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SELF's Happy Weight Calculator

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I'm such a 'numbers' girl and as I logged in my measurements this morning and review my stats (including where I started when I joined SP), I am doing relatively well. My journey began on SP at around 184lbs and as of today I'm 27lbs lighter and 24lbs away from my 'happy weight'.

A fellow team member posted the link and I recalled using it and thought I'd share it here with you in case you want to have a peak at what your happy weight would be. I like that it takes into consideration various factors when determining YOUR happy weight. Here's the link:

Now I stand at 5'3 inches and I'm 45 years old and both my parents were obese and many of my family members battle the bulge. I consider myself a medium frame and my exercise varies but I put 3 times a week and I have not quit smoking (never picked up that bad habit) and I DO allow myself indulgences.

My happy weight is 132lbs which puts my BMI at 23.4. They say a healthy weight range for my height/age is 104 to 141lbs. I would never see myself below 120lbs again (I was 115 when I was 15 years old - 30 years ago). My own 15 year old daughter who I think is very healthy looking stands maybe an inch shorter than me and weighs around 130lbs so I'm modelling from her.

While I'm a numbers girl, I also realize that the number on the scale is not the end all. Other factors to consider is if you're doing Strength Training and if you are adding muscle mass versus 'fat' mass (because muscles weigh more). I'm not telling you anything you don't already know... Measurements are another key tool in knowing where we're at (including how we feel in our clothes).

Today I feel great wearing the new outfit I bought - size 10 jeans (our sizes in Canada may vary from other countries - but I was a size 14 and sometimes 16). I figure when I reach my goal I will be in single digit sizes and that excites me.

The prospect of shopping for new clothes, including indulging in some nice undergarments, is something I'm looking forward to.

En route to my ultimate goal - I will give myself some small rewards (like the new outfit I bought myself). My next reward will be when I reach 140Ville and maintain there for a while... perhaps a pedicure (something I've never had done).

My ultimate reward - a photo shoot which I'm going to research. I want someone who will take different shots, with me wearing different things and in different settings. I've never had professional photos taken and have seen some awesome ones... it's certainly a keepsake I look forward to creating!

It's great to set a goal and setting yourself up with just rewards makes it worth the effort! What is your happy weight and what steps are you taking to get there (mini-goals and rewards)?

Bit by bit we're chipping away at the excess weight and leading healthier balanced SParked Lives!

I'm thrilled to have so many wonderful SP friends to share the journey with!
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    awesome thanks for sharing the link! My healthy weight is 126.4 which is only about 11 bs from where I am now woo hooo!! Best of luck! I LOVE the idea of a photo shoot! I just may have to steal that WHEN I make it to my goal weight too! :)
    2174 days ago
    Thanks for sharing that link! It put me at 136 Happy Weight, pretty darn good considering I said my goal weight would be 135-ish! Woot

    Photoshoot, excellent idea, I've been thinking of the same thing!
    2174 days ago
    Great idea with the photoshoot!

    My happy weight came out at 142! Maybe I don't need to lose as much as I thought - lol. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to reset my goal.
    2175 days ago
    2175 days ago
    You are back on track and pulling me along, too.
    That's funny you are thinking of photos- last night as I was drifting off I was thinking about what I want for my birthday coming up soon and I think I will ask my dear friend, who has a really good camera and takes great pics, to come and do a shoot of my whole family- even #1 son, the yacht captain, is coming home from FL for my b-day. I love those family photos where everyone is wearing jeans and a white shirt.

    2175 days ago
    Great blog! I love your reward ideas!!!
    2175 days ago
    A photo shoot is also my big reward. Woohoo!
    2175 days ago
    A photo shoot wounds like a fun reward.

    I checked out my happy weight and it can up with
    154.3. I am 5'8" tall, had one obese parent and two
    siblings who have weight issues. One is definitely
    health related and she can't do much about it. I
    am not sure I would agree with my happy weight
    as I was there and I like 129 much better.
    Have a great day and thanks for sharing.! HUGS!
    2175 days ago
    oooooh a photo shoot sounds like a wonderful reward.
    2175 days ago
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