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5/17/17 7:58 A

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I'm setting small goals for myself. Overall I have a fair amount of weight to lose which seems daunting when I look at it holistically. So little goals seemed to be the best way to stay motivated and enthusiastic. Each goal is 10lbs. emoticon



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5/13/17 7:50 P

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I am 5 foot tall and the charts say I should weigh about 120 - 130 pounds. I joined weight watchers and my leader and I decided on 128. My personal goal is about 125

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5/9/17 2:29 P

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BMI and a round number (50 lbs lost)... I got within 5 lbs of it when I was ill once, then I gained it all back plus 10, so 50 should be more doable this time. Lol.

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5/1/17 3:05 A

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Well, I decided that I will never be back to the weight I was when I was 19 yrs. old. Which was 145 lbs. I'm 5'6" and presently weigh 220 lbs. I decided that 180 lbs. might be good for me. I don't know?
At one time I was 180 and didn't feel too bad. Why not go for that weight? Once I reach 180, I'll try to go down further. I really would like to be lower, but staying realistic, I75 or 180 might be a better goal for me to set. Any more than that would be great and welcome.

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4/30/17 11:34 P

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From a website that said at my height 180 would be a good weight. I am not sure about that though. Will probably try lower. I am 5'8 so kind of tall for a woman so I believe at 180 I would be curvy, and thick but not overweight.



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4/30/17 2:40 P

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When I saw the Dr's report marking I was obese I knew I had to change. I looked up what weight I had to be at to be normal weight, not overweight or obese and that is the weight I chose. Plus I was comfortable at 140 lbs when I was younger. I am now out of the obese stage and I am working to get out of the overweight stage.

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4/30/17 6:31 A

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I simply took my height ( 66 in. ), and multiplied it by 2.5 It will still be a 26.6 BMI, but at that point, I can decide where I want to finish, with a little more idea of what a healthy me would even look like.

I started out with a 58.3 BMI, and I am currently at a 40.5, so 165 seems far off anyways, and a very light weight. So I simply want to get in the ballpark.



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4/28/17 1:50 P

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Mine is a range of mid to upper BMI scores (138-158), but knowing those are just "guidelines" I'm flexible. It all depends on how healthy I am and feel. My ticker is set at a goal of 156 for now.

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4/27/17 12:14 P

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Even though I need to lose between 120 and 150 pounds from my highest (doc recommended I weigh 160; BMI charts state I should be at most 130), I want to start with a smaller number that doesn't sound as daunting...If I can manage 30 pounds, it will still help. I can always set a new goal once I lose 30 and can learn to maintain it for a bit.



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4/27/17 11:17 A

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I chose the weight I was when I got out of Air Force basic training. I felt good and I looked good, so I figure that's a good weight for me.



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4/26/17 4:47 P

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I chose the weight I was when I graduated from highschool. But I wasn't strength training then, so I have a feeling that I will never actually reach that number and will instead find myself happier and stronger at a higher number than I ever was back then.



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4/26/17 3:01 P

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My doctor & I.



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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9



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4/25/17 3:32 P

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My doctor and I decided on my goal weight last year after my hysterectomy, when I got the all-clear to start running again. We looked at the recommended weight range for someone my height and opted for the middle to high end of that.

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4/25/17 1:02 P

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Yes I agree. I also checked different websites (health etc) to confirm my choice

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4/24/17 6:46 P

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The weight where I feel best and my clothes fit comfortably.

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4/24/17 3:52 P

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Checked BMI and at first picked weight at middle. Then as I got closer I realized my frame is actually small so went for a weight at the bottom of the healthy range. If I slip below that I increase calories a bit, if I go much above that I reduce calories a bit.

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4/24/17 9:43 A

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I looked at the BMI for my height. My goal is to be between 115-130. I don't want to go under 115 but I don't want to be over 130. My ex says I should be at 150 but I'm 5' 2" and that would make me overweight. 115-130 just seems like good numbers.

