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When Is It Ever Good Enough?


Monday, April 25, 2011

I've come a long way since 2007. I was about 160lbs and miserable with myself. Here I am four years later almost 125lbs. I remember when getting down to the low 50s, the 40s, and the 30s were exciting. Now, going back up to the 30s would be a major disappointment. I am pretty happy with my weight. Like most women, I do areas I still feel self-conscious about and would like to reduce. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be truly happy with my weight. Will I ever get to a point where I will say to myself, "I did a great job and I am satisfied with where I am. It's time to maintain."?

Right now, I'd like to see the scale tell me a weight under 125 lbs (even if it is 124.8). That's my goal. These last few pounds have been difficult. I was dropping weight quickly (132 to 126 just a couple of weeks), but now it's hard. My weight has gone up 2 lbs in the last two weeks even though I've done everything right. Today's weigh in was 127.4 emoticon I know there are several factors that are inflating my number, but I still hate seeing it. I am pretty sure my weight will drop a lot by Friday (no more period bloat, another week of exercise, etc.), but there's that fear that it won't.

Have you found your "perfect" weight? Are you successfully maintaining? When is it good enough?

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MISSFORTE 4/25/2011 8:21AM

    Great question glad I am not the only one that has that ?

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IRONGRANNIE 4/25/2011 8:09AM

    It's hard not to get fixated on just one number. For me it's 64kg. But I know that my weight fluctuates between 63 and 65 and really, I don't look or feel any different. The difference is 4.4lbs but it simply is part of life to go up and down.

I have kept in this range for more than a year now (and more than 30 years before that!) so I am confident that this is a weight I can maintain. I still track at least one week in four and weigh every Wednesday. I also measure about once a month.

I guess I am saying that a weight range is more attainable and manageable than a single number.

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ERIN4771 4/25/2011 8:07AM

    all great questions, and ones i have asked myself and blogged about in the past...who knows what their "perfect" weight really is? do you get it from a book, the internet, celebrity trainers? since we are all different, i think it is too hard to really determine where you should be exactly and when you do arrive at this mystery number, then what? do you spend the rest of your life trying to stay their? i have struggled with body image for over 30 years, it's tough, believe me, i know, but what i have started to realize is that the number on my scale doesn't tell what kind of person i am, it doesn't define the person i want to be either, so i stopped questioning when is it good enough? you'll continue to drive yourself crazy if you keep wondering what the answer to that question is....the scale only points out a number. it doesn't show the number of hours you work out, it doesn't show the inches you have lost, or the muscle you have gained, so rather than giving that scale all this power, take it back, recognize the effort you are putting in, notice if you are wearing a smaller size, if you are able to go further during your cardio sessions, lifting heavier weight during strength training...these are what matters, not that silly little number on the scale....have a little faith in yourself my friend, you'll get there!!! emoticon

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