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What is a good goal?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When I originally started on SP, I was in the overweight range in terms of BMI. I randomly picked a goal of 125, which at 5' 2" puts me at a 22.9 BMI. That weight is in the healthy range, but closer to the high end than to the low end. According to the BMI calculators, at my height, I will not fall into the "underweight" category until I hit 103 pounds.

103 pounds? I can't even imagine myself at that weight. I'm pretty dang sure I don't aspire to be that tiny, I don't even know if I could get there with these boobs I sport. But...

I have no idea what a good goal is. Now that I'm back down to 125, I'm wondering what I should do. I struggle with maintenance, so perhaps aiming for lower would give me more of a buffer zone? I'd love some advice. I know the "just do what makes you feel healthy" is a good thought, but I've not been under 120 as an adult, so I have no idea if I'd feel healthy or not.

At 125, I still have lots of ab and thigh adipose, but that may just be the way I'm built. I'm fine with that - I feel pretty fit and attractive, but I would like thoughts on what my real "fighting weight" should be.

Any thoughts, my wonderful sparkpeeps?
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ELIVINGSTONTX 6/26/2013 8:26AM

    I'm a little late to the game on this conversation, but thought I'd add a bit about body fat percentage. BMI is just a height to weight ratio in can be misleading. A reliable body composition scale will give you an approximate % of your weight that is fat, how many pounds are muscle, the rest is bone, water, etc. For women 20 - 25% body fat is considered healthy. 30% is clinically obese. I've set my goal for that range. I am 5'0", so I expect that to be in the 120 -125 weight range, but I'm not sure.

Drugstore.com seems to have real good prices on the Ironman body composition scales. I did a caliper body fat fat test at my gym. My scale was within 1/2% of the caliper test.

Hope this helps.

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LCERVERA 4/27/2013 4:22PM

    I gave myself a goal range, but not until I had already surpassed where I thought I would end up. I wasn't so strict with the "number," especially because of the whole muscle vs. fat thing. I'm also 5' 2'' and I'm pretty comfortable between 115-120. I don't sweat it until I get right up to the 120, and then I know I have to pull back a bit, but what's more important to me is that I can live in that range and still eat out, indulge sometimes, have a dessert once in a while, etc. As long as I keep exercising, which is now a way of life that I really enjoy, I can eat like that and be in that range which seems to work and keep me in the same size clothes! I can't afford to replace my wardrobe again!
Hope this helped. Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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KANOE10 4/11/2013 8:20AM

    I know that being 3 pounds under my goal makes me feel safer in maintenance..so I have a cushion. I would go with how you feel..Do you like the way your clothes fit? Good luck figuring it out. It is not easy. I changed my goal twice..

Hope you get some heat in your class.

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VIXSTERLU 4/10/2013 1:31PM

    And again we are at the same point. I have been thinking the same things lately! I am a helicopter right now, hovering around my goal, but freaking if I go to much over it. I still want a little more tone too, but don't want to starve myself to get there. If you account for the boobs you sport, then that 103 probably is more like 107, hehe.

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MANDELOVICH 4/10/2013 11:08AM

    Sent you an email...

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