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"I forgive myself for having believed for so long that... I was never good enough to have, get, be what I wanted." ~Ceanne DeRohan

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i wanted to be a weight where i felt comfortable in my own skin


Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. ~Nelson Mandela


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4/22/17 8:51 A

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I wanted to be the size I was before having 2 children 19 years ago. I was 142 when I met my husband. I also wanted to get healthy to be around longer for my children.

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4/22/17 8:29 A

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I started Sparks 9 1/2 years ago at a horrible 214# as I'm only 5'4" so I thought I wanted to be back to where I knew I'd be a normal BMI, so I decided 124# would be good for me. I have struggled all these years and never gotten down past 160# but thankfully, I finally found a doctor who is helping me with Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome and I know I will get there now. (One doctor told me "At your AGE you can't expect to lose weight, since you have Metabolic Syndrome......) Right. So by my 68th birthday and 10 year Sparkversary, I'm hoping to be somewhere much closer to my goal weight.



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4/21/17 10:00 P

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I've always done a horrible job picking out my goal weight. I was at 130 and had uncontrolled cravings that would block out everything else in my mind...I'd be sitting on the floor eating mustard with a spoon (gross!) because the urge to eat and there was no food in the house. Obviously my body wasn't happy at that weight. The cravings went away after I gained some weight. Now I'm at 165 and I can tolerate the chub without constantly feeling "fat", except I'm a runner and the weight doesn't help my unfortunate knees. So I had my amazing chiropractor "muscle test" to find out what weight my body would like to be at. It said 152-155. So that is where I am endeavoring to go.



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4/21/17 1:04 P

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lol, challenge accepted. It's like, don't you tell me no... I'll prove you wong just because.



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4/21/17 1:00 P

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I just found that BMI is 34.1... OUCH....I have wanted to get below 20lbs for a few years but can't get there... so I think I'm going to change my stagey and go for healthy choices, one by one, day by day. I still want to get below 200 (secretly 190 but shhh don't tell anyone ). Pound by pound, not pounds.



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4/21/17 12:49 A

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I chose a weight I was approximately 10 years ago that I felt comfortable at.

God before everything. Peace above anything.


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4/20/17 8:29 P

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Goal weight suggested by my physician for my height would be 145. Now at 245. On my way to correcting that.

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4/20/17 5:26 P

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My goal weight is a weight I actually reached while on Weight Watchers several years ago. I went from 307 to 197 in just over a year. I worked with my doctor then and she recommended a final goal weight of about 170 pounds. My current goal weight is 200 for now with 25 pound milestones.

My doctor concurs with the interim goal and will help me make changes once I get there.

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4/20/17 4:20 P

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Ideally, so some scientist recommend, we should aim to keep our waist measurement less than half that of our height. That means a 5'4" woman (64") should keep a 32 inch waist.

While BMI is a useful indicator of obesity, it fails to take into account the distribution of fat throughout the body. Abdominal fat, around the heart, liver and kidneys, has been found to be worse than that on the bottom and hips, in terms of heart disease and diabetes. We all are familiar apple-shaped people with very thin legs vs the heavy-bottom-girl with an actual waist.

I know the weight I need to reach to have a BMI under 25, but I'm also seeking that smaller waist based on my height. Then I'll let the doctor decide if I need to lose more weight after we have checked the blood work.



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4/20/17 1:34 A

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I told my physical therapist what I wanted for a goal weight and what I wanted to look like.."Oh..don't waste your time..you will never be able to do that at your age!"

Heh .. Game on!

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4/19/17 10:58 A

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I saw what a healthy BMI would be for someone my age, and I picked the higher end of that. It's also a weight I haven't been in at least 15 years.

"Take it one day at a time."


