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What's in a weight/number anyway??

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

So as I was noting from my last blog, and other previous ones, I've had a real hard time getting motivated. I decided to join a diet bet in order to get some extra motivation. I mean, I can't afford to lose money!! LOL!

Honestly I don't know how fully I support diet bet in a healthy sense. It encourages you to lose 4% of your weight in 28 days. To me that's honestly a lot! And not an easy task on a realistic scale. Some months I was lucky to lose five pounds. I'm a lot heavier than before so I knew it would be easy to do a weight loss jump start and I just needed a kick in my own pants. It has the potential to encourage some unhealthy behavior. I know some may disagree and I certainly don't want to discourage participation if its important and I myself am participating. I certainly am curious about other's opinions on this too.

So moving on, I don't know if I've read too many body building posts but I'm beginning to think that maybe this goal weight thing isn't as cracked up as I've made it out to be. There are some great bodies out there and many differing weights too. I personally know a couple women who are my height and very slender and muscular, weighing in at 170, 175 pounds.

I'm not sure its in my genetic make-up to have a muscular bod but I am thinking about changing my weight tracker to a size tracker. What do you think?? My goal would be a size 8. When I hit 155 over ten years ago, I was a 10 and about to squeeze into 8's. I saw one girl today who is a size 6 at 170 and she's also my height. I certainly would not mind being a size 6. I don't know if I could get to a 6. I've never been in a 6 but I would certainly love to consider it. LOL!

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    A manager at the gym that I worked at was 5'10 with AMAAAZING legs!! She was a personal trainer and wore a size 10!! A 10!! Most people seem to assume that is fat, but BS it is NOT! Muscle weighs more than fat and looks WAY better!

    I'm a big fan of focusing on measurements and how your clothes fit versus a stupid number on the scale!
    1587 days ago
    Everyone is born with a basic body type - either an endomorph, mesomorph, or ectomorph and you can't change that. There are sites that will help you determine that or professionals who can do it for you. Most dietitians and physical therapists can tell you by measurements. I would have guessed you to be a mesomorph actually. I as diagnosed as a a mesomorph and even when I'm fat I'm still extremely muscular. I agree that not everyone is meant to be muscular. Personally I think that women who are too muscular look unfeminine and many men agree. I basically just want to lose enough weight to feel healthy, have plenty of energy, and look acceptable in clothes. I care more about my BMI. I know that if I make it to the upper range of normal for my BMI I will look great. Personally I don't care about sizes as they are very inaccurate just like scale numbers. Manufacturers have changed them over the years as everyone got heavier. I have some size smalls from when I was in my early 40s and they are so tiny compared to the small sizes of today. My son saw them and was shocked. I was apparently a lot smaller than I thought I was. I was a size 5-6 and weighed 120-125 pounds for most of my life and that was a small. I was lean. I think to most people that will always be a small. I think trying to get into a certain size unfortunately often leads to the sausage look. People want to say they wear a size 0 so they stuff themselves into stretchy clothes that look terrible on them. My husband refers to it as the exploding spandex look and he personally hates it. You see it everywhere. Few of us are born with a perfect body and even when we are at a normal weight we won't look like a model so we have to just try to look as good as we can regardless of our size. In regards to you, I've always thought you looked beautiful.

    No losing that money. You can do this and you will be glad you did.
    1593 days ago
    my problem is that i comfortably wear size 14 to size 20... and clothing sizes have changed over the years. manufacturers are using "vanity" sizing so that women feel better about themselves --- makes shopping on line impossible in my opinion - what ever you decide i hope you feel better about who you are!
    1595 days ago
    I agree with you about DietBet encouraging potentially unhealthy behavior. I don't think it's unrealistic for someone to lose 1% of their body weight per week. In fact, I think it's a lot better than an arbitrary "2 pounds per week", because 2 pounds for someone who weight 140 is a lot more than 2 pounds for someone who weighs 240. So 1% evens the playing field a bit.

    However, the thing about DietBet is that it doesn't tell you HOW to lose 4% in a month. For that sort of information and tracking you need to look to sites like SparkPeople or MyFitnessPal. Which is why on a lot of the Bets you will see people posting about both sites, as well as apps, various diets, etc.

    It is certainly possible that many of the DietBet players will try to achieve their goals through unhealthy means, but I don't think losing 4% of your body weight in a month is unhealthy for most people who are already overweight or obese. Now, if you are at a BMI of 18 and trying to lose another 4% in a month, you'll likely have to resort to some seriously unhealthy tactics or just fail altogether.
    1595 days ago
    I think that's a great idea. I know our bodies change. For example when I got down to 200lbs I was wearing a size 12, but years ago I wasn't a size 12 until I was 180. So something happens to us, I'm not sure what lol. It's really hard to pick your goal weight, but knowing what size you want to be in is great because that's an easier target to reach for than a random number where you don't know what your body will look like at it.
    1595 days ago
  • GUSGUS02
    Great outlook. I like the idea of size markers...... I could fit in size 10 at 170 and size 8 at 160. Thanks...... one day at a can do it.
    1595 days ago
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