Fitness Minutes: (68,835)
18,692 1/27/13 4:36 A
I let SP do the hard work, it told me what it was
A BMI between 18 and 25 is what to aim for
Fitness Minutes: (150,782)
14,849 1/27/13 4:35 A
I just put in a number that seemed reasonable to reach and once there I'll see how it goes for going lower - I know my doc wonts me down to the 150s or something like that I don't see that happening with my bone and muscle structure (already at 35% body fat as it is according to the bodpod they put me in a year back) so we'll see where things end up in time.
right now I'm content to let my body louse the weight as it will on its own time line - which right this moment in time is holding still without a loss or gain.
I didn't pick my goal weight; it picked me. When I eat properly and exercise enough to be healthy, this is the weight I reach and stay at. To get any lower, I have to compromise my nutrition and/or risk injury from too much exercise. I do wish I could drop another 10 pounds, but I don't want to be *less* healthy just so I can wear one size smaller.
Fitness Minutes: (1,708)
214 1/26/13 6:10 P
I picked 150 because it is in the middle of a "normal" bmi. The lowest I ever remember weighing is 165, so there or less and I'll be happy!
I actually just started with a goal of 10 lbs and that was easier then I expected so I decided on another 10 lbs, and now I want to lose another 5, but not really the end of the world, I am healthier then I have ever been, and I'm very happy with the way I look and feel.
Fitness Minutes: (28,804)
39 1/26/13 5:42 P
I picked 165 because, though the lowest I've been as an adult is 175, I am pretty sure I could get there with enough work, and because then I'd be able to say "I lost 100lbs" and wouldn't that be amazing?
That said, I would be ecstatic with anything under 200lbs, and once I hit there I'm sure I will go through the process of listening to my body to see where it wants to be and where I feel healthy. When I was 175lbs, I still had a bunch of flab in some areas, but you could see my ribs too... probably because I wasn't exercising at all at that time. So, getting down below 200 again this time will be uncharted territory!
Fitness Minutes: (21,036)
985 1/26/13 5:36 P
I picked 135 because I was there before and I like how I looked. I was in shape and looked slender.
Fitness Minutes: (120)
2,171 1/26/13 5:33 P
I picked my original goal weight (150) because that's the lowest I've ever been as an adult. But once I got to 150, I kept losing even though I was eating on the high end of the maintenance range SP gave me. I'll be at normal BMI when I'm at 140, so now that's sort of my new goal. I'm taking my time getting there though, about a half pound a week as long as I'm pretty good about my tracking and watching what I eat (I normally eat 1700-1800 a day w/ no exercise, but I didn't lose (or gain) anything over the holidays because I was going over that I'm sure). I'm not sure what I'll do once I get to 140 though... maybe keep going as I'm not really "thin" or anything like that, or just try to settle in at 140.
I will say I don't feel like I'm fighting to be where I'm at, and I'm losing without even trying all that hard. So I think once you get to where you're comfortable, as long as you keep up with the good habits you learned throughout the process, maintenance is not going to be hard at all. The ones who find it hard are the ones who have approached the whole thing with a "diet" and "this is temporary" mentality. They gain because they stop what they were doing to lose, and fall back into the old habits that made them gain weight in the first place. If you're not going at it with that approach, maintenance will be easy.
I would encourage you join the Maintaining and Transition to Maintaining Team. It's a very active team with a lot of really encouraging members and good information. It's open to anybody, even if you haven't made it to goal weight yet. teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining
SparkPeople has set me a goal that is around 3 pounds heavier than the lightest I've ever been- but I suspect that my body probably will want to end up slightly heavier than my Spark goal. I've still got a way to go, but how do you decide when you've settled at the "right" weight? I don't want to settle for heavier if it's possible for me to be lighter, but I don't want to constantly be fighting to maintain a particular weight...
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