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Monday, August 06, 2012

What your GW should be, that is. Well, it's a highly personal decision. I know when my weight creeps into the 140s, I am not happy: I don't like how my face looks or my clothes fit. It's often only a matter of a couple of pounds, but when you're petite like me (5'1"), it's noticeable.

Your first reaction might be that has nothing to do with your health. In a roundabout way it does, because neither of those weights put me at a healthy BMI. I know that BMI isn't the most accurate measure of your health, but it's what WW goes by.

I suspect a range of 135-9 would make me happy, but I haven't yet been as low as 135. And a healthy BMI for me is 132 -- and because I'd have to pay if I were more than 2 pounds above that, I'm still shooting for 130. So I can hopefully maintain my weight within about 4 pounds. I've had a lot of practice with that over the last 3 years -- just not at that GW yet.

And because I really hate the bipolar feelings I get from the ups & downs of where my current weight is, I will keep on keepin' on.

Would I look even better slimmer? Of course! But I enjoy my food, and for me, personally, the weight doesn't come off easily. I have to eat fairly clean & really watch my portion sizes. I want to enjoy my life, which means enjoy my food, & not stress so much over every little bite.

So that's how I came to my decision & how I stick to it. How did you decide on your GW?

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SKFEREBEE 8/7/2012 3:53PM

    My ideal weight and my goal weight are two different things. Ideally I'd like to be at 112 (I'm 5 feet even) because that was a comfortable weight for me when I was in high school. However, I have had 2 kids and have more muscle than I had back then so my goal is between 118-120. But I'm not even focusing on that right now. If I did it would drive me crazy. I am focusing on one pound at a time because I know eventually they will all add up :o)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/7/2012 3:11PM

    It's been different at different times. After child #3 I started WW, and my goal weight was one thing - 115. I felt fabulous at that weight. After child #4, I couldn't get there, and my GW became 5 lbs higher - 120. I still felt and looked fine.
Without trying to or intending to, my weight plummeted when my marriage broke up, so I experienced some lower weights (down to 104.) The weight at which I feel best is 108. My current weight is higher than that.
Crazy-making, I know. But it really does seem to vary depending on my age and possibly fitness level.

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FRECKS96 8/7/2012 8:05AM

    Prior to last year I had a goal of a healthy BMI. Since the weight was still coming off when I got there, I decided to go a little lower. I think my lowest (maintainable) weight was around 123. I was happy there, but needed some more muscle to carry it well. Not I'm sitting around 130 and my body seems to be very happy there. I know I could take the extra 5-10 off if I really committed to it, but at this point it's not as important as being happy and enjoying myself.

Good Luck!

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2012 12:35PM

    My GW is one that I've been at where the clothes in my closet fit well and I'm happy.

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TISTEN23 8/6/2012 11:30AM

    I didnt. I just kept at it. Eating healthy and working out. Once the weight stopped coming off and staying stable, (and I am HAPPY where it happened) I decided that is my GW.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/6/2012 10:00AM

    I decided on an adjusted goal wgt after seeing how long my body plateaus. I've always been tempted to accept where I'm at now
as goal so that I don't have to be so
crazy about this stuff. I hate paying so
much attention to calories, exercise, etc.
I guess I was spoiled prior to wgt gain.
Have a good day, JLITT.

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NELLJONES 8/6/2012 9:51AM

    I didn't decide on my goal weight until I got there. I tried it on, like clothes, then had to decide if it was worth eating less. Beyond the health issue, it's different for everyone, and we all have different reasons. There is no "right" answer. Just try it on and see how it feels.

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DDHEART 8/6/2012 9:50AM

    We have so much in common...well not ht...I'm a lot taller LOL but I also chose my goal weight in order to give myself a cushion that I can feel comfortable with and no...haven't hit my goal but I am mostly comfortable with the journey because like you, I love food and it's a very important part of life..that enjoyment. One of the issues with wt, BMI etc is that there are other variables to consider too...muscle mass for instance..I have to keep the fit of my clothing right up there with the number on the scale since it's my butt muscles that make a HUGE difference for me...and that is intended as a pun unfortunately! LOL

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It all adds up SO quickly!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It really is amazing how a little bite of this & a little bite of that adds up pretty quickly to a LOT of calories.

