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JASTAMPER11
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2/3/12 3:44 P

Well, first time I wanted to lose 60 lbs and after 1 yr only lost 20. So, I try for small goals at a time. 20 lbs is very hard for me. Right now I am trying to maintain so that I don't gain winter weight.



GR82BMOMOF3
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2/3/12 3:26 P

I decided by what I weighed when I felt my best.



DEBBY4576
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2/3/12 3:22 P

Picked the middle of the weight range for medium frame and 5'4"



J2740LOU
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2/3/12 2:47 P

I originally chose my original WW goal weight from the mid-70's, which I reached about a year ago. Continued maintaining it and tracking nutrition and fitness while my weight continued to slowly lower. Now it has plateaued for the last year about 6 lbs less than the original goal weight I had targeted. I feel my best and look my best at this weight, so now this is my new goal weight.



IAMAGEMLOVER
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2/3/12 2:31 P

weight range for height and age



AEROBIDEZ
Posts: 2,141
2/3/12 2:25 P

My goal weight is the high end of my weight range for my height and body type. That is where I would not be considered overweight and would be right on target with my BMI

Edited by: AEROBIDEZ at: 2/3/2012 (16:14)


FEDGIRL4
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2/3/12 2:08 P

I consulted with my doctor as well.

Funny though, my goal weight was the weight when I got married and I thought I was fat.



JETB133
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2/3/12 1:51 P

I chose my goal weight because it was a weight that I remembering being before I had children. I felt strong and beautiful at this weight.



NWFL59
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2/3/12 10:23 A

consulted with my doctor



MRSTTHARP
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2/3/12 10:22 A

The Dr. and I went over the facts of my health. He told me that my goal weight is the high end of the spectrum so that I won't be considered "overweight." I weighed my goal weight when I was in the eighth grade. I wore size 16 in 6th grade, it would be very unrealistic for me to try to weigh 135



PARKERB2
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2/3/12 10:16 A

It's what I have been told.



MISSANGELFACE
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2/3/12 10:13 A

It's the last weight I remember feeling really good and looking good at ( before my child was born)



SOON2BSMALL1313
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2/3/12 9:34 A

i wanted to real a gosl in the middle of my target range



XIXONASTURIES
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2/3/12 9:26 A

3 words, BMI



KKKAREN
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2/3/12 8:32 A

Based on the weight I was when I felt my best in the past.



GUDDIGO
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2/3/12 8:31 A

First of all....my goal weight was decided based on my BMI



135-4US
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2/3/12 8:30 A

when i was anorexic, 135 lbs was the weight my doctor told me was the minimum to be healthy. Once I gained to that point, I felt strong and able. I was working a manual labor job and felt more in tune with my body than ever before. Then I binged up to 175 lbs, and hover around 155 lately. I don't feel as strong, able, flexible, or sexy as when I was 135. So it is my fovever goal. I'd probably be happy with a toned 145 though.



MSKRIS7
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2/3/12 7:55 A

Using the weight charts, age, height, and body frame.



WELLNESSME09
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2/3/12 7:54 A

Age and my height. Where I feel and look best at.



KISSFAN1
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2/3/12 7:50 A

I originally chose a weight I was at when I lost 60 pounds years ago. I actually went under that this time (wasn't trying to) and it seems my body wants to stay at that weight and not go lower so there you go, LOL.



PROGRESSFORWARD
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2/3/12 5:04 A

BMI



WEIGHTSLAYER2
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2/3/12 2:23 A

BMI



ONLINEASLLOU
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2/2/12 11:24 P

I have a couple different goal. My first "big goal" takes me down to what I weighed 5 years ago after I lost some weight (160). I hadn't weighed that low in years and it felt great. So that's my first major goal. I think I could maintain that weight if I could get there again. (I gained 35 pounds back when my thyroid started failing AND I broke my ankle.)

Once I achieve 160, I would like to get below 150 -- because that's a nice round number.

Then I have this fantasy of getting down to 125, what I weighed in college. But I doubt I will ever get there.

And then there is this ultimate fantasy of 118. That's what I weighed when I graduated from high school.

But I think I could be satisfied if I could get (and stay) below 150. I'm a round number person.



KELLIEM
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2/2/12 9:36 P

Yes



EXOTEC
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2/2/12 9:34 P

I don't have a hard-and-fast goal. I checked various sources telling me what I ought to weigh for my height (I'm only 5'1") ... but it sounds too low to me. I've never been a "normal" weight. I have no idea what I really should weigh. I suspect that the recommendations are for people who fit the current standard of appearance. I think that looks too thin. Just MHO. I believe somewhere in the low 100s, maybe 130 or so, would suit me better. I won't know until I get closer to that number! I'm still anticipating onederland!



JBINAUSTIN
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2/1/12 11:41 P

I used my doctor's suggestion, which was based on build & age.



