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How did you set YOUR goal weight?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Our Team's QOTD: How did you set YOUR goal weight? emoticon

My Answer: For me it was a complicated decision - loads of different factors:::....I was never overweight in my life until during my 2nd pregnancy; so, for me, looking back....I normally weighed 130 ( throughout high school and college ) ...but I was slim and weak...without tone...certainly NO muscle.
And I was the kinda gal that could eat whatever I wanted, and not gain a pound....hee-hee...:::don't throw those emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon at me. LOL!! That's just the way I was.

Now in college I began lifting weights/also added cardio to my lifestyle, and developed a healthy range of 135 - 140 that was very good for me. I wore a size 4...small enough for me. Truthfully I didn't care at all what I weighed....::rather I cared who won the volleyball game that weekend. emoticon ...::::or my coach's comments on my increased ability to lift the most weight.

When I decided ( now this is after 5 pregnancies and 4 births ) to choose my goal weight, I had an entirely DIFFERENT perspective by then emoticon ....a whole LOT happens to a woman's body after she becomes a mom.

My initial goal was to lose 50#. From 210 to 160. I did... then I lost another 10, and that's where it all became "interesting" ...which is a mild way of putting it. Once I arrived there, there was a different perspective to consider entirely.

I felt like a NEW woman! Indeed I was. It was time to find that "perfect" number, or so I thought. As I would later learn, that number can mean many things.....:::I realized that I needed to set a RANGE instead, and also to set athletic goals to pursue.....because I was more motivated to continue now ::::LONG:::: process if I had an athlete's goal in view.

I am so NOT motivated by a piddly black scale with numbers staring at me....Sheesh!...::::I'd rather see the finish line as I race by! emoticon

It was when I ran my first 5K, fell in love with weight lifting, discovered all of the gym equipment was like a friend, ran another race...:::fell in love with FITNESS - period.....that I began to relish LIFE and the LIFESTYLE.
Then I set a goal range based on my height, weight, BMI, total body fat%, fitness level which was by then that of an athlete, and of course how I felt about myself.
My current range is 142 - 146. Of course, this could change...::this number range doesn't hold a great deal of "weight" for me emoticon ....Lol!

It is my journey that teaches me Balance....::speaking of balance, I couldn't resist posting these pics.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GETTINGFIT4HIM 7/23/2013 1:07AM

  LOL - LOVE the minions!! Alejo and I would love to have some!!

emoticon perspective on the ol' scale and that all "important" number. If memory serves, you used to refer to it as "Mr. Scales"? emoticon Love that you helped share that while the scale can be used as a tool to measure progress, it should not be what we center our lives around but instead how we feel and other goals we set and achieve.

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LRSILVER 7/6/2013 9:46PM

    Great blog!

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KANOE10 7/6/2013 5:38PM

    Great blog You are exercising and gaining muscle and have found a weight that works for you. I increased my goal weight from my lowest weight when I started to st.


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DEE797 7/6/2013 4:58PM

    Love your blog. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 7/6/2013 11:49AM

    Excellent blog. Really great points about both weight and where you truly focus.

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WENDYDANCER 7/6/2013 11:23AM

    Love love love!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/6/2013 9:45AM

    Blessings, dear friend. With Weight Watchers, I chose something in the healthy BMI. Now I Desire a 22/23 BMI.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 7/6/2013 8:27AM

    You are so inspiring Laura! I love your blogs- always makes me think I might be able to do it too:)

Lol- I need some minions of my own! emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 7/6/2013 1:21AM

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/5/2013 11:23PM

    emoticon I agree! Fitness goals are SO much more motivating in the long run. Sure, it is nice to see a loss on the scale... emoticon BUT when you are running that race and finishing your goals and getting stronger and more toned...hello muscles! emoticon that is SUCH a great feeling!!
I originally decided on a weight that was not my lowest weight but it was what I used to weigh before baby weight, etc. Now, I have a 5 lb maintenance range that I keep. It is manageable. I am not deprived and I feel healthy, strong, and motivated to keep up this healthy lifestyle.
LOVE reading your blogs!! So encouraging and motivating and positive! emoticon

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FIT-AT-50 7/5/2013 11:09PM

    I LOVE that your goal weight isn't really about the number! You have established a great set of priorities for yourself and are an inspiration to me and so many others.

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TAYSMOM77642 7/5/2013 9:33PM

    I have a number in mind but I really care more about how I feel and how my clothes fit. Also I have other medical issues that will be improved with weight loss as well. Great job on the loss and I love the minion pictures.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/5/2013 9:12PM

    You've come a long way, baby!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/5/2013 8:37PM


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ADIOSALL 7/5/2013 7:15PM

    Sounds emoticon ! I'm a lot more shallow - I go by the size of my dress. I don't really know what a goal weight would be. 5 years ago when I bought this dress, I never weighed. My goal weight is basically just a guess from the old weight and height charts, but it's open-ended, subject to change!

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