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Changing my goal weight

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When I originally set my goal weight, I chose the number that would have me at the upper end of the healthy BMI for my height. Now, after much internal debate, I'm changing the number to one that will have my BMI be in the middle of the healthy range.

This scares me: lowering the number.

I have not been at this weight since being an adult.

Sparkfriends: have you encountered a similar fear of the target weight number? If so, how did (do) you deal with that fear?
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    Why don't you set that higher number for your big goal to reach and then when you reach it, you can set that middle number for your next goal. That's what I do. I have an ultimate goal weight for myself, but I set a higher number to reach by a certain date. when I reach that goal then I set a lower number.
    2512 days ago
    I originally set my goal weight at something that seemed obtainable -- 150 or 140? (And as it turns out 135-140 is where I seem to sit "naturally," although I still think the latter is too heavy.) Then I had dropped it to 130, I think. I feared it not being sustainable or unrealistic. And I may have been right, since I seem to have to work hard to maintain under 135.

    I say treat it like any other goal - something to aspire to but not set in stone. I think your body will tell you whether it's right for you eventually!
    2513 days ago
    Good for you. I think if we lower it, that puts us even more outside of our comfort zone. But it's something to work towards. You never know what you can accomplish until you strive for it!
    2513 days ago
    I lowered my weight goal from 140 to 130 at one point. I felt comfortable with it as it would put me further into my healthy BMI range. However, when I got close to 140, I was already a size 4, and I decided, that for me, I did not want to get any smaller, so I reraised it to 140. (I tend to be muscular and ST on a regular basis.) I'm not trying to maintain just under 140 to give myself some flexibility. My doctor also recommended that I don't lose too much more weight when I was around 150.

    I say, just let things play out as they do. It's nice to have that number goal in mind, but I found that nutritional and fitness goals were so much more important as I closed in on my goal.

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    2513 days ago
    Mel, I'm not sure I could do this. I've changed my goal a couple times, but it was always to a higher number! I started this journey aiming for the 130's. Then moved the number to 140. My goal NOW is a strong 150's range. I figure, muscles are nicer to have than being skinny and I'd rather be strong and weigh a little more.

    I don't trust the BMI scale. Times have changed and if I DID go off that, I'd need to be like 109-125 and that to ME is too small. Does the BMI even consider muscle mass? IDK.

    Either way, do what you feel you need/want to do. It's always up to you where you want to be and how to get there. You got this!
    2513 days ago
    Way to go Mel! I think once I hit the goal weight for me I will reassess but of course I have to get to it first. It's scary but I know you can do it!!

    2513 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing
    2513 days ago
    One step at a time... emoticon
    2513 days ago
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