ARTWEST1
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2/1/12 4:04 P

Most of the charts I have looked at say I should weigh between 157-162.

I feel good now but a few years ago when I weighed 162 I felt great. Even late last summer when I weighed 164 I felt really good and being a run/walker, my times were the fastest of my distance running career...which still isn't very fast.



XIUXIE
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2/1/12 3:58 P

I picked something realistic.



FERFEY02
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2/1/12 3:47 P

BMI & my Doc!



REDBIRDFLY
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2/1/12 1:57 P

Look in the mirror with a bikini on!! emoticon



BRIANPILGRIM
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2/1/12 1:42 P

The military sets it for me and my goal is just to stay below my max, which happens to be just about 6 pounds more than I weighed when I was a senior in high school. I feel very good at that weight and can do all the activities I like so it's where I'd want to be military or not. What I flirt with sometimes is "how low could I go and still be healthy?" I suspect not much below where I am now and the only reason I'm curious is because I've always, even from childhood, been at least at the upper end of normal weight or mildly overweight. I don't know what I'd weight if I were at something like 12% body fat.



4THELOVEOFDOLLS
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2/1/12 1:26 P

Talking to my DR. and having weighed that weight and felt healthy and confident.



JULESJ1OK
Posts: 1,355
2/1/12 1:24 P

My goal weight is based on my past weight when I was at my healthiest. I used to run, play tennis and I could run up stairs... based on health and not my appearance although the appearance will come with the vitality!

Edited by: JULESJ1OK at: 2/1/2012 (13:25)


PRINCESSMANDIE
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2/1/12 1:03 P

Its a weight I've been at a few times in my life (most recently was 3 years ago) even after having children. I'm most comfortable at this weight and I know I can get there with determination and hardwork.



NOREENBX
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2/1/12 12:58 P

I don't have a goal weight. I have a goal of losing 100 lbs. Then I'll figure it out from there.



NUGNUGSMOM
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2/1/12 12:49 P

I don't want to be "obese" according to BMI calculations.



ALOOGOSHT
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2/1/12 12:48 P

its one where i remember my body felt in sync with itself...



PAULIE91952
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2/1/12 12:45 P

i have choosen one that i would feel good at



MAUREL80
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2/1/12 12:19 P

I've been 140 before and it's a good size for me, I feel great at that weight and want to get there again. Just have to tighten the reins on myself and be more persistent. I've been slacking on my exercise which is why I haven't been on here in a while.



TRINITYROYAL
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2/1/12 12:13 P

Frame size, height, body fat % and muscle mass, combined with knowledge of how I feel when I'm down to fighting trim.

I go more by the tape measure than the scale, but it's one more item I can use to track progress.



KAILIIA
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2/1/12 12:11 P

I picked it based on muscle mass, frame size and discussions with my doctor.



BIISHO
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1/26/12 9:53 P

It's just a cute number...



AIREEULL
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1/26/12 9:47 P

it was my pre baby weight.



SPOORK
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1/26/12 9:34 P

It's the weight I was before I stopped regularly exercising and gained weight.



LANNIEMANUEL
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1/26/12 9:29 P

it is the weight i was when i met my husband.



JSLICE812
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1/26/12 9:19 P

I'm 5'10 so I feel like weighing about 160 would be reasonable. Since I'm turning 30 this year, I figured 30 pounds by mid August would be obtainable.



NORIGREY
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1/26/12 9:05 P

I was lucky because I lost weight once before. I know at 135 I feel healthy and normal, so that's my target.



DRRPH35749
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1/26/12 8:48 P

bmi & body type



PAMULDROW2007
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1/26/12 8:03 P

I did my BMI and I looked at the weight range for the healthy BMI and I took the higher end of the healthy bmi range. I still want to keep my curves.



SHYLOSER
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1/26/12 7:59 P

I was speaking with someone about this before, and it made me curious about how other people picked their numbers too. In my head, I think it would be more reasonable to base that number on a weight we think is ideal for ourselves, but I have a feeling not many people really do that.

As for myself, I got my number from my mom. When I was 14 or so, she told me 125 is what she weighed when she got married, and she was happiest about herself at that weight. So, I guess I put it in my head that "125 was perfect because it would make me happy" even though I may look better at a different weight. (With my other body issues I had before gaining weight, I wanted to be 110-115 because that's what the "perfect/pretty" women weighed, but I'm more realistic with it now!)

So, did you pick your number for yourself, what you feel you would look best at? Did someone pick it "for you"? Did you see someone who looked nice and they weighed a certain amount and you made that your goal to look like they did?

I know, I know, we shouldn't put such stress on the number of the scale, but let's be honest, it's pretty hard not to! :)
But then again, maybe some of you are of that lovely mentality (of which I am so jealous!) that truly don't care about the number on the scale?



 
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