Monday, December 27, 2010
I haven't been here in awhile, but I think it's time!
In the summer, I was able to get 2.5 lbs. from goal, but that was probably with 2.5 lbs. of muscle loss because I'd stopped exercising. So, my weight has settled at 4 to 5 lbs. from goal. I've been exercising again, mostly walking outside or jogging on the treadmill.
At the beginning of December, I started to think about getting my goal weight changed. I did some soul-searching and decided that I'm not happy at this weight. But it's not the number that bothers me, it's the flab. On the other hand, I'm wearing size 4 pants! I took this topic to my TOPS Chapter meeting, and was encouraged to go to my doctor and have my goal weight increased by 5 lbs., that I can always have it lowered, later, if I need to. I couldn't even maintain the lower weight, with healthy eating and moderate exercise. My doctor was quite happy to change my goal weight. She said I probably don't have time to make weight-loss and fitness a full-time job, which is what it would take to get my weight down much further. She's very right about that!
The next Chapter Meeting after my doctor's appointment, I had lost 1.5 lbs, which put me 1 lb. under my new goal weight!! I was ecstatic! I forgot to stay standing to recite the KOPS Pledge (Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly, for those who have reached their goal weight). My Chapter mates "made" me stand and say it by myself. I felt a little self-conscience, but mostly proud!
Since last Wednesday (weigh-in day), I felt a bit like I cheated, by having my goal weight changed. I also feel like I should have changed my goal weight sooner, and I'd have become a KOPS sooner. Oh, well. Now I can focus on getting into better shape!