With his sister's wedding fairly fresh in mind, I figured we'd be sitting down to dinner at 9 pm. Which of course would be extraordinarily late for a day that started with a 6:30 am 7 mile run (not to mention not enough sleep).

Wrong! The entrees finally trickled out at 11 pm. The ceremony started almost 45 minutes late. So the cocktail reception (with food, finally!) started at almost 9 pm.

Yes, I was really, really hungry. What saved me was that unlike his sister's wedding, the food was only mediocre; my cousins are big foodies & I suspect the bride's parents are less well to do.

I literally only had 2 bites of tbe cake - it wasn't chocolate & it wasn't that good & by that time I wasn't terribly hungry. I'd had a hard boiled egg around 5:30, thinking the protein would hold me over. I wasn't expecting to wait almost another 4 hrs for food!

So the moral of the story is not to wait to count up those little tastes cause they sure add up fast!

And since we didn't get to bed til 2 am - almost awake for 24 hrs by that point - I'm not real hungry now. Brunch starts at 9 & I think I'll save what I brought to eat when I got up (a protein bar) for later in the car if I need it.

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TEMPEST272002 8/5/2012 3:07PM

    I think I would have been crazed with hunger if I'd had to wait that long to eat! Well done with the healthy choices.

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DDHEART 8/5/2012 2:25PM

    What stuck me about this is 1) you started your day with an early FANTASTIC run...Yay you! and 2) you didn't waste your bites and counts on cake you knew you wouldn't love anyway.

Again Yay you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/5/2012 10:05AM

    You are so good with your healthy eating. Impressive.

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NATPLUMMER 8/5/2012 9:41AM

    11pm!!! YIKES!!! I'd be ready to gnaw of a limb at that point.
Wedding cake is often disappointing, I've noticed.
I hope you enjoyed your brunch...have a good trip home.

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NELLJONES 8/5/2012 9:22AM

    It really does add up fast, doesn't it? Doesn't seem fair, but there it is. And I, too, hate eating late. I know that in South America, the main seating at restaurants is at midnight, but I and my American stomach can't do that. Nightmares, indigestion. It's not worth the "glamour" of a late dinner.

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CMCBRIDE37 8/5/2012 7:48AM

    I get cranky without food...I would have had to leave and eat something and come back muttering migraine coming on as I left...and then when I came back saying that I caught it in time with some medicine. emoticon emoticon

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It's all an illusion

Friday, August 03, 2012

Firsy, my Olympic update: I'm not a night person, so I tape it & watch it the next day. Just finished watching the duel in the pool . . . great race! I'm 3/4 thru women's gymnastics & was so sad to see ally falter. I can't even imagine how parents sit thru that . . . I'm gasping & I have no emotional connection! Chester looks at me, wondering what's wrong.

And here's why numbers don't always matter. Since I've started to wear my elbow brace during exercise again, I've been able to do upper body ST & more yoga again. Hurts so good. Really, it feels good to work out the arms hard again after a couple of months of babying them.

I lost a lot of toning in my arms over those 2 months, but I can see my whole body composition changing in just 2 weeks of harder ST. Toning - thru yoga, thru ST, thru Pilates -- that's where you will really see the difference in your body.

Of course cardio is important too; it's good for your heart, your stamina & your energy. But toning will give you a body you can be proud of.

And diet is really the most important of all. You can't out exercise a bad diet.

So the stick on nail polish? Chips big time. I was lured in by tbe promise of no chipping, but within hours of applying it I had a couple of large chips already. Maybe the more expensive stuff doesn't; maybe I didn't apply it properly. I wanted to do it yesterday be ause I have a couple of nails on tbe verge of breaking & I would have time to remove it if it looked awful.

Even with the chips it still looks nice. It was very awkward applying it to my right hand & more time consuming than I thought -- took maybe half an hour. But of course no dry time & no worries about smooshing it either. We'll see how it holds up to swimming & washing my hair. Tbere are some extras in the package, so if I'm super motivated I could replace the ones with big chips. I'm guessing I won't be super motivated tomorrow.

Tried any cool new beauty products you care to share with us?

