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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.
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    I so agree about being careful not to get overwhelmed. A key to this whole journey of life! emoticon
    3177 days ago
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    Non Scale Victories are always a goal for me to reach. The scale is just a number. Everyone is built differently so those BMI numbers do not mean alot to me , however , being active and keeping your cardio functioning properly and the numbers that correspond with the heart is of the utmost importance and all will fall into place- slow and easy. You have a good attitude - good luck to you.
    3183 days ago
    Great blog. I love the way you think. Those numbers are really more important that a goal weight. I would like to reach 145 but I would prefer to have normal labs if I can only have one. Both would be great. My health is what is most important to me and it sounds like it is to you as well. If we get work hard on this we can get results in all areas.
    3183 days ago
    Good goals, and the fact that you see how they are all interlinked.
    3184 days ago
    I'm so far from it, I can't even contemplate a 'goal weight'...but I like the idea of focusing number goals on the other ones, too! Thanks for sharing.
    3184 days ago
    Those other numbers are so much more important than the ones on the scale--the NSV's are what this struggle is all about. Wishing you much success with your goals.
    3185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/22/2012 10:48:24 PM
    It is important to look at all the numbers that equal good health, not just weight. Good goals.
    3185 days ago
    Focusing on other numbers, in addition to the weight number, is so very important. As you point out, our weight is but one measure of our health. The best thing you can do is take one day, one decision at a time, and keep making changes and creating newer, healthier habits. Being consistent is the best way to reach your goals. I wish you the best!
    3185 days ago
    Although my goal weight is higher than yours- 154 lbs, I have lost MORE than what you intend to lose. I just want to warn you that getting UNDER 200 is no guarentee that you won't gain it back. It is OH SO EASY to overeat while simultaneously getting compliments (because all you have lost). I made that mistake eighteen years ago-- lost from 125 kilos to 93.... and then regained to 150! THERE ARE NO GUAreentees. JUST KEEP MAKING THE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE, GETTING USED TO THEM, AND EVENTUALLY YOU SHOULD GET THERE ! BEST OF LUCK!
    3185 days ago
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    140 is my goal weight too. I chose it because it puts me within the healthy/normal range for my height, and because getting there would mean a 100 lb. loss. For some reason (and I know it's not entirely rational), losing 100 lbs. seems like a more significant accomplishment for me than losing, say, 90 lbs. would be.
    3185 days ago
    I hear you. My "ultimate goal weight" is 135 -- my driver's weight that I never bothered to correct after age 16. I've lost so much weight and am messing around between 142 and 145 for months. I have a commeration plan for when I hit 135. I can see it. I'm just stuck somewhere in my head and not getting there. I guess I need to meditate on what that 135 really means to me and just do it!
    3185 days ago
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