NSV Blog: BLC 20
Saturday, September 22, 2012
"20 points - “Define the Number”
Sometimes it helps to first look at what we know. Take some time to write down your goal weight and consider what it means to you. Is it just a number? Is it more? How does the idea of reaching that weight make you feel? Write down your thoughts and really consider what is driving the importance of the scale for you. Feel free to share in your team thread or a blog - or keep it private if you wish!"
My "goal weight" is 140. I selected that because it is a weight that puts me into the "normal" column of the BMI rankings. I think that number is so far away for me that I tend to focus more on the numbers along the way: I really want to get to 200 and then after that getting to 195 would make me feel fairly secure that I would not top 200 again. It is MORE than a number but there are other numbers that I care about more. I care about my triglyceride number most of all because I have congenitally abnormally high triglycerides--hypertriglyceri
demia. Secondly I care about my Hemoglobin A1C number. If I can get it "normal" and keep it normal, that would be a major victory. Thirdly I really want to increase my HDL number, which is about as low as it goes. If I could get it above 40 that would be a victory but to get to 60 would be the emotional equivalent of running a marathon! My LDL level is not bad, but that's another important number to keep track of. Finally there's the numbers that measure blood pressure. I do take medication for hypertension but these numbers are creeping up in a way that is not good.
In short, my weight is just one of many numbers and lowering it can potentially help the other numbers as well. Each of these numbers is related to my weight: If I lower my weight I can possibly improve the other numbers. If the other numbers are improved, chances are excellent that my weight is getting more and more close to whatever might be "IDEAL" for my body.
It remains a daily issue, a daily plan, a daily matter and I cannot look too far down the road or I get overwhelmed and discouraged.
And being careful not to get overwhelmed is easier than dealing with the overwhelm itself.