will be between 19.5 and 24.9, which is recommended by health professionals.

This calculator only applies to adults ages 18 and up – it should not used for children, adolescents, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor before attempting to make any significant change in your weight.

If you are an athlete with a low body fat percentage (click here to calculate your body fat %) your BMI may be in the 27 to 29 range. While this is above the recommended score, the strength of your cardiovascular system may offset the risks of the higher weight. Your physician can give you the best guidance on a proper weight.

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