I have been accused of losing too much weight.
I’m not sure that that’s the case, though I might be using the wrong targets as a means to make my own assessment.
For example, I have been taking account of Body Mass Index, despite the fact that I haven’t had a proper measurement made. I can’t say that my estimated BMI has any connection to reality, nor that what I’m aiming necessarily would work for me.
As far as I’m aware, 12 stone 4 pounds represents the ceiling between healthy weight and overweight for my height. In my view, I’d like to stay clear of 12 stone in general as a result. I have been aiming for about 1 stone less than this – though even that doesn’t bring me low enough to get the perfect middle balance of the BMI scale.
In practice, I feel like I want to lose weight because where I am now doesn’t make me comfortable. On the other hand, it’s possible that I’m not comfortable out of some sort of OCD. I’d like to be about 11 stone 6 pounds – about 160 pounds. Or, 72.5kg. Like I say… a bit OCD.
I can’t say I have any genuine reasoning behind hitting that target, other than wanting a round number. As it happens, round numbers helped me to lose the weight to begin with, so it seems a bit silly to treat targets unkindly now. It gave me a purpose and a means to stagger my weight loss. I think if you aim for the lowest target weight from the outset, you’re making it harder.
If you say you’ll write 50,000 words or run 26 miles, you might – then again you might not. If, however, you aim to get 5,000 words done or 5 miles, then see how you’re doing from there – that’s manageable. Chunking up the target weights simply made it easier to achieve them.
For the moment, I exercise 5 – 6 times week, 40 – 50 minutes an evening, and I try to keep to a consumption of no more than 1,500 calories a day, without getting too worked up about it. I keep a diary of my consumption and exercise just to monitor how am doing and keep my mindful of my targets – in terms of calories in and burned. For me, that’s just enough.
A bit like a wizard, I’m never too skinny, not am I too heavy. I’m precisely the weight I mean to be.