Saturday, September 29, 2012
Looks like it will be questions 1 and 2 today, as they seem enough related to me to take together.
1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September?
First, I have to say I have always been on the overweight side. I remember wearing about a size 14 out of high school, I think. Was never overly fat in my opinion in high school, but never was slim either. Towards the larger half in gym class, but no where near the largest. In college, I gained a bit of weight as many do in college and was in about a 16, but they were tight I think at that point. Then I married and had a son. During the pregnancy I had gestational diabetes and had to acclimate to diet soda, and make a lot of dietary changes. But after my son was born, and the diabetes was gone, I went back to normal eating. I was very close to 200 pounds after my son was born and wearing a size 20.
Current stats: Wearing around a size 6/8, dependent on style of jeans. The size difference between a 6 to a 10 seems much smaller than 12 to 18/20. IE I changed size about every 20 pounds or so at first. I am short, 5'3" and weigh about 120. I have had a few times lately where I am weighing heavier and that is bothering me some. (about 121.5.) But for me I am still in a healthy bmi range, even on the heavy days, for probably the first time in my life.
2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way?
How did I choose goal weight? At first I think I wanted to weigh around 140 to 160 ish, as I knew I had weighed that before, but would also see where I really started to stall on my weight loss. Once I reached 160 or so, I knew I had to be at about 140 to have a healthy bmi and I thought that was doable. Once I reached 140, I wanted some wiggle room in the healthy bmi in case I gained a bit at some point, so wanted to loose a bit more. I considered myself at goal at 130 and then slowly switched to maintenance.
I first reduced my exercise from 60 minutes every day to 40 minutes everyday. AFter a month of that I was still loosing weight, so then added on a tiny bit of calories, I think it was about 50 per day or so. Then I stopped loosing weight. But by then I had reached about 120 lbs. Which to me is a comfortable weight to be. I can't get below 110 or I can not donate blood. But it is comfortably under the 140 which is the upper limit of a healthy bmi. So far this weight is doable, but sometimes I do consider allowing myself to gain a tiny bit and seeing how many calories I can eat to maintain a 5 pound higher weight, but I think I will not do that, until after next summer, as there will be a week of no internet access and I won't have control over how my food is prepared. I fear I will gain some that week, but I also know I know how to loose it again, if I have to.
I think that covers questions 1 and 2. More to come soon.