First of all, congrats on being so close to your goal! It must feel great after all your hard work, especially the part about gaining a healthy relationship with food....not easy!
It sounds like you have found a good program that works for you as far as eating and working out, and making healthy choices, but you're wondering about what comes next in maintaining that? Your goal weight sounds like a good start, from all my time on Spark and in maintenance teams, I've found most "new" maintainers (and I know most of us have hit our goal weights many times, it's the staying there that is the "new" part!) float around a bit before settling somewhere, and most also move their goal weight or weight range around as life changes...I myself have adjusted my goal weight range many times, sometimes up and sometimes down, depending on how hard I'm struggling to keep a certain weight (meaning, to me it's too low a goal) or if I kept losing after hitting goal and didn't struggle, I'd adjust down (caveat: as long as I was still feeling fit and vibrant, and not weak and sluggish or run-down) So I guess I'm just saying it's OK to change your goal if that goal now doesn't seem to fit.
As far as the DANGER Zone concept. I have a goal range, and when I go above that range, I know it's time to look at my habits, am I indulging in too many sweets or snacks? Am I working out to my best advantage, or do I need to shake things up? Am I more stressed than normal, am I getting the sleep I need? And then I work on getting back into my range, whether it's starting to track my food again, or working out differently, or trying something new to shake it up. For me it's usually about stress and eating, so I know what my triggers are and can do what I can to mitigate that. It sounds like you have a handle on your potential pitfalls, but it never hurts to remind yourself of those when you start to creep up. I would probably not wait until a DANGER ZONE though, as that can just be demoralizing (it would for me) but if you think it will work for you, give it a try! And report back, we all can use some more ideas in this journey....
As far as your mental image not matching your external self, that takes a lot of time! I've been about my current weight for over 20 years now, and still have those mental images of being bigger....not so much as I used to, as most of the people I know now didn't know me as a "fat girl" so getting called "tiny" all the time may finally be sinking in, but I still sometimes look in the mirror or see my shadow and wonder who that is!
Not sure if I hit all the points you were asking about, if I missed something crucial or you have any questions, ask! And again, congratulations and welcome to the team!
highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143
New goal: more practical new goal, 130, updated ticker to reflect that goal.
H: 5''4" 51 y.o.
"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers
"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan
So, I am nearing my intended goal weight of 143 lbs. (currently at 146.8 and 28.5% body fat) and wondering if I should adjust my goal? I am now wearing a size 10 jeans but they are getting loose and I will be needing to shop for size 8's soon.
Let me first say that this time around loosing weight, oddly enough, was not about loosing weight, for me. I knew I needed to, and knew I was overweight, BUT I have lost weight MANY MANY times before - and ended up gaining alot of it back because I simply had poor eating habits and coping skills. So this time, I had a different goal, to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food. One that didn't use food to feed my emotions, to curb my bordem, to keep me company while I watched tv or to put me in a comatosed state while I numbly consumed large amounts of calories to black out the stressors of my day!
The benefit of my "tuning into" my body and improving my relationship with food is that I lost just shy of 33 pounds since mid November 2011. (At that time I weight 178.6 and 38.5% body fat.)
Of course, with that said, I had to come up with measurable outcomes of my efforts, thus the number on the scale (as well as smaller sized clothes, loss of body fat, getting into the normal zone of my BMI and improving my physical abilities and stamina) not to mention how I feel and look.
All of those things aside, I have to question if I need to lower my goal weight. I am 5'6" with a medium to large-ish frame and tend to build muscle with relative ease despite being a female, which I am happy about!
Anyway, I just got into the normal BMI range but still at the high end of the recommended weight and BMI. I took the average of the low and high end (according to MyFitnessPal program, which is similar to SP) and that average was 138.7 pounds. I am not trying to be a skinny thing, just get to a weight which feels comfortable to me (which I do now) and that I will be able to maintain, for my lifetime, not just for this summer...
I wonder more, if I should just have a DANGER ZONE weight that I do not ever want to go above, such as150? If I continue to lose great, if not, just don't freak out about a few pounds here and there unless it hits the DANGER ZONE.
I am beginning to wonder, if the old "fat" me is telling me I don't need to loose anymore weight. Oddly enough, its strange to think of myseslf as NOT the fat girl, anymore.... Maybe my mind needs to catch up with my thinner body? I haven't worn under a size 10 that I can recall, ever, even in high school... Maybe my brain just can't process that?
Edited by: DAWNEDONU at: 5/1/2012 (00:19)
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