All of you are so inpirational to me! I'm interested to know how long it took you to get to the weight you are now from the weight you started? Of course I always want to see instant weight changes every week, but I know that's not how it works.. healthily! Look forward to hearing from you.
I struggle a bit with establishing a goal weight. At first, I was so obese that I thought getting into the healthy weight range was unrealistic. I just wanted to lost about 20 pounds and back to a size 16 (to be able to fit into most of my clothes again).
Once I had accomplished that goal, I fantasized about getting out of the obese categorie and into the overweight category. That meant losing another 20 pounds to get to 160. Anything below that was a fantasy.
I exceeded that goal and am at 150 pounds, wearing a size 14 petite. In fact, some of those 14's are getting a little loose. I have set my sights on 135, which puts me into the "healthy" catergory. However, I have been stuck on a plateau for about 4 months now and am doubting how low I can realistically go. Friends tell me I have lost enough and should be happy to just maintain.
But I want to make it to within the healthy range for my height. So I am keeping my 135 pound goal and hoping for the best. Once I get there ... which I might take another year or so ... I'll decide where to go from there.
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current weight: 159.4
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210 11/5/13 7:58 P
From experience I can tell you that once you near your goal weight there are some decisions that need to be made. For example, I'm currently 115 and I would like to get down to 110. However! According to my doctor at this weight I am beginning to look a little anorexic and she suggests that I need to actually gain weight. Plus, I would like to build lean muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat so if I gain muscle that will also keep my from my 'goal'. I have always personally been jealous of really skinny women, but one very important thing that needs to be taken into consideration is that we all have different body structures and no matter how hard we may desire and try, we might not be able to look like that 'other person'. Another example is that my mom and I are currently the same weight, but she looks like she weighs about 10 lbs more than me. Proof of body structure playing different roles.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
If your doctor is supporting your weight loss journey, get his/her input. I see a dietitian who gave me a goal-and when I get closer to that goal, then we will figure out where we want to go from there. It is all about you being healthy for one, and being happy.
current weight: 174.0
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11/5/13 12:57 P
I revised my goal several times as I was losing weight. My first goal was to lose 40 lbs (which became 50) by the end of last year. I knew that would get me to a reasonably healthy weight (I started at 199), but though I would probably want a little more off for a final goal. When I reached that goal, I had a health assessment with a personal trainer and also talked to my doctor, and both thought that 125 was a good goal for me. I got close to that, but after a couple of months of being close-but-not-there, I decided that my body was just happy at 127, so I determined that I had reached my goal. I've been in maintenance at that weight (always plus or minus a couple of pounds) for a few months now.
tl;dr: Set a goal that seems reasonable and achievable to you and be prepared to revise it, possibly several times, along the way.
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11/5/13 12:28 P
For myself, I would say a 12/13 pant size, and probably somewhere between 170-180. I would love to be 170, but I have a pretty large bone structure, so I'll have to wait (probably quite a while) until I get closer to that number to see how I feel
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current weight: 226.0
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11/5/13 11:18 A
I would checkout a BMI chart and see what is suggest for your height and weight and settle on something within that range if it is a comfortable weight and something that you can maintain. The most difficult part of weight loss for me is maintenance.
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905 11/5/13 11:14 A
I agree with below comments. Before I had my baby I lost 25 lbs. I hadn't reached what I thought my goal weight was, but I was happy with my shape and fitting into a ton of old clothes. I felt great so I didn't care about the number. So now that I'm losing some weight after my baby, I'm just looking to get back into those clothes again since it felt so good!
I don't have a goal weight, more like a goal 'size'. I want to wear and 8/10. I don't know how much I will weight when I get there, so my goal 145, but I realize that I may be heavier or lighter when I get there. Once I hit that goal, I will focus on building strength and cardiovascular endurance (more than I am already).
There are no elevators in the house of success. H. H. Vreeland
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it- Margaret Thatcher
When I had over 100 pounds to lose, my goal weight was to get into the healthy BMI category. But the more I educate myself, the less obsessed I want to be with that number. FAR more important to me is how I feel and what I'm able to do. So while I still have a "goal weight", I also have many other goals. If I can accomplish all of them, and still not be at my "goal weight," then I'm prepared to adjust that number.
My suggestion would be to set a goal within your healthy range, and then be ready to revise the goal as you get closer to it. Once you're within 10 pounds or so, I'd recommend having your body fat tested, since that's a better indicator of health vs. a number on the scale. Most gyms offer this test for a small fee, and that will tell you whether or not you really have more fat to lose.
Hope that helps,
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11/5/13 8:23 A
I checked out the bmi chart, which isn't necessarily the best thing, and looked at the healthy weight range for my height. I am going for the high weight in my height section in the chart, but when I get my physical I will ask the doctor her opinion on the matter. She originally set the goal for me to lose 50 pounds by my next physical and I have managed to lose almost 70.
How do you decide what you want your goal weight to be? Obviously I want it to be within my range, but how do I figure out where within that range would be best for me?
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