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Goal weight is close..but yet so far

Saturday, January 19, 2013

As I continue to obsess about being so close to goal, I realize I've reached familiar territory. During my teens and 20s I agonized over being so "fat". Looking back, I only had about 15-20 pounds to lose, but they might as well have been 100.

I understand now, why that weight was such a struggle. We now know that losing the last 10-15-20 pounds is NOTHING like losing the first 20-40-50 pounds. It's a totally different battle because it's harder to create a calorie deficit when you're close to a healthy weight. So, to continue losing weight you either have to eat less, move more or a combination of the two. And figuring out what combination of behaviors is the most effective and sustainable is tricky.

My 2 week stint on the South Beach phase 1 diet taught me that at this size, there is little room for error in my eating habits. I was averaging 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day and the weight just "fell off." But I can't sustain a diet like that. I like to eat dessert on occasion and I'm addicted to barbecue ribs. So how can I eat less/move more long enough to get to goal? That's the $64,000 question.

When I communicate with other maintainers on SP, they advise me to remove the deadline and focus on a healthy lifestyle because I have the rest of my life to lose the weight. I understand the intellectual argument, but emotionally, I need a goal that has a realistic deadline. Otherwise, I'll procrastinate and meander. Goals and deadlines are motivating and keep me focused.

So, here are some goals:
1) Lose 15-20 pounds by memorial day weekend. (That's less than 4 pounds a month)
2) Run a 12 minute mile by memorial day weekend. (Right now, I am jogging at 4 MPH)
3) Find a 5K race in my community that will take place in May/June and SIGN UP with a friend.

I am going to close this blog so I can google some local websites and find a 5K race.

Onward and downward!



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SPARKLE1908 1/20/2013 4:27PM

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MOBYCARP 1/19/2013 6:26PM

    I like the running goal. If you try to maintain your weight, but improve your running, chances are that you'll end up slowly losing weight till you hit a level that your body is happy with for how active you are. That level may or may not be at the number you envision as your ultimate goal.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/19/2013 11:28AM

    It also helps to remember how far you've come. How did you feel at your heaviest weight vs how do you feel now? Don't focus too much on the number, but keep check on your fitness level.

Your goals sound like they're attainable!

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