Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Reasons to Lose Weight = #7

Someone posted this on the Weight Watchers message boards yesterday:

Happy Weight

So, I filled it out to see what it would tell me. The result was: 113.6 lb.

My reaction? Happy weight my ass. Nothing about that number is making me happy.

I know I'm missing the point here. The idea is to present a reasonable goal weight. Honestly, that probably is reasonable. That is very likely a good weight for someone like me - 5 feet tall, medium build. If I woke up tomorrow morning weighing 114 pounds, I'd be over the moon.

No, my reaction stems from the fact that it seems so impossible.

Obviously it's not impossible. Other people do it.

Deep down, I'm not sure I believe I can do it. I don't know whether belief is necessary in order to achieve weight loss. This is something I have pondered. Believe it or no, I will keep trying. Over and over.

So, that is this week's reason to lose weight: I want to get to my happy weight. 'Cause who doesn't want to be happy?

How I did yesterday
It was another successful day. I followed my meal plan. I did have a slice of bread with my chili, but I knew I would have something, just wasn't sure what. Still within my points for the day. I drank 2L of water. I did a strength workout plus a short cardio workout.

So much for the clear sidewalks and new-shoe-wearing. It was starting to snow when we left work last night and it snowed all night. Now it looks like we're getting freezing rain. So back to winter boots for me.

Daily Record
Weight: 143.1

BF: Toast w/PB, coffee w/cream
Lunch: Tortellini Stew
Snack: Berries & Yogurt
Supper: Pita Pizza

Planned Workout: C25K 2.3


Sarah said...

I think that those happy weight calculations are to give people who have NO idea where they want to be some kind of reasonable goal.

If you already know what your happy weight is, then who cares what the calculator says!

I know I looked at the number it generated for me and said 'meh. I think I'll stick with the one I already came up with'

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, dear. The Bag Lady wishes she hadn't tried that calculator! Although she would be really happy to be that weight, it just doesn't seem possible.

Especially in light of the fact that she re-dedicated herself yesterday, ate really well (stuck to her plan, didn't snack) and GAINED two pounds. Sheesh.

She'd be happy if she lost 20 lbs. At least then she'd be within sight of her happy weight, which would make her slightly less unhappy...

Besides, ins't happiness a state of mind?

JavaChick said...

Sarah - I agree, I think it provides a guideline but you have to decide what's right for you. Since I can remember being around 100 lbs and feeling like that was a perfect weight for me, 113 doesn't seem too far off of what would make me happy...It's just the getting there that is the problem.

Bag Lady - I'm so sorry. I did not mean to spread my unhappy reaction to others. Hang in there. The important thing is making healthy choices and feeling good - that should lead to the happy state of mind. I hope.

candlerun said...

Heh! You have a blog! Yeah!!

As for the Happy Weight thing... I have not done it but would be curious... My ww goal weight is quite low as it is... I have gone farther before.. but.. I am thinking to be reasonable, I am going to raise it a bit.

Quitting smoking.... Hard... but I have to succeed this time! It is harder than losing wt!

Well... don't mind me... I am going to peruse your blog now... :)

the Bag Lady said...

Javachick - don't worry - you weren't spreading any unhappiness...the Bag Lady had plenty of her own before she even looked at your blog today! **mutter, mutter, damned scale must be broken, mutter** But she is such a naturally cheerful Bag that she's over it now. See? :)

Roni said...

Ignore the happy weight calculator. Keep doing what you are doing and see how you feel as your weight changes.

Emily said...

I don't like the happy weight and I don't think it's accurate. It said 113.2 for me...HA! I lost 35 pounds with WW a few years ago to get to my goal weight of 120; needless to say I'm not even there still- 130 is a much more reasonable weight for me. I eat healthy, exercise but don't have to eat salads and raw fruit all the time : )