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March 7, 2013 2:35 AM
I have been on my weight loss journey for almost 3 years, I gave myself small targets and when I reached them reset, I am now down to 124lbs from 171lbs, i'm 5ft 2ins. Very proud of what I have achieved but I feel lost now. I'm worried with no target to aim for I will start to regain the weight.
My body doesn't look how I imagined it would! Should I try and lose another 7lbs and see how I feel or try to tone up more by lifting more weights?

Decisions, decisions.
huh huh huh
  15591173
March 7, 2013 2:38 AM
congrats on all your hard work. I would suggest trying to tone up rather than losing more weightflowerforyou
March 7, 2013 2:40 AM
You deserve to be proud. smile

You are at a healthy weight. I would switch to maintenance and start lifting those weights. You may lose another 7lb and still not be happy.

If you feel you need a goal, then use lifting or measurement goals rather than the scale.
  2276902
March 7, 2013 2:45 AM
That's awesome!!!! I want to be like you.

Now, you get to eat at Maintenance.. and eat back exercise calories with NO fear. I can't wait to be you some day :)
  10218680
March 7, 2013 3:02 AM
First off a big congrats and well done. I would like to suggest to you that you do really have a target to aim for but it requires a small change of thinking. Your target should be to maintain your weight for the rest of your life. Successfully losing your weight should be your motivation that you KNOW you will also be a success at maintaining your weight. I will reach my goal very very shortly and be starting out on what I hope to be my next lifelong target. A journey I am both worried and excited about at the same time. Worried because I have failed in the past but excited because I have a new weapon in my arsenal and so do you. It's myfitnesspal and i suspect like me you have learned so much about the food you eat and the calories it delivers. With this knowledge you now have the wisdom and the motivation of your success to drive you forward to yet more success. I want to wish you well on achieving your next lifelong target. wink
March 7, 2013 3:03 AM
Make a new target
March 7, 2013 4:54 AM
How about setting yourself new targets, only have them be strength/fitness targets this time around?
March 7, 2013 5:02 AM
Great job on your loss. Now you need to set new goals. I reached my goal and decided I wanted MORE. Toning (for me) was it! Now I cut back on cardio and do a lot more weights. If toning isn't your thing than mabe look into advanced nutrition? What else can you come up with (new recipes, newdifferent foods you've never thought about??) to keep yourself interested. I think keeping yourself interested/motivated is key.
Edited by IsleEsme On March 7, 2013 5:03 AM
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March 7, 2013 5:05 AM
QUOTE:

I have been on my weight loss journey for almost 3 years, I gave myself small targets and when I reached them reset, I am now down to 124lbs from 171lbs, i'm 5ft 2ins. Very proud of what I have achieved but I feel lost now. I'm worried with no target to aim for I will start to regain the weight.
My body doesn't look how I imagined it would! Should I try and lose another 7lbs and see how I feel or try to tone up more by lifting more weights?

Decisions, decisions.
huh huh huh


Congratulations!!!

Continue logging your food and exercise. You are now onto maintenance and it is not as easy as people think it will be.
Edited by __Di__ On March 7, 2013 5:05 AM
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March 7, 2013 5:06 AM
Congratulations on reaching your target now the hard work begins staying there! That is the hardest part I can tell you that from experience. I'd would just set new targets such as body fat %, or fitness targets and keep weighing yourself at least every other week to keep an eye on things.

For today though just enjoy the fact that you got there and be proud of yourself!
  12244001
March 7, 2013 5:09 AM
make new goals, how can you ever be "done"?
March 7, 2013 5:09 AM
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My body doesn't look how I imagined it would!


I bet. I don't understand those weight targets as they just focus on weight not bodyfat percentages. (I only keep my sig there for amusement value - I busted through my target and kept losing but still didn't look like what I wanted to.) Do you just look like a smaller version of the original you?

What do you want to achieve? Athletic look? Waif?
Edited by darrensurrey On March 7, 2013 5:10 AM
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March 7, 2013 5:09 AM
You do the Dance of Joy of course!

http://youtu.be/GfPg5LjGYz8

Sorry, I don't know how to post a cool video, just the link sad
Edited by Hazel2005 On March 7, 2013 5:12 AM
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March 7, 2013 5:10 AM
Congratulations. I'm almost at a similar point to you. I think the way to keep going is to set new targets. Maybe they are not weight targets. Maybe its "run a half marathon" or "do a pull up" or something else but I think making new fitness and health goals is a good way to proceed away from the scale :)

Well done!
  952653
March 7, 2013 5:11 AM
work on body composition. lift heavy. New Rules of Lifting for Women or Stronglifts are popular choices.
March 7, 2013 5:17 AM
Congratulations! What about setting some fitness goals that have nothing to do with weight loss, but everything to do with doing things you enjoy, things you've always wanted to try? Maybe things like competing in runs, biking, dance, hiking (the Appalachian Trail is one of my future goals), things like that. Shift focus from changing your body to enjoying it.
Edited by zillah73 On March 7, 2013 5:17 AM
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March 7, 2013 5:19 AM
QUOTE:

You deserve to be proud. smile

You are at a healthy weight. I would switch to maintenance and start lifting those weights. You may lose another 7lb and still not be happy.

