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2/16/09 10:39 A

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whatever I do, I ALWAYS ask myself is this a sustainable habit that I can do the rest of my life. If I feel good then it probably is; if I feel exhausted and starving than it's not.

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2/15/09 10:56 P

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Thanks for that weight loss and the run down feeling and the other feelings that go along with it. I needed to see your comment today because I'm run down from overexecising I think and kind of don't want the #'s to go up - afraid is more like it. Afraid if it goes up it'll keep going up and I won't be able to stop. But I feel hungry all the time lately and not sure why?

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2/15/09 12:20 P

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Here are the 2 things I've learned about clothing sizes since reaching my current weight:

1. Most mass market clothing manufacturers don't even make anything smaller than a size 6 and even when they do make 4s, they make very few of them.

2. The smaller the size, the less leeway between sizes and between manufacturers. When I was heavier, I work anything from a size 10-16 depending on style and manufacturer. At my current weight, I sometimes doen't even try clothes on before I buy them because a 4 will fit regardless of style and manufacturer.

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2/15/09 11:13 A

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Different manufactures size differently anyway. If you feel good about yourself, then that is all that matters. I am just 5ft1/2in tall(?) (the 1/2 in matters a lot to me lol) and I weigh 120 lbs. I feel I have to lose some more but then I still buy sizes which are too big (what I am used to) and then end up taking them back to the store.
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2/15/09 7:34 A

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Trust your body. It knows what your ideal weight is. When you get there, you will stop losing. Once you find that losing any more weight requires eating less than is healthy and/or exercising more than is healthy your body is telling you to stop.

PS: On the size thing: I am also a size 4, which isn't always that easy to find. 0 and 2 are almost non existant. Since you are fairly tall, you are probably like me and can't wear junior or petite sizes because they are too short. I am only 5'6" but have very long legs so petites and junior pants are too short, especially in the rise. Some times I have to wear children's clothes (girls size 14 or boys size 10-12) because I can't find much that is small enough in ladies sizes. If I were to lose any more, I would have a heck of time finding clothes that fit since even in children's sizes, going down another size would make them too short (at least for pants).

Edited by: NANCYJAC at: 2/15/2009 (07:44)
Motivation without information is useless.

Willpower is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Discipline is practicing something until it becomes a habit.

There is a big difference between surviving and thriving.

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2/15/09 5:49 A

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I was told that I had to lose weight in order to combat Diabetes. So I did a load of research into diets which did nothing for me mentally. I then decided to get into the basics and carried out a major research endeavour into food itself. My findings were real eye openers and the results were too. I lost 70lb, without actually trying and without any calorie counting, over a nine month period. I settled at 176lb (I am a 5ft 11in male aged 55) and have been there ever since. I do keep an eye on my weight each week and to be honest it does fluctuate by a couple of pounds occasionally but just by knowing this helps to keep the weight under control. I am convinced that my experience supports the concept that just by knowing what you are putting into your body you will balance out at the weight that is healthy for you. If anyone is interested I did write a journal about my 'discoveries' regarding food which is available at any number of outlets. It is called "Your Body Your Diet" by Christopher Grey (cheapest place to buy it is Lulu.com).

Good luck to everyone in this forum on finding and maintaining your good healthy weight.

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2/8/09 2:21 P

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I think you're on the right track and doing great! Eat right and keep up the exercise, your body will find the weight it likes and a weight you feel good maintaining.

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2/5/09 11:05 A

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I think that is a great idea. I really believe that your body will let you know, especially when you are treating it well. I have never been thin either, so I know how you feel. I followed a similar idea, got close to what I felt was a good weight and now I am letting my body "guide me". As they say, let nature set it's course! All the best!

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2/4/09 3:59 P

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Thank you all for your awesome replies.

I'll admit, a big part of this is me wanting to know what it's like to be "thin", since I've never been thin since I was in the womb.

My doctor is of the opinion that as long as I'm healthy, she's not going to give me a specific "ideal weight" so I'm kind of on my own there.

I have this idea that if I eat healthy, in an amount that's right for me, and exercise the amount that I can sustain, my weight should naturally reach a good place. Is that a good healthy happy compromise? :)

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2/4/09 3:50 P

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I think it depends how tall you are... I'm 5'9" and I'm currently maintaining around 132-134 which I'm happy with... The cardiologist said 135 was perfect for me...but I am comfortable at the weight I am... I don't want to go below 130.

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2/3/09 11:54 A

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I think you have to be where your body tells you. Its not worth a struggle to stay at a number. I got as low as 103 at 5'2" and although I thought I looked good I felt run down and tired and got worn out by all the "you're too skinny" comments. I put some back on, feel much better-not totally at peace with the number on the scale, but I am getting there. I can go out and run any number of miles and not feel horrible for 2 days after any more, I can eat a bit over and not fret about it and I can find clothes for the most part. Still some issues there, but not as bad as they were at 103.

