Chapter 11- When to stop losing and start maintaining

Thursday, December 10, 2015

To get to this answer it's good to answer 2 questions. 1) What is your IDEAL goal? 2) What weight would make you minimally satisfied? These are tough questions. I could say my IDEAL goal would be 145 pounds but-I might get there and want to lose more. Guess I'll go with 145 as ideal. I'm almost 5'8" so it's the middle of my BMI numbers. I would be OK with 157 if I'm still lifting as much as I have been. (And running and playing tennis) At 160 people will start saying I'm getting too thin but I don't think so.They're just used to my larger size! LOL. We'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out. Only 10 pounds until I am in normal BMI range. Hope to stay on track during holidays. Let's do this!!!!!!
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    Takes some doing but you WILL get it! emoticon
    2055 days ago
    stay positive and focused... you can do this!
    2056 days ago
    You absolutely will figure it out through experiment: and it's a nice "problem" to have, right?
    2057 days ago
    Yes, you'll know when you've gotten to the weight that is comfortable for you. Actually, your body will let you know.

    Wishing you luck.
    2057 days ago
    I'm there with you, I set a rather tentative goal and will re-evaluate that periodically. My mom dieted once and got really too thin, she looked old at such a low weight. You will know, good job!!!
    2057 days ago
    You are doing GREAT!! I agree that those are hard questions. You clearly understand Beck and summarized her chapter expertly. (I'm still not totally committed to a goal weight range after more than 6 years at a healthy BMI.) Wait and see is a great way to determine your goal weight range IMHO.

    Another option is choosing a healthy lifestyle and saying I'm going to eat and exercise like this -- and then see what weight that produces. Some people are very successful doing it that way.

    So you have many options. I feel pretty confident that you are not going to have a problem with determining your goal weight range.

    Have you already joined the SparkPeople Team "At Goal & Maintaining Plus Transitioning to Maintenance"? If you haven't, consider it. They added that big plus part of the name just for people like you -- those transitioning to maintenance. There is a huge database of info about maintenance and a wonderful group of people who are successfully maintaining. Hope you'll join us!! -Marsha
    2057 days ago
    Yes, you will likely get the "too thin" comment when you reach the healthy BMI range. With 2/3 of society overweight, obese or worse, people of normal weight look thin. Sadly fat is coming the new normal.

    Hang in there!
    2057 days ago
    emoticon These are delightful questions to ponder!
    2057 days ago
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