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Day 824- I Finally Changed My Goal Weight


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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

After a lot of research as well as soul searching, I've decided to change my goal weight to 155. At 5'8" with a large frame, I think I would have really been pushing it to get to 145.

Plus, when I had my bodpod test done a few months ago, it told me that 129 pounds of me was lean mass, meaning my bones, organs and muscles weighed 129 pounds. If I was 145, that would put me at 11% body fat which is just unrealistic for me to achieve or maintain. So, I've decided that my goal weight is 155 and when I get to that point then I may reevaluate if I want to go any lower.

I'm also excited because this week is J.D.'s spring break, so he is going to come to the gym with me today, and help me start a lifting routine. I've been reading my book The New Rules of Lifting for Women, and I think it may definitely help with my plateau. I'm prepared to see some type of gain due to water retention and muscle development, but I think the inches and clothes fitting better will make up for it.

I feel better about 155. It seems like I can do it. It's put me in a more positive mindset. And I changed it because of supportive SparkFriends and articles here on SP.

So thank you all for letting me know it was okay to reevaluate my goals.
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TERRIJ7 6/29/2014 10:37PM

    Re-thinking and adjustment is a good thing on this journey. I'm happy for you.

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GRAMPIAN 6/2/2014 6:00AM

  Well done! emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 6/1/2014 7:49AM

    Good for you!


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SUPERDAD55 3/14/2014 10:11PM

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PIGGYWAY 3/13/2014 7:50PM

  YOU GOT YOURSELF TOGETHER

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MSAMBER0910 3/12/2014 11:35AM

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GREGGWEISBROD 3/12/2014 11:25AM

    Yeah, overall weight can be such a tough way to measure success. Lifting and doing strength training will totally increase your overall metabolism, and also make it easier for all the other activities you enjoy doing. I'm excited to hear how it ends up going for you! :-D I'm pretty sure my fancy weight scale is off by a few percent, but I'm completely switched over to measuring body fat instead of overall weight now. It's nice to track the body weight still, but the body fat decreasing is what I'm really interested in. You're looking fantastic, as always, by the way. :D

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ALSGIRL4 3/11/2014 2:16PM

  Good for you! Keep up the good work.

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SIMONEKP 3/11/2014 1:16PM

    Lifting heavy things is awesome!

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MRSRIGS1 3/10/2014 8:39PM

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MARYHENNIG 3/10/2014 6:59PM

  Good move. You are looking great already girl!!!

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FRABBIT 3/10/2014 11:54AM

  Sounds like you made a smart wise decision. Have fun lifting.

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CAROLCRC 3/10/2014 8:46AM

    I think you'll love the results of New Rules of Lifting... I did it a few years ago and it started taking inches off before I saw weight loss.

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GRLTAZ 3/8/2014 11:15PM

    I think you made a sane and informed choice. Good for you !

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SUSIEMT 3/8/2014 2:56PM

    Good decision! Keep up the great job!

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TORAMPAUL 3/8/2014 2:05PM

    Good for you! Setting unrealistic goals will only discourage you and unintentionally deter your efforts. emoticon

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JUDYERAE 3/8/2014 10:06AM

    You look emoticon

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MAMA_CD 3/8/2014 9:32AM

    emoticon 11% BF is too low, you've made excellent choices emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 3/8/2014 1:01AM

  Great

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HONEY323 3/7/2014 11:39PM

    Good move on changing your goal. It is not healthy for a woman to be at 11% bodyfat.

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RAPUNZEL910 3/7/2014 10:48PM

    That sounds perfect! Keep up the positive motivation!!!

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MALAMI518 3/7/2014 9:36PM

    I also raised my goal weight recently. I really wanted that "healthy" BMI, but I'm not sure it would have been a healthy one for me after all.

I think that you are right to raise yours, especially based on your bod pod reading. Healthy is more important than a particular weight.

