Thursday, March 25, 2010


Readers of this fine blog often ask me how tall I am, and sometimes I'll answer in the comments or with a personal email. That's pretty silly of me, I realized, because I'm not sure how many people actually go back and read the comments section of a post after they comment. (I know I don't on other blogs.) Also, an email only gives the answer to that particular reader.

So here it is, folks. My height ...

5 feet 5 1/2 inches!

Exciting, I know. And not freakishly tall ... but I had you goin' for a second, right?

I calculated my BMI today and then crunched the numbers for what it was before I lost weight. (Thanks for the idea, Mama Laughlin!) Using my height and today's weight of 145, I am happily rockin' a 23.76 BMI, putting me in the Normal Weight category. Hollaaaaa! I'm healthy :) ME! Feels darn good.

Just think, I had a 35.92 BMI when I decided to improve my lifestyle. I was in the Obese Class 2 category. My risk of weight-related health problems and even death was SEVERE. Yikes yikes yikes. Scary. Not a good place to be. So happy I'll never be there again!

I don't think BMI ranges should be your only basis for healthiness, but I do find them to be a helpful guide. What do you think?

I'm thinking about going for a run after work. I kind of want to, but I kind of want to just take it easy before going to Alia's for dinner and Vampire Diaries. (That's right. I admit it. I watch that show.) HOWEVER, now that I think about it, I really NEED to go for a run because I have a 5K coming up in only a little more than three weeks!

I randomly jogged 3.1ish miles a couple of weeks ago, but when I went for a jog a week ago I I started walking after only a mile. I think it was just due to boredom, though, because it's not like my legs or lungs hurt. I'm gonna push myself today after work. Decided. No getting bored and walking.

Here's my run/walk schedule for the next few months:

Geesh, I've got my work cut out for me! But it's all worth it because they are fab causes :) Yay for helping people and animals!


  1. My goal for the April 5K is to finish without walking. Keepin' it simple.
  2. The five-mile walk in May will be a piece of cake compared to the 5Ks, so my goal isn't fitness-related. My goal is to raise at least $500 for my favorite cause, the Animal Humane Society.
  3. My goal for the June 5K is to increase my speed. I'm not going to set an exact how-much-faster speed, but faster than my 33:47 from my first 5K last year.

Here's another reason why I should run after work: I have three, count 'em, THREE birthday's to celebrate this weekend. Party in the MSP!

Tomorrow evening I'll be celebrating the lovely Jennifer's birthday, which was actually yesterday. We're going downtown ... so drinks will be consumed and much fun will be had by all. Saturday afternoon I'm going to Dave & Buster's for Michelle's golden bday. I've never been there before, but I'm thinking I'll just be extra intense while playing the games and I'll burn some extra cals. (Kidding ... kind of.) And I'm not sure what we're doing Saturday evening for Leah's birthday, but it'll prob involve food and/or drinkies. Thanks for being born, my friends! Love y'all.

I've already made plans to attend Rollerdome on Sunday because I love rollerskating ... and I'll need to work off Friday and Saturday's funtimes :) And then I have dinner Sunday evening with the gals before the Michael Bublé concert. THE FUN NEVER ENDS!!!

Also, Twin Cities peeps, don't forget about the Open House with free stuff and drawings this Saturday. I'll be there for a little bit! Read more about it HERE in case you missed the deets.

And now it's time for me to peace out.


  1. I love all the runs/walk you have lined up! I'm thinking of signing up for a 5K, but I'm a bit nervous because I have a weak ankle and sometimes I don't know when to stop pushing myself...

    Have celebrating all the birthdays! :)

  2. I definitely think BMIs are helpful--they give you another goal to aim for, outside of just weight or dress size.

    Good luck on the races, and live it up this weekend!

  3. Sounds like you have a good weekend lined up!
    Good luck with the running :)

  4. I definitely think BMI is helpful nut along with that keeping a check on body fat % also helps!

    Good luck with the races!!

  5. Good luck on all of your races. Those are great and very attainable goals.

  6. While the BMI is flawed in many many ways (did you know it is a 200 year old calculation by a Belgian physicist?), I still tip my hat at it because our gov'mint and insurance companies pay attention to it too. Congrats on your normalcy!

  7. i enjoy yogging as well...might be a soft "j"... in my blueberry suit...

  8. i'm still considering running april's 5k with you -- i can now run a little over 3 miles at a time, with hills/inclines included, without feeling like i'm going to die so i'm thinking it might be a possibility :) but i just can't make up my mind! anyways... SEE YOU TOMORROW NIGHT, long lost friend!!!!! (so excited!)

  9. Sounds like a great weekend lined up! Good luck on the 5k. You had me thinking you were

  10. I'm doing the Challenge Obesity 5K too...but have to admit I haven't signed up yet! As far as BMI, I used it as a gauge when I first set out to lose weight (because I was in the obese category too! ugh!), but now that I'm sort of "done" losing weight, I'm still in the overweight category (but just slightly!). But I figure it's because I'm 5' 9" and will never weight 150 (what is considered "normal" for my height). So I've heard that it's kind of bunk, but still is probably good for wake up calls?

    And have a good weekend!!

  11. yay for birthday fun!!! :)

    and just an FYI--Dave & Buster's has Dance, Dance, Revolution... just sayin'... to help burn the cals. ;)

    Congrats on getting to a healthy BMI! SO proud of you, lovely!


  12. "I think it's called yogging"
    haha, great movie!

    Wow, you are a busy woman! Have fun this weekend and thanks for the shoutout!!!

  13. The issue I have with BMI is that it doesn't properly take muscle mass into consideration. I recently had back surgery, which has taken my cardio and weightlifting exercise out of the picture for a while. Before the surgery, I weight 146, which put me at a BMI of about 23.5, but much of it was muscle. Since the surgery, I've lost inches of muscle on my arms and legs, but GAINED inches of (presumably fat) around my stomach. My weight and BMI are lower (143 and 22.3, respectively), but clearly my fat to muscle ratio is less healthy than before.

    So, very long story short, BMI is a passable weathervane for health, but a caliper test of body fat percentage is the best way to go!

  14. I have nothing more to add than I love me some Vampire Diaries too!

  15. Love all the races lined up! I was going to take some time off between the last half and the fall season. And then we signed up for the warrior dash in May. And the urban dare. And a duathalon next weekend. And a 5k in April.

    Agreed on BMI - I started in the 40s and now I'm down to between 25-26 depending on the day. As much as I'd *like* to get in the normal range, I'm close, and considering my fitness level and muscles, I think I'm doin' ok. :)

    I like bad TV too. Never seen that show, but I won't miss Top Model or Biggest Loser, heh.

  16. Yay! I am totally in for the Obesity run!! I can't wait! Let me know next time you guys hit rollerdome and I will come along!

  17. Did you know that there is a roller skating rink, with real roller skates, in St. Louis Park? And that it's supposed to be totally rad?

  18. God, I am so far behind in reading! I yog, I yog all the time. I love to yog.

  19. This is going to be very bratty and entitled, but it's been almost threeee weeks... post something! You're the only fitness blogger I like!

  20. yippeee for being normal :)

    where are you girl?