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4/18/17 9:27 P

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I started at 182 and listed my (first) goal as 170. I've been 170 before, I know I can get there. I'd really like to be 155 or so, but in years past my body always seems to get "stuck" at 167 or so. I figure I'll aim for 170 with strength training as well, then reevaluate. 160 is the top range of "healthy BMI" for my height. I'd like to hit that mark.



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4/18/17 5:38 P

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I decided a number that felt good to me in my BMI heathy range, but I plan to re-evaluate this decision as I go (eventually stopping before reaching that weight, if I feel fit and healthy enough).

First step though: reach a healthy BMI!



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4/17/17 8:11 P

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At first I wanted to get down to 120 pounds but I remembered that when I was that weight I actually wasn't healthy. I remember that 140 or 150 felt good to me. I am currently aiming for 155 pounds and will evaluate my weight and health at that point. 120 pounds is what the BMI says would be healthy for me though so that's what I put for my overall goal currently.

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I didn't, my genetics sorta did.

I came here at slightly over recommended BMI. I am at the same now, but the 'handles' are a bit more toned.

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Before I gained all the baby weight, I was at a "healthy" weight just not with the waist. I decided that I wanted to go back to that weight with a smaller waist. Now I feel better than I ever have and I have not even reached my goal weight or goal waist.



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4/17/17 1:57 A

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A BMI calculator and a dream of a better life!

'Don't die from what you could have prevented!'


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bmi 24 (calculator for body mass index) I started @ 33+ then got down to 27.5 on my own... joined sparkpeople to keep me company on my way to 24
I'm not muscular nor an athlete-to-be.... making it a good measurement for my body type.

To calculate BMI, divide weight in kilograms (kg)
by height in meters squared (m2).
A normal BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9.
Overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25 to 29.9.
A BMI equal or greater than 30 is considered obese.

or use sparkpeople's calculator link
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calculator_bm
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What weight I take off~ I want kept off.
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4/16/17 2:19 A

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In the past, I've always just wanted to get back to 117-120...that was what I weighed in high-school and assumed that it was my normal weight, so didn't even question it. (mind you, I didn't FEEL thin, back then, but I was fine).
Now, I look at the BMI zone...for me it's 108-145 to be 'healthy'. But I don't stop there. Instead of picking just ONE number as my focus, I have decided to aim for the CENTER of my healthy zone, leaving 10 lbs leeway on either end. So...the target would be between 118 and 135. I figure that extra 10 on either end will be my guard rails...reminding me that I need to either step it up or slow it down.

Also I have begun to remind myself that even when I was 120...I didn't have the muscle tone I am looking for now. And MUSCLE adds numbers to the scale. So I will get close to my goal and re-examine things then to see how I look at different numbers.
Goal is trimmed and toned.

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4/15/17 4:20 P

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I want to be at the weight I was after my first kid. That's 125ish. I'm at 185. Long way to go still.



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4/15/17 4:10 P

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I answered this question earlier in the month and had put I wanted to be were my smaller sized clothes would fit me again, but I've added five extra pounds to my goal weight than before because my health is good and the fat is burning off with my walks and workouts. I would rather be muscular and toned, than too thin.

Keep positive, keep tracking and keep moving and sweating.


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Prior weight where I felt great.



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While BMI has many detractors, I did use it initially to get into the "overweight" category from "obese". I was primarily going after my medical stats and the weight loss was a by product of a whole food plant based diet changed from a very poor diet plan previously.
Then I focused on getting into the "normal" range. I have just about inched into this range and plateaued now. Still have a bunch of visceral fat to lose, so the next goal is to drive lower into the bottom half of the "normal" range in the coming months.


