Over the last few months a few celebrities have revealed their numbers.
Not just any numbers, mind you. Their most personal numbers. Their WEIGHT.
Back in September Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb announced their weights on The Today Show's fourth hour. It was refreshing my friends. Like a glass of lemonade on hot summer day refreshing! I expected Kathie Lee's weight to be something like 115 pounds. It was 129. I think she's 5 ft 6 but don't quote me on that. Hoda is a little taller (I can't remember exactly) but she weighed 146. Here are two women that admit to weighing more than the cliche "120" pounds or less number. And they both look fantastic. Especially Hoda.
And I shouldn't leave out Sara Haines either. Are you wondering who she is? She's the girl who sits off to the side of their show scrolling through Facebook, reading aloud cute and funny comments people make...... She announced her height and weight on the show that day as well. She is 5 ft 6 and weighs 143 lbs. Like everyone else, she looks terrific and obviously takes good care of herself.
Then a few weeks or so after that episode, Portia de Rossi came out with her book and announced her weight is currently 168 lbs! I don't remember if she said it on Ellen's show or Oprah's (I watched both) but I made note of it on my iPhone so I could go back later and calculate her BMI. Out of curiousity, you know. Are you ready? 25.5. Say what?!?!?! .........In case you don't have the BMI chart memorized like I do, let me translate that for you. Portia de Rossi is OVERWEIGHT (albeit barely, but still). The beautiful, sexy, Portia is falling into the overweight category on the BMI charts! Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.
Okay, so first Jerome Bettis flunked the BMI test and now Portia de Rossi. Well, that just proves this whole BMI chart is totally stupid. Portia, if you are reading this---I want to be really clear. You are not overweight. You are gorgeous and I applaud you for coming out with your number and helping me realize that it's JUST A NUMBER and to stop judging my weight and myself---heck, my VALUE AS A PERSON based on this ridiculous BMI chart.
So, here's what these ladies helped me figure out by coming out of The Numerical Closet. The BMI Chart is flawed. It doesn't take muscle mass, bone density, or my disproportionately giant boobs into the equation. So next time, when I find myself staring at 142 lbs (which is "my skinny" & a BMI of 25.5 like Portia) I'm going to think of her. Instead of lamenting, "I'll never be perfect," I'll celebrate because if Portia can rock a BMI of 25.5 then so can I. With the right outfit, hair, and makeup of course. :D
Thanks to Portia, Hoda, Kathie Lee, and Sara.
And to the BMI chart---goodbye, I'm leaving you here in 2010. You're not my measuring stick anymore. To be more precise, EFFFF You.
Happy New Year y'all. :)