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JENN53888 3/7/2014 8:37PM

    I'm also 5'8 and because of that stupid BMI, everything tells me I should be at 145, but I'm aiming for most like 160-170, then I'll see where I am then. I really can't imagine what I'd look like at 145, I thinking, WAY too thin. emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 3/7/2014 8:20PM

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LISASGONNADOIT 3/7/2014 4:47PM

    Excellent! Sounds like a great decision! emoticon

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DEBBLO 3/7/2014 3:20PM

    It is great to be realistic. Those weight/height charts are just guidelines. You need to get to a weight you are comfortable with and that you can also maintain.
Smart move!

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CORNERKICK 3/7/2014 2:47PM

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DRW724 3/7/2014 2:10PM

    Thats Awesome, Great job keep up the good work!

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SPECIALGURL7 3/7/2014 1:50PM

    Glad you put some thought into it to make a healthy decision for yourself. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 3/7/2014 1:08PM

    That sounds a very good plan.

Best wishes.

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LKG9999 3/7/2014 12:30PM

    I am also 5'8" and have 155 as my target weight. There is only one time in my life when I weighed 145: the day I got married 25 years ago, and that was achieved partly from a long illness and partly from extreme nerves the week before the wedding. Like you I think 155 is a much more achievable and maintainable weight goal, especially now that I'm in my 50s,



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SUPERSYLPH 3/7/2014 12:27PM

    Yay! I'm glad you found your perfect goal weight!

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JSTETSER 3/7/2014 11:35AM

    Amazing!

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CARINEVE 3/7/2014 10:49AM

    Good for you! I think I might follow you in this and adjust my goal weight as well.

When you are still far from your goal weight it is difficult to grasp what the look and feel would be of that goal weight (especially due to additional weight you might now have because of increased muscle tissue). So it makes sense to wait until you are 155 and see what that feels and looks like and then decide.
Also, you want to end up with a goal weight that can be maintained fairly easily with the kind of healthy habit you now have, without having to starve yourself or over-exercise.

I had put my goal weight at 143 pounds (I am 5.8 as well), but mostly based on what I used to weigh when I was 20 and thought I looked good.
I am now 157 pounds and I think I look pretty good already (perhaps not bikini good, but I am nearly 40 and had three kids, so I need to be realistic here, LOL).
And I have so much more muscles and less fat now then when I was 20, so I probably look better in a way.
So I want to try 150 pounds as a new goal weight, and see if that works for me.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Carine

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JANET552 3/7/2014 10:06AM

    Good for you!! I like how you reasoned out a good weight for you. Good luck moving forward!!

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LOOD1962 3/7/2014 9:47AM

    Sounds like a good idea. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NESHAMA123 3/7/2014 8:54AM

    It sounds wise and realistic.

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AJB121299 3/7/2014 8:39AM

    good luck

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JUSTJONNA 3/7/2014 8:20AM

    At some point it's really not about the numbers. I think your goal is very reasonable and makes a lot of sense! emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 3/7/2014 8:19AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to reevaluate what's best for YOU!!! emoticon

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BRASKIN 3/7/2014 7:00AM

  smart move emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/7/2014 6:06AM

  great job

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NICKYCRANE 3/7/2014 5:06AM

    Well done! When you get there you can see how you feel, if you feel comfortable there or want to reevaluate, up or down! When I reached my goal weight, other things became more important, e.g. Getting rid of my spare tyre, exercising more, getting fitter. I watch my weight, crept up further than I liked last year and took ages to get back. But my attention is focussed on other goals.

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BLUEJEAN99 3/7/2014 1:48AM

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/7/2014 12:50AM

    Good for you!
This needed to be your decision after weighing the information you had and it looks to me like you did just that! Health is upper most and a goal you can live with and maintain on the day to day basis!
You have done an awesome job...I wish you success in this final path of your journey and then success on the journey of maintenance! I have no doubt you can and will do this...
CONGRATULATIONS,
Hugs
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Mary

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WRITERWANNAB 3/7/2014 12:22AM

    Good for you! You are using such good sense! I know you'll make your goal & you'll maintain it. emoticon emoticon

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