If you're a member of a gym, you can often get your body fat percentage done for free. I've also got body fat scales. One thing to keep in mind is that it takes so so long to alter the number and it is quite possible that you have 10lb of flab, as you say, even at your goal weight. I know the last two times I've had my body fat percentage checked the ladys were very very suprised at mine. I think I'm leaner now, but it was 28%, even though I was 119lb at the time. If you check the BMI scale you'd see I'm on the low end, almost 'underweight', but I also have my fair share of extra handfuls that perhaps shouldn't be there.
The only thing we can really do about it is stop obsessing about the scale if you're at your goal weight, but use consistency with your eating, exercising and toning workouts. Even if you do 50 squats a day and 20 pushups, you'll see a big change in your jiggle-factor, only it's probably going to take 8 weeks of doing it before you notice.
--- Gen (5'3)
current weight: 135.0
Fitness Minutes: (83,263) Posts: 7,821 10/13/08 8:30 A
I started out with Leslie's tapes and I swear by her, she is wonderful. But after a while, I felt like I wanted to incorporate something else, so I started walking outside. Now I walk a treadmill and do some elliptical. If you have a treadmill that you can use, try that. I have lost 5 inches on my hips and everywhere else. I lost belly fat that I had for 38 years. My stomach still has fat on it but it is so much flatter that it has ever been in my entire life. Treadmill is an easy exercise media, you choose how hard/easy you want to do it. I am only 5'1" so I know how 1 pound can look like 5 pounds on a small person.
Edited by: JERI1952 at: 10/12/2008 (13:16)
current weight: 131.0
Fitness Minutes: (43,508) Posts: 4,331 10/12/08 7:06 A
Hi Well I'm 5'3" also and been on the high end and higher at times..started spark at 144 lost 17lbs and decided I wanted another ten...Took pictures before and after and I know weight training has made the different with tone but if you really aren't in to that have you thought about pilates?????
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Trying to stay at a weight that is too low for you is a losing game.(no pun intended) If you think you are ready to maintain where you are, go for it and see how it works. If it is too easy (is it ever too easy?), you can always lose more at a later date. If you can maintain with relative ease, you are probably where you were meant to be.
current weight: 127.0
Fitness Minutes: (56,259) Posts: 10,542 10/12/08 1:28 A
I have the same problem you are having and started in about the same place (my start weight was 222). I like to say I'm 5'4", but am really a fraction under that. When I decided on a goal weight of 140 I had no idea what 140 would look like. When I got to 140 I wasn't quite happy with me yet, so changed my goal to 130. Now that I'm down to 130 I'm tired of losing weight, and I realize what I really want is to tone up that belly flab. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the right mix to get rid of the flab without losing more weight. I'm not into weight training, and for the most part my exercising consists of in home walking with Leslie Sansone. Some of her DVDs include a little strength training with resistance bands and such. I'm trying to concentrate on her Walk Away your Waistline and Walk Away your Abs DVDs right not to see if I have better success. I'm wearing size 10 pants, they are a little loose but I'm not ready to go down to a size 8 because I don't want to have to pour myself into them and don't want the muffin top thing over the waist band.
If you get this all figured out, JenF, be sure to let me know the answer!
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I am 5'3. I don't really know what you mean by build. I guess I am a medium build. I also wear size 8 jeans. I know that according to the BMI calculator it shows 140 being ideal for my height. But I don't think I can get to that without whacking some of it off. I hope that I can focus on toning and it will all even out!?!?!
current weight: 145.0
Fitness Minutes: (21,981) Posts: 15,071 10/11/08 10:24 P
I had similiar questions and I determined that I was comfortable with 140 as my goal. For me it is the top of my healthy weight range as I am 5 foot 3". I am a size 8 petite and like how I look in my clothes. I have been able to maintain this weight for over 10 months. So it is really up to you. Do you feel good at the weight you're at ? Do you think you can maintain this weight ?
Maybe you could try to maintain the 145 pounds for 2 months and see how it goes. If you lose more weight it will continue to be a combination of muscle and fat. But if you maintain a good work out program, it will mostly be fat.
Good luck !
Starting Weight: 235 on 01/01/07
Achieved Goal Weight: 140 on 11/29/07
Maintenance Weight Range: 138 to 143
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I think I am done losing weight! I believe I am down to the lowest I can get. I would love to be at 135 but I think I have about 10 lbs of flab( I know that sounds gross but it doesn't look as bad it sounds)I really think that if I continue to loose weight it will be muscle and thats bad. So, I guess that is my question, would it be muscle, should I lose that 10 lbs or should I just "try" to stay where I am? TIA!!!
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