If you feel you need a goal, then use lifting or measurement goals rather than the scale.


^^This, 100%, plain & simple!!
  33203492
March 7, 2013 5:21 AM
I'm following program for "weight loss". The quotes are because we don't have a weight loss goal. The ultimate goal is more like getting rid of visceral fat, and be in better shape.

But everyone in the group has some goal that has nothing to do with numbers, weight or anything.
Mine was to be able to jog, and to do some martial art.

When I started, I was at 345 lbs, so I couldn't jog or do any martial art.

Right not, at 283lbs, I can jog. Slowly, it doesn't last long, but i'm getting there. I subscribed to two runs this summer : one 5km and one 10km. I might not even jog all the time but I don't care.

I know I'm not ready for martial arts. Not supple, still too heavy. That's my next goal. It'll happen when it'll happen, and has nothing to do with the number of pounds I lost.

Hope it helps :)
  27541772
March 7, 2013 5:27 AM
QUOTE:

You deserve to be proud. smile

You are at a healthy weight. I would switch to maintenance and start lifting those weights. You may lose another 7lb and still not be happy.

If you feel you need a goal, then use lifting or measurement goals rather than the scale.


^ This - it should be about the health as opposed to a scale # anyway. Toning very well make you a lot happier with the way you look than losing 7 more pounds. Also, what happens when you lose the 7 & decide you're still not happy with how you look because you're still not toned? Do you try to lose even more? Be most concerned with being healthy & how you feel, everything else is secondary.
  33986727
March 7, 2013 5:33 AM
QUOTE:

I have been on my weight loss journey for almost 3 years, I gave myself small targets and when I reached them reset, I am now down to 124lbs from 171lbs, i'm 5ft 2ins. Very proud of what I have achieved but I feel lost now. I'm worried with no target to aim for I will start to regain the weight.
My body doesn't look how I imagined it would! Should I try and lose another 7lbs and see how I feel or try to tone up more by lifting more weights?

Decisions, decisions.
huh huh huh


Go to Cheesecake Factory to celebrate, then be back to 130 again. Then you will have your 124lb goal to get to again.
March 7, 2013 5:38 AM
Well done - you have every right to be proud of yourself.

The way I regard it is that getting to goal weight is just the end of phase 1.
Phase 2 is to maintain in a good weight range while focussing on health and fitness.

I've set myself a load of goals, some short-term some long-term.
  27827333
March 7, 2013 5:38 AM
It would be my guess that the eating and exercise habits you have developed since you started are now an integral part of your lifestyle.

So, put away the scale!

Replace this with body measurements and fitness goals/achievements of some sort. Speed, distance, resistance weight, etc. etc. etc. Walk, bike, run, dance, yoga,etc., etc., etc.,

"There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." Bruce Lee

And, remember to have fun and enjoy the process of reaching what ever new goal you set for yourself!
March 7, 2013 5:40 AM
Congrats! Time to make new goals
  19593344
March 7, 2013 5:41 AM
Hearty and sincere congratulations to you on meeting your goal weight! drinker

A couple of lifelong goals:

1) Shed body fat by a realistic amount and then maintain your new body fat percentage for life.

2) In tandem with goal 2, lift heavy. Then lift heavier on a regular basis. Create a chart to track the size of weights you use.

I reached my target weight more than a year ago and these two goals have been my lifestyle habits since Feb 18, 2012.

Best wishes. flowerforyou
March 7, 2013 6:39 AM
First of all, CONGRATS! We've been watching "Biggest Loser" and it's amazing what a struggle a lifestyle change can be. I am 40 and tomorrow, I will log 365 days in a row on MFP. I've lost the weight I wanted to (40 pounds), but now I'm almost more scared of being able to maintain. When the weight first starts coming off, it's easy to be excited. But now, I can completely relate to being in no man's land with you.

For me, I want to tone more, so I am going to try heavy lifting and focus on keeping the body fat down. Also, my wife has struggled a bit, but one thing I have never stopped doing, is logging what I eat - every day - no matter HOW BAD the day went 0:-).

GOOD LUCK!!! Run the race!!!
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