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Blog Article on The Last 20 Pounds-- And Why Losing Them Is Tough for Us Big Losers

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saw this over on the Refuse to Regain blog. In part, she discusses some of the "scale disconnect" I'm experiencing (I'm 5'7", 155 pounds and wear a size 2 or 4, depending on the item), and also why it is so hard to get those last few pounds off.

Thought I would share:


Not sure why I'm really trying so hard to lose additional pounds. I think she may be right that I should probably switch my focus over to maintenance and health.

Still sort of obsessing over the scale, though. I realize that doesn't make sense, but I can't help it.

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    That's a great article - thanks for posting it.

    3240 days ago
    HI There!

    THis is very interesting indeed. I'm 5'4", 130 pounds and a size 2. My maintenance range is 127-132 and I've stayed within that range since being in maintenance for the past year and 3 months.

    I think everyone's body type is different. Also, depending on how much muscle mass you have, you may see a larger number on the scale but still see a smaller clothing size.

    Do you think your "obsession" as you put it of losing more weight is related to an idea of what the "perfect" weight should be? If so, what is that number? I really believe that your goals should reflect other determinants, like body fat percentage, how your clothes fit, etc.

    3265 days ago
    Yes, I agree. I am about 5 ft 4 in and 135. At times it is frustrating but I try and look at it as I am healthy, fit, etc. too.
    3265 days ago
    Very interesting! Thanks for posting it. I am 5 lbs from goal so I can really relate. I'm 5'4", 132 lbs, size 4. I picked my goal of 127 because it's the smackdab middle of the healthy BMI range. I haven't figured out yet what my "happy" or "forever" weight is going to be. I really want to reach my goal first then decide. I'm really happy with my size right now. I've noticed while shopping that size 2's are not in stock a lot. They seem as rare as when I was on the other end looking for size 16's and 18's. So, I'm thinking 4 is where I want to say. But I know what you mean about still obsessing over the scale number. I really want that goal weight first. I don't want to get so close and quit. So I'm going to do it, then evaluate.

    Interesting what she says about being more compact after losing a large amount of weight. When I got to 140 a few months ago I was a size 8. I was around 140 all of my early adulthood and never wore an 8, more like a 12. I figured it was "vanity sizing" but maybe not.

    The article has some great tips for losing those last few pounds. I have found myself not being as vigilent with my diet as I was in the beginning. I need to refocus to get to goal. Thanks so much for sharing this!
    3266 days ago
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