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Changing my goal weight

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My original goal weight was 130. I was a bit below that on my weigh in day of March 23rd this year.

Then I changed it to 129 so that I could say I'd lost 30 pounds. But I kept losing because I wanted some cushion pounds to make sure I didn't panic over each ounce gained.

The Doctor said I didn't need to lose any more weight when she saw me weighing 126, so I thought that would be the new weight, but didn't change the "official" goal of 129. But apparently I know how to lose better than how to maintain...

I've been mostly in the 125 range -- plus or minus a pound for over a month, but my daughter's wedding took more out of me than energy. I'm 123.4 today.

I have heard that it's easier to lose than to keep the same weight, and I believed that, but I'm finding it astounding that the hard part is to get UP to my maintenance weight. It's a bit of a concern to me because my Mom had problems keeping her weight up the year or two before she died. (Not that I'm the same age or have the same issues... the thought just keeps crossing my mind.)

So I'm changing my "goal weight" to 126, and will probably shoot for 125. Gotta have that cushion so I don't go into weight loss panic mode!
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BATMAN_FOREVER 6/22/2013 1:11PM

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KANOE10 6/19/2013 12:07PM

    I think that is a good weight and a sensible approach. I also initially went below my goal weight. This stayed for a number of months..Then I gained a few without a real change in diet..but I did increase my strength training.

Youo are doing a great job of learning about maintenance and what works for you.



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FINAL4 6/15/2013 9:41AM

    What an interesting post. For me, just getting started, it gives a new perspective - that the body weight issue will never really be over and that I'm in this for the long haul. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/14/2013 11:50AM

    "astounding that the hard part is to get UP to my maintenance weight."

You're right. That's not a problem many of us have.
Still, it's smart of you to keep an eye on it.

My mom had the same problem as yours. In fact, it was my attempt to keep her focused on not losing that caused me to focus on and finally confront my own weight GAIN.

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ROCKMAN6797 6/13/2013 9:23AM

    it certainly is a learning process. While I, too, have a weight goal I focus instead on making sure that I don't go past a certain weight.

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DESERTJULZ 6/11/2013 9:48PM

    Sounds like you're doing great, to me. A few pounds under original goal worked better for me, too. That way, I do not panic when I gain a pound, since I'm still in the "good range."

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WATERMELLEN 6/11/2013 9:09PM

    Very sensible adjustment!!

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MJREIMERS 6/11/2013 7:51PM

    I had the same problem when I went to maintenance. If you want to be at your goal weight try adding 200 calories for a few days and see if your weight levels off. My goal weight is still 140 lbs. even though I sit around 135 lbs. As long as I'm somewhere in between those two weights, I'm happy.

Good luck!

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KEEPGOINGEMILY 6/11/2013 4:33PM

    Wow, how interesting to have a hard time NOT losing! Hope you figure out that balance, sounds like you'll do just fine.

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