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Goal met. New challenges ahead

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last October, about 8 months ago, I set a goal to lose from 170, a high I'd reached by not paying a lot of attention to what I ate, down to 155, what I recall as my high school weight. About 15 pounds in 8 months. Spark showed me that my weight loss was a saw toothed decline, more or less along the intended line, There was a spike from 159 to 163 while my wife and I were visiting in England and I was eating those wonderful English breakfasts every day! Another spike, from 156 to 163 occurred when I changed my activities after developing some leg pain associated with a diagnosis of a pinched nerve. There has been a sharp drop from that peak over the past three weeks as I've engaged in prescribed physical therapy. The amazing thing, unfolding before my eyes, has been seeing my scale reflecting weights under 155 for the past three days. This is a brand new low. I have not see 155 in many years. I've seen 157 or 156 a few times, but never maintained that weight to the next Sunday before. Now I've been at or under 156 for a week.

Can I maintain this? Maybe. For much of this last 8 months I've noted my weight stubbornly sticking around 160 pounds. My suspicion is that I've adopted a diet that is maintenance for 160 pounds. If I can hold onto what's happening right now, I may be able to enjoy eating and still be on a maintenance diet for 155 pounds.

My scale measures body fat. I think it does this poorly. Mine has stuck at about 27%, plus or minus 1%, throughout this entire weight loss (and gain) period. That suggests to me that I've likely lost muscle and fat in equal proportions. My new challenge is something that fits nicely with my therapy for a pinched nerve in my leg and with therapy over the past year for recovery from shoulder surgery. I'll now add some strength training for upper and lower body as well as core. This fits with what the professionals want, and also with my own goals of having the strength to do a through hike of the Appalachian Trail next spring. My next challenge will be trying to find a way to get a clear exercise plan, fitting my own needs, into my Spark plan. And I'll be working to reduce body fat without increasing weight. Hopefully that will indicate a larger percentage of lean body mass, that is, muscle.

So, today is a monumental Sunday. The first in years where my weight has finally fallen to (and below) 155 pounds. After years of paying some attention to diet, and 8 months of closer attention. I'm really pleased. I'll go out and celebrate with a walk through one of the local parks! And begin work at changing my mix of fat and muscle while keeping my weight right here.


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    Congratulations on meeting a major goal! That's awesome!
    1782 days ago
    What a great way to celebrate! And, CONGRATS! I hope you are holding on to that weight loss and sticking to some new fitness plans.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Yes, making new workout buddies is great! I also tried a new cycling group today - but it turned out to be only myself & the manager of the bike shop. That's ok, though. It was a great ride! And, he's also a triathlete and we had a lot to talk about.

    Have a happy, healthy week!
    1800 days ago
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    1809 days ago
    Wonderful news on your accomplishments...despite the limiting medical complications you've had as well!

    There is a SUPER SparkTeam of very similarly motivated folks At Goal & Maintenance, which I highly recommend you consider joining as the collective wisdom of this team is just amazing! Maintenance can be a tricky thing, but they offer tremendous knowledge and support to make it manageable.

    1811 days ago
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  • NWFL59
    Congratulations on meeting and sustaining your goal weight. The addition of ST will help you maintain this goal while continuing to work toward you goal of walking the AT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    The problem with measuring body fat is that there isn't a convenient, affordable way to do so regularly. Yeah, you can gear up for underwater weighing or a bod pod; but who can do that weekly?

    Weight maintenance is a different sort of challenge than weight loss. There is no goal to get to, just a process of staying close to where you are. I wish you the best in long term maintenance, and I'd let you know if I had it figured out; but a year and a half into maintaining, I'm still playing it by ear much of the time.
    1813 days ago
  • TLG71567
    That's fabulous! Congrats on meeting your goal and best of luck on maintaining it. From what I have read, the best way to do that is to not let your weight get more than three pounds away from your goal weight. That way you never have that much to deal with again. emoticon emoticon
    1814 days ago
    What a wonderful feeling it must be to say GOAL MET!!! Awesome job! I've been piddling around for years...finally just may be on the right track for me.

    Keep working are evidently in the right groove! emoticon
    1814 days ago
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