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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!
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    At our age it seems weight gains are faster and weight losses slower. I used to stay around 117 consistently, but in the last two years I've really struggled to lose weight. My advice - keep at the healthy life style, celebrate losses, and try not to sweat the gains.
    2593 days ago
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    Thank you for posting your blog. I know just how you feel. Every occasion is a challenge. I'm going to be the big 50 next month and I have tried for a long time to get below 125 but that is as low as I have been able to go. I'm also vertically challenged since I'm only 5'1". I will be so happy if I can get to 124 since I will be one pound below 125 for the first time in I don't know how many years. I am really trying to stick with the 8 cups of water and the 5 fruit/veggies. I am hoping that will help me accomplish my goal. I think part of the problem is just mental. I need to convince myself that I really want the fruit and not the carbs. I think it starting to work. The longer you stay away from something the less you have the cravings. emoticon
    3002 days ago
    You might try water fasting for a day at a time. This lets you eat every other day but you are not as hungry on the days you eat as if you ate everyday. Just a thought for you to think about.
    3206 days ago
    I agree that 117 may be unrealistic, given our age, hormones, and all of life's celebration-worthy joys! Your plan sounds spot-on. It's kind of what I've resigned myself to: 125 used to be my all-time skinny goal weight. Now I'm shooting for 135, and see how it goes from there.

    3277 days ago
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    3312 days ago
    Hi Carin. You've always been faithful to your exercise plan. Considering that (and that muscle weighs more than fat), I would think that re-adjusting your goal to 125 would be fine. This is a much more reachable goal and should be easier to maintain than 117.
    3366 days ago
    I have certainly thought these thoughts, as well. I am 53 and less than an inch taller than you - I had thought 120 was my magic number until my body showed me that its more comfortable in the teens. The more I stay active, the more I remain around 117. Best of luck!
    3368 days ago
    hi, i see we have the same problem. i wanted to be 110 , got close last year, so decided that might be too low so i thought 112-115 would be better. I am 54 and 5ft. I did weight in at 100-107 till i hit 40. now i am 118.8. Darn numbers , just pure frustration!
    3368 days ago
    As someone who is a little older, has done the HRT, and has yo-yoed all my life, I understand where you're coming from. I would suggest going with the short-term goal of 125. See how you feel when you get there. That just may be where your body wants and needs to be at this point in your life. The stress of trying to get down to 117 may have your body fighting itself and causing you to be stuck at where you're at. Stress does do some nasty things to our bodies. Good luck.
    3368 days ago
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    The number is a number. Only you have to know it. What shows is your attitude and comfort with the body you have. Another thing to consider is what your body fat percentage was at 117. For a woman anything According to an article from Medscape.com, the American Dietetic Association recommends that men have 15-18% body fat and women have 20-25% body fat. Healthy male athletes might be as low as 5-12% body fat, and healthy female athletes could be as low as 10-20%.
    3369 days ago
    I know how you feel. At home and at work I am surrounded by nutritional temptation. I got to within 1.6 pounds of my goal about a year ago, fell off the wagon, and haven't been near the magic number (115) since.

    The difference is, I still want it - badly. I learn new tricks to incorporate healthy habits every day. I accepted using the Spark tracker and paying attention to what I eat are going to be necessary parts of my life. It doesn't bother me.

    You want to be happy, not obsessed. Only you can decide what is ideal for you.
    3369 days ago
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