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January 7, 2010

Countdown to goal weight… 6.8 lbs left to go!

Now that I’m at a “healthy” BMI, I have one more basic goal to reach before working on stabilization and reevaluating my needs.

Goal weight is 150 or 25% body fat, whichever comes first.  At the moment it looks like they’re going to happen pretty much simultaneously.

I’ll go by the average at PhysicsDiet.com for the “real” value, but at the moment I’m working toward getting the scale to say it, first.  I will have to go below 150 a bit in order to stabilize there.

Over the past week my % body fat has ranged between 29.9 and 27.4 – I have a DXA scan scheduled on Jan 14 and that should tell me where I really am, at that point, and how the BIA scale numbers compare.

I’ve been working with the calorie tracker on my iPod and I think I’ve got the diet cycles / energy targets pretty well worked out. Part of what has made the transition complicated is that this tracker, unlike the one on Spark People, automatically takes into account my reported exercise.  I gained weight through much of last week as a result of eating more.  So I’ve had to adjust it down a bit.  It turns out that even with my exercise schedule if I eat more than 1100 calories per day on average, I will gain weight.

The way I’m using the tracker is that when I gain weight I go on the very restrictive  “-10 lbs per month” daily calorie target I’ve set up until it comes off, again.  Once I get back to where I started I ease onto the “-9 lbs per month” target and see what happens.   As I get closer to goal I’ll ease onto less restricted calorie targets and by trial and error figure out what target range will work for me for maintenance.

Because my metabolism is so slow I bet my eventual maintenance calorie target will say I should be losing weight.  It doesn’t matter what the tracker software predicts, though,  just what the actual SCALE and BODY FAT ESTIMATES say.

P.S.  My next milestone will be in 1.2 lbs when I’ll have removed 180.

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5 Comments »

  1. Am glad to read this:
    “Once I get back to where I started I ease onto the “-9 lbs per month” target and see what happens. As I get closer to goal I’ll ease onto less restricted calorie targets and by trial and error figure out what target range will work for me for maintenance.”

    Am hoping the less restricted calorie targets will allow you some leniency in real food choices. For your sake.

    Yahoo for you!

    Comment by jpm14 — January 8, 2010 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

    • I’m hoping that too. But only very very carefully, and with all the nutritional information available. I am not messing around. This is very serious and very difficult, and I’m not going to screw it up again.

      Comment by origamifreak — January 8, 2010 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  2. Wow well done!!!

    Reading this gives me hope and motivation.
    ~Ay
    http://aylilth.wordpress.com/

    Comment by aylilth — January 8, 2010 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! I was in turn motived by Jenette Fulda of the “Half of Me” blog… LOL

      Comment by origamifreak — January 8, 2010 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  3. Meant to pop by and thank you for the email 🙂 I am in awe at how dedicated and strict you are with your efforts…but then you have lost 180 lbs, so I shouldn’t be too surprised.

    Comment by seelieness — January 15, 2010 @ 6:29 am | Reply


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