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Keeping things in perspective....

Monday, July 22, 2013

I recently found a group here on SP for those of us 5'3" and under. For those of you who are of more average height, it may seem odd that we'd need our own group. It's the one place we can talk freely about goal weights that freak other people out. To put it in perspective, Jillian Michaels would be the tallest one in the room. Her maintenance weight is 115. Our BMR's for our goal weight range from 1000-1200. It's not unusual for those under 5'0" to have a perfectly healthy goal weight under 100 lbs.

I'm 5'0", 147 lbs and my body fat is currently bouncing in the 30-31% range. I'm still clinically obese at this weight and have at least 20 lbs to go. Most of you would kill to have my weight. However, at my height, its still not even close to goal.

Today's topic from one person was about how others saw her ticker and advised that her goal weight was too low. This person is 4'11". Its a perfectly reasonable goal weight for her.

So before you approach a person about their "unhealthy goals", remember that we are not all the same height.
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    Hi Elizabeth! I just joined that group. I believe I am taller than you (by a whole inch). If I go by most weight charts, I should weigh 105 lbs, which would make me a walking pair of boobs - I'm a 38H in that department. Off topic: must look for a team for the well endowed.
    A post you wrote really hit home for me -it was the difference between short and petite. I'm not petite. Just vertically challenged. Anyway, because of that, I checked out your SparkPage, read your blog and added you as a friend.

    I would kill at this point to be at the weight you are. I got injured at work and have spent the last year home. My biggest exercise has been lifting the fork to my mouth and it shows. A gain of twenty eight pounds in a year. Ouch. At this point, my goal is 145 lbs. I get overwhelmed easily and I figure forty pounds is a good start.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your writing and find you inspiring.

    1645 days ago
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