Friday, March 25, 2011

240 - Maybe I'm not so Different?

Remember this post?  I talked about how my image was skewed in that I thought I was smaller than I really was.  About how I felt like this image was opposite what most people think.  And that I felt alone in my image of myself.

Well there is a story in the StarTribune online today about this issue. 

It appears that they did a study on what obese women's body image was. 

Women and children who are overweight and obese may have a skewed vision of just how heavy they are, a new study finds, as many underestimated how much they actually weighed.

Among the women, about 82 percent who were obese underestimated their weight, and about 43 percent who were overweight low-balled their weight. But only about 13 percent of normal weight women underestimated how much they weighed.
82% underestimated their weight.  Maybe I'm not so different after all?  Which leads me to wonder why this occurs?

"These findings imply that not only is obesity prevalent in urban America, but that those most affected by it are either unaware or underestimate their true weight," said Dr. Nicole Dumas, lead author of the study, in a news release.
In my case, I knew that I was overweight.  I just didn't know that I was "that" overweight. 

Very interesting.  No?

As for that big 240 up there...I'm not losing.  I'm not going to blame this on the time of the month, because it's usually not a factor.  My only thought about this is that I'm gaining so much muscle with the weights and the TRX and the kettlebells.  And I love it.  Don't get me wrong.  But I still want to see that number go down.  I think that for the next 7 days I need to focus on cardio and fat burn on my heart rate monitor.  Because honestly, that's all I have at this point.  I'm doing the right things.  I'm not over eating or eating bad things.  So 7 days and lots of cardio to see if I can make a difference.


  1. I've heard statistics like that before, too, and it always amazes me how off our own perceptions are!! Good luck with the cardio - you are going to do great!!!

  2. the whole issue of body image is deeper than I can fathom. There are so many things from childhood that can tweet our judgments. I remember a dr. oz show that blew me away with out of touch we are just with each other when it comes to seeing what "normal" should look like.