Thursday, May 09, 2013
Sometimes I'm tougher on myself than I need to be. Like I wouldn't join At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance until I reached 165. On the other hand, I'm not sure I'm at goal even now. Well, I may or may not be. I guess it depends on whether I can do a pull up at 160. I suppose it's possible, but I guess my plan was to maintain and build muscle for a few months, then lose maybe 10 more pounds over the summer.
But a question I've considered now and then was when I wanted to join the National Weight Control Registry. I originally thought it would be when I'd been at goal for a year. But since the goal is moving a bit, what makes 165 better than 160 or possibly lower? What they look for is people have maintained at least 30 pounds off their highest weight for a year.
This brings up the question of starting weight. One weight I have a psychological attachment to is 207.5, which is where I was on January 1, 2012, when I started tracking my food. That is the number I've referenced in a lot of my blogs. But I started to think my story is more than that one year that came out to 45 pounds even, what is called a "bout" in the maintenance literature. I started talking about my highest known non pregnancy weight of 212, from March of 2010. When I witnessed that weight, I got back on sparkpeople and lifted and sweated off 6 pounds. These days that doesn't sound like a lot, but it was my hardest won 6 pounds, putting me at 206.
Then I was pregnant and my weight moved mostly sideways until I had the baby, when it dropped dramatically (I was even worried for about a week), and then I gained weight gradually as I nursed the baby until I realized I was getting back into those 6 pounds I had lost. And I guess that's really why I feel like the 212, more than happening to be my high individual weight, was a prologue to my lifestyle change in 2012. I crossed 182 pounds (212-30) the first week of July, 2012.
So I've decided that will be my baseline for purposes of joining the NWCR. Now that I'm thinking about it, I want to be done deliberately losing weight when I join the NWCR. It's been a source of some annoyance to me that their average calorie data is so low (about 1400 calories a day). Part of the reason it's so low is because they use a retrospective food diary, which is known to underreport calories by 20 to 30%. The other reason is that about half the registry is still trying to lose weight (or was, the last time they reported data which was over 7 years ago).
So I guess that means I want to lose 10 pounds over the next 8 weeks. It's nice to have something to look forward to.