Sunday, August 3, 2008
7 Weigh-In: Whoah, I've Reached My Weight Loss Goal!
OK, the scale pictured above definitely has a reason to smile today: I'VE FINALLY REACHED MY WEIGHT-LOSS GOAL! 8-)
And yes, for those of you who are keeping track, I made it a whole 5 days without weighing myself, which is only two days short of my original goal (of waiting a whole week before weighing myself again). But it's very nearly a week, & given the results, so-#*$@%-what! ;-)
Some of you who've been long-time readers of this blog probably will remember that my original weight-loss goal was 25 lbs. However, after losing 10 lbs., I then re-listed my goal as a 15-lb. weight loss. I did this because I felt I'd reached a significant milestone, & also wanted to revise my goals to reflect my current progress. (Plus, 15 lbs. to go is a more encouraging/motivational goal post! ;-) ) So, my total cumulative weight loss since 7/21/07 has been 25 lbs.
I'm not sure what my total BF% loss has been since the start (i.e., 7/21/07) of my journey back to health & fitness, since I didn't start tracking these numbers until 10/8/07. What I can tell you is that, since 10/8/07, my total BF% loss has been 6.6%. (And if I'd have measured it from 7/21/07, I'd probably be reporting a much higher sum total loss; I hesitate to guestimate, but I'm betting that figure's probably closer to 8-10% BF.) That might not seem like a lot to some of you who are trying to lose more than 25 lbs., but for me, a person with a medium body frame & a height of 5'6", it's a fairly big deal.
Sure, I'm happy about reaching this goal, but it's kind of a spike of extreme joy followed by a mellow, chilled happiness. I think the reason for the chilled attitude is that I knew the goal was just around the corner; it was only a matter of time, & I was fairly confident that I'd soon reach the goal, given my recent running & strength-training efforts. Plus, I'm in a different mental spot now & am already looking ahead to my next set of goals.
Of course, I still have body fat to lose, & in fact have gained 1.5% BF since 7/28/08. However, if you use the figure from the previous day (on 7/27/08), which is probably the more accurate one of the two anyhow, I actually lost 0.2% BF. So there! ;-)
I imagine that, in order to reach my body fat goal of 14-18%, I will most likely lose another 8-10 lbs. in the process. However, it's not something I'm going to fixate upon, as the weight loss is simply a secondary goal. The primary goal is now my race training & losing BF% for racing performance benefits.
I can't tell you how surreal it feels to not have a weight-loss goal anymore. Of course, there's still weight maintenance, but provided that I continue running & eating the way I've been lately, I don't think that'll be much of an issue. I'm honestly extremely happy to be refocusing the majority of my energies into race training & sports nutrition. YAY!!!!!!!
So what's next for me on the weight management & fitness horizon? Well, stay tuned, because you can bet that I'll be reviewing my percent-to-goal progress, re-tooling existing goals & also formulating new ones!
OK, and now I'm really heading out the door for my run. Really, I am! ;-)