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Changing my goal weight

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When I originally set my goal weight, I chose the number that would have me at the upper end of the healthy BMI for my height. Now, after much internal debate, I'm changing the number to one that will have my BMI be in the middle of the healthy range.

This scares me: lowering the number.

I have not been at this weight since being an adult.

Sparkfriends: have you encountered a similar fear of the target weight number? If so, how did (do) you deal with that fear?

  
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WILSHAR7 6/26/2014 6:52PM

    Why don't you set that higher number for your big goal to reach and then when you reach it, you can set that middle number for your next goal. That's what I do. I have an ultimate goal weight for myself, but I set a higher number to reach by a certain date. when I reach that goal then I set a lower number.

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GIRANIMAL 6/25/2014 1:16PM

    I originally set my goal weight at something that seemed obtainable -- 150 or 140? (And as it turns out 135-140 is where I seem to sit "naturally," although I still think the latter is too heavy.) Then I had dropped it to 130, I think. I feared it not being sustainable or unrealistic. And I may have been right, since I seem to have to work hard to maintain under 135.

I say treat it like any other goal - something to aspire to but not set in stone. I think your body will tell you whether it's right for you eventually!

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GRAPEVINE60 6/25/2014 12:21PM

    Good for you. I think if we lower it, that puts us even more outside of our comfort zone. But it's something to work towards. You never know what you can accomplish until you strive for it!

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JAMIRBLAZE 6/25/2014 10:17AM

    I lowered my weight goal from 140 to 130 at one point. I felt comfortable with it as it would put me further into my healthy BMI range. However, when I got close to 140, I was already a size 4, and I decided, that for me, I did not want to get any smaller, so I reraised it to 140. (I tend to be muscular and ST on a regular basis.) I'm not trying to maintain just under 140 to give myself some flexibility. My doctor also recommended that I don't lose too much more weight when I was around 150.

I say, just let things play out as they do. It's nice to have that number goal in mind, but I found that nutritional and fitness goals were so much more important as I closed in on my goal.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/25/2014 9:40AM

    Mel, I'm not sure I could do this. I've changed my goal a couple times, but it was always to a higher number! I started this journey aiming for the 130's. Then moved the number to 140. My goal NOW is a strong 150's range. I figure, muscles are nicer to have than being skinny and I'd rather be strong and weigh a little more.

I don't trust the BMI scale. Times have changed and if I DID go off that, I'd need to be like 109-125 and that to ME is too small. Does the BMI even consider muscle mass? IDK.

Either way, do what you feel you need/want to do. It's always up to you where you want to be and how to get there. You got this!

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NGCHILD 6/25/2014 9:05AM

    Way to go Mel! I think once I hit the goal weight for me I will reassess but of course I have to get to it first. It's scary but I know you can do it!!

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JAROL7 6/25/2014 7:48AM

    Hey, you are a candidate for joining the 5% Club! See the SP article link at the end of my blog on my SparkPage. Join this rare club.

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ELRIDDICK 6/25/2014 7:13AM

  Thanks for sharing

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/25/2014 7:08AM

    One step at a time... emoticon

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Second class

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Last night was my second pilates class. After a long day of errands and obligations, I really didn't want to go. It was a struggle for me to get out the door.

But... Get out the door, I did.

Stretching out felt so good. The exercises were a little more bearable for me. I was able to do 1 that gave me such a hard time last week. I know that I have a lot of improvement ahead of me... but just the fact that I was able to engage.

Today, I'm feeling sore... in a good way.

This could very well be something that I continue with past August. And, that really surprises me to say that (in a good way).

Have you discovered something similar for yourself on this journey?

  
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WILSHAR7 6/20/2014 12:33AM

    I am trying Zumba with my Wii. Most of it is very hard. It will take a lot of practice.

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NOTGVGUP83 6/19/2014 12:17PM

    glad that you're still attending and improving with each class you take! I think you should continue with the class past August if you can! Way to go on getting out the door =)

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/19/2014 11:35AM

    Sounds like you've already made progress! YAY! Cheering you on!

Zumba is that thing for me. I think I might try to get a wii session in tonight actually to see if my ankle is ready for it.

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WILSHAR7 6/18/2014 11:43PM

    I tried Zumba. The exercises are intense and tiring.

