Hi and congrats on your weight loss. The number on the scale is not always the best indicator of needing to lose more weight.
A good way to know if you need to lose more weight is your BMI. Is it in the healthy range for your height? Also, you do strength training, so you might want to take your measurements instead of weighing.
If you are gaining muscle you will see smaller measurements, but the scale may not move or may even go up. That's ok. You need all the muscle mass you can get to burn calories at rest.
What I'm trying to say is - Don't give that number on the scale any power over you. It does not take everything into account. I used to weigh every morning and if the number went up by even a half pound, my day was ruined! I was sad and depressed. Not a good way to start the day. Now I weigh once a week and sometimes every other week.
I think it's very common to feel the need to lose more. The best thing you can do is to track your calories and exercise and make sure you are eating enough to fuel your body for the exercise you do. Tracking gives you a feeling of control and gives you actual numbers to shoot for. This has helped me maintain for eight months now. I have been within 2 lbs of my goal weight since last February.
Good luck and remember, we are here to give each other support and motivation, so check in frequently!
Edited by: NANCYVV at: 10/21/2007 (10:32)
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