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Forget 6 Weeks -- Finalizing Can Take Time

Monday, October 07, 2013

The current challenge I have set for myself is to nail down and finalize a goal weight during this year, 2013. I made my initial goal weight in March of 2009 at Weight Watchers. Fifty six free monthly weigh-ins after that achievement, I'm still playing around with what is the best weight for me that I can maintain. I laugh when I think that the WW program has 6 weeks built into it to accomplish this task, and here I am, 4.66 years later still working it.

Perhaps I need a remedial goal weight setting class, BUT here I am, 4.66 years later at a healthy BMI, living life healthier and happier than I ever thought I could. So I've struggled a bit to set the goal, and I've struggled to define and live the habits that support that goal. OK. Is it really any wonder after 5 decades of living life overweight or obese that establishing that lifestyle would take some work and some time?

Right now I am testing whether 126 is a maintainable weight for me. This morning it was 126.2, very close. But silly me, yesterday I didn't weigh because I felt bloated and didn't want to see what the scale said. Why am I afraid after all these years that I will get discouraged after one bad weigh? I had eaten a few bites more than my generous post-run calorie range, that was one reason. And two days before when I had stuck to my plan completely I weighed 127 the next day, which is probably the second reason -- I figured it was worse. If I want to do an accurate weight averaging I need to weigh each day. And if I want to weigh 126, I don't have to be perfect, but pretty near. And, yes, I know weight fluctuates. But I want to fluctuate below 126 as often as I fluctuate above.

So I accept that there is a certain silliness (insanity?) to this finalizing my weight. My husband hasn't noticed any weight change in me the last 4.66 years. Nobody else cares or notices. Yet I can see and feel the difference. So I don't know yet whether 126 will be my final goal weight. But it might. And my intention is to pursue sanity on this issue after I have accomplished this challenge!
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AQUAGIRL08 10/8/2013 9:31PM

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JOYINKY 10/7/2013 9:10PM

    I know you've referred to 126 as your "happy weight"; time will tell! Take all the time you need. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2013 7:45PM

    That "lowest achievable/lowest sustainable" debate is an interesting one -- you might want to reread what Judith Beck has to say on the topic as you explore your "goal setting". Whatever you settle on: you are to be congratulated for your hard work and self-discipline.

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_LINDA 10/7/2013 7:16PM

    Having followed your angst over this magic number for quite some time, I can only hope you will find a result that you can be at peace with and accept as the normal fluctuating weight. Just keep in mind if it becomes too stressful to maintain the lower number, is it really worth it? The whole idea is just to live the healthiest lifestyle you can and then the weight should take care of itself. Your body will know where it wants to be in the end.
All the best with it!


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FROSTY99 10/7/2013 3:07PM

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BOOKAPHILE 10/7/2013 2:28PM

    You'll find where you want to be and can comfortably maintain. Good for you for caring about it and fiddling with it for so long. You're doing very well.

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KLMEIRING 10/7/2013 1:49PM

    It sounds to me as though you already have a goal weight.

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