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At first on Sparkpeople, I picked the weight where my "skinny" jeans looked and felt good. It turned out to be the top of my healthy BMI range. I used the spark nutritional tracker, lost about 30 pounds, and got below that first weight goal. I was able to get into my wedding outfit briefly in 2014
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That freaked me out and the weight bounced back up. I'm slowly working back to that first Sparkpeople goal. Before spark, I'd lose about 20 pounds, stay there for awhile, lose another 20, stay there for a while, etc.
So I guess the answer to your question really is - I'm not sure yet what my goal weight or home weight is or will be. I'm just keeping on keeping on!
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This is probably makes me a rarity on this site, but I have no idea what I weigh. I have not seen my weight in years and am afraid to know. My driver's license says 135. I'd like to get to the point where I could step on a scale and not be upset.

I track based on measurements and try hard not to be compulsive about it. When I joined her in January, most of my clothes were tight and now most of those same items are loose. I'm currently 38" 26" 40" at a little under 5'4". I've lost a few inches from my waist, hips (really my lower belly pooch) and thighs since January. My hip number could be smaller, but I've been working to build a rounder butt.

I'm going for the best I can do. I want visible abs or a 24" waist, whichever comes first. At that point I'll try facing the scale. My theory is it would be pretty hard to weigh that much or feel too terrible about it if either of those things were true. I'd love to be 115lbs again, but I haven't seen that number since high school.



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I'm also planning on tracking my waist size, which I've heard is ideally half of your height. I am not worrying so much about scale weight, but do plan to check in now and again if/when I see some positive changes in my body. I'm not choosing a goal weight this time around, though. I am more concentrating on eating within my Intermittent Fasting plan. It seems to be a way of eating I can live with. So if I lose or not, I'm going to learn to be okay with it. In an ideal world I do want to lose weight, but I'm going with wherever this way of eating takes me and quit worrying so much about weight loss. It would be nice to get to a "normal" weight for my height and age, though. Maybe one day!

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4/13/17 9:15 A

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I still haven't set one!

When I started, I was 320 pounds. Thinking about what a "healthy" weight would be made my head hurt.....lol

Instead, I focused on creating healthy habits. Over the first year, I ended up losing 65 pounds. I'm now in year two and have set a goal of losing 55 pounds this year.

After that, I should be able set an ultimate goal weight without having a melt down. : )



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Doctor gave me my "ideal" / target weight. For my height & bone/body type, this is right where I should be.
emoticon ...but 60 lbs off right now.

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My doctor made a recommendation. We'll see if I can actually maintain THAT low. I'll try.

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I am a 75 year old woman just over open heart surgery and need to lose some weight. The goal weight is not as important to me as small increments like 10 pounds at a time...I am used to being very active in gym working out every day for 90 minutes. Now it a slow process getting back to working out. So I have cut calories and making sure my total calories is good nutrition calories.




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I really didn't know how much I wanted to lose, but I started at 197, so I thought 65 lbs would be a good number to lose, which would get me to 132 lbs at 5'6". It took me over a year to lose 60 lbs, and once I broke into the 130s, I focused on maintaining. I never did make it to 132, but eh, who cares, right? I've been sitting around 135 for several months now, and I think it's a good weight for me. I do believe I could actually get below 130, but I think it would be very challenging to maintain - it would be a lot of work, and I'm not up for that level of dedication right now. Maybe sometime in the future... :)

For all of you currently on your weight loss/gain journey, I wish you the best!

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For me, I lost a substantial amount of weight several years ago and the appropriate low weight for me was just too low. I'm naturally a larger person with a large frame so at 145 I looked like a starving, ill, boney scrap. I remember feeling best at 165. I felt I had a soft shape, curves, and could hold my own without being broken in half lol! So that is the goal weight I set for myself this go around.



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The first memory I have about how much a woman is suppose to weigh is an equation that is 100# for the first 72 inches (5 ft.) and then 5# for every inch after that. For me this equates to 145#. I know that WW also has a nice chart for weight ranges based on age and height.

I have weighed 145# once in my adult life; when I was 21 years old and getting married. I have been close to that on one other occasion, but both times were impossible to maintain. I felt like I was starving, physical fitness wasn't the craze yet, and there were too many parties!

