I agree with WWOFPITCHER...I think our bodies let us know when it's done. I struggled pretty hard to get down to 135 and had to be very strict everyday to maintain. I have my good and bad calorie days now but I have been in my maintenance range for a few months without feeling starved.
Lady_Donkey, I like that bit of insight. It makes sense....
...I had my annual exam today. So, first thing this morning, I get up, do the usual, step on the scale, get dressed, have breakfast go to work. Late morning, I get on the scale, fully dressed, after drinking lots of water and having my morning snack. Them I'm lectured to lose some weight, even after the nurse admits that the scale is 3lbs heavier than any other scale.
So I pointed out that... I've been up for a few hours. I've had a meal. I'm dressed (and in jeans!). I've been fighting a sinus infection since January... and that my doctor and I have discussed a goal weight for me, that leaves me healthy. It's a weight I can reach and stick to (when not feeling terrible all the time!), and that's good enough for me.
I like how I look, I look good in the clothes that I wear. I'm way more active than I used to be and, prior to this sinus infection mess, I'm also healthier, too!
This is one of my pet peeves. Most charts give a 20 pound lee-way. eDiets actually gives a 30 pound lee-way. I have been making muscle with my workouts...for almost 3 years, and am barely within my lee-way. It makes me want to get "right in the middle", but it is a real struggle to get my body to "let go" of any more weight. My BMI is 1-2 points too high, which could be because of the muscle. I keep telling myself, the numbers on the scale doesn't matter, that being a size 6 is a good place to be. But I still struggle for another 5 or 10 pounds..........
Skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, Crystle Lite in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
I have to say this makes me feel better, especially Lady_Donkey's post. I'm up 2 pounds from my "regular" maintenance weight and have really been beating myself up about it. I've been under a lot of stress at work and recently changed medication, and you know what? It doesn't matter. I can still wear my clothes, and when I'm ready I can go back down 2 pounds if it's the right thing to do.
I think your body pretty much lets you know where the good stopping point is. When you feel energetic and are not starving with your food allowance is a good starting point. My body has pretty much settled in where I am comfortable and where maintaining is not a big problem.
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The healthy weight for my height ranges between 63 and 78 kiloss, I sit around the 70 mark which is about half way. I'm neither small or big boned so I think this is okay and I feel good and have lots of energy at this weight. My BMI is about 20 so I think that's okay too. There are many ways to gauge what is your best weight but when you feel healthy and have energy is a good gauge for me.
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew." Saint Francis de Sales
I think once you reach a healthy BMI is depends on where you feel comfortable. When I am at the top of my healthy range I am uncomfortable. We also carry our weight differently. I agree with the poster who said go by the clothing once you reach goal because muscle will cause a little gain without changing your size much.
"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."
Blackandi, Good not to go by weight at your stage -- If you keep exercising, you will continue to get smaller without losing any more weight, because you will continue turning fat to denser muscle tissue.
Congratulations on reaching, and staying at, goal!!
I am not sure this is what you are asking, so sorry if I am totally off base, but here goes.
Yeah, I am famous for redrawing the line in the sand (so to speak). I get to goal and go hmmmmm maybe 5 more pounds. I think it is important to remember that our perception of ourselves lags behind our actual appearance and that can make us want to keep losing even when we are at a healthy (and attractive) weight.
Once you hit your goal take some time off to settle into your new weight and allow yourself to adjust physically and mentally before deciding whether losing more would be a good idea.
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