I don’t have a goal weight in mind. My doctors and I haven’t discussed an actual number. According to the Center for Disease Control, a healthy weight for a woman of my height falls between 114-144 pounds with a body mass index between 18.5-25.
I think my right leg weighs more than 114 pounds. This is why I don’t allow myself to get hung up on defining the ultimate goal in an actual number, or at least not in actual numbers that fall within that range. If I fixate on that I will slowly drive myself insane.
So far on my journey, I was over the moon to get below 300 pounds. Right now, my eye is on the distant prize of weighing less than 200 pounds. When I hit that mark some months from now, that’s when I’ll consider choosing a goal weight. At that point, my doctors and I will transition me from a “losing” food plan to a “maintenance” plan.
Personally, I think if I can be somewhere between 170 and 185, I’ll be content. Content? Hell, I’ll metaphorically turn cartwheels and then see if I can do them physically, too!
Even without a concrete single number, I believe it’s safe and accurate to claim that I’m more than halfway to goal. I lost the 10 pounds that I wanted to in August and am on track for the goal I set when I hit the 100 pound weight loss. I said that I wanted to lose another 50 pounds by the end of the year. That could be a really ambitious number, or it could be easy. I have no way to know because there’s no telling if or how my metabolism will adjust as I progress. Perhaps it will be kinder to shoot for an 8 to 10 pound per month loss over the next few months. Given my innate ability to beat up on myself, I think the range-type goal is more likely to set me up for success.
Over on ObesityHelp.com, we can make cute little trackers for ourselves. Some of us (like me) set ours to show how many pounds we’ve lost. Others show how many pounds they have to lose to hit goal. Some people do both. Whether in my head I’m adding up the pounds lost total or counting down to a goal, I’m still going to celebrate that I’m more than half way there.