Now, at 65 years old, my life style is much different and I'm a bit wiser, but so is my metabolism! I would be happy to get to an elusive160# for now.

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I have so much to lose that I'm not sure what to shoot for. For now I'm doing mini goals and set my first one to lose 5% of the weight I started with. It's a goal within reach yet presents a challenge to attain. If I set out to go for the big one, I'll put myself on a emotional rollercoaster that is bound to derail!

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For me it's all based on what I look like. I have been trying to add more muscle so the scale isn't always that helpful. I got a scale that measures body fat percent and while that moves more slowly it's a better way for me to measure progress then pounds, kilos, or stones.



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I decided my weight goal by how heavy I was when I last felt good about myself. That was at 135 lbs. I'm at 188 now. I'm classified obese in the BMI end of things. I'm planning to lose it 10 lbs. at a time. And let myself plateau for a bit between the 10 lbs. losses. This is a long range weight loss plan because I need it to be permanent.



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We work so hard at losing weight that we shouuld have many reasosn to celebrate along the way.

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That is a great way to cooperate.

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I'm setting lots of mini goal weights instead of one large goal weight.

I have so much weight to lose. I want to encourage and celebrate along the way.

I will stop when I feel good and healthy. I'll know when I get there.



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It is a weight I have been at before- in the healthy zone according to BMI but I don't remember being happy. I want to get there and be happy this time and stay that way.

Start:190lbs (feb 22 2006)

Goal then- 160 by July 2006

Best:145 lbs- February 2007

Restart- Sept 2008- 162 lbs

goal now- 145lbs

Was getting there- 155 lbs Oct 2008

last year :162- January 2009

Doesn't want to shift- Nov 28 2010- 175 pounds

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I basically thought about what weight I was happiest at in the past and have set just above that as my target. In my previous spark attempts, I set smaller interim targets but after reaching one or two have always drifted away. This time I am not trying to soften the blow, I am facing the total excess weight head on and will stick at it. I realise that as I am older now, my target may not be totally realistic now but I will monitor myself and also listen to family members who I can rely upon to be honest with me. It should take about a year to get where I want to be.

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Base on the BMI chart.



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My PCP & myself are cooperating! So we are meeting in the middle!

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I don't really believe in the BMI criteria either, so initially set out to lose 40 lbs. That'd take me from 'obese' to 'overweight' which was fine with me. I got there, and it hadn't been so awful getting there, so decided to see if I could just keep on, and lose another 5. I did. It still hadn't been that bad, though loss slowed down, so I thought I'd try 5 more lbs. And again.

Along the way I moved from 'overweight' to 'normal' BMI. When I did, I chose to keep going, just to give myself about 8 lbs 'wiggle room.' And because by then it was evident there was still body fat I wouldn't mind losing. I have no aspirations to become model-slim. I could have stopped at my initial goal, and been happy. But with each additional loss I have felt lighter, more energetic. And honestly, my goals changed as I went. I started to focus more on particular fitness goals, and nutrition goals like calcium and fibre. That's my focus now.

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went back to when i started to feel overweight- 175 lbs which means a 75 lbs weigh lost

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Originally, I was aiming for 130 pounds (which would mean like a 60 pound weight loss). I got there at one point, but was very sick and not eating a varied diet. Ironically, even though I was a size 8, I still complained about how I looked. Now, I would be content with 160 and move on from there. I don't actually know how much I weigh. I think I'm in the 190's. More than weight loss, I am trying to eat healthier and increase my energy which has been working for a little over a month. I have two small kids and count the house as my gym membership, so not going to the gym doesn't help. (I do love going to the gym and was quite the gym bunny for a number of years and even then, crying about my lack of progress. Sheesh.)



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I have read several times that one should never try to lose more than 10% of ones body weight at a time. So I'm going from 223 to 200 and then I will stop. After a while, I'm not sure how long, I will go from 200 to 180, and then from 180 to around 160, and then I will be done with losing and will maintain for the rest of my life.

