Choose My Adventure..
Well not exactly.
Unless I completely fall off the wagon or hit a nasty plateau, I have a pretty good chance of hitting my initial goal of 52 pounds in the next few weeks. Fifty-two pounds sounds impressive and looks impressive when I type it out long-form like I did in this sentence. And it IS impressive. But sadly, it is not the end of my weight loss journey. 52 pounds was a nice round number that I picked out of thin air out of ignorance of what I can do when I set my mind to it, and coinciding with my birthday next year.
According to various BMI calculators, the top weight for my height is around 172 pounds. And that’s the high end. The low end is about 140. (For the record, based on past experience, my body type and muscle mass, I suspect I will be at the high end, but I’ll reserve judgement for when I get there). So I am still obese (but only by a few pounds) and I still need to lose some significant weight.
For the next round, I don’t plan to aim for such a high number in one go. I have a target goal of ~16 pounds, to get me to 199. That mini-goal would achieve a few things – 1) I’d be under 200 for the first time probably since about 1995, 2) I’d be firmly out of obese and into just plain overweight. Both of those would be huge psychological boosts.
The question is – how much time should I target? For the first round, I averaged around 2 lbs / week. However, there are a few realities here. First, it gets harder the lighter you are. This time period is likely to contain Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. I don’t plan to gorge myself, but I do intend to eat without obsessing over calorie counts either. The festivities also tend to interfere with gym time (not tremendously, but some). And lastly, as one of my favorite series says – ‘Winter is coming.‘ Last winter was rough snow wise, and interfered with the gym greatly.
So I’m curious what everyone thinks I should aim for. 16 pounds in – 8 weeks? 12 weeks? 20 weeks?