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2012 11:16AM

    Olympic confession...I haven't watched any...not even the opening ceremonies. Does that make me a bad person?
Yay for working the arms!! I'm going to some this afternoon.
Boo for chips. Makes me glad I never polish my finger nails ;-)

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NELLJONES 8/3/2012 10:18AM

    Good luck with the nail polish. I'm afraid I still use the old fashioned kind while I'm reading the paper. It's dry by the time I finish.

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Failed experiment? Or was it?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

So I tried to eat as much lime last week as possible. It's really the first time I've tried it. Nope, no big loss this week. A . 02 gain, which is still winning in my book. Sure, I was hoping for a better outcome - who doesn't want a loss every week? But it wasn't surprising, despite the fact that I actually feel I ate much better this week - far less baking & BLTs.

C'est la vie. Of course as DH would say, it's only one data point but that's ok: I don't feel the need to be that regimented again.

This weekend will be a big challenge. A wedding Saturday; eating breakfast around 5 am tha day to get out the door for my 6:30 am 7 mile run. Ge everything together, drop the dogs off & the 3 hr drive down.

Ceremony starts at 7 pm, which probably puts dinner around 9 pm again. Oy! By which point I'll have been up for 16 hrs already, having tackled those 7 miles . . .

And then brunch the next day. 3 hr trip back home. Probably a goodie bag in tbere, too. Oy! Oy!

Any suggestions welcome. I might wear skinny jeans down there just to remind myself what I'm working for; even tho it's supposed to be hot.

I did the stick on nail polish today - probably should've waited til tomorrow but wanted to make sure it wasn't a disaster. I've got to get in my tempo run, tho, & hopefully get thru the rest of last night's Olympics, so later baby.

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NATPLUMMER 8/2/2012 3:34PM

    Yes, it's only one data point..but stable is good.
The weekend does sound like a challenge....Oy, oy and oy!!
The skinny jeans might be a good idea.
Yay for stick on nail polish!! Have a great Olympic tempo run :-)

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The takeaway from the Olympics

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Just because you lose the battle doesn't mean you've lost the war.

Another week unsure for me: I think I've done well, but I'm not really quite sure what the scale has in store for me. I ate wll -- actually far less BLTs than last week -- and I lime how I'm looking & how my clothes feel. Sometimes that translates into a loss; sometimes it doesn't.

All that really matters is how you react. The women's gymnastics team could so easily have fallen apart under the pressure; instead they rose to the occasion. They weren't perfect, but they were still mesmerizing to watch.

I can choose to eat poorly because I am training hard, or I can carry on eating the best I know how in spite of the number on the scale because in the end it boils down to one simple thing: it makes me happy. It makes me happy to wear cute clothes; it makes me happy to look in the mirror & lime what I see; it makes me happy to feel comfortable in my own skin & it makes me happy to get more done because I have more energy.

Only today I am sooooo tired, because it took me hrs to fall asleep last night. Damn late workouts. OTOH, I was astounded to look down and see that I'd run the first 400 meters (1/4 mile) of my speed work at 9 minutes per mile! The second two were slower, but they were all run at faster than my race pace!

Of course the whole workout only lasts 30 minutes or so. I will not be running that fast during my HM.

I've decided I need to pay someone from the group to act as my carrot in my HM. Even my warmup was about my normal race pace simply because I'm always chasing them. I'm always last & I can't keep up with them, but somehow they make running faster seem easier.

I was going to work legs in addition to arms today, but that ain't happening. I can barely keep my eyes open. And I worked my arms hard. I'll try to squeeze in some core & leg work tomorrow -- maybe more runner's yoga after my tempo run, which will probably be on my treadmill again so I can catch up with the Olympics again.

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DDHEART 8/1/2012 8:37PM

    Be happy....I like that. Wish I had a pace group to be my carrot...today's run was a push...maybe getting cooler so runs will get better? Hoping...but not giving in!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/1/2012 4:02PM

    I've been exercising a lot, and eating like a bansee warrior. So, that's gotta stop. My old pattern of being able to eat anything has
re-emerged because of the higher activity
level. Not a good bad habit to get into.

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KAREN42BOYS 8/1/2012 3:45PM

    Sounds like you're in a great place mentally.

And now you've got me imagining one of your teammates with a picture of a carrot on the back of her running top!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/1/2012 3:18PM

    I love your Olympic spirit, you are a champion also. You never throw in the towel, it's what I love about you.

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