That's the plan ;) Wish me luck.

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My goal weight will still leave me in the over weight catagory according to BMI. However, it is a weight I feel I will be about to maintain and it is still 50 pounds away. But I have lost 37 pounds so I'm making slow progress and it has been up and down. My next intermediate goal is 15 pounds in the next 9 weeks for my weight loss challenge at work.

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According to a BMI calculator I am Obese so my first primary goal is to get down into the Overweight category. That will require a loss of 48lbs. I've lost 13lbs so far but I'm 11 weeks in so it's slow going. Once I reach that weight it will take the loss of another 32lbs to put me in the Normal range. I can't even imagine myself as Normal. To be honest I haven't decided on an end all be all weight. My husband is more attracted to a curvier woman so when the time comes I may not push to loose that total amount. I think we'd both be happy with the lower end of the Overweight spectrum.

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I got healthy several years back and felt so good. Always had energy. So I am going on what I weighed then.

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I am doing them in 10 lb increments. Once I reach the goal I reevaluate the plan to be sure its still what I want. I find it easier to eat the elephant in smaller servings and avoid chocking on the HUGE goal.



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I am doing small weight goals toward the BIG goal, which then has another goal, and then a 3rd goal. But if I look at the first BIG goal... it's too much. So started at 14 lbs for first goal and now headed toward 10 lbs as next goal - and will continue that until I reach my first BIG goal.



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140 was a weight I stuck with for a long time. I never could get any smaller than that except for a couple of weeks at 136 when I was a teenager! It's in the healthy range for my height of 5'4". While I ultimately want to get back down to that weight, I will be very pleased by getting to my current goal of 150! Sure, I may be considered a little overweight on the silly BMI chart, but whatever! I haven't seen 150 in 10-11 years and my body will be so thankful to get down to that.

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My goal weight is a number I feel comfortable with 140 pounds. Itis the high end of the weight chart for me but I never wanted to be skinny or even lean. Just a healthy weight for me. I have been carrying around 40 extra pounds seems like forever. I know I look good at that weight but haven't seen it on the scale in many years.

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My goal weight is at the top of "healthy" for my gender, height, and age. The lower end of that spectrum would be incredibly unhealthy for me... I've been there. I looked horrible and I felt worse. I feel strong and healthy at around 132; it's also a weight I am able to maintain without extreme effort.

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I looked at the recommended weight for my height and laughed. I have not weighed 160 pounds since high school. I have high school pics and I was skinny. But I am over 50 and just don't care to get that skinny again. A "dad bod" is fine with me ha ha

So I made it up. First goal - get under 200 pounds - for the first time this century. My target weight is 187 pounds (85 kg, I am on kilos now). I think it is about 28 BMI. It is in the "overweight" category and I don't care. Screw their ridiculous charts.

As I do more strength training I am building muscle. Since muscle is more dense than fat I am not losing weight as fast. But I am losing inches on my stomach and my clothes fit better. That is what matters to me.

After all the whole point of this is to look better naked, right?



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I chose the upper weight range for my height. Technically, I will be obese as my BMI would be above 25. I don't care, I will be 90 pounds lighter and it is a weight I feel I can maintain.

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My bmi healthy weight range and how I felt four years ago at the weight I'm aiming for.

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In consultation with my doctor, and considering my age (73). I've lost 35 lbs. and was able to go off blood pressure medication and reduce medication for acid reflux.

I'm more active than I've been in many years, swimming 5 times each week plus taking our 2-year-old granddaughter to parent/tot swim lessons. I'm 150 km. into an 800 km. virtual walk of,the Camino de Santiago, and am starting pole walking class in May to improve upper body strength.

I'll never see the weight I was at 20 again, but am healthy, fit and happy.

