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Persevering, still.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Somewhere in the Stage 3 plan, it is suggested to revisit a fast break goal. I decided that getting in a daily walk would make a reasonable goal. I can get up at 6:30 and walk the dog each morning for two weeks, right?

Assuming there's not a torrential downpour, that is.

And so I did. I also brought along my trusty iPod and listened while I walked. And walked, and walked, and walked. I'm not sure how much time I spent walking, but I logged 15.5 miles last week, most of which was on the morning walks. (Around here, we also walk to the post office and bank). The scales cooperated ZILCH.

Until this morning. Fickle scale, it showed me down 1.6 lbs down from yesterday. Now, after a MONTH - nay, six mortal WEEKS - of watching the scale dink around by .2 and .4 lbs, a 1.6 lb drop is startling. Do I trust it? Not too particularly. It was water weight, certainly. 1.6 lbs is three or four days worth of caloric intake. Maybe the heat breaking induced my body to shed some extra water? Maybe those chocolate chips I nibbled on in lieu of granola scared some cells? Who knows. But once again (the last time was in the first week of June) I am a scant 0.8 lbs from my goal weight of 130. And again, I've got until September 1st to make it.

Being on a plateau this long has made me think "What IS a good goal weight for me?" I'm 5' 5.5", and have, according to a doctor, a small frame. My wrist is about 6.25" - so according to what I see on the web, I'm right on the boundary between small and medium frame.

So really, I'm pretty darn close to my theoretical 'ideal' weight. And nothing I can find on the web suggests that I would be healthy at under 125 lbs. So perhaps, just perhaps, competitive little me shouldn't try to sneak down to 121 lbs for a BMI of under 20? Probably. (Of course, if I decide not to do that, the fickle little scale may decide to do it anyways.)

I'd like to see 128.6 - for a total of 20 lbs lost. That's just one wee kilogram under where I am now, and I'd like the scale to say it just once.

Next stage: Maintenance!

But let's not get ahead of ourselves quite yet. There's a whole 'nuther week of my fast break, walking with Bandit at 6:30. We go through the woods, over the river, and past several cornfields. On a US Highway shoulder, but hey - that's life in rural Minnesota. So are those mosquitoes.

And maybe, just maybe, those .8 lbs will be gone next Sunday!

I'm thinking of setting aside a dollar for new clothes each time I walk 2 miles. That'll keep me walking even when the two weeks are up. I have some XL t-shirts to replace.
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    I like the idea of rewarding yourself with some new clothes as a way to stay motivated. No more XLs!
    2585 days ago
    Rural MN? Where are you? I'm in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul!
    2585 days ago
    Your perseverance through that long plateau is awesome! Our bodies don't give up fat as easily as we approach a healthy weight, so yours seems to be just doing what it's designed to do. As for the right goal, maybe just keep on keeping on, and see where your body, in its infinite wisdom, decides to settle? In any case, with maintenance not too far ahead, my crystal ball is showing granola in the picture!

    2585 days ago
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