I did it. I reached my second weight loss goal of stepping down from the "obese" classification of the WHO. I am just overweight. Hooray!
Last I blogged, I was about 5 pounds way from 148 lbs. Since then, I've continued my diet and exercise, and also went on a hiking weekend. All in all, I hiked/walked 25 miles last weekend and the weight came off. It was a very hard climb and it took about three days for the aftermath-pain to subside well enough.
I still have quite a while to go. When I started this blog, I was on a high, seeing visible results of my initial efforts. So I established an ambitious goal of 103 lbs. I think high school was the last time I was that small. I also broke down my goals to keep me from getting overwhelmed. I said that after no longer being obese, my next goal will be the next ten pounds. So, 139 lbs?
Authorities have conflicting stats on what is the range of healthy weight. According to the WHO, for my height, I should be 116 lbs at max. The new Smart BMI metric says 131 lbs max is still "normal". The SBMI adjusts the weight range according to age and ethnicity. Who knows which weight I will settle in, eventually. For now, I need everything there is to keep me going.
I will go with the SBMI number of 131 lbs. I am about 17 lbs away from that number. It took me about two months to lose that much. So at this same rate, I can be "normal" again by October 1st. It seems so near yet too far. But definitely well within my reach.