I joined SP at 203 lbs. and wasn't sure what to put in as a GW. I went with 129 which was in healthy BMI range for me at 5' 3". Gradually after working at it for some time, I did get there and then lost another 11 pounds by continuing the same exercise & eating healthy. I've been maintaining at around 118 for about 9 months now. That's probably ideal for me because I feel really good, it's still within healthy BMI, and oh, yeah, DH said don't lose any more.
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When I asked my doctor almost a year ago what my ideal weight should be, she sent a letter that my BMI should be between 19-15. That BMI would correspond between the weight of 110-140 pounds. I'm shooting for 140#. I am exercising 5 days a week and I know I'm doing well. What I am really excited about is I'm getting rid of those horrible "love handles" and couldn't be more pleased. I just want to feel good, be healthy, have a strong heart, & not worry about the number on the scale. I have never had a trim waist and it's getting there. This is what makes me get that exercise done because the reward is GREAT!
I'm 5'11" and I would love to weigh 160 the slimmest I've ever been was 170 and I had family telling me I was fat. Please note that Lindsay Vonn is 5'10" and weighs 160 ... and looks amazing If I knew then what I know now...I would have had choice words for those people
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I think the "recommendations" for my height is supposed to be between 100-130 pounds. That feels maybe a bit too low to me... but I don't know, because I can't remember ever having been there, and I'm still a long way from it!
I'm aiming for about 150, I think. I'm 5'1", and I'm 56. I have no desire to look 20-ish, and I think some curviness is actually nice on women. The difficult part for me right now is that I've lost so much weight that I have a lot of tissue hanging around which isn't really "me" anymore. I'm told that the total body lift which is a probable medical necessity at the end of this will probably remove about 30 pounds of that "extra baggage". So, when I lose down to about 180, I'll start thinking about what final weight might be appropriate. Hard to do, when you have to look *around* all the stuff that will be removed.
Is that ideal? Heck. I don't know!
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I am not sure if my weight is ideal, but I am happy with where I am now. I think I look good. I know I feel better than I have in a very long time, and that is key. Right now I am just trying to maintain my present weight and stay healthy. Oh yes, I am at 140
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I would say a very different 95-100lbs. I'm frequently in the 90s , but usually have lost muscle and not fat and manage to look thick at a ridiculously low weight. Says a lot about numbers in weight as opposed to ratios and percentages. I guess I'm not so much looking for an ideal weight as an ideal composition.
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