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Yes, Bailey, I remember that. So for me at 5'6" that is 130 pounds; and actually I may be 5' 5 3/4". I used to think I was very heavy framed and I did have a Weight Watcher goal of 143 for many years. My elbow measurement indicates I'm an average frame, though. (2.5 inches across the elbow bone, with forearm up) I have chosen 126 for my happy weight, but I'm struggling a bit to get there. Time will tell if I can stay there.

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emoticon Does anyone remember the old formula of 100 pounds for the first 5 feet, then 5 pounds for every inch over. Add 10% for large frame or subtract 10% for small frame.

emoticon I am 5' and my best was 102. I would love to get there again.

emoticon maintaining over a year

emoticon I have been maintaining now for over a year. I count the calories. I also get obsessed at times too. But that's okay. It's become such a habit that maintaining is easy. I bounce from 106 to 108 on any given day. I really don't like to go over 107.5 personally, but that is just me. Cannot wait till the weather is better and I can be more consistent running. Running inside is just not the same thing!






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I have no problem maintaining my lower weight, but I've been at that weight for so long that I have accepted the limitations.

I have also discovered that for me it is much easier for me to never have a "bad day". It's harder to stop a splurge at one day than it is to avoid it altogether. I must say that I have never eaten something I thought was Ok, then discovered that it was way too many calories after eating it. I always know up front, and can choose to eat it or not. I find that it is easier to say no up front. It's 10 minutes of anguish as opposed to days or weeks.

One of the biggest benefits of slow, hard weight loss is that we all discover what works best for us, and that is what makes maintaining possible.

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I am still new to maintaining and had set a goal of 142 then when I reached it in October I carried on down to 140 and I put weight on in December (5 lb) which made me aim to have a range of 138-142. No science but if I go any lower I think it would be difficult to maintain.


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You have been maintaining now for almost 3 years.
I had to read that slowly. WOW!

I've been maintaining now for 3 months. (Actually have lost about 5, and am still working on finding the balance to hold weight with the normal small fluctuations.)

If you have held it for 3 years it sounds like you might be at that really good weight.

Has maintaining become your 'normal'? Is it a struggle?

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The last time I was slim I weighed 123 and felt it was right for me- not too skinny but healthy, so that's what I aimed for.
Have been maintaining now for almost 3 years!

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Does anyone remember the old formula of 100 pounds for the first 5 feet, then 5 pounds for every inch over. Add 10% for large frame or subtract 10% for small frame. That would make my goal (5'4") of 108.

That was how the height weight charts were done back in the 60s, before anyone thought of a BMI. All those weights look low today.

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I based my goal on my weight as an 18 yr old. That was about 110lbs. I am 31 now and have beat that goal @ 102 currently. I do get a lot of push back from people such as "you need to stop losing weight" or "eat!". Fact is I do eat. Watch my portions only.

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I think Americans have gotten used to looking heavier, even though the fashion models and celebrities are so thin, or maybe that's why. I was and still am, to some degree, aiming for the top of my BMI range. I think it's accurate for me because I am neither tall nor short nor unusually muscular. However, I secretly wanted to lose more. I found out I was not alone. I saw on a website that most women of my height think they need to lose weight until they are at the low end of their BMI range. Given that so many people here aimed at a higher weight to start, I'm feeling better. I was getting discouraged because I thought I might work hard to get to 154 and then feel that it wasn't worth it. It sounds like I'll probably find out I can go lower without it being a teeth-gritting experience. r maybe I'll just be happy when I get there.

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Co-workers (and some family) said enough to me! That was 15 pounds heavier. But people who don't know me, or have not seen me for a long time often mention how healthy I look. This is a guess, but I think two things may happen. It takes people who see you often some time to adjust. And perhaps, it takes your body time to adjust too before that strong look is there.
Having said that -- having someone you trust can see past -- well your heavier past, and see how you really look is good. If they say stop .....

Enough for me was 160. 155 feels great. I am doing a marathon and after that will allow myself back to that level.

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Anne, interesting that your husband spoke up, I guess that is a good thing. My mother was getting worried when I was dropping the weight and even when I was in (still am) maintenance mode, she's like enough! I really had to laugh at this and I explained that while I certainly wouldn't mind loosing 2-4 more pounds, or firming up the abs more, I am currently 4# heavier than my wedding day. You never told me I was too skinny then?

That made her think about it. A lot of times, people just get so used to you at a certain weight and when you drastically change from that weight, they think it's too much.

