Planning ahead - mileposts and goals

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My first blog entry – not to be confused with the interesting, motivating, personal ones that other people do – is to be my ‘base’ page, dry as any historical document – where I started, and where I’m going, and the landmarks I’m counting on as mileposts along the way.

When I signed up on SparkPeople in April 2011, I was 58 years old, 279 pounds, and horribly out of shape. I was out-of-breath when halfway up a flight of stairs, my knees and back hurt, I couldn’t stand for very long, I had obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and my glucose levels are marginally below pre-diabetic. Housework was misery, and I kept getting further behind in everything. I was exhausted all the time, had just enough energy to get to work, then come home and flop on the couch. I kept getting little flutters of desire to do something, but they didn’t last long against the ennui. A health coach for an employee-benefit program I tried mentioned SparkPeople.

So I joined up, and set a short goal to lose a pound a week until the end of July – nothing magic about that date; it just seemed a reasonable amount of time to ‘test out’ this SparkPeople thing.

My ultimate goal was a little vague. I thought I needed to lose 120 pounds, but I didn’t know where that would put me in terms of my BMI, or what the “ideal weight” charts said for my age, etc. Also, it’s been over 30 years since I was at a ‘good’ weight, so what can I consider reasonable?

So I’ve finally had a session to dig up those numbers…
It turns out that to get into the “normal” BMI range – I need to lose precisely 120 pounds. I also found that age doesn’t really factor into the “ideal weight” or BMI charts – it’s only public perception that ‘allows’ for older people to be overweight, and still consider it acceptable. So forget age as an excuse.

It was fairly horrifying to learn that if I maintain my current lifestyle of “light activity”, it will take until early-to-mid 2013 to lose 120 pounds. The rest of 2011, ALL of 2012 and then some? Gag. I could move it up to the end of 2012 with “moderate activity”.. but “Light” is probably the best I can do until I get in better shape, so I think we’ll leave some of that more distant date-setting until later.

So – mileposts and goals

260# – July 31, 2011
255 – Aug 30, 2011 - BMI less than 40 takes me out of “morbidly obese” range to plain “obese”
251 – Sep 30, 2011 10% weight loss
229 – 50 pounds lost, a nice round number.
223 - 20% weight loss
219 – 60 pounds lost, *** halfway there ***
204 – 75 pounds lost
199.9 – Less than 200 lbs.
195 – 30% weight loss
190 - BMI less than 30, no longer “obese”, now “overweight”
189 – 90 pounds lost, ***3/4 way there ***
179 - 100 pounds lost
167 – 40 % weight loss
159 - BMI less than 25 **** 120 pounds lost, BMI says “Normal”
43% weight loss.

Ultimate goal
145-155 lbs - because I can be better than just barely normal….
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    The last one was so fun to read (you got that magic writing skillage going on!), so you know I had to peek in on this one too! LOL How please you must be for all that you've accomplished for yourself! emoticon !!! emoticon !!!

    2401 days ago
    You seem to have it all planned out, that's great! The more weight you lose the more you're going to love that result and I think also the easier it will get to move in to the "moderate activity" stage. You can do it. It may be hard at times. Many times you may want to give up. DON'T jsut HANG IN THERE!
    2475 days ago
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