"Goal" Weight? Or LIFE Weight?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

So, looking at my ticker, it seems that I am almost "there". Almost at "goal" weight. As my little running woman edges ever-closer to that "finish line" though, I pause and ponder ...

What is a "goal" weight?

Whenever I hear the word "goal" it sounds like an end to me. A dictionary definition might be: "the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result."

Huh. Is me reaching a certain weight the object of my ambition and effort here?

Or is there more?

Yes, I began Sparkpeople (and more recently joined Overeaters Anonymous) to lose weight. No question there. Let's face it, I was close to 200 lbs, and firmly stationed in the "obese" range of the body mass index.

But these last few months as I have been learning more about myself, the more I realize that a number on the scale is not my main objective. I am not just changing my size or shape (although thankfully that has happened!); I am changing my LIFE.

So, if not a "goal weight", what, then, *is* my objective?

This may change as I continue to live at a healthy weight, but, for now, my objectives are:

(1) to learn how to tone this new body of mine. I am blessed to have the Sparkpeople site and community for this part - I know how to do this already.

(2) to continue to forge a healthy relationship with food. Learning to fuel my body with healthy foods for maximum performance and clear-headedness seems a much better goal than "should I be 140 or 135 lbs"?

I remind myself daily that the end of my ticker is not the end of my journey; it's a continuation.

What are YOUR objectives?

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    Awesome! I work out not because I want to be My goal weight! But because I want to have the keys to health and strength and let the world and my life in this body go well for Long!
    Way too go on sticking with it,, SPARK ON!
    2476 days ago
    GREAT blog, Cj, and Conratualtions!

    While I need to lose the weight, 'goal' weight has never been my primary objective. I relly do believe that changing one's life is exactly HOW you get to goal weight and stay there.

    I'm sure wherever this journey takes you, you will be amazing!

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}

    Ps. Sorry I'm late to the party... rough Fall/early winter.

    2511 days ago
    Now you are cooking with GAS!!!

    emoticon That is really cool what you have written here. I have attended O.A. myself. Still working out all the time.
    I remember a voice saying in my head "If your God is so big why do you have to eat so much?"

    Weight is lost in the balance of all parts of me Spiritual and emotional realm inclusive!

    2517 days ago
    You rock, Ceej!! You really, truly, ROCK!!!
    2571 days ago
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    Thank you for sharing the wisdom you have gained. My goal is to feel comfortable in my own skin. That will require more than weight loss, and I am working on those other aspects.
    2572 days ago
    Great observations and congratulations on being so close to your 'goal weight'. I think you've made the journey home now and you can begin your new life in your new body.
    2573 days ago
  • BEHAPPY0201
    My goal is to be at a weight where I can do this with my son and not feel embarrassed!
    2573 days ago
    It sounds like you're doing the mental preparation to ready yourself to maintain your GOAL weight for LIFE, Ceej. How exciting!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2573 days ago
  • DORIS39




    CONGRATULATIONS. emoticon emoticon
    2573 days ago
    Very clear - and insightful. I believe learning about ourselves first helps us to continue moving forward in a positive way. :) WAY TO GO!
    2573 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    1. To get out of this rut I seem to find myself in and start making progress again.
    2. To reach a healthy and maintainable weight
    3. To build a healthier relationship with food and with myself.
    2573 days ago
    Weight is just a number and certainly not the end of the "life" journey. I made a mistake thinking that weight was all there was to every problem in my life. Wrong! Once I changed my thinking to include willingness to see my HP's goal for me instead of my own, that's when things changed for the better. My goal is to be willing to be abstinent, weight loss will follow. Good luck with your goals.
    2573 days ago
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