How to choose a target weight?

Friday, January 09, 2015

I'm not really sure what my target weight should be. Before kids, I was ~125. Between kids, I was ~130. After kids, I slowly climbed over the years to 178, late last year. So I don't know what a realistic target should be. The BMI calculator tells me that the "normal" weight range for my height is 108-145.

My dietician told me that I may gain some weight during the refeeding process, so often patients will aim for lower than their target weights before refeeding. For now, I think maybe 135 would be a good target? I have no idea how feasible it is. I am at 153 right now but wonder if the ~3 lbs/week drop will plateau before I can get to 135. The middle of the "normal" range would be 127. Is it crazy to even consider trying to aim for that?

This PSMF has been manageable so far (almost 8 weeks done!) but I don't know if I can keep it up for another 8 weeks! I'm monitoring with blood work every 2-3 weeks and I'm doing fine, fortunately. If I can keep up this rate of weight loss, 135 would be 6 more weeks; 127 would be 9 more weeks. Maybe I should think of the target as a moving one, and see where I am and what my resolve is in 6 weeks.

Thinking about sticking to the PSMF for weeks more is wearying. I think I will focus instead on the fact that I am now only 8 lbs away from the edge of "normal". I might be only 3 weeks away from not being "overweight" anymore. !!!

I know it's all numbers, but they quantify where I've been and point to where I need to go. I'm feeling better - it's easier to walk up flights of stairs, and I have less joint pain. And my blood pressure has dropped a bit. Fingers crossed that the latter will keep dropping.
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