Hey Debbie thanks a bunch for the support. That line? in training to be nobody special? It is a very salient reminder that my ego is not always my friend :). Thanks for the goodie too. That line is from a buddhist story, and is a reminder to keep my life simple. If I look at that sometimes it reminds me that just because I CAN do a lot of things at my very loony job, does not mean that I SHOULD do work other people need to do. That way leads to the refrigerator.
It's never over
Pounds lost: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (34,708) Posts: 596 9/30/12 4:40 P
You already received some great advice and all I would add for your consideration is to change your signature line ("In training to be nobody special.") because YOU ARE someone special! Spark Goodie headed your way. Thank you for motivating me and others.
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current weight: 132.0
Fitness Minutes: (74,771) Posts: 734 9/30/12 8:14 A
Thanks for the feedback. The goal at weight watchers is already set, so that is not what has been messing with me, I want to begin to track my anniversaries here on this team. So I got in kind of a hurry to make that date - the I am now on maintenance date. The thing is, upon reflection, I don't know what my normal weight is going to be, and the weight watchers range is too wide for me to use it as my own personal maintenance zone. If I am brutally honest with myself my zone will end up in the 150's somewhere for the high and the 140's for the low. I need to just get over myself and wait until I stabilize there to pick an anniversary for this team. Thanks to everyone who responded.
What would be stopping you from having a WW goal, and a personal goal? I set my goal at 8 pounds higher than my new goal weight. When I reached goal I was eating healthy and kept slowly loosing weight. That is when my Spark goal and maintenance date changed. Each of us is different and need to do what makes us feel comfortable. Good luck to you! How exciting, 2 pounds to your WW goal!!!! Carol
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current weight: 1.5 over
Fitness Minutes: (74,771) Posts: 734 9/29/12 7:43 P
Okay I laughed at that one Nell. Free is really important to me. I need to go there, because there is a place where there are suffering people. This is too long a story to put here, but I have always wished I could help people who are where I was. Morbidly obese. Suffering. They go there and get discouraged. I can't afford to go there and PAY them. I want my normal BMI back too, and I am loving my body these days. I would be content to stay here, but boy do I need a lot of support and I am DONE thinking I can stay here without it.
It's never over
Pounds lost: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (101,454) Posts: 5,231 9/29/12 5:31 P
If you are really needing to stop paying WW, just go with the highest of your range. But bear in mind that this will give you a cop-out for gaining weight back if what you really want is lower.
Personally, I went for what I thought I would want, then changed it as I reached that goal and realized it was going to be almost impossible to maintain that small. I couldn't spend the rest of my life hungry!
I don't even remember my maintenance anniversary. I remember the month and year but that's all. WW needs to keep track of dates and weights because that's how they charge. WW IS a business, and they have to have rules for charging clients, but that doesn't mean you have to adopt their criteria for yourself. You aren't charging yourself every week. (I hope.)
When I went to WW I had to pick a goal number. They had range available for each height and skeletal type (small, medium, large) and we each had to pick a number from that range. Lots of women picked the top number to get to free faster. I picked the lowest number to make sure I got there. Free was less important than skinny.
Nell Reston, Virginia
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
I set my maintenance date at the day I hit the highest weight I could live with, although I have since lost another kg or two. I have set the higher figure as the weight I will not go past. I've found that by doing this I don't fret about the odd 100gm up so long as the general trend is stable or downwards. I used to go to WW and found that too low a "free" session weight made me too anxious, and eventually I gave up.
I have been playing with this in my mind for a while, because Weight Watchers will say I am at goal in a few more pounds. I even blogged about my thoughts about the range I want for myself. In a nutshell here is the thing. They say my healthy range is 132 - 164. A wide range there based upon the normal BMI. They are going to let me go free again as a lifetime member when I hit 166. This morning I was at 168. I still have a way to go before my losses stop, because I am still losing over a half pound every week, and I am eating a good, healthy diet that fulfills all my nutrition requirements and is satisfying most of the time. So I need to decide where to set my maintenance anniversary. Wondering if I can have feedback on what I am wanting to do, which is put that anniversary on the day I reach 164 even though I have no intention of doing something that would stop me right there? I am eager to begin again the REAL fight. Losing is Easy compared to maintaining. Since I have done both, I would know. I am even considering using 166 as the top of my range since my plan is to take advantage of being able to go to weight watchers for free again. I need to be there to support other people who have over 200 pounds to get to their goal weight there, as an example that it can be done. Can I have some thoughts on this from you guys?
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