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Monday, April 22, 2013

Yesterday, I read this blog.

and kept wondering about what my ideal weight might be while I was up at the pool. The only answer I came up with was, "I'm not there yet." But I had no idea where there was.

I'm a firm believer in following the wisdom of those who have gone before. So I posted a question about how I might figure this out on my Spark Class Team of the week I joined way back in 2008. If anyone had a clue, someone there should. My class leader replied and didn't know her ideal weight either and offered a thought and resources.

I know my "normal" weight range from the charts. The only other thing I know is that until I was 10, I was very thin, sick often from food allergies, active, and did I say skinny to the point of boney? Because of the boney bit, I'm thinking my ideal weight might be on the lower end of some range, but my body might resist giving up that antique fat. I'm also thinking I'd really like to get rid of it--the antique fat. That's probably not a rational thought. It just seems that it is something that shouldn't have been on my body in the first place, and should be gone.

Dr. Li makes a case for an angiogenic imbalance which tells our bodies to create the blood supply for our fat cells. Otherwise they wouldn't grow. Since we don't know what started that imbalance when I was 10, I'd like those fat cells put out of commission. And even if I "yoyo" like Mandelovich, and go back up to a higher set point, at least that fat will be "new baby fat."

My battle cry has been "Be Resolute, Bravelute!"

So I guess I'll be chewing on this bone for a while, maybe even well into maintenance.

Onward to somewhere . . .

Note: You can learn more about Dr. Li, and anti-angiogenesis as it relates to obesity and many other chronic diseases. I have put links to his video and the food list on my team page in Awesome Resources. I believe you can access those links without joining the team.

Let's see if this link works:
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    You have all given me things to ponder. I want to stay at my low weight because I feel healthier overall, have more energy and a better posture. But it is true, there is no reserve in case of illness or some other problem. Maintenance has been ok for me so far since last fall. However, I don't want my life to be focused on food and exercise. Ah, 'tis a perplexity. emoticon
    1791 days ago
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    I'll be happy to dip below 200. I'd like to be 180, which is still high for my height but not morbidly so. I can't imagine ever being comfortable with a truly skinny body. I've seen too many friends and relatives have medical issues that put them there, and only the moderately round at the start came out the other side OK. Fat is bad, I get that, especially with damaged joints already, but too thin is also not good. Let me know if you discover a really well backed rational formula for ideal weight. You are right - knowing where you want to go is helpful!
    1791 days ago
    Thanks for the little blog plug :).

    I'd love to hear what you discover and look forward to your journey!!
    1792 days ago
    One of the Coach videos from Becky was about finding your "happy weight". I must go back and find it, cuz it appealed to me. It was a new concept. I have not been able to keep losing, keep regaining, then having to get "back on", so this is an issue I have not yet been able to embrace. But I do love your notion of "antique fat"!
    1792 days ago
    My thought is that all we can do is eat as well (as healthily) as we can and exercise and our body will take care of itself. If you treat it well it will go to a weight that is good / right for it. That's what I believe.

    1792 days ago
    When I was young, I was scrawny. Enough scrawny that my hormones didn't work right when I got pregnant, and I would miscarry. Finally a doctor threatened to put me in the hospital if I didn't gain more weight, and I desperately ate more and kept that baby. I ended up having 6 children which sounds like a lot until one finds out that was out of 15 pregnancies.

    A few years back when I started having major intestinal problems, (and fortunately at that point was overweight) I lost about 50 pounds in three months even though I was desperately trying to eat even though it hurt a lot inside. I ended up with emergency surgery and a colostomy. The hospital dietician was desperately trying to get me to gain weight (even though theoretically I was at the weight a doctor would like me to be). I have decided that I will keep some extra pounds around, just not too many. If my body decides to be ornery again and make me lose weight rapidly, I want some extra "insurance."
    1792 days ago
    I just guessed at a good weight. I picked it because it is a milestone... when I reach my goal weight I will have lost 50% of my starting weight. Sounded like a good reason to pick it. I might get there and decide I could lose another 5 pounds, but I will wait until I get there. Thanks for all the work you do on the Eat to Defeat team!
    1792 days ago
    Like your battle cry of "Be Resolute, Bravelute!"
    1792 days ago
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