Over the years my weight has gone up and down quite considerably. I slimmed down when I got married more than 15 years ago. Since then though I’ve managed to pile on the pounds until I hit sixteen stone. I never thought I’d reach my ideal weight for my height.
After I started running a couple of years ago, things started to go in the right direction. Fitbit got me so far but I wanted more functionality and data than their watches could provide. So, I moved onto Garmin; firstly with the Forerunner 735XT and then to the Fenix 5X.
I’ve also been watching what I eat. I used to record every aspect of the food I consumed with Fitbit. Since I moved over to Garmin I now use MyFitnessPal instead. Lately I’ve even started to look at macronutrients to try and stick to a healthy balance between fat, protein and carbohydrates.
What Is A Healthy Weight For Me?
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For a while I’d wondered what is a healthy weight for me? I’d been stuck at 13 stone for quite some time. From a BMI point of view that’s a healthy weight based on my height of 6 foot. It’s only just within the healthy weight range though. I decided I’d make my goal weight 11 stone because that’s more or less in the middle of my healthy BMI range.
You can calculate your current BMI using the calculator above. Once you’ve input your height and weight, it will let you know whether you’re under or overweight or would be considered a healthy weight. You’s also be able to see where you in that range you site on the chart included.
Getting To My Ideal Weight
At my heaviest, I was 16 stone. Starting out with couch to 5k, I walked then jogged and finally ran that distance. I never thought I’d be able to run more than a couple of hundred metres. I then moved up to 10k and after running my first race, I then moved up to half marathon distance.
I have no doubt that my decision to start running has changed my outlook about both exercise and food. Now I don’t think twice about going for a 10 mile run. It’s taken a good three or four years to get down to my goal weight. Putting in the miles and recording everything that I eat has been the only way to get there.
Since I reached my ideal weight though, I’ve found it much easier to maintain that level. I’ve come to the realisation that I will need to record the food I eat for the rest of my life. Exercise is also going to be important, although I’m not sure how long into old age I’ll be able to continue with it. If I’m injury free, I hope I can for as long as possible.