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The Ticker and Me

Saturday, March 27, 2010

For the last week or so I have been seriously thinking about changing my scale goal. Docs always said "Get to 145 and I think you will be slim and healthy and look great." Liars. Large frame by butt. There is no way that all that is left is going to go away in 15 pounds. In fact, I don't even think 140, the goal I had set would do it. So where does that leave me?

Well, after serious thought and review of my measurements and the issues at hand, or rather the ones I can still grab lol, I am thinking 120-125. At 5'4 and 125, that would give me a BMI of about 21.5, smack dab in the middle of the healthy range. Seems reasonable, right? So what's the problem? I can't manage to bring myself to change the ticker!

It's like it will shift momentum, or make it all seem so far away again. It is entirely irrational. I am thinking about losing that much. I have spoken verbally with others about losing another 40 lbs. But somehow that ticker is like the final word...committing it to a form. And then I seem so far away from goal again visually. Sigh. Maybe I will just wait until I reach 140 and then switch it, breaking it essentially in half. I'm usually not this much of a chicken, so I have no idea why I struggle with this stupid ticker. I mean, it is not like I have not been successful. I have full confidence in myself. I know I can reach whatever goal I set. Its just a strange feeling, so I thought I would share. Anyone else feel like this?

As my friend always says, just keep swimming.

PS I shared a secret on the new board about staying positive.
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    I think you should reach your first goal and then change your ticker to a new goal. Your doctor's idea of 140 for your height is too high. Unless you are dealing with a weight loss specialist, weight and diet issues are not the forte of doctors. I am 5'7" and weigh 150. My doctor wants me to loose weight, but did not say how much. I think 140 would be OK, for you with 135 ideal. A BMI of 121.5 and 25 lbs. sounds just right for 5'4".
    3158 days ago
    I understand about making the change on the ticker & finding it hard to bring yourself to do so. You get to the point where you're so close to your original goal, & part of you's probably tired of working to reach the goal. Still, you're almost there, but if you need to go further, then keep pushing. Changing your ticker will be a sign to yourself that you need to go beyond.

    I find it strange that the doc says that 145 is a good weight for you at 5'4". I'm 5'6", & I've been told that 135-140's good for me. Something strange there! I think 120 or so would probably be good. Strange, too, what a difference a small difference in height makes weight-wise, eh?

    Good secret, too! :)
    3160 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2010 10:05:26 PM
    I understand the ticker angst very well. I struggled with the same thing. It seemed motivational to be nearly halfway to my goal physcologically so I added to my ticker twice in small increments. Now my goal is 50 pounds and I am about halfway so I feel good..... emoticon
    3160 days ago
    WAIT! It will be AWESOME to see your ticker reach your goal. No one says that you can't move it, or know that you're going to move it, but give yourself the opportunity of getting the gratification of reaching the finish line before you pick up and start the next race. ;) YOU WILL GET THERE! I'm so proud of you, it's really inspiring! :)
    3160 days ago
    Wait until you get to your first goal and then change it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
    3160 days ago
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