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Am I crazy to lower my goal weight?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

So, I had put my goal at 140 because it was near the top of my height range and the easier to achieve. Then, I thought, well, how about 135, it's what's on my driver's license! HA HA HA HA HA... emoticon

But my Wii fit says, "So, Rebecca, it looks like a good weight for you might be 129! How does that sound?" emoticon

"Well," I replied (to my Wii Fit), "that SOUNDS good." emoticon

Am I crazy to make that my goal weight or should I stick with 135-140? emoticon

Any thoughts?

Rebecca emoticon

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/22/2011 9:36PM

    Great plan! :)

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ZIPEDEEDOO 8/22/2011 8:53PM

    I'm only 5'2" and should probably have a lower goal than 132 but when was at that weight, I felt really good in a size 6/8. I am big boned though, size 7.5 ring. I don't think I can go lower than that without looking sickly. I say, nevermind the number, go with what feels good. emoticon

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/22/2011 1:40PM

    Thanks Deb for your input.
140 really is my goal, but since the Wii suggested 129, I thought, "kinda low, but I could shoot for it!"....let me ask the sparkpeople!! LOL

The only thing is that last week I only had 27 lbs to lose, now I have 37!!

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DEB1204 8/21/2011 11:49PM

    When I took weight off the last time I stopped about 10 pounds from where I ultimately got and just maintained for 2 months in the middle. I would suggest get to your goal and see how you feel.

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/21/2011 10:39PM

    Thanks for the comments! I have always been pretty comfortable at 140, so I'll likely get to my first goal as planned and then go on maintenance and perhaps the last "slow" 10 will be what happens as I achieve greater fitness goals! Great feedback! :)

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HANNAH_CALM 8/21/2011 9:12PM

    I think you should go for it, and see how it turns out! The slimmer you get though, the slower you have to go. It's not really a plateau, you're body just slows down the fat burning. So just plan to go slow, but keep going. Listen to your body, if you need to take a break, you should probably do that for a while.

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SKYWATCHERRS 8/21/2011 9:08PM

    See what's going on with you when you get to the first or second goal weight. Keep in mind that once you get to the goal, you want to maintain it - that could be very difficult if you set your sights too low. What I mean is, just because you reach 129 doesn't mean it's an easy or natural weight for you to maintain. You may find that your eating has to be too restrictive to keep that weight once you come out of fat loss mode.

I'd say make the first goal, see how you feel and how you look. You can also make yourself leaner by focusing on weight training instead of a lot of cardio, and that will burn fat without taking off a lot of scale pounds. Like me - I am "technically" only about 8 scale pounds lighter than when I started Spark at a size 12 pants, but I am now a size 8. This is because I focus a lot on strength training instead of cardio. This helps me lose fat without sacrificing both fat and muscle the way cardio does.

IT ultimately doesn't matter how much you weigh on the scale - it matters how much body fat you have. You can have lose body fat without seeing dramatic scale pounds lost.

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Finally some great results, but not easy!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I have not had much luck losing weight in the past year since I had to stop running due to some joint arthritis and ovarian cysts. But then things turned for the worse emotionally, too. This year, more than ever before, has been so stressful. I am in my mid-forties and experiencing aging parents, a Dad who is showing signs of dementia and a Mom who is much younger and trying to hold down the fort with me as her only support system. Plus, I gave up 6 months to find a home for them to move here, only to close on it and have my Dad's health begin to deteriorate. Now they can't move or put their other house on the market until he improves, God willing.

I have been really feeling the years because of my lack of care for myself. Luckily, I have always eaten healthy food, but it has been too often combined with high calorie desserts and zero exercise most days.

There have been MANY beginnings. I would get off to a decent start of a day, maybe two of tracking and then have a drink, which then lowered my inhibitions leading to making poor food choices. The result was that my balancing act was eating fewer calories one day and too many the next, resulting is no change on the scale, until a few months ago when the scale started going up again!

I saw an discount ad on Groupon for a month of physician monitored weight loss, which included a physical. I don't have health insurance right now, so I thought $59 bucks for a physical (and I might lose some weight)---Great! My partner said go for it, a physical would cost hundreds at our primary care office. So, I went and had blood work done and found out that I am really healthy, with near perfect cholesterol, blood pressure, red and white blood cell counts. My thyroid is running just fine and I have no signs of anemia either! A total bargain to have that validation, let me tell you!

