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Goal weight?

Saturday, August 03, 2013

When I started on Sparkpeople in January, I put my goal weight as 210. My plan was to reach that goal and then maintain it for 6 months or a year before I try to lose more. I chose that number because it was the weight I was when I was 30 years old, before I completely gave up.
It also is the weight that I believe I can physically do things that I haven't tried because of my weight. Whether this is true or not, the number stuck in my head and represents a lot to me.

As I get closer to this number, I am starting to wonder. I FEEL great and am able to do things that I couldn't before but I am still SO big. ( especially in my middle).

Another reason that I am reconsidering this number is because, coincidently, it is the marker between "regular obese" and "class 2 obesity." I might be looking for a new job and some insurance companies charge more for "class 2 obesity" even though I have no other health problems (Grrrr). So, maybe I should get 10 lbs below that number so that I am safe. But then that is 200 lbs and maybe I should visit one-derland. If I do that, I should get to maybe 195. Then if I gain 5 lbs, 200 will be my scream weight.

Or maybe my goal should be 190...

Anyway, I am not changing my ticker because I want to see that little turtle hit that number that I have been focused on for so long.

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    Congratulations on your success thus far! WTG!!!
    You can always decide what to do once you get to your first goal weight. It'll become clear to you when you get there.
    Keep up the good work!
    1593 days ago
    You can always change the ticker in the future. Do what feels right for you. I don't remember who said it, but someone said that the smaller you are, the more impact the weight loss is. So losing 20 lbs at a start weight of 325 will not be as noticeable as a 20 lb weight loss at 235. So maybe things will look smaller than you think at 210?

    (Given that I am much bigger than that, I have no clue, but I'm just throwing it out there.)

    1594 days ago
    Do what will make you happy!! I have only been at my goal weight ONCE and it was only for a couple of weeks. I hate that but I try to put it in perspective. I am only about 7 lbs over that weight but that number means a lot to me. Shouldn't, but it does. If the scale means a lot to you - use it and go with whatever number you makes you happiest.
    1594 days ago
    I waited until I hit my first goal before I focused on my second. My second goal was only 4 pounds below my first, but that second number had its own significance. At that point I had the idea I'd maintain for a while, but I found I was still losing at the same rate because I was able to increase my exercise more easily since I was getting fitter. I'm now a bit below my 4th goal weight.

    I wish you all the best, whatever you choose to do! emoticon
    1594 days ago
    I think aiming to get to Onederland (with a little cushion) is a great idea. It's realistic and you have good rationale in your thinking. I'd say to maintain around 190-195 for a while and then see if you'd like to drop more. emoticon
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    1595 days ago
    Sounds like you have put in some good reasoning here and 15 lbs beyond what you focused on is not a ludicrous level to move onto next. It also sounds to me that as you reach your set goal you have really decided you don't want to stop just yet. Go with the flow emoticon
    1595 days ago
    I think you have a good attitude. Aiming for a number that is healthier, then deciding what you want to do when you get there sounds like a very good plan to me! Good luck on your journey!
    1595 days ago
    I struggle with that end number too!! I was 125 when I graduated from high school, 30 years and a crushed kneecap ago!! Now I am reading that I should be 110 for my height, I have no concept of myself at that weight!! So, I am focusing on 10% then I will focus on onderland. Then take it down by tens, I guess. My mind is having a hard time with leaving 300 behind, a weight I swore I would never see!! I wish you success and comfort with yourself when you reach whatever number is right for you!!

    1595 days ago
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