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Friday, February 01, 2008

So here is an excerpt from The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos that I was reading today from the chapter The Last 10 Pounds.

"In America today, dieters who are looking to lose anything like 10 pounds are most invariably attempting to conform to a cultural ideal that is inimical to having a healthy body. A woman who weighs 10 pounds more than the current cultural ideal in all likelihood already weighs 10-30 pounds less than she would if she ate normally and exercised moderately. For such a woman, an ideally healthy weight would be precisely that: the weight she would maintain more or less naturally, by avoiding a neurotic attitude towards food, while engaging in moderate levels of physical activity."

This got me thinking...when selecting a goal weight I don't want to look for a specific number. I put down a number just to keep a goal in mind, but my end weight won't be one I predetermined. I want it to be a weight that I can maintain. Maybe not all of the time easily, but I don't want it to be a weight I have to work like a maniac to maintain.

I want to be able to go out with friends, have a couple of drinks, and not have to immediately run to the gym the next day in hopes that I can shimmy it all off of me.

I don't want to get to a place where I can't enjoy food and I feel like I must exercise for at least 2 hours a day, every day. I'm not that person and I don't want to be that person.

I want to be able to breathe, run, jump, and be happy! Yes, I want to lose weight, but I more so want to be healthy AND happy. Is that too much to ask?
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    You are so right here!! i also want to be able to live a healthy life but one i enjoy and don't have to be totally nuerotic about!! This was a great post!! Good thoughts to reflect on!!
    3699 days ago
  • LISALU910
    I have to add another comment here: According to the "experts" the formula for our ideal weight is 100 lbs for 5 feet plus 5 lbs per inch (for women). Also, they tell us we shouldn't ever weigh more than we weighed at age 18 - when we have reached full maturity. So going by that I should weigh 117 lbs at 5'3" (at age 18 I did weigh 115 lbs.) I can't even wrap my mind around that number. That is at least 50 POUNDS less than I weigh now. :(
    3700 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    An excellent point. I think that when I put in my goal weight I had in mind, "that would be nice" but knew it would be okay to be 10 pounds heavier then that too. So I really have a range of where I would like to stay.
    3703 days ago
    I feel exactly the same way... it's why I haven't really tried too hard to lose any more weight. Even though I'm not at my original goal, I *am* at a point where I am comfortable with being able to maintain my calorie intake (and hopefully, with SP help, stay there). And if I mess up one day, I'm not out of pants the next day LOL.
    3703 days ago
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