Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day 29 - Goals and Challenges

If you scroll all the way to the very bottom of my blog page, you will see a list of the categories of obesity, and a different ticker graphic that indicates how far I am from my overall destination, as measured by the scale.

The ticker at the top of my page follows my mini-goals. This first mini-goal is to lose 10% of my initial body weight, which would be 30 lbs.

I haven't set a timeframe for reaching that 30-pound loss, but I would like ideally to reach that number (277 lbs) by my October doctor's appointment. That is my short-term goal. My long-range goal is to get down to 145 lbs.

Some people say that isn't doable, but of course they are wrong. If I can gain the weight, I can lose the weight. I've made up my mind to make it so.

I'm not hoping to get there. I know I will get there.

I have no set timeframe to make that happen, but it will take care of itself, as long as I am consistent and mindful.

I am lacking a mid-range goal, and have been talking with fellow-blogger, Kathy, about setting one. She actually had a great idea, to challenge each other to a target, to be reached a year from now. I am so ready! Once we agree on the target, I'll post it, in case anyone wants to follow along.

A goal needs to be reasonably obtainable, and putting a timeframe to it just brings the challenge up to another level.

Changing topics - I notice my arms are looking a little puffy. Okay, the upper arm flaps go beyond puffy. I'm talking about the forearms here, people. We ate out last night, and I'm wondering if I had a bit too much salt in my dish. (It did taste a bit salty to me.) My water intake should flush that out today, if that is the case.

Hmmmm ... I wonder if I can pass 291 lbs off as water retention ...

Naw, I'd probably look ridiculous trying that.

Speaking of ridiculous, and water, I went to the pool last weekend. No one was around, which is a good thing. There is nothing worse than being obese among the bikini-clad. Well, that isn't quite true, but let's just agree it isn't much fun (for either group). I loved being in the water, but I was shocked at how little I could do, compared to the last time I went actual swimming. There is wisdom in regular exercising. It doesn't take long to lose cardiovascular stamina, does it?

My current BMI is 47. That is a high, high number. Literally, 47% of me is fat. That is almost 137 lbs. Ouch! I don't normally think in those terms, but I need to. Is it no wonder I've been suffering with the heat of this summer? I'm literally carrying around another person with me, every single second of the day. I can't imagine what this is doing to my bones, joints and heart muscle. Who stops to think of that? Well, actually, I do (apparently) a little bit. I've been sleeping on my right side (JUST my right side) for several years now. I think I am subconsciously afraid to put the left (heart-side) down, under the weight of the rest of me, while I sleep. Gosh, that sounds goofy, doesn't it?

Enough rambling for now. Time for me to go out into Blogland and read what others have been up to today! I gain a lot of insight and inspiration from my fellow-bloggers.


  1. I wish I could sleep on my side, I end up on my back every time! I wonder if that is bad for me? I figured my bmi, I never really worried about that but its a good indicator of how much weight to lose. According to my bmi I am overweight but 2 lbs ago I was obese. Wow I didnt know!!!! I am 31 lbs from "normal" but they are the hardest lbs to lose.

  2. GREAT job, Nancy!! There is a big difference (health-wise) between being obese and being "just" overweight. Congratulations on crossing that line. It is a milestone. I think there is some wisdom to your comment on hardest pounds to lose. The heavier we are, the more readily the lbs seem to come off. It may become more important to tighten your eating and exercise plan as you get closer to your goal weight. That is so cool !!! I'm doing a happy dance for you!!

  3. Hi Ann,

    You can do this!!! You have a great attitude!!! Just work your plan every day and don't give up!!!