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BLESSEDBEING 6/18/2014 8:00PM

    Thrilled at your sense of progress and accomplishment! That is emoticon And it's great that you've made this commitment to yourself. Whether this is an activity you'll continue long-term or not, it's helping you move out of that static place you were before. So a big emoticon my friend!
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GIRANIMAL 6/18/2014 6:01PM

    Nice job! Only a few more times before it just becomes part of your routine. emoticon

I have not taken on a gosh-darn new thing in ages, but I had a similar feeling this morning when I jumped on my bike for the first time in five days. I've been extra tired for a couple of weeks now (and lately, it's extra-EXTRA hot!) emoticon so I wasn't even going to ride at all. Then I thought I would just ride to the train instead of walking the mile and a half there. But all it took was one block before the feel-good kicked in and I was headed back to grab my helmet for the full ride. emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 6/18/2014 10:25AM

    Sometimes all it takes is getting yourself to the class. It sounds like it is beneficial to you, and you are starting to enjoy it. I'm so proud of you!

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NGCHILD 6/18/2014 8:54AM

    Mel -- so glad you were able to make the 2nd class. You will be a pro in no time. The moves will get easier. Hubby swears if you take a short walk it helps loosen the latic acid and the soreness goes away. I have done it and it really does work!

Walk Away the Pounds -- like I mentioned yesterday and I can't BELIEVE how much I missed her. Getting ready to have my morning meeting with Leslie now.

Have a FABULOUS day!!

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CMBELISLE 6/18/2014 8:06AM

    Finding something you enjoy is SO important. Keep up the great work!

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I survived!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tonight was my first pilates class, ever.

I'm happy to say that I survived!!! There were 5 people in my class (including me); and I was the only beginner.

I now have a good baseline of where I am at: not in good shape, at all. To an observer, it probably looked like I wasn't trying to do the exercises. In fact, I was trying very hard -- I'm just that out of shape. I'm extremely sore.

This class meets every Tuesday evening until the end of August. I'm hoping that by August, I'll be in a much better physical condition.



  
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WILSHAR7 6/13/2014 5:36PM

    I'm glad it went well for you. What are you going to do after the class ends?

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GIRANIMAL 6/12/2014 8:22PM

    emoticon I've only done a little bit of basic Pilates using DVDs at home, so I kinda know it is NOT as easy as it looks! Way to go sticking to your plan to step outside your comfort zone. emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 6/11/2014 12:49PM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats.....I'm sure it will get easier with time, and you will be in good shape by the end of summer.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/11/2014 11:42AM

    You certainly will be!

Keep practicing when you can at home some of what you learned. Use youtube to help you out. I can't imagine what I look like doing that stuff! HAHA!

I've actually thought about taping my zumba just so I can see me... emoticon

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NGCHILD 6/11/2014 10:38AM

    Way to go Mel! So glad you tried something new!! Sorry to hear you are sore. Go for a short walk -- it will help. I promise!

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Overdue Update

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's been 5 months since my last blog. I've still been around; am still struggling; and have not given up!

It seems that for the past 4 months, I've gained and lost 2 pounds. This dance is getting old!

I was gifted with a fitbit over the winter holidays. I had so much momentum and determination for the start of 2014. Then, 2 weeks into the new year, I injured the bottom of my foot. After wearing a boot for a couple of months, I'm now starting to feel better (it is still tender). My foot is taking a long time to heal (I'm on my feet, constantly).

Now that I'm fed up with the 2-pound dance, I'm getting back some of that determination and drive.

Here is what I commit to doing over the next couple of months:
* Tracking
* Menu planning for each week
* Cooking more, less prepared / packaged foods
* Daily stroller walks with the kids
* More dancing in the family room
* Drinking 12 glasses of water/day

And... Here is a big one for me:
Taking a weekly Pilates class. I registered for a Tuesday night class from June 10th through the end of August. This is new to me and is a million miles out of my comfort zone.

I appreciate all of the encouragement and support that I have received from my sparkfriends. Thank you!

What is something new that you are adding to your summer routine? Let's support each other.

  
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WILSHAR7 6/13/2014 5:35PM

    It sounds like you have great goals. I hope you can keep up with them. More power to you!!

