The whole "ideal weight" thing has always bothered me because everyone's body is different. For some people, being 125 at 5'5" might look sickly while others might look bigger. There are too many factors to take into consideration like how muscular you are or where weight tends to be on your body. If you are within the healthy weight range, exercising regularly, and eating right, I don't think you should worry about those last 7 pounds. Your weight is just a number.
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First of all of your achievement! Don't worry about what the internet or other sources said about the "ideal" weight. We all were build differently. If you feel like you are at your ideal weight and you are happy with the way you look - forget that 7 pounds and starts your weight maintaining program. Keep up the good work - eat healthy (don't looked at it as diet as this will make u stopped eating what is good for you) and continue to workout even for 10 minutes a day. Good luck and
Edited by: CAVEPRINCESS65 at: 2/5/2012 (12:00)
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Yes, I'm 5'5", medium frame and 122 lbs. now. Last summer I was at a plateau of 135 lbs. and I almost gave up ever reaching my goal weight! But meeting that goal was very important to me. So I revamped my diet, completely eliminated sugar and added more cardio exercise. Not only did I reach my ideal body weight, but I surpassed it! If reaching your goal weight is important to you, then don't give up!
Just wanted to say I agree with others. Why don't you focus on maintaining this weight loss (and congratulations on your fabulous achievement!) and after a year or so when your body has completely adjusted to the new weight, it might be easier to go down a bit more if you still want to.
I've reached my original goal but midway through getting to that point I decided to add another 10 pounds to loose. This is turning into the most difficult weight to loose! I completely understand b/c I am also tired of trying to get to that final number. I feel great, I'm working out consistently and I have my eating under control, but I seem to be more in maintenance mode than a loosing mode (I've actually started to wonder if my body is trying to tell me something). So I've decided to lower my expectations for that loss. I'm still planning to loose it but while I spent 2011 loosing b/t 1 and 2 pounds a week (for the most part) I am now shooting for about a half a pound a week for the final 9 lbs and if I get there then I get there, if I don't I'm actually really happy where I am. Good luck to you!
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Because a weight chart says you should weigh a certain number, doesn't mean that is what is good for your body. Go by BMI and how you feel.
"I don't think there is much point in having an ideal weight. Have ideal behavior -- habits of moderate eating and exertion. Whatever you weigh then is ideal." (Reinhard Engels)
I lost 60 pounds years ago and gained back 40 of it because I thought I was on a "diet". This go around I lost 45 pounds (went below my goal weight) and plan to do every thing I can to remain on my "life-long healthy eating" mode. I do not want to gain it back this time, it was too darn hard to lose it at my age, LOL.
Regarding the 7 pounds, if you are in a healthy BMI and you're happy with your current weight, then I wouldn't worry about it. I upped my calorie intake once I got to my original goal weight (130-135 lbs) and when I did that I lost more weight, which I didn't expect.
Edited by: KISSFAN1 at: 2/5/2012 (08:03)
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You shouldn't be dieting in the first place, it's a life style change forever.
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I'm 5 5 132 and small framed. My goal is about 7 pounds away, and after about 6 months, I'm kind of tired of dieting. I almost want to think that my current weight is good enough, then sometimes I think I should just accept that it will take longer to lost those last 5 pounds, like maybe even 2-3 months. In the last 2 months I've only lost 2 pounds a month and it seems like it's taking forever. Also I am now wearing size 8 jeans which is awesome, but I would still like to go down just one more size.
Anyone else go through this? The internet says my ideal weight should be 125 pounds.
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