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On Reaching A Target Weight

Monday, January 15, 2018

One-hundred and forty-five pounds. That was my goal all along and I must admit to the particular number being plucked out of thin air long ago as the weight I ought to be to get my body fat percentage at or below twenty percent. I did it. I weighed in this morning at 144.3 pounds, frankly, to my surprise. I knew I was close but to blow past it by 0.7 pound over a weekend was an added bonus.

So now what? I've been thinking about that question all morning. Certainly maintenance is on the agenda and I feel good about my ability to maintain mostly because I've come to very much enjoy the foods I'm eating - there's a no frills, clean taste to foods devoid of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and additives. The natural tastes are appealing to me and harken back to my childhood of eating vegetables grown in our family garden. I didn't know how much I missed those natural flavors until I began to again eat them. That I genuinely enjoy fruits and vegetables of all kinds is incredibly helpful.

All along my goal has been, and remains, to reach my sixtieth birthday in the best shape of my life. Four and a half months away from that notable day I believe I have at the very least a puncher's chance to achieve what really is a rather open-ended goal.

The irony to it all is now I want to gain weight - weight, not fat. I'm still wanting to burn off more body fat as a percentage down to at least fifteen percent. Lean mass would certainly accomplish that.

I do believe in rewarding myself for reaching milestones and this one will be no different yet different. After yoga class tomorrow morning it's time to treat myself to a sit down with a personal trainer and establish a fitness program to continue fat loss, increase strength, power, endurance and balance. As I see it the difficult part will come when I have to start increasing caloric intake to maintain an increase in gym activity. I've become so used to smaller portions and the like that eating more seems oddly counter productive.

The time has come to move my fitness and nutrtional plan to a new direction and I couldn't be happier to make the change.

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