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Calling ALL 5'8" Size 8's


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Over the last several days, since I got back on the wagon, I've been thinking a lot about how I can make "this time" successful. I've been trying to evaluate all the things I did right in the past and also all the things I did wrong. The biggest mistake I've made in the past is that I QUIT Sparking. Never. Do. That.

Another mistake I made was that I never fully visualized what I wanted to get out of this. Last week when I told my husband how much I weigh -- a first for me -- after he GUESSED that I weighted 15 pounds less, he asked me how much I want to weigh. And it occurred to me that I don't really know. I set my goal at 130 because with my height, my BMI would be strongly in the healthy category. But I don't know if that's the best approach.

When I take a look at different weights, my BMI is Healthy from 122 pounds to 164 -- a pretty big range. Now, I doubt I'll get to 160 and feel like that's the way I want to look but I also don't think 122 would be very much like the "image" I have in my mind for myself.

So now I need your help.

Many months ago, I was looking for fellow Sparkers who were my height and had lost a lot of weight. I think I'll be thrilled to be in a size 8 clothes and since a lot of my skinny clothes are that size, that's what I'm going for. Unfortunately, I don't know what my weight goal should be with this in mind. So I ask you -- are you about 5'8"? Are you in a healthy, happy weight range? And what size clothes do you wear? Or MAYBE you know a woman who is my height and wears a size 8. Do you know how much she weighs? Does she feel and look happy with her weight?

I realize that every body is different but for me, knowing that I could swing within 40 pounds is NOT a good goal for me to have. I don't want to get to 160 and feel okay if I shouldn't. And yes, this is a LONG TERM goal but it'd be nice to get to 175 and know how much more I'd like to lose. Will that be half of my battle? Will it be a third?

Is this how you approach your weight loss goals? I'm really trying to create short term AND long term goals but I don't want any of them to seem too easy or too hard because both of those will have the same outcome: failure.
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KABMPH 7/23/2013 3:06PM

    I'm just about 5'8". In my 20s I was 125-130, and now in my 30s I'm 140-145. I wear a 6 or 8 or even 10 depending on the brand. I'm not THRILLED with my weight (which is why I'm on SP) but I exercise regularly and I eat OK (not great).

I had a body fat analysis done which is supposed to be better than BMI, since BMI has a lot of flaws. Here's my blog about it: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
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Good luck!! I've seen some people have a set weight goal and then realize they're totally happy 10 pounds more than their goal... since it's just a shot in the dark at first anyway. Once you get down into a range where you feel good, are comfortable and healthy, ask yourself if you need to keep losing!



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LADYLOSING 7/23/2013 2:36PM

    Thanks for the advice, Kylar. I was looking at the BMI chart yesterday with a co-worker who is REALLY fit and we commented on the fact that gender isn't considered. How RIDICULOUS! It basically was telling him that he needed to lose 10-20 pounds which is blatantly incorrect.

Anyways, I'll leave the BMI measurement behind if I can find some better way to measure. I'm all about determining my happiness by how I feel and look but I know I need some kind of number in addition to my measurements to keep me motivated.

Are there fitness tests you'd recommend that are simple enough I can do at home? And don't I need calipers or something to measure body fat? Any tips on these two topics would be helpful.

Thanks again!

P.S. You look great!

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MILLER*TIME 7/23/2013 2:35PM

    I'm between 5'7'' and 5'8'' (depending on which doctor measures me lol) and granted I'm now 22wks preggo but BEFORE that my happy weight was the low 130's/high 120's (after being 161 to begin with a few years ago). That was also maintenance mode so I was eating between 1600-1900 calories a day. I was in a size 4-6 too.

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KYLAR_STERN 7/23/2013 2:23PM

    I'm a guy who is 5'8" Don't forget that the BMI is such a stupid system that it doesn't even differentiate between males and females, much less taking into account fitness, muscle mass, and body composition. Depending on what time of the day I weigh myself, I can slide into the overweight category as I am now, and how unhealthy would it be if I dropped all the way to 122!? I feel a bit undersized now as it is.

Ignore everything pertaining to the BMI chart. Best way to is to go by how you feel, and whatever size you are comfortable with.

If you really need some numbers for proof or a goal, use body fat percentage or a fitness test of some sort.

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LADYLOSING 7/23/2013 2:17PM

    Oh, and a few other things:

I'm in agreement about being miserable -- if 130 makes me miserable, I'm not going to be able to maintain it.

BOBCAT -- 189! You go girl!! That number is way better than NOT weighing in. Keep up the good work!

YOU'RE ALL BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to be at your weights!

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LADYLOSING 7/23/2013 2:15PM

    Ladies, thanks SO much for your input! This is why I love Sparkers -- you throw something out there and you get the support and advice you need!

Anyways, I think I'm going to aim for between 130 and 145. Once I reach 145, I can be thrilled with myself but I'll also know that the REAL challenge is yet to come. And I'll definitely reevaluate at that point.

I'm okay with having an arbitrary weight goal but it helps to hear what the rest of you think about your bodies.

When I was a size 8, I wasn't totally happy with my body but I look back at those pictures and marvel at how skinny I was. I wasn't toned, but I was skinny. And of course, I have NO idea how much I weighed! If I can get back to that size plus replace the fat in my belly and thighs with actual muscle, I'll be happy. If that drops me down to a size 6 or whatever, I'm okay with that.

Thanks again for your quick comments! I'm so excited to see skinny me again!

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IHEIDIBEFITT 7/23/2013 1:50PM

    It's so hard to say because I'm 5'7" and have been 125 lbs..and I was a size 2/4. Now I'm at 149 and a size 6/8...I do not like the way I look at this weight. The way I'm built lets me somewhat pull off the weight I am now but I prefer 125, I think I look healthier and happier. I was never a thin child so I can't really say what body type I have (I had my younger years where I was but for most of my childhood and teenage years, I was way overweight). I like to think that my body is meant for 125 to 135 lbs.

I would probably say that you should probably go for a certain goal weight that you think you should be..when you get there you just reevaluate your weight and if that is where you want to be. That's what I did. I went from 160 lbs or so to 145. Then I decided 135. Then I finally settled on 125. I figured out then that that is where my weight is where I really wanted it to be.

Good luck!! Don't give up. Just keep going for goals and reevaluating!

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GONNALOSEIT09 7/23/2013 1:36PM

    I am 5'8" and weigh 179. I wear a size 10-12 depending on the maker of the clothes. I am working on getting down to the 160-165 range. I would also be around a size 8. I've also had 2 kids and tend to hold a little "pooch" but I'm working on that!:)

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BOBCATGIRL76 7/23/2013 1:23PM

    Hey Girl! I think the same thing. Right now at 189, I'm a comfortable Size 12. So in my mind, I feel like I could be in an 8 around 160. But my goal is 145, so that I can gain or lose a few and still be "healthy" haha. Thanks for not being upset with me for weighing in btw. :)

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CLOSETLIBRARIAN 7/23/2013 1:22PM

    I'm 5'8" and 150, and wear mostly size 8 with the random size 10 or 6 depending on the brand. Medium. I'd like to lose 5 or 7 more lbs, or perhaps just tone up a bit more (I know muscle volume is smaller than fat volume by weight), but realistically my goal weight is as arbitrary as yours, since I was aiming for smack in the middle of the range (143). It's a tough question. Another thing to consider is whether you can realistically maintain 130 without being miserable and cranky. I don't think I could happily go that low.

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