When is enough enough?

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ok, is it enough for me? This is a question I have been pondering for over a month. My Dr's & trainers and even DH agree that I am at my ideal weight. So why do I hesitate to quit trying to lose more?

Lists always work for me so I guess I'll list my reasons here and then see how they stack up.

The why I should lose another 10 pounds list:
1. I put 130 on my tracker and if I change it people will think I have given up.
( that is just plain dumb girl! What is more important, you or what people you have never seen might think?)

2. I don't look like I used to. ( oh... be realistic Sally. Your 62 not 20 and getting a few pounds off isn't going to bring those 20s back. And actually my body has looked like a 20 year old for the last few months. You have noticed how when you look in a mirror you only look at yourself from the neck down and think how good you look but then if you force yourself to add the head you become dissatisfied with your appearance. So.. what is up with that?)

3. I have committed to lose another 10 pounds to both Scale Back Alabama and the Biggest Loser Challenge. ( Well I hate to not keep my word so maybe this one should have been #1 on this list.)

4. I have a fear that if I don't lose I will gain. I am afraid of being comfortable with my weight. (remember how you dropped into the 130's and didn't put it in your tracker but immediately started thinking about changing the goal to 120.)

5. I have settled into a comfortable life of dieting & working out. I am afraid of the change into maintenance. ( Change is a good thing. Change is a good thing. Change is a good thing. And besides in order to keep it off the changes will not be that big)

Why I should quit trying to lose more:
1. I feel good an I look pretty good. ( I could be tighter in places but that takes more strength training not more weight loss.)

2. No matter how careful you are you lose muscle as well as fat when you lose weight and at 62 I need to be fighting to keep all the muscle I can.

3. If I were talking to a friend about her weight loss would I think that she needed to lose more?(NO!!!!!!!!!!!! We have all seen those woman that overdo it and end up looking like walking skeletons. Is that what I want? NO!!!!!!!)

4. Remember that the tracker goal is not written in stone. (I can always decide to change it again later.)

Ok, the lists have been made. Now what am I going to do? [I have been sitting here looking at the question for 2 days and I still am not sure what I need to do. I guess I am going to go ahead and post this and maybe the answers will come.]
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    I am so proud of you and what you have done for yourself you are an inspiration to myself and lots of others.. So you keep it up.
    3815 days ago
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    Woo Hoo!!!! Congratulations on reaching those goals! You should be proud of yourself!

    I think I would concentrate on the fitness and exercise while maintaining, or losing five more pounds if you really want to go for it. Muscle loss is not taken seriously enough with a lot of folks, so it's good to hear that you realize it's something you need to stay with.

    You've been given some really good advice and I'm sure you'll follow your instincts when you make the big decision. Whatever you decide, you know that we'll be supportive!


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    3816 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2009 7:41:59 PM
    Sally, I have read your blog with great interest and can surely appreciate your questions. After reading the comments I would agree with losing the half to give yourself a cushion. Whatever you decide you should feel great about how far you have come in your journey.
    3816 days ago
    Ok Sally, I have read your blog and I can see that you have a lot of confussion going on. I think your exceptional woman in her 60's that lost down to ideal weight for most of us. I agree with the last comment in cutting the goal in half. I know that your wise and you will make the right decision for yourself. I know that everyone wishes there youth back and there is no magic button or pill to get it back. But you have to look at it this way, your in the 60's and it is a whole lot harder to lose weight. The stastics is that the heavier you are the older you become, you took years off your life to live longer. You got yourself healthier than most woman your age. Your more active than woman your age. Your attitude is strong and your a motivation to others. I am so honored to claim you as my friend and someone I could confide to. But now if you feel your at an ideal weight for yourself then you have to maintain it, after losing weight we have to keep doing what we have always been doing because now it is OUR way of life. Eating healthy and enjoying life!

    Love you for who you are,

    3816 days ago
    EJOELLEDUVAL, I think I am going to do what you suggested. Thanks again for your help!
    3817 days ago
    Maybe you can split your goal in half. Lose 5 pounds to give yourself some breathing room, that way if you fall off the bandwagon, you will not leave your healthy range. But other than that be comfortable with who you are! I AM in my 20's and would be delighted to have your body! Be proud of where you have gotten to, it is a HUGE achievement!
    3817 days ago
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