In conversation, I might mention that I do weigh x pounds less than I did a few years ago and now my goal is to lose x more lbs. I might say "I lost 20 pounds 10 years ago but since then I just slacked off most of the time- often gained weight back and had to lose it again. I really found it hard to maintain that loss without really working at it. Now I've set a new weight loss goal and am making a real effort to lose 20 pounds. I know it won't happen if I slack off. I'm counting from my heavier start weight from 10 years ago so I'll feel better if I don't make much progress for awhile because I do weigh less than I did back then." All of that might be true and could remind me that I need to keep focused if I want to move toward my goal of losing 20 pounds. I don't think it devalues my past efforts and accomplishments though to simply say "This is where I am starting today. This is where I now want to be."
6/11/13 10:29 A
Glad for all the input here! I kind of have 2 running totals myself. My "worst weight ever" which was a few months ago, and what I weighed when I decided I needed to get serious. I imagine myself being one of those magazine profiles of "I used to be_______ and look at me now!" Kind of things, so I want what I've accomplished to count, but keep a separate record so I know what I've done as I've been seriously trying and for goal setting.
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88 6/11/13 8:20 A
Thank you all for your input and sharing your personal stories with me!!
You're all right!!! It is about me, and what works for me...what helps me be proud of myself and my accomplishments. So, for that, I've changed my start weight on my ticker to my highest weight....and when I look at it, I will be reminded of how far I've come, not just how much more I have to go! Very important to me when negative thoughts start forming in my head!!!
Thank you all so much again. Congratulations on your transformations and keep up the great work!!!!
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4,595 6/10/13 10:46 P
I think you should do whatever feels right to you. For me, I count my total weight loss -- from when I started this journey almost 6 years ago -- even though I didn't join SP until a couple of years later. During that time, I have lost some ... regained some ... lost again ... etc. It would be too confusing to be constantly changing the numbers, so I mark what I was at my highest, when I first started to take nutrition and exercise seriously.
That's what feels right to me. But feel free to do whatever works best for you.
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6/10/13 5:13 P
Say whatever you want to yourself to keep yourself motivated. If someone directly says "You look great! How much weight have you lost?" you could say something like "my weight's been up and down a bit, but overall I've lost around (x)pounds."
For myself, I weighed 160 when I first got pregnant. I gained 40lbs with my pregnancy, but my boy was enormous, so I came home from the hospital only weighing around 175lbs. I now weigh 135. So if anyone asks, I say I've lost "15 lbs of baby weight plus 25 lbs more".
In my mind, the baby weight is different because it was much easier to lose than the rest of it. But in the end, the number on the scale is all part of a mind game that doesn't matter as much as how you feel.
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2,116 6/10/13 12:36 P
I think if you lost and kept it off, it counts. Why be picky about positive changes? Give yourself all the boosts possible to keep it going!
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6/10/13 12:07 P
I think you can do whatever you want and whatever motivates you the most! My tracker here is set at 188 to start because that's when I actually started weighing myself, and on Christmas Day, 2011, I weighed 188lbs according to my mom's Wii Fit LOL. But, in the year prior to that, I had lost some weight... I'm not really sure how much because I didn't weigh myself at all and I wasn't actually trying to lose, it just happened because of lifestyle changes, but I'm guessing it was around 15lbs. So, when people ask me in person how much I've lost, I say "over 50lbs" even though I'm just below the 50lb mark here on Spark.
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1,065 6/10/13 9:42 A
Everyone who successfully loses weight has their own "story" and I have mine. I have maintained a healthy weight for the past 7 years so I often summarize my story this way:
I weighed about 170 when I married at age 19, before having any children. I weighed over 200 after the birth of my third child. I lost weight after that and then see-sawed between 120-150 for many years. I believe I have truly changed the habits and behavior for good so that I may maintain my weight (around 120 or less) for the rest of my life.
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6/10/13 9:20 A
Congratulations on your weight loss journey. Of course you get credit for what you have lost already. If it were me, I would probably break it up and say, I started out at xxx and lost a bunch of weight, and my goal is xxx. Or something like that. You don't need to tell anyone it took you 10 years or whatever. IDK
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25,362 6/10/13 8:23 A
I have lost quite a bit of weight, but after I lost the first 50lb, I happily sat there for a year before deciding to go on down again. I claim the total amount I lost mostly because it sounds impressive, but also because it is true!
I think it boils down to a choice - in your case, because there appears to be a psychological component to this, I would be inclined to say, "I have lost 35lb since 2004" and leave it there. After-all, it isn't a fib!!! AND if you feel better with it put like that, ...
In 2006 when I started, I weighed 245. My lowest weight was in 2008 at 142.4. Subsequently I gained a lot back - I went all the way back up to 202.1 in 2012 after a long series of health issues and surgery and so forth. When I restarted in 2012, because it was 6 years later, I wanted a clean slate so I just started at 0 lbs lost. (Though I knew that I had maintained 43 lbs of weight loss). Now I'm 162 so I say I've lost 40 lbs, although I suppose you could say I've lost 83. My plan though is to start saying I've lost the total amount once I reach 142.4 again and then lose more. In other words, when I'm 143, I'll say I've lost 59 lbs. When I'm 142, I'll say I've lost 103 lbs.
YES I KNOW this is crazy. But it's what's most motivating to me I guess.
And that's the criterion. Whatever is most motivating for YOU is what you do. There are no "rules" about how to do it.
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88 6/10/13 7:21 A
I have a question, if you lost some weight, say 4 months ago....took time off...and now are back on the saddle again, do you count that weight you lost?? Or do you start over?
What if you slacked off for just 2 weeks?? Would you count that weight lost in your number? What about 2 years ago? 5 years ago?
Do you go to your highest weight and say, well, I've lost "xx" and I still need to lose "xx" no matter how many interruptions your weight loss attempts had? What if you're asked how long it took you?? oh, 10 years off and on to lose 60lbs?? lol
I'm wondering what the cut off time is for one to be able to clump total pounds lost into one number, or if it has to be divided...as in: "I lost this much at this time and then another this much at the that time, for a total of viola!"
What do you do??
Here's why I am asking, in 2004 I weighed 217lbs. Last week I weighed in at 182lbs. So, technically I've lost 35 lbs right??? But with the exception for a few years where I sailed through with awesome maintenance it's been a constant up and down...this year I started up again and lost 20 lbs...and then gained some back. So, I smacked myself in the face and started over...yet again (4 months later)...and plan to lose another 30lbs....
I want credit for the weight I lost though!!!! I want to be able to have pride in what I've accomplished even if it wasn't all lumped together in one nice and neat time span package.
Can I at least say, oh yeah, well I've lost 20 lbs already, 30 more to go????
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