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Initially I accepted the SP recommended goal, which was right in the middle of healthy BMI range, 22.5.
I consider reaching that weight as start of maintenance, September 2011.
Since then I learned many skills that make eating well easier,
thanks to them I lost some more weight and now I'm at BMI 20.
But I felt good and looked good at all times in that 8 kg / 18 pound range, so I could accept anything in between.
We have different shapes so I can imagine someone can be fit, healthy and happy above the BMI range usually considered healthy.


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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Thanks for asking that question. Really nice to read all the answers.

As for myself, I didnt believe I could be under 200 pounds so that was my goal. Reaching it was a bit anticlimatic but it made me proud, nonethless. I'd like to loose 100 pounds total... I don't remember being that "small" - I certainly was at some point when I was a teen but we didn't own a scale. I based mine on some of my cousins who has similar figure as me and around 140, they looked healthy and strong.

I also use mini-goals otherwise it just feels overwhelming. So I am 3 pounds away from my next goal: 174. Why 174? I weighed 175 when I finished high school (my aunt where I spent the summer had a scale!) and wanna be the smallest I have ever been in my adulthood.

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Like others, mine came over time and from a number of different places. I looked at what my weight was when I was happy with my body. I looked at the BMI chart. I looked at Spark People and other on-line communities and what they suggested for my height with an athletic build.

As a person who does lots of weight lifting and has a decent amount of muscle - I really encourage you to look past BMI alone. It is for sure something that is different for everyone. I have a coach at Crossfit who would technically be called obese according to BMI. He's short and SUPER built. You need to know yourself and how you look and feel comfortable.

I also encourage mini goals. Sometimes your final goal might change once you get moving. Mini goals give you things to celebrate along with giving you a chance to see where you are at different points in your journey.

"Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you've got to squeeze your buns. That's my formula."
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I hit a BMI " appropriate" goal before and with the loose skin and bigger boobs, it was a load of hooey, I was too thin underneath that.

My new goal is to be just less than half of my starting weight! And stuff BMI... it's a load of rubbish for the individual person, the creator of it even said that, it's a real pain it's used so much.



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It's now 8 years since I achieved the top of the Weight Watcher goal weight range, my first weight goal of 155. I have reduced my WW goal 3 times. With SparkPeople and a variety of different food plans (all 1200 calories daily or more) I've been able to gradually lose more. Last week I hit my lowest adult weight of 122.8. That is 89.2 pounds below my highest weight. I am 5'6" so that puts me at a BMI of under 20. Can I now maintain my lower weight? I hope so. I am going to try.


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This is what I'm doing also. I will never weigh 135 lbs. again. If I lose 100 lbs. I will be happy. But, I'm going for 10 lbs. at a time.

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I decided mine based on where my weight was before I started a new migraine med, Topamax, that caused my weight to plummet to around 90 pounds, followed by a new antidepressant my doctor put me on that caused me to gain over 50 lbs, slowly over around 8 months time. Remeron, Mirtizapine? Massive carb craves on that one. Great for weight gain that I desperately needed at the time. But I'm slower with the excess weight and hate having to buy so many new clothes that will fit my new shape. I don't have the income for all that! Counting calories and exercise are doing my body great already, I've lost seven pounds and another 2% drop in body fat. I just started the SparkPeople TV video workouts today and found a great one that was challenging and got me to sweat a bit before my walk today.

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I committed last September to live a "healthier lifestyle" and to be happy with wherever my weight landed. Of course I did have an idea from the past that I felt healthier when I weighed around 150 (I am 5'8" have a large frame, that puts me in a size 7/8 and I look good and healthy). Now that I have reached a plateau at 166, I'm trying to be content with my new healthy habits even if it's not where I wanted to land. Maybe the scale will come down more if I stay consistent, but if not I know I'm treating my body right with proper nutrition and daily exercise. And of course to rejoice in the 28 pounds I've lost instead of discouraged by the 15# I haven't lost. Oh and the other reason I'm choosing joy, I can wear all the clothes I own (except for the big ones). I can even wear the clothes I owed when I was 150's, so I think muscle weighs more that fat and I must be more tone that the last time I hit 150 ;)

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I decided my weight goal base on the medical chart; however, a few years back I got down to 130 lbs but I didn't like the way I looked. Now, I just want to be on higher end which is 135 only a few pounds (8 -10 lbs) to drop.