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NGCHILD 6/11/2014 10:41AM

    I don't know how I missed this! I am embarrassed to say I haven't worked out since hubby lost his job -- 6 weeks now. I don't have a good reason other than my home life has been turned upside down! I am getting lazy -- time to get back to walking!

We can do it! Way to go Mel!!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 5/29/2014 6:05PM

    YAY! New blog! So glad to hear you are trying something new! Getting out of that comfort zone may be just what you need to see some changes!

Meal planning is a down fall for me, but I'm planning and working on it.

New for my future? You'll have to watch for a new blog coming up soon! emoticon

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NOTGVGUP83 5/29/2014 11:55AM

    glad your foot is getting better even though it's taking long. Well done on taking a pilates class even though its out of your comfort zone. I hope you love it! Good luck =)

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GRAPEVINE60 5/29/2014 10:45AM

    emoticon Good to hear from you. It looks like you have the plan, and I know you will follow through with it.

Pilates, I think will keep you motivated to do the rest.

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WDIPIM 5/29/2014 7:03AM

  You can do it. I hope you enjoy Pilates. I too injured my right foot and it is hard to exercise with injury to a major limb that holds you up. I've gained more than 2 pounds and am trying to get back on track now. It is more my eating habits (they are horrible) than just not exercising.

Good luck to you - you can do it!

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Struggling

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I'm having a rough time getting back on track after the holidays. This upcoming week will be the first full week of the new year -- so being in my "normal" routine should help a bit.

I'm commiting to:
Drinking 12 glasses of water / day
WATP - 3 times / week
Portion control

Is anyone else struggling? If so, what are you doing to overcome that obstacle?

  
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WILSHAR7 4/11/2014 4:49PM

    The last blog you wrote was back in Jan. Are you still struggling? What can we help you with?

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WILSHAR7 2/23/2014 10:06PM

    I use the fitness tracker every time I exercise. I also use the nutrition tracker and the water tracker. I blog everyday too.
Malia has asked us several times to get to know the people on our team so I have friended you. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blogs.
Sharon

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CRAZYGRAD 1/19/2014 8:12AM

    You're not alone! It's been so hard to get back into the groove. Baby steps! And don't stress! Take it a day at a time. You're awesome... and its hard to find that balance with babies in tow.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/16/2014 5:49AM

    The trick for me to get in all my water is to drink it in the first half of the day (if possible). I'm slowly fazing out diet soda (not healthy stuff!) and substituting water. Goals turn into habits. It takes work to get into the groove but you'll get there. emoticon

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AZCACTUSBLOOM 1/13/2014 12:46PM

    I have had my struggles myself with getting back on track. I noticed if I fill up on veggies, fruit and water keeps me full. I also try to get myself busy. When Im busy I attend to eat less. Somedays are easier than others. But its all about taking 1 day at a time! emoticon

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NGCHILD 1/12/2014 10:48PM

    I am having a problem finding my workout groove. Eating is under control, I just can't find a groove for my workout. Hoping to find it this week. Starting tomorrow. No snow days this week which means no almost 3 year old distraction. LOL. I love it when he walks with me but I spend more time making sure I am nit going to walk into him than the actual walk!!

Hugs to you Mel, you will find it!!

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KIMSOKAY 1/12/2014 8:16PM

    Its hard after the holidays, I still don't have my eating in order but Im trying to exercise to compensate. That is just holding me steady going to tackle portions next. Just commit to one thing at a time Emme, you can do it.

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ALFBUNDY 1/12/2014 10:26AM

    I feel the same way! Now that ALL the Christmas stuff is packed away & out of the house, we will be getting back to GOOD HABITS!

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! May we ALL have a SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY in 2014! emoticon emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 1/12/2014 9:40AM

    I am sorry you are struggling. It is hard to get back on track after the holdiays. I decided I needed to be more strict yesterday. I was going to get back on track by getting all the junk out of my body. I wasn't going to let anything get in my way. That didn't happen....

Today is another day. We start fresh today.

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/12/2014 8:06AM

    I am trying to focus on one thing to accomplish. For me that is getting a lot of fruits and vegetables in. If I want something unhealthy I tell myself that I have to eat my fruit or veggie first. Good luck - I know you can get the train back on the track

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