Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Over the last several days, since I got back on the wagon, I've been thinking a lot about how I can make "this time" successful. I've been trying to evaluate all the things I did right in the past and also all the things I did wrong. The biggest mistake I've made in the past is that I QUIT Sparking. Never. Do. That.
Another mistake I made was that I never fully visualized what I wanted to get out of this. Last week when I told my husband how much I weigh -- a first for me -- after he GUESSED that I weighted 15 pounds less, he asked me how much I want to weigh. And it occurred to me that I don't really know. I set my goal at 130 because with my height, my BMI would be strongly in the healthy category. But I don't know if that's the best approach.
When I take a look at different weights, my BMI is Healthy from 122 pounds to 164 -- a pretty big range. Now, I doubt I'll get to 160 and feel like that's the way I want to look but I also don't think 122 would be very much like the "image" I have in my mind for myself.
So now I need your help.
Many months ago, I was looking for fellow Sparkers who were my height and had lost a lot of weight. I think I'll be thrilled to be in a size 8 clothes and since a lot of my skinny clothes are that size, that's what I'm going for. Unfortunately, I don't know what my weight goal should be with this in mind. So I ask you -- are you about 5'8"? Are you in a healthy, happy weight range? And what size clothes do you wear? Or MAYBE you know a woman who is my height and wears a size 8. Do you know how much she weighs? Does she feel and look happy with her weight?
I realize that every body is different but for me, knowing that I could swing within 40 pounds is NOT a good goal for me to have. I don't want to get to 160 and feel okay if I shouldn't. And yes, this is a LONG TERM goal but it'd be nice to get to 175 and know how much more I'd like to lose. Will that be half of my battle? Will it be a third?
Is this how you approach your weight loss goals? I'm really trying to create short term AND long term goals but I don't want any of them to seem too easy or too hard because both of those will have the same outcome: failure.