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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.
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    You can do it. What ever weight you think is goal is good.
    1748 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I will have to look into the NWCR - you've piqued my interest. But I do know what you are saying. On Jan 26, 2012 my goal was 160. Then once I hit that I changed it to 140. And then back up to 148. At 148.8 this morning I am truly not sure what it means to have a goal weight anymore. For the 5% Challenge that begins tomorrow, my goal is 142, and that seems really low to me. I think what's most important is how we feel. How we move. Okay, let me go check out this NWCR....I may have more questions for you!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    1748 days ago
    Keep on pushing. You are doing great.
    1748 days ago
    The NWCR rules are interesting. It seems that there's no requirement to maintain a "healthy" weight, just one that's at least 30 pounds below the highest weight.

    You've really inspired me to go back to my Spark Reports and look at the timeline of my weight-loss journey. I've set a few goal weights in the past, some quite arbitrary, but I've always thought that if I'm eating well and exercising consistently my body will naturally find a good weight for me. I'm just amazed that a "normal" BMI for my height has a range of about 35 pounds. That seems to give me a lot of leeway for a final goal weight.
    1749 days ago
    Sometimes when we go after that elusive # on the scale we end up sabatouging our own journey. In the frustration of reaching that last 5 lb loss we begin to see ourselves as failures and begin with self destructive behavior. You are wise to break and maintain at this point. You'll know when you're ready and it's time to tackle more pounds. For now don't let the number get the better of you; focus on the non scale victories you live each day.

    1749 days ago
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