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Based off what I weighed in the past when I was very fit (albeit younger). While even then I had hoped for a few pounds less, the reality was my body had a "happy weight" so my goal is to get back to that - and be able to maintain, which, for me, means this is a slow process, otherwise it won't last.

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3/30/17 2:52 P

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Just wanted to be under 200 pounds and then will go from there.



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3/30/17 10:15 A

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My goal weight is going in stages...
right now I'm working on getting back to my lowest weight; after that I will take ten pds off at a time until I get to a stage where I feel most comfortabliest in my body

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3/30/17 10:07 A

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I was 137 when I left Army basic training. I felt good at that weight so that's what I'm shooting for.

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3/30/17 9:35 A

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I first used the wright that would get me into not overweight Vmzi. Then entered height and current weight to restart and let Sparkpeople choose for me. So will check halfway between goal by BMI i and Sparkpeople recommdation will look at waist and hip measures snd, how I feel and look



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3/30/17 9:34 A

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Mine came about gradually. Initially I just wanted to get the lower end of the overweight BMI category which was about a 40 lb weight loss. When I got there I didn't do a thing differently and kept losing weight.
After I had a heart attack I decided that I had to get into and STAY in the normal BMI range. Focusing on eating real food and more plants plus cardiac rehab (upped the cardio & added strength) got me to my new goal weight.

Continuing in the routine my weight kept coming down and I decided that when I stopped losing weight that would be my new goal weight. I've settled in around 140 and that is the goal. In the lower end of middle of the normal BMI range.
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3/30/17 8:34 A

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At my heaviest I was close to 300 pounds I was sick all the time.It took a mental breakdown and trip to hospital too kick my butt in gear I was literally dying.I chose my goal weight because that is where I was when my daughter was born.

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3/30/17 1:31 A

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My "decision" has come in several stages over about eight years.
First, came getting down to a low enough weight that my Pre-Diabetes was in control. That stage got me down 20-25lbs from my highest weight.
Second, last year I was diagnosed with arthritis...and my new doctor's advice is "lose more weight". He felt I would do well to take off another 17 lbs...which incidentally will put me at the lower end of the BMI scale for my height.
So that's my goal now....
patti

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3/30/17 12:18 A

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I chose the weight that I was at before I got lazy, ate poorly, stopped working out and gained weight but I don't obsess about hitting that exact number. If I'm doing a lot of weight lifting and gain more muscle mass it would be hard for me to hit that target weight without being unhealthy about it because muscle is denser than fat and weighs more. The number is just a general goal to work towards for me but how I feel and look is more important. BMI isn't that great because it only looks at height/weight but things like having a larger chest/butt or being very muscular can cause you to fall into the overweight category when in truth you're not

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3/29/17 7:17 P

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I looked up the healthy weight range for a woman my age and chose the goal weight that was right in the middle of that.

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3/29/17 12:41 P

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Past experiences with various weights.



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3/29/17 10:39 A

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I haven't set my final goal weight, I just used the weight I was at when I last felt good about myself. I may or may not adjust my goal based on how I feel as I lose, it might very well be that my end goal is 5-10 lbs higher or lower than what I'd initially set.


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3/29/17 10:31 A

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I was originally using BMI to determine it, but after talking to my doctor, I am not so worried about getting to the BMI number I thought I needed to.

I also have a larger chest, which isn't included in the BMI numbers.

I looked into some things, and I am aiming for 7 pounds higher than my "proper" BMI, as long as my waist is less that 35" (which is where you should be).

How did you decide?

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