Does anyone else seem to have the problem of constantly moving their target weight?
Since I embarked on my weight loss journey a little over a year ago, my goal has shifted several times. At first, I just wanted to be able to get under 300lbs and didn't really think I'd make it much further than that. At that time, I thought I'd be content in a size 18, but would really like to get back into a size 12 like I was senior year of HS.
Once I got under 300 and realized losing the weight wasn't nearly as hard as I had made myself believe for all the years that I put it off, I figured I could get down to at least 200.
Then the weight kept coming off and I moved my target again - this time I KNEW I'd be able to get back into a size 12 (around 170/180 for me) and made my goal 175.
At some point, I got this crazy idea that maybe I could even do better than a size 12. That's the smallest I've ever been since I was a child. At age 12, I was wearing a size 12 and only got bigger from there. I kept gaining and got taller as I got older and throughout most of high school I was between a size 13 and 15 depending on the brand. Then I lost weight my senior year and got back to a 12...very briefly. After that it was all upward movement.
Some time back in the Fall, I decided that one of my life goals is the see a single digit size because I have never seen that for myself. I moved my target weight to around 160 and that's where it has been since the Fall.
Of course now I've hit the 100lb mark and it's all down hill from here. If I can lose 100lbs, I can do anything, right? At least that's my logic. I think at this point 145/150lbs is a reasonable goal for someone my height. I've been looking at lots of Health and Fitness stuff online and I think I can do it. My ultimate goal is to be really fit and healthy, so I'm not going to be terribly upset if the scale never shows one of those numbers as long as I know that I'm in the best shape I can be in. I realize that muscle weighs more than fat, so it's possible that if I'm in really good shape, I may not see that number.
If I got to 160lbs, I would still be at the top of the "normal" range for my height. Being so close to "overweight" I feel would be a slippery slope for me. Around 145/150, I would be in the middle of the "normal" range for BMI and I'd be much more comfortable with slight fluctuations.
Part of me would like to get down to 135lbs just to say that I lost 200lbs, but that is on the lower end of the "normal" range. I've never been in the normal range in my life, so setting that kind of extreme goal seems destined for failure. My whole family are built pretty big (not just because of weightwise - we're just built big), so don't really know that 135 is attainable. You never know though...the closer I get, the more overzealous I get about what I can achieve, so we will see!