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5/12/13 10:00 P

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What a great success to quit smoking, maybe the one habit I think that is even more addictive than crappy food, LOL.
Birgit

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5/12/13 5:42 P

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Thank you, Donna, no one is happier than I! Freedom is the greatest gift to give oneself, isn't it?



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5/12/13 3:48 P

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Gina I am glad you quit smoking!!!!

Donna from Surrey, BC, Canada
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5/12/13 2:19 P

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My wrinkles are not just due to my age, but mostly to 22 years in Mexico without sun screen! 42 years of smoking two packs a day didn't help of course. (I quit in 2003)

Oh well, I wasn't thinking of starting a modeling career!

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5/12/13 11:30 A

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Concerning the wrinkles: I have noticed that I have far fewer wrinkles since being on a low-carb and high-fat diet. It seems that the skin needs all the fat-soluble vitamins that come with a high-fat diet.
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5/12/13 11:02 A

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I had to delete the ticker because if I want kilos it shows pounds and if I want pounds it shows kilos!

I don't know where to complain about this... so as of today, I'm 1.4 lbs below my goal weight of 145.



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5/12/13 9:24 A

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Gina, if you find a way to keep wrinkles at bay, let me know. They just keep on coming!

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5/12/13 6:01 A

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This topic is very good.

I've just passed my goal but I need to lose more belly fat so I want to keep losing for a while. Then I'm sure I'll need help with the balancing act: how much more to eat in order to stop losing and stay at the same size so I can buy some new outfits? So far I've mostly moved buttons and taken in the seams from my size 14-16 clothes.

At 71 the mirror tells me I look older now even though I took a year and a half to lose 40 lbs, -- I just don't want any more wrinkles!

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5/6/13 4:09 P

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Congratulations on your loss. Where you are is pretty common , it took me about 8 months in to find where I could settle without making myself crazy. It's tempting to keep going lower, the question really is about being able to sustain it . At my lowest I did not look healthy. I do thin age plays a part. I am 53 and it can make your face look too drawn.






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5/6/13 8:11 A

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Age is part of the old life insurance height weigh charts, but not BMI. I wonder why? Age DOES make a difference.

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This is a really good question and one that I am posing on myself right now. I am in the high range of my BMI and I am thinking that I want to lose about 5 more pounds in order to give me some leeway. I am 68 so i dont think I should be at the lower end of the range. Even though age does not come into the BMI formula I think it does make a difference. Our bodies do change. So i am going to do a challenge which is starting next Saturday and see what happens. For me the most important thing is to be feeling and looking healthy. I really enjoyed this discussion and I think you ladies have really got it together! Thanks for sharing.
Donna

ps.....I am new to this team so have not posted much.

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5/5/13 6:01 P

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I am below my original weight loss goal, too. I had lost enough weight that people were concerned. I got really bony. I gained some back and have lost it again.

I now weigh about the same as I did when people were concerned, but the difference is I'm really toned and fit. I have completed the Insanity program and now I run. I have muscle definition and I love that!

Sparkpeople did up my calories by 300 calories a day. I now stay in the new range and have been maintaining well. I've actually lost a couple of pounds even with the increase in calories.

I'd say listen to your body. If you feel good, then continue what you are doing. If you feel tired or sluggish, then up your calories. If you don't want to lose anymore weight then start adding 300 calories a week and see what happens. The main thing is to feel healthy!!

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5/5/13 11:41 A

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Lots of very good advice here already!

Like some of the others have said, I think where you land is really a question of where you feel the happiest and healthiest and where you feel like you can sustain things. I know I could weigh less and I actually have, but I also know that I have to be much more restrictive in terms of what I eat and I'm not willing to do that at this point in my life. I'm happy with the balance I've achieved in terms of my eating and exercise plan and feel like I can keep both up in the long-term.

You say that you really enjoy exercising. If that's the case, I don't see anything wrong with keeping up your current levels. The only caveat in my mind would be to think about what you'd need to change if suddenly something were to happen, like an injury, where you couldn't workout as much or maybe not at all. Could you manage your weight through your diet alone? If you feel like you can go lower with your weight and be satisfied with your lifestyle, then I say go for it. If you feel like you'd have to be too restrictive or exercise more than you're comfortable with, then I'd rethink it. A lower weight is not always better in terms of both your physical and mental health, so you have to take it all in on balance. I think we need to find the best weight for ourselves in terms of our physical health and emotional health, taking the sustainability factor heavily into account. That doesn't mean that our goals and goal weight can't change over time, especially if our lifestyles do, but we have to remember that we're in this for life, not just for a quick-fix change.

I also enjoy exercise (in fact, much of what you've described about your eating and exercise habits are very similar to my own), but have learned that it's not really that important in terms of managing my weight. I do it to look and feel better (yay endorphins!). Getting my eating under control and to a nice balanced place has been the most important thing for me. Personally, I was also unsure of where I'd land in maintenance. I had struggled with yo-yo dieting for many years and part of that struggle was the result of aiming for a weight that was too low for me to maintain and resorting to some measures that simply weren't healthy. This time around, I put myself on maintenance once my BMI was under 25 and took the focus off the scale (although I did and do still weigh myself regularly). Instead, I focused on keeping up my healthy lifestyle changes and reaching a balance that I felt like I could live with forever. Along the way, I lost about another 10 pounds, did a fitness bootcamp that helped me understand what my physical limitations were (i.e., bootcamp fitness is NOT something that I can keep up year-round) and where the rock bottom of my maintenance range is and finally leveled off in a weight range and with a lifestyle that I'm comfortable and happy with. The process hasn't always been easy, physically or mentally, but I am becoming more and more confident that I can keep things up forever.

