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Deciding on a Goal Weight

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've been on a plateau for a while now and I'm starting to wonder if my body is simply asking for a break. I have a goal weight in mind, but it's not based on anything scientific or medical. It's just a number I feel like I'd like to weigh.

But if I'm really honest with myself, I've never felt better in my entire life. I have tons of energy. I'm able to be as active as I want to be. I'm happy! Does it matter that my weight isn't exactly where I want it to be? Is it time to let go of an arbitrary number and focus on how wonderful I feel?

The main reason this is so scary is that I've never been good at maintaining a steady weight. I'm always losing or I'm gaining. What would it be like to just stay the same for a while? Can I do it?
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  • KARENE10
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    It is your choice.
    IMHO, I'd choose feeling vibrant to an arbitrary number.
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    1796 days ago
    Can you do it?? You are the only one who will determine that. My mantra for this year and this final part of my weight loss, is "just do it". May sound trite but I spent years analyzing the whys and hows of my obesity and finally figured out that, for me at least, that wasn't working. As for setting a goal weight, my doctor insisted I "up" mine by 10 lbs even though it leaves me still in the overweight BMI range. I'm not thoroughly convinced of the wisdom of that but will get there and then decide. If you feel great and can do all the things you want to do and are happy - sounds to me those are the things that really matter more than the number on the scale. However - having said that - I sure would love to see 129 on my scale again at least once. :) It's a matter of pride (not necessarily a good thing, huh?) and simply knowing I did it!
    1796 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Welcome to Sp. Yes you can do. There are lots of tools and support here to help you do just that. Plus as long as you keep in mind all the little things you've learned it becomes a lifestyle and not just a diet and there fore it is then based on lasting habits vs a quick fix.

    Stay strong, you can do it!!!
    1796 days ago
    I feel the same "weigh" ha, ha!! I have this one number in my mind where I would like to be, but I think my body does not share the same opinion. I think people do the same thing witn their clothes. They have a size they want to fit into so they may try to squeeze into a size 8 for example, when the size 10 looks great on them. If you are feeling great, have energy, are eating right and exercising (and you look fabulous by the way) maybe your body is telling you this is where you are meant to be. Believe me I know maintenenc is scary I have gained and lost the same weight for years but that was before Spark people. I really believe this time I can do it. One member suggested to me to join the maintenance team even before I lost all of the weight I wanted to so that when I was ready for maintenance it would be easier. Good luck to you. I'm sure you can do this. You have come such a long way and you know you have the support you need here at Spark! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1796 days ago
    If you decide you can do it you can do it.

    If you think you can you can - Dennis Waitley

    Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are usually right! - Henry Ford

    Make Today a Great Day!
    1796 days ago
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