A long journey towards healthy weight (2nd stage) – my motivation and target

A long journey towards healthy weight (2nd stage) – my motivation and target

Hello my weight loss friends!

I’m back. It feels good saying that.

After 3 weeks break from my weight loss journey, I’m ready to start NHS 12 Weeks plan again!

My weight yesterday morning was 57.6kg, my start weight was 61.6kg, so exactly 4kg loss since I started beginning of this year (2 weeks maintaining stage I put on 0.5 kg). I’m now in a healthy BMI range. You might wonder: why do you want to lose more weight, why not just enter maintaining stage? What is your motivation? These are questions I asked myself and did research (As you all known, you have to be seriously motivated to go through this weight loss journey).

My story and motivation

I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my son. I wasn’t obese (about 73,74kg before I gave birth), but the fact that my dad, my aunt and one of my cousins have type 2 diabetes means I’m not blessed genetically on my father side, on my mother side, my gran has diabetes too, although she was diagnosed much later in life (in her 70’s). I was on the borderline between healthy BMI and overweight when I got pregnant, I didn’t put on that much weight when I was pregnant, but apparent it was enough to get me gestational diabetes.

Now my son’s 3, we want to try to have another child. I want to lose more weight (I’m in the heavier end of the healthy BMI range), my calculation shows if I lose another 7kg, bring my weight to 50kg something (still healthy BMI), even I get pregnant and put on about 11kg (healthy weight gain), I am just a little bit above healthy BMI for my height and age.

I’m fully aware BMI doesn’t apply to pregnant women and BMI itself as a measuring tool for healthy weight isn’t without criticism. But with my past experience and the fact that I’m still in the heavier end of BMI range, I think it still makes a lot sense for me to lose more weight, my target is 50kg by the end of 12 weeks! Wish me luck!

Jane

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  • Hi happyhealthyjane

    Welcome back and good luck with your stage 2 on the 12 week plan.

    I understand why you want to loss weight but I have to say I'm a little concerned that you are wanting to go so low as 50kgs. Not sure how tall you are but please be careful not to lose too much as 50kgs takes you to 7st 8lbs.

    Have a good week.

    Rose

  • Thanks Rose, totally understand your concern, I'm about 1.56 meter, that's quite short:(

    I discussed my weight and why I got gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my nutritionist at that time...not everything has an answer, family genetics was her guess. I don't have definite evidence losing more weight will make me less a candidate for gestational diabetes 2nd time around, but I'm sure I'd still be in the healthy range of BMI if I reach the 50kg target. For now, I think it's the right thing to do, if I get new evidence suggest otherwise, I'll of course be quite happy to enter my maintenance stage:)

  • Good luck with your plans Jane, I'm a firm believer in knowing our own bodies and knowing when we feel 'right' 😊

    However, like Rose says, please take care to eat nutritionally and keep healthy 😊

    Best wishes

    Anna

  • Thanks Anna. You've always been so supportive. Sorry if I seemed to be off the track a bit. Had a really busy week, didn't have time to check the forum at all. But I always talk about the forum, telling my family and friends how much it helped me. Went swimming today with my family today, not a good swimmer, but I really enjoy the workout feeling...p.s. nice to get compliment from husband saying I look good (and my psoriasis looked a lot better:) (for now anyway).

    Best regards,

    Jane

  • I wish you lots of luck 🌹🙂

    George 56 💐☺️

  • Thanks George:)

  • Hi Jane,

    I'd like to wish you luck - I hope everything goes well with your goals.

    Zest :-)

  • Thanks Zest:)

  • Wishing you luck but it sounds like you have the best motivation, a new baby and you sound happy and confident. You have certainly done your research which is great. So pleased for you because I am sure you can do itxxxx

  • Thank you! I do try to be a good role model for my son. Life can be hard sometimes, but the best I can do is to focus on what I do each and every day. My husband is trying to quit smoking for a similar motivation. When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it's nice to all family members on aboard:)

    Best of luck to your weight loss goal, too!

    xxxxx

  • Wishing you luck

  • Thanks Tracey!

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