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I knew 9 lbs lost in one week was a fluke!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I'm still down from the beginning of the year, though, so WooHoo anyway!! emoticon

I had someone ask me an interesting question today while I was out running. We were talking about losing weight and they asked me how much more I was trying to lose. I told them I'd need to lose another 80 lbs to get down to normal BMI. Their response was to ask, "But how much more are you trying to lose?" Kinda made me stop and think - well, I didn't actually stop, but I did think! ;-)

I told them my goal is about another 40 lbs, but that I wouldn't be too upset with myself if I didn't make that. Then we got into a discussion about the fact that there are other numbers that are more important than the number on the scale - blood pressure, for example. I have been off my blood pressure meds for several months and, the last time I went to the doctor, my BP was 116/67. That's a good number!

Another good number is the number of miles I can run/walk now. I did 10 miles today, but I have done as high as 15 and lived to tell the tale (just barely!) I have done one half-marathon and I'm training for another. Those are some good numbers!

And then there are all the intangible, unquantifiable benefits of losing weight and getting healthier - being able to shop in any clothing store, having the energy to do something after I get home from a long day at work, being more confident in my abilities, actually thinking once in a while that the person in the mirror is lookin' fine! emoticon

Bottom line - the number on the scale is just a number. It doesn't define me or tell the whole story of my journey, so I will not be a slave to it.

Have a blessed day, y'all! emoticon
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    Don't worry to much about that BMI. My BMI has always been high, but my body fat has been in the athlete/normal range. You are you, and the BMI scale is an average of the nation. That average 5'8 150lb male that is out there walking around is determining what makes us all feel like we need improvement on that stupid BMI scale. We are not all average height or average in muscle mass. Some of us carry more muscle and we are heavier, some of us carry more body fat and we are healthy. You are doing an incredible job! Keep it up! emoticon
    2305 days ago
    Thanks for the great comments on my blog. Y'all both gave me something to think about. There do have to be goals to shoot for and mine used to be that number on the scale. Now my mindset is more geared toward doing what I need to do to be healthy, whether the scale cooperates with me or not. I think that, if I keep a running goal in mind, such as training for a half-marathon, or commit to doing at least one ST session a week, I will be focused on the right things for my physical health. Mental health is a whole other issue! emoticon
    2315 days ago
    I agree with all that and I'm not arguing with someone who already lost 124 lbs and runs, but right now for me personally I'm dealing with a goal weight and that being a reality for me. This time I'm doing it a little differently. I'm eliminating a fixed date. Getting on that scale every week and seeing nothing or a half pound loss just spelled failure to me and then the stress cycle would start.
    My numbers are good too (but I can't even come close to running 10 miles), but I have to have a clear target. I can be successful along the way and be very happy, but like you. I know that healthy BMI weight.
    Congratulations on your great effort. You're amazing!
    2315 days ago
    Wow, question hits me between the eyes. I don't think I've ever committed to an end number which only has had me think I am already there. I'd be feeling fine and letting things get a bit loose. Hmmm, not a slave but certainly there are numbers that matter just as you say. My numbers looked better before the Fall.

    Here's to good numbers where we find them and here's to the GOAL...
    2315 days ago
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