As for a bikini- I think all of us are gonna find something we don't like with our bodies. Its easier to accept the thighs and butt we don't like and see them as the power houses that carry us through life and workouts. Abs-they hold us up. And your wedding dress will look stunning no matter what because its you in it. Just like any other clothing go for what flatters rather than what you have to kill yourself to get into. You will have enough other wedding stuff to stress you out =)

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2/2/09 2:09 P

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Also, don't forget that the BMI ranges are averaged over all people. Women should carry more body fat than men, AND women of childbearing age really need to have a bit more body fat for optimum fertility.

My weight loss goal was to hit the BMI range smack in the middle. That's 108 lbs for me (I'm 4 ft 11). Now that I'm here, I see that I still have some fat on me -- mostly thighs and butt. I can see that I *could* lose that. But I'm 35, I hope to have another baby (or two), and I don't want to get so thin that I stop ovulating or otherwise damage my fertility. Besides, it's hard to find clothes any thinner than this.

So I decided to stop losing weight.

Maybe I'll try to get a little bit thinner after I pass menopause. But not right now.

Being okay with being hungry since 5/13/08.

5/13/08: 148, BMI 30
11/16/08: 108, BMI 22

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I think we start getting obsessed with this weight thing. I know that I am always thinking, "if I could only lose a few more pounds". Not really a healthy line of thought. Your body will tell you what to do. Don't starve yourself (usually doesn't work anyway). Concentrate on the inches lost, not the number on the scales. I am a 4 now, never was one, never wanted to be one, but I am delighted that I am and it was only because I lost inches on my hips(from exercise). I try to focus on that when I go up and down a few pounds. In fact I am at that point right now. I was at 109, but went up to 111. I have been in agony for about a week now, but I am still at 111. I looked at myself this morning after my daily weigh in and I thought "Nah, I'm looking good, don't sweat the small stuff."

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2/2/09 11:24 A

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I agree with the others. Listen to your body. If you feel energetic and healthy go a little lower and see how you feel. I did the same thing as you. I got down to 135 and realized I could lose more. Who knew? If I drop below the 120 mark I start to feel weak. BTW I am 5'6. Good luck whatever you choose to do. emoticon

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2/2/09 11:03 A

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I would think it would depend on how you feel. I have battled weight all my life, I used to get my brothers hand-me downs as a kid since I couldn't fit into my sisters. I have never been slimmer, until now. I bought my first pair of size 3 jeans, didn't like them but had to buy them. I even thought of leaving the size tag on.

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I am within my range, I also want to go lower, but I don't want to have to struggle all the time to stay lower. To me, if you are feeling well, have the energy to exercise and enjoy life then going lower is okay. The BMI is a wide range and doesn't take into account individual bodies, so it is a loose guide. Only you and your body can determine what is right for you.

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2/2/09 10:52 A

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I think our bodies tell us when we are at where we need to be... I keep trying to consistently stay under 155 but just a few days into it I feel like I'm starving and it doesn't go away till I'm back up again. I've taken it as a sign that no matter what I want, I'm going to have to make my maintenance range higher than I'd like.

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2/2/09 10:21 A

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You may end up being like me, I've never been happy. I get to a range where I want to be, and then I just end up resetting the range. Unfortunately, my range is now higher thanks to the weight I've gained. :( So you may have to come to the realization that you'll never be fully happy with your size/weight. Like you, I've always been heavy, and I think I'll always FEEL heavy. You just need to get to a point where you're both satisfied AND healthy.

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2/2/09 10:14 A

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Although I put on a few pounds over the holidays, which I'm losing now, I'm only a few pounds away from my maintenance range (145-150), which is a size 4 for me. I think I look good at this weight, and my size is easy to find. I get compliments on my shape including from my BF... so by all accounts, I should be maintaining there, BUT...

I'm starting to think that I want to lose more. Since I'm losing the bit I gained over the holidays, I'm thinking I might just keep going and not maintain until I get down to like 130 (which would probably be a size 0 for me, at least a 2). It's not the size number that I'm concerned about, or even the weight... it's just that I've NEVER been "thin" (I was obese since I was little) and I want to know what it's like to be LIGHT.

The other thing is that I'm starting to look for a wedding dress, and they ALL look better on really THIN girls, not on 150 lb girls... so... there's that.

So HOW DO YOU KNOW when you are done losing weight? I've been maintaining in my range since last April, and I was pretty happy but I'll be honest, I did NOT look good on the beach, and I can't help thinking that if I have a chance to look good in a bikini, why not do it? I just don't know... I guess the easy answer is "just do it and see if you like it". By the way my healthy weight range is 118 - 159, so I would be going from high normal to mid-normal range by BMI.

Any opinions at all on this? Anyone else not completely sure that they know what they're ideal weight is?

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