Actually, I'm blogging more in response to a part of a comment on that post:
I don't see how a BMI above 25 typically is going to be 'healthy' compared to one below that. Obviously there will be some exceptions, but I hear a lot of ppl discount the numbers and I just wonder if they do have something more reliable to measure when it comes to fitness or we're playing a game. I think as a Western society with poor eating and exercising habits, we tend to rationalize we can be bigger just because everyone else is. I'm not sure that's necessarily best for physical health. (Self esteem and feeling good at a higher weight is something else again and absolutely important--but to me, what helps me live longer and shows up better on my bloodwork seems like a more quantitative goal.)I think that the importance that dieters place on setting the "perfect" weight goal is sort of a trap. Setting the perfect weight goal doesn't do much good if you can't get there -- or if you can get there but not maintain it. I liked Jennette's approach of re-evaluating once she got nearer to her weight goal, and I'd agree with her that she looked amazing at BlogHer when she was at her goal weight, even if it wasn't in some golden BMI range.
I even have photographic evidence -- that's her (right) with Shauna (left).
If health is really the real goal... and I'd like to just ask commenters like this, is it?
If health is the real goal, then I think it makes more sense to focus on behavior goals than weight goals. I like Shauna's (DietGirl's) "No Year's Resolutions" as a daily minimum, which for me would translate to: Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes a day, track my food, and get to bed at a reasonable hour so I get the sleep I need. Those are minimums would apply when things were crazy or I was feeling wiped out. I have more ambitious behavior goals for most weeks: Get in at least 2 strength training workouts, 4 cardio workouts, and 1 stretching workout a week; Keep my calories within a maintenance, preferably losing, range; and manage stress and cultivate joy by doing some daily reflections.
I figure if I focus on the behavior goals, my weight goals will take care of themselves. I know I have weight to lose but I'll let my body figure out how much. I know how I want to feel and look at my weight goal. If I feel and look that way, who cares what the scale says? If I get to a plateau and I feel like I still want to lose more, I can always push the behaviors to make myself lose faster. Changing my goal weight won't make any difference in how fast the weight comes off.