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Do I wanna lose 17 pounds or not?


Monday, October 14, 2013

Do I wanna lose 17 pounds or not?

I ask myself this question all the time. The answer typically depends on what day it is and how fat I feel on said given day.

One year ago, I lost 50 pounds and have successfully kept it off. I'm proud of that, but my original goal was to lose 67 pounds.

There are so many advantages and disadvantages to staying at this weight or dropping more and I can't seem to commit to either decision.

Advantages:
1. BMI will go from 27 to below 25.
2. Slimmer, look nice in clothes
3. More physically fit
4. Less fat around waist

Disadvantages:
1. Cannot lose unless daily calorie intake drops to 1,200 a day
2. Cannot lose unless exercise averages @ 300 minutes a week
3. More sacrifice of time and energy will be needed
4. May be hard to maintain
5. Already spent lots of money on new clothes in current size

The biggest challenge is that I like the way I look now, although I'm still slightly overweight. But I've noticed over time, that I've become less satisfied. Now, the last 17 pounds are nagging me, yet I'm not motivated to make the necessary sacrifices to drop them.

So my indecisiveness continues.....
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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 11/7/2013 4:03PM

    Thank you all for your wonderful responses!

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STEVIEBEE569 10/16/2013 7:41PM

    Yes, congratulations on the 50-pound weight loss. You definitely have to do what's best for you. I wish you all the success in the world as you make the decision for yourself whether to go for losing the last 17 pounds or stay in the "maintenance" mode of where you're at currently. Whatever you decide, I know you can do it!

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SHE-LION 10/16/2013 7:37PM

    Your writing is marvelous as always.

I will have to work on this list myself. The meds I'm on has me as fat as a tick! You know this isn't the way I wanted to be!

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SPARKLISE 10/15/2013 8:07PM

    I know exactly what you mean!
I am there with the last 30 lbs and need to decide if i'm going to commit to losing the rest of be satisfied where I am.

Decisions! decisions! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 10/15/2013 6:47PM

    Try first and see if it works for you.
Best wishes on deciding!

Sonya

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LILSHINE 10/15/2013 11:18AM

    Great job on losing the 50#s and KEEPING IT OFF for over a year, that's awesome!!! How abount trying to lose 2-3 or 5#s instead of looking at the total of 17?! May not seem such a big task if you do one of those disadavantages a month. You may be surprised that at least one will work.

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GR8TAWK 10/14/2013 7:48PM

    emoticon on losing 50lbs.

A person in the medical field told me that as long as my numbers are where they should be (cholesterol, blood pressure, A1C, etc.), an extra 15-20 lbs. really is not a big concern weight wise. But if the loss of 17lbs. will make you feel better about yourself, go for it.

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MOBYCARP 10/14/2013 5:21PM

    The question of exactly what your goal weight should be is difficult, partly because the answer needs to be customized to each individual.

When your BMI is 32, it's easy to say you need to lose weight. When you get closer to something reasonable, the question of exactly how much you need to lose becomes an issue. For a geographical analogy, suppose you start in North Dakota and your goal is Kansas. Precisely where in Kansas do you want to be? Is Topeka far enough south? Or do you need to go as far as Wichita? Just saying, "Kansas" is good enough when you're in North Dakota, or in South Dakota; but by the time you get to southern Nebraska, the question of where in Kansas you're aiming for becomes relevant.

I can't answer the goal weight question for you. I had a hard enough time answering it for myself. My answer turned out to depend on how I felt and what I was able to do, and is (so far) only a partial answer. I know that 160 lbs. is the bottom of my range of reasonableness. I'm not sure exactly where the top of the range should be.

How do I know the bottom? I've dipped below that, and I didn't feel as energetic and alive as when I was above it. My body told me I'd lost too much. So far, I haven't noticed any signals that such and such a weight is too high; that probably only means that I haven't exceeded whatever the top of my reasonable range is.

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