How realistic are my goals?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
So, I've lost 3 pounds this month and managed to keep it off. Since starting Sparkpeople 5 or 6 years ago, my goal weight has always been 117 lbs. I did manage to reach it one time about a year and a half ago. I finally saw 117 on the scale the day before I left on vacation to St. Martin. Of course I gained about 5 pounds on that trip and I've not seen the 1-teens since then!
My question at this point is this: Is 117 a realistic goal for me anymore? I'm 47 years old. I'm doing some hormone therapy that makes me hungry all the time! I work out (moderately) every day. I feel like every waking moment is spent counting calories. I'm only 5'3" so I know I need to keep my weight down and I know that fitness and weight management will be a daily focus for the rest of my life. But I'm exhausted! I'm so tired of my life revolving around what I i've just eaten and what I'm going to eat (or not going to eat) next!
So, I'm going to try and re-shape my personal weight paradigm. I have been stuck around the 130 range. My current weight is 128.2. I've decided that my short term goal will be 125. If I can get down to 125, I will be happy and I will just try to maintain it for a while. Instead of disregarding 125 as too high, I will celebrate it as a goal reached. Then, if maintaining it becomes reasonable, I will shoot for a lower goal.
I'm headed out of town tomorrow morning for an anniversary trip. Although I'm not planning on totally abandoning all regard to healthy eating, I certainly don't expect to come back weighing 128 any more! But this is the ever present problem! There is always some life event that comes up and sets us back in our weigh loss progress. I want to enjoy life! So, wish me luck and I hope you are also making progress toward all of your goals!