Goal Weighty Matters
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Last Monday, on my 'official' weigh in day - if this was Biggest Loser would I have to vote myself out? - the scales saluted me with a 69 (kilograms...that's 151.8 for you poor pounds people). No, I wasn't reading the numbers upside down. Or maybe I was! The fact is that I have got here from 96. In 50 weeks.
Hmmmm. Okay, I am happy. I am feeling great and all my numbers are within healthy ranges, e.g. BMI, bodyfat, etc. Which set me thinking about goal weight. 69 was a number I picked a while back. Why? Because it was a bit under 70, which was what I weighed last time I felt fit. In other words it was an arbitrary figure based on a skerrick of history but nowt more than that.
After checking I found the recommended weight range for my height and gender is 56 to 75kg. As I can see myself feeling heavy at the 75 end, and looking like a prisoner-of-war at the 56 end, I need something in the middle. I also have begun to think of goal weight as a mini range in itself rather than a single number. Weight can be expected to vary a bit throughout the year, and that should be allowed to happen without panic. Gain a fraction during that two-week vacation? No dramas, just work back into a rhythm and steady the ship.
Eventually - and for now, as I'm still a work in progress - I settled for 64 to 70 as my goal weight range. For Spark goal weight purposes I have set a new 'target' of 67 as that lies squarely in the middle. Once I get to 67 I will consider to have 'arrived' and will formally go into weight maintenance mode while a large display of fireworks goes off in the background.
As I am still in marathon training and will keep running long distances while I am enjoying it, I expect to get a bit lower than 67. Maybe all the way to 64, who knows. That's what I mean about range. I already have lots of kilometres under my belt this year so it's fair I think to expect that I will keep getting leaner if I keep on running.
I'd like to do a blog with before/after photos but I'll save that for the coming 67 day, or at least when Internet Explorer is not doing my head in! Aarrggghhh!
I hope you're all doing well with your own programs. Keep strong!