A BMI Calculator Can Give You the Motivation to Lose Weight

Online BMI Calculator

We've been indoors packing on the pounds.  Now, it is time to shed the layers of clothing and get outside and play. Growing up, I was chronically skinny except for a brief time in 5th and 6th grade.  As I got older, the weight crept up every couple of years due to health issues and medications. When motivated it is was easy to get the weight off. Now, as the aging mommy of two elementary age kids, the motivation rarely comes and the weight sticks around. I found a little motivation by plugging my numbers into a BMI calculator. Scroll down to use it, the first picture is a pinnable image for Pinterest. Enjoy! 

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Below is the actual, usable, online BMI CALCULATOR.


Free Online BMI Calculator.

The Food Pyramid
Motivation. For the past year, I've worked on upping my food intake. Yes, upping. I never ate more than once a day. Now, I try to eat three times a day with snacks.   I've reinvented meals.   I rarely sit down to eat, and I don't fill my plate in a food pyramid with one "meal".   For me, that means a yogurt here, a banana there, a peanut butter sandwich, or veggies with dip spread throughout the day.
I tried to ditch the pop, but that didn't work. However, I made little changes. Food before pop in the morning. One soda or less per day. You'd think I'd gain weight, but I didn't gain a pound.   In fact, I've lost a few. I tried to find a picture to share, but I run from the camera. This is the best I can do for a before picture. 

On the positive side, the weight keeps me looking younger. These days, aside from being old, I'm fairly healthy. Unfortunately, the BMI calculator doesn't agree. Time to get to work. Again.

**UPDATE (2016) I have lost over 30 lbs. and kept it off. My biggest tip is to stop eating bread (any sort of gluten). Also, take a daily probiotic. I've also ditched the pop! Started by swapping Mountain Dew for Sierra Mist (natural sugars and sweeteners) and then I switched to Coca-Cola Zero. I'm working on swapping this for Propel. I drink a lot of Propel, but I need want my caffeine. My go to snack is Oikos Zero, Vanilla. 

I was too sick to exercise. The weight loss was all diet related. Bread, cereal, cake, cupcakes, doughnuts, bagels, pizza, pasta- all gone from my diet during the weight loss. I do eat then occassionally now. 

I plan to lose 20 more lbs. this year, by adding exercise.

*I am not a doctor. These are what worked for me. No health advice is implied.

BMI Calculator for weight loss struggle

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Lora Langston
Lora Langston

Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.

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