Good luck in finding the right balance for you and please let us know if you need additional help. Yes, you ARE a brave girl for asking this question. Being thoughtful about searching for the answer to it will serve you very well in the long term.
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5/5/13 10:59 A

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Just wanted to add: to me enjoying the journey is the most important thing, especially since none of us know what exactly the destination is, it changes a little as we go. If and when we get there we will most likely look back and say that the journey was what mattered.

Birgit

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I agree with everyone who said to pursue where you feel happy. It sounds like you're quite content with the lifestyle you have now, so I'd just continue. I suspect you'll know when you're too low. Then you can have the pleasure of gradually adding in some calories.

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5/5/13 9:46 A

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What great advice from everyone! I am at this point, as well. Today I am going to change my ticker to maintenance and focus more on staying within a goal range. Eating well and exercising will remain my focus, as well as the NSVs.

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Wow - what they all said. Such good advice from everyone here. The only thing I'd add would be to check in with your doctor (if you trust your doctor - some of them are way too strict and some don't really care). It is possible to get too thin, in spite of what Gloria Vanderbilt said. Now ... too rich? I wonder. ... emoticon emoticon

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5/5/13 1:12 A

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Assuming that you are still at 25% body fat as is listed under your post I think you could safely lose more fat, but it is getting increasingly more important not to lose any muscle as can easily happen once you get lower with your weight. I am not planning on losing weight any more but hope to reduce my body fat further from 21% to 18% and increase my muscle mass.
Many people can go by how they feel, but some people are never satisfied and will go too low. Ask trusted friends and family if they think you are getting too skinny if in doubt. You could also talk to a physician or a personal trainer for another opinion.

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I am going to come at it from a different place. Determine the lifestyle you are willing to live permanently rather than the weight you think you should be. I don't agree with living permanently hungry to achieve a certain weight. Personally, I think if it is hard to keep in your calorie range, you should go ahead and eat more, at least for now. If as time goes on, you realize your meals are bigger than you need, cut down then. If you love exercising, just do it for the love of it, not for what it will help you lose. Live a reasonable lifestyle and let your body find its right place.


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I wouldn't worry about getting too low. You don't say what you weigh, but according to the BMI charts, at 5'2", you can be 101 pounds and still be "normal". The "normal" for 5'2" is something like 101-140, not very helpful. It's like 20 dress sizes. I'm 5'4" and happy at 105. Where are you happy?

When we first start out losing, we pick a goal off a page just to have a goal. Once you get there you'll be in a better position to decide where you want to be...for now. You can change it for any reason at any time. If there were a hard and fast rule, we'd all know it by now.

You set a goal, you achieved it, congratulations!!

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My original goal put me at a "normal" BMI and 159 pounds. I am going to be 65 later this month and I honestly feel I look good at 10 pounds higher, which is still "overweight" according to the numbers. I don't want to look haggard. I believe Zsa Zsa Gabor once said "There comes a time when you have to choose between your face and your ass!!" My face won! Right now, I don't look anywhere near 65 and I aim to keep it that way! I'm almost always (except when traveling) within a comfortable 5 pounds of goal, and my clothes fit and I am always being told I look good, so I'm happy with my own numbers, not some arbitrary ones set by who knows who.

Attitude is everything, pick a good one!

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ONCE YOU GET THERE....DON'T GET COCKY,
IT'S EASY TO FALL RIGHT BACK DOWN.

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First of all, congrats on your loss! You have done a great job losing and I can relate to the question of knowing when to stop.

I found out by trial and error. I am now about 20 lbs. below what I originally had as my goal, but I feel well and my dr. tells me to keep on doing what I am doing. Some tell me I am on the thin side, but I feel good and like you, I love to exercise!

Stop when you feel comfortable in your own skin and are happy with how you look and feel in your clothes. It may take some time. I was at what I thought of as my goal weight for four years and then gained five and then lost 15 to where I am now.

What you decide is your goal weight is not set in stone. Be willing to experiment a bit.

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I decided to stop when my family was concerned about my health. I figure as long as I am in the healthy bmi range that is good for me.So I decided to just continue to live healthy by sleeping, drinking, exercizing & eating right and just monitor my weight.

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How did you all know where to stop losing and work on maintenance? I'm already 28.5 lbs past my original goal of 50 in October 2012. I have a hard time eating in my calorie range, but maybe only because I have a hard time staying in my calorie burn range. Over my weight loss, I've steadily averaged .5-1 lb a week by setting my numbers that way, and I haven't had any plateaus, but I consistently exercise 1000-1500 over the recommendations, too. I guess I could exercise less and would probably be less hungry, but I truly enjoy the stress relief from 90-120 minutes at the gym most days of the week. I also love one "off" meal a week to enjoy food and practice going by hunger cues, but I can easily pack away 2000 in an evening, I'm sure.
I love exercise! Should I try working out less and maybe being less hungry to see where I should set my goal? I'm 5' 2", and the healthy range for weight seems totally unrealistic at this point, but then again, so has 68.5 lbs!

I was 219 in August 2011. I am now 145-135 lbs and seeing if I can go any farther without feeling deprived. As of March, I went from 37% to 19% body fat, dropped from a size 18/20 to a 6/8, lost 38.25 inches all over, and love getting fired up for exercise goals!


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