BUT there is more... I kept saying I just wish I had some kind of appetite suppressant to help keep me on track, but I am so sensitive to medications. and this is the other reason I went. I was just tired of feeling fat and not having any clothing choices! I needed my old great ass back and my adorable figure that had gone missing since 2004! A permanent change, because I really couldn't take it anymore. The Dr. prescribed an appetite suppressant. I felt a little like that would be cheating somehow, but I needed help. I needed to feel some control in my life again and this is what the Dr. explained is missing for women in my situation, so I took it! She was right!

First, I dramatically restricted my diet to eliminate dairy, wheat, gluten, corn & soft drinks. I still eat a bit of bread now and then and a scosh of dairy and corn, but it is almost negligible. There are side effects that have been unexpectedly wonderful: I have not had even one day of bloating in more than 3 weeks. Not one headache, and I even think I could go without deorderant, because there isn't any odor! (but, I'll still wear it just in case). I don't know if I have food allergies, or what they might be, but I DO know that whatever I'm doing, it's working wonders on all systems!

Next, I started an exercise plan. I wanted to work out at home, so I bought the basic original set of Zumba! cds for around $54 on Amazon. Now, 3 weeks into my metamorphosis, I am down 8 lbs, and my body is really showing the effort I've put in! My arthritic hip seems to be feeling a little better. This hard work is paying off.

I am sure that taking an appetite suppressant is not for everyone, but it has given me a gift which allowed me to focus on the goal of wellness without the distraction of constant hunger or grazing temptations. Enough I think to get me well into some healthy habits so I will be able to go on when the stimulants stop.

I am really taking care of my body, through walking, dance aerobics, strength training and my Wii Fit Yoga every day! I eat 3 fruits and 3 vegis every day, plus lean proteins and complex carbs like brown rice, sweet potato and quinoa, lots of berries and nuts and I take my omega 3 fish oil every day with a multivitamin. I don't feel deprived at all.

Once a week, I have a free meal. It's a date for me and my Manfriend, when we go for burgers and fries. The wonderful thing is that I make it special and I savor every single bite! You can practically hear me moaning while I'm eating it. I never finish either, (like I used to when I didn't enjoy it as much) and that's the beauty!

I wanted to put this story out there because at the clinic I was told that more than 50% of the patients they see are women in the mid-forties dealing with the stress of aging parents and their own hormonal changes. I want you to know that sometimes you need help. Sometimes, you need to ask for it and it's ok. It means you are strong, and not the contrary! I reached out and asked someone to help me and help hold me accountable, and it is working for this 40-something chica!

Have an amazing weekend,

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/20/2011 6:25PM

    Thank you Nancy and Debra,

I am starting to get in the routine now, and relaxing just a little on the strictness of the whole thing as I am getting used to the good choices, so that I can live with the "moderation" for the rest of my life!!! It's been a month and I look forward to exercising now instead of dreading it. I am even planning ahead when I know it's going to be a challenging food situation.

I really appreciate the support!
Thank you so much!

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DEBRAC219 8/20/2011 4:50AM

    Good for you, Rebecca! I've done the up and down thing myself, with a stressful job and arthritic knees I've had issues with staying on track also so I know how hard arthritis and stress can make it to keep healthy. Plus I work with people with dementia in an assisted living facility, so I know how stressful that is for the family. So I'm so glad to see you doing so well! Keeping yourself healthy and getting in the exercise time really helps to deal with the stress. You're doing great, go you!

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IDLETYME 8/14/2011 7:25PM

    I'm glad you started by going to a doctor and had all of your vital tests run before you started medication. Sounds like this plan is working for you. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family for a resolution to your troubles.
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SEAGIRLRUN 8/13/2011 9:05PM

    Thank you so much EL! It means a lot to be here and to have the support of others feeling some of the same feelings! :)

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EL-E-E 8/12/2011 2:42PM

    This is a wonderful story, and I think with doctor supervision, you can't go wrong. Way to go for finding a workable plan!


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