Yes! At long last, I’m at my Weight Watchers goal weight. Actually, I lost 1.2 pounds to get to 145.8 pounds, which is .2 below my goal weight of 146 pounds. I really wasn’t expecting to get there this week. When I am losing, I lose an average of about half a pound a week and, as I got closer to goal, it was slow. This was a good eating week, but activity was sparse as I was still taking it easy after being sick. So, when I lost a pound between yesterday morning and this morning, I was surprised. And, then I hurried over to weigh in officially.
It has been such a long road to get here. I first got to goal (a lower goal then) in 1991. I failed maintenance hard, and slowly regained. I sporadically went back a few times to try to get off the “baby weight,” to no avail. In late 2007, I went back and weighed in at my highest recorded weight of 207.4 pounds. Despite this I didn’t make much progress.
In August, 2010, I decided to really seriously dedicate myself to losing weight. At the time, I was all the way down to 205.4 pounds. The good news was that when I consistently attended meetings and tracked, I lost weight.
I lost over 45 pounds and then we got busy and stressed while finding a new house and moving. I got completely derailed and regained over 30 pounds. Eventually in August of 2013 I started going down a bit, then I starting attended meetings regularly. At the end of that year, I started this blog and I’ve slowly lost weight, finally getting to goal!
What now? It is clear to me that I am not done. My body fat is still too high. My scale seems to fluctuate between about 38% and 39% body fat. As I previously posted, my primary goal now is body composition. My guess is that to get to a reasonable body fat percentage I will need to be somewhere in the 130s. But, I’m not sure. It might be more or less.
It is also clear to me that I have weight loss fatigue right now. Also, I feel that with restricting calories over the past few years, my metabolism has slowed. Not so slow that I can’t lose, but slow enough that it is hard for me to create a good calorie deficit.
So, I’ve decided that for awhile (4 to 6 weeks perhaps), I am going to simply try to maintain between 146 and 148 pounds. I don’t want to go above 148 pounds since I don’t want to have pay Weight Watchers and am currently free lifetime. On the other hand, losing more weight right this minute isn’t the key priority to me.
I want to simply work on finding out what calorie level I can eat at to maintain weight loss. I realize I may have some fluctuations so that I may have a gain when I next weigh in at Weight Watchers. AS long as I don’t go over 148 pounds, though, I’m fine with that. But, right now I just want to focus on getting my body to settle in at a normal weight. Once I’ve done that for a few weeks, then I will probably work some more on weight loss, but really focusing more on body composition. Of course, I will continue working with my personal trainer on strength training which is a primary way that I am working on body composition. And, I’ll continue doing my cardio exercise.