It looks like I am going to be posting about three times a week other day this summer. I like not having the pressure to get a new post up every day. Of course that was self imposed pressure. I had to give myself permission to post less frequently. My days right now are filled with trying to help Katy get ready for her study abroad program and our vacation at the end of the month. I had no idea how much paper work and red tape is involved when you are going to be living in another country, let alone all the things she needs to get before she leaves. It is very exciting!
The other day Katy and I went shopping and while we were out the discussion went to what my weight loss goal is right now. Katy expressed that she thinks I look great right where I am. She does not want to see me lose more weight and struggle to maintain it and not be able to enjoy eating a decent amount of food. (I do love to cook and I love to eat!) I don’t disagree, I am happy with how I look right now but, I do still have extra fat on my thighs. Yes it really is there. I played show and tell and got another opinion just to make sure I am dealing with reality. It is definitely reality!
I told Katy that if I lose 5-6 more pounds that takes 20-24 pounds of pressure off my knees and that is significant! I want to lose those pounds and maintain between 130-135. You have to have a range of weight for maintenance to account for the daily fluctuation that naturally occurs. Of course at my height a 5 pound gain means I won’t fit into my clothes so I don’t intend to let it get that far!
I also talked to hubby Tom about what my goal weight should be. He thinks with my activity level and the healthy approach I have about eating that 130 is very reasonable. He pointed out that since I am no longer so rigid with my food intake it has made life much easier for the rest of the family. I am more agreeable to eating out at healthy restaurants, going to friends houses to eat and so on. In the past I have had all or nothing thinking in regards to my food plan and it made it stressful on everyone.
I decided today to do a little internet research to make sure I am being realistic about my goal weight. I am 5’4″ tall (okay I might be shrinking at my age, but this is how tall I was the last time I measured) and the weight range for my age and height is 111-146 give or take a pound depending on what chart you look at. Of course these numbers do not take into account muscle mass verses fat or your body frame.
A healthy BMI (body mass index) is 19-25. I am currently at 23.3 so still a little more at the high end of the range but a score under 25 is good. You can figure your BMI at Self.com by clicking here.
Check out the happy weight calculator at Self by clicking here. I love that they call it your happy weight. It says this on their web site , stop aiming for an unrealistic goal and use this formula to get a healthy number that’s easy for you to maintain without obsessing.
You measure your wrist to find out what size of body frame you have. Mine was small, I always thought I was medium frame, who knew? This calculator takes into account your body frame and asks you a few other questions. My happy weight is 129.6 so I think I am right on target with a goal of 130.
I found yet another on line calculator at Calories Count.com that calculates how many calories you need to lose weight or to maintain your weight. Check it out by clicking here. When I get to 130 pounds I can have around 2100 calories a day to maintain. That is a very generous amount of calories per day. That is not starving, it allows for lots of real healthy, nutritious food.
I got on the scale yesterday and I was down 1.2 pounds from last week! YIPEE! I weighed 135.8. I just have 5.8 more pounds to lose to get to my happy weight. Then I will start maintenance. My body will be happy, my knees will be pleased and I will be ready for the next phase of this journey.
I read one time that losing weight is like boot camp before the battle of maintenance. In boot camp you learn all the skills you will need to rely on during maintenance. I feel like I have a great deal of new knowledge that is going to serve me well during maintenance. I will be posting more about that on my Fitness Friday post!
What are you learning during your weight loss boot camp?
Have you found your happy weight?
Feeling fantastic about boot camp and my happy weight.