Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This morning I weighed 125.8, a full .2 below my selected "happy weight" of 126. At 5'6", that is a BMI of 20 and it just feels like the right weight for me. The lowest weight I have been in the last 35 years is 125.6, about 6 weeks ago. The last time I saw that number I thought I was under, so I should eat. I ate too much. So now what?
I suspect to stay around my happy weight, though, I probably need to lose down to 124. It seems like whenever I cut back, I go up just a pound or two when I resume eating maintenance calories. To get to 124 I would need a calorie deficit of just under 7,000 calories.
Weight Watchers gives you 2 pounds above or below your goal weight for a 4 pound fluctuation. A 4 pound fluctuation might be a good goal for me if:
1. I don't weigh on mornings after I eat out due to sodium/water weight
2. I don't weigh in the evenings
3. I don't weigh with clothes on
However, I suspect that I just fluctuate more than the average person and I'm just going to have to live with that knowledge. It could be that when I have been at my happy weight solid for several months, the fluctuations will diminish, but I won't plan on that.
Eventually, I probably want to get where WalkingAnnie is and just give up the scale, judge my success by the way I am eating, working out, and how my clothes fit. But that will be a while. Tracking food would be essential to this method.
Another option is to give up tracking when weight is where I want it, and start tracking whenever weight is up (or hypothetically down, I suppose). That requires frequent weighing. My mom used that method successfully for several years, but then fell off the wagon.
If anyone has experience with truly achieving that final goal weight number and locking it in, please share. That is the knowledge I need right now. Thanks!