Ok, so I've already posted this in the "lifetime" area, thinking people there might have more experience with this, but didn't really get any response, so I'm going to try again here.
I've got a long way to go 'til lifetime, but I'm approaching my 10% and trying to figure out how to select my goal.
The problem is, I have a "realistic" goal, and a "theoretical" goal - I know what I "should" choose as a reasonable goal that I can maintain long-term (about 155), but I also have 135 in the back of my mind for a number of reasons. I don't want to place too much stress on any given number, but I also don't want to set my goal too aggressive so that I feel like a failure if I "only" lose 80 pounds!
So, back to my question - I know that the WW rules state that lifetime is achieved once you maintain for 6 weeks at less than 2 pounds above goal. However, I've also seen/heard comments that you're not allowed to fall more than 2 pounds below your goal, either - that the reasoning is to prevent people from setting a high goal to reach lifetime earlier/stop paying, and also to encourage true maintenance rather than constant loss/gain cycling (if you had a 10-pound range, for example).
So, my questions - do any of you know the official WW stance on the 2 pound below limit? Is it an official rule or just a "encourage you not to" in order to encourage proper maintenance? Also, have any of you been in my shoes - set an "official" goal but with thoughts of modifying it?
I don't want to set myself up for failure by setting a goal that's unreasonably low. At the same time, I don't want to sell myself short by setting one that's too high. Realistically, I'm aiming first for the general area of 150-155 (well, I'm first aiming to get back below 200!), but I may find I want to lose more when I get there. But outside of my personal thoughts, where should I set my WW goal? Can I modify my goal once I'm closer to that point?