What should my goal weight be was the question of the day yesterday. Many of you voted and submitted great and profound comments yesterday on my post about goal weight. Although I really loved the comments, I felt a bit mis-understood which happens easily via blog land. So this post is an explanation.
Wow! What a response I got from “the number” on the scale issue. HAHAHA That is good. I am glad that it could stir up our thoughts about what we want to weigh or if we even care what we weigh. I can assure you that I am not obsessed with the number on the scale. Once per week I go to my WW meeting and weigh in. On that particular day I think a good deal about my “number’. On any other normal day I do not. THE NUMBER is a very important, meaningful, and useful indicator of my overall performance regarding nutrition, exercise, and emotional eating. I know that many of you tell me to throw the number out the door and focus on how I feel health wise. Well, this is what I have always done in the past and every single time I have gained the weight back. Throwing the measuring stick out (the number) removes all objective measurement and only allows for possibly deceptive subjectivity.
HIGH SCHOOL WEIGHT
HAHAHA. This was also a topic of controversy. HAHAHA The truth is that while losing weight I was curious as to the possibility of weighing what I did in high school. Many of you said that would be impossible. It is in fact not impossible. I actually at the present time weigh about 20 pounds less than I did my senior year and 3 pounds more than I did my sophomore year. All at the same time I am at least 2% lower on body fat. So there is nothing evil about weighing the same as I did in high school for I already do and I am maintaining that range comfortably. For years I thought it would be impossible because I did not want to believe that I needed to go lower than 225. I just thought that it would be unhealthy for me, a grown man, to try and weigh less than 225 but at that time I was 307. Once I got to 225, I realized that it was not the healthy weight for me to be at. I still had a significant amount of body fat and it was not in the healthy range. For the health of my own body and soul, I needed to be in the healthy/lean body fat % range. To be there I needed to weigh in the 170’s – 180’s, the same as I was in high school.
FOCUS ON THINGS OTHER THAN SCALE WEIGHT
Scale weight or even the health journey, is not my only focus in life. I actually have a somewhat balanced focus portfolio. I have God as one focus, Wife/family as another, then I have running, then weight watchers, then recreation and yard work, then lastly work. HAHAAHA. I am a very goal oriented person so I have to make sure I have goals in each of these areas to keep them as part of my focus. No goal no focus. No scale weight, no goal, no focus. It only appears that I have no other focus because I primarily blog about weight loss and it’s issues. I try to keep it all on topic with the exception of landscaping.
FEEDBACK LOOP AND FOCUS ON OTHER HEALTH JOURNEY STUFF.
I must say that I don’t think it is wise to focus on other various aspects of the health journey while at the same time throw out the scale weight. This is my opinion of course. I can’t judge the quality of my nutrition with the scale. The scale is only one measure of nutrition quality but without it you get only part of the picture. It is extremely difficult to judge my hydration levels without the scale but hydration is a key component to health. I need to know how much I lose from water while doing my long runs and the only way I can is weigh myself and then I can adjust my intakes for future runs. Focusing on training for my exercise journey is also benefited by the scale weight. The lighter I am the easy it is to run and the more efficiently I can run for longer distances. My weight is a minimal part of running becoming easier but carrying ten extra pounds for 40 miles sucks. 🙂 My weight watchers weigh in’s help to stay accountable regarding my overall health picture of eating according to the healthy guidelines.
Anyways, hopefully you all have a better understanding of where I am coming from. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this post by commenting. I always love to read and reply to your comments.