Originally Posted by saef
I also wanted to point out that The Number is not simply what you can reduce yourself down to. The Number is also what you can maintain over time, with a reasonable amount of effort, while still enjoying a good quality of life & without feeling like it is the sole focus of all your mental & physical energy.
For me, from hard-earned past experience, I know that I can be 20 pounds lower than my current weight, but that the effort hold that number steady over a long period of time is more than I am willing to make. At that point, I think about food & my weight more than I want to, and exercise becomes more like a compulsion, requiring upwards of two hours a day in my schedule. And I get sad & begin feeling enslaved by my precariously maintained routine.
Weighing the effort against the prize -- holding up the trophy of The Number & the cute smaller size clothes -- and the diminishing benefits to my health, mental & physical, it feels like knocking myself out for a grade of 98, when I could live with a grade of 91 & have a better quality of life, too. I opt for the 91, personally.
I agree completely. It's about quality of life for me. I can lose 10 or 15 more pounds but I am not sure I could maintain that in the long run. I'm not sure that I would be happy trying to maintain such a low weight.
I don't have a desire to get down to this tiny number/size only to be forced to live in a constant battle with food and exercise. My goal = be thin, look great, feel great while being able to live.