My boyfriend assured my mother that he would stop me if I got too skinny. I still have a little pooch I can firm up, so I don't consider myself too skinny by any means! emoticon





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Small sizes aren't what they used to be. I have a size 8 skirt that I bought in 1981 when my first marriage broke up. It fits. So does the size 6 dress I wore when my husband was promoted in 1992. And the size 4 jeans I bought in 2000 when he retired, and the size 2 that I bought 4 years ago. I now wear a size 0. They are all the same dimension, just not the same size number.

When I sew I am a size 12 pattern. Go figure.

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My original goal was 127, which I picked because that was my weight in the early 2000s (before my 2003 car accident). But, being almost 10 years older, I wasn't thrilled at 127 this time around (less muscle/bone I guess, in spite of strength training), so I picked 123 as my goal instead. I was considering trying for 120 or 118, but this past weekend my husband looked at me when I got out of the shower and said "enough - start maintaining that weight!" Guess I will learn to love 123 lbs.

About the clothes issue - I find the best place to find small sizes (not juniors) is at sporting good stores like Academy, Cabelas, etc. They get in lots more of the smaller sizes to start so they don't sell out right away, plus they carry a surprising array of clothing styles.


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I'm glad to hear that people get to goal and don't necessarily think it's impossible to maintain. That means they don't feel they are starving or missing out. I sometimes think I won't be able to get as slim as it seems I could be because I would have to eat too little, but I'll just have to lose 15 lbs. and see! I weighed less than that in high school, and I wasn't slim then compared to my peers. emoticon

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1/27/11 8:33 P

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I am still deciding .. but 155 feels healthy enough for me, 160 too -- so in between. BMI just doesn't seem to make sense. When I started 170 was the goal ... and it changed as time went by. I have appreciated hearing that for so many others it's a 'living' process.

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I stopped at the weight my body seemed easiest to maintain without a total struggle. When I drop much beyond 140, not only do I think I look too thin, but people I think are thin start to comment to me about losing too much...

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I know you have to pick a goal weight when you get started, but it's like picking what you want to do with your life when you are still in 10th grade. You'll change your mind many times for many reasons, and you'll only know it when you get there.

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I decided to accept that my original goal weight was just not realistic for my body type. Instead I focused on body fat % knowing I wanted to get to about 18.5% and maintain. Well I've reached that goal and am now working on maintaining.

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When I hit 150 pounds I got serous about wanting to lose wt. My Dr. said to go to 135, so I took that note to WW and that was my goal. Then after I maintained at 125 for a year we changed my goal to 125. I've been within 2 pounds for 2 years and 7 months.

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That's a pretty large difference JHADZHIA! Glad to see you are back, hope you are feeling okay!





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I asked my family Dr., who has known me since age 16, what was the lowest I should go, and she said 118, but my body seems to prefer 121 which is where I have stayed and felt good. My rhuematologist said 147, but I felt that was too much..

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I went for Body Mass Index. I learned that to be healthy, the BMI is supposed to be between 18 and 25. If I am below 25, I feel good. Right now, I am at 23.9.

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as for pants... I was moved from Misses to Jr's at Kohls. It is not easy finding jeans in Jr's that do not have all the embelishments and rips and tears on them! Oh, and my THIGHS are not the same as Jr's either!

Old Navy carries lower sizes with wider thighs than the Jr's lines.





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I am not sure what I set my goal at at first. I was happy to be loosing and said maybe a healthy bmi, around 130, if I can. If my body decides to stop before then, I would be happy with that. I didn't really think I would make it to a healthy bmi. I was considered obese but wound up loosing 50 pounds and started to try and maintain at around 127ish. Haven't quite got maintenance for certain, but getting close, I think. Last month, I think I still lost a pound or two.

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I originally picked BMI 25 - 155 pounds from the Weight Watchers chart, the highest weight for my height. After I came to SparkPeople I found I could continue to lose weight. I've reduced my official goal from 155 to 148 to 139. Last year I weighed between 128.2 and 133.6 the entire year. I'm going to see if I can reduce that range to 124-130. That will be BMI 20-21.

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A few of those. I've been overweight since I was a young kid so I didnt have a past weight to use as a reference point. I had no idea if I was going to stop at 120 or 150 because I didnt know what would look or feel best for me, or what would even be realistic for me to try to maintain. Ultimately I decided to at least use the BMI range for my height as something to work towards (which for my height was 146) Once I reached that goal, I felt great but felt I could take it a bit further (and also because I wanted to give myself a few lbs of fluctuation room) I got under the 140 mark and decided I would stop at 135. Once I got to 135 however, I realized I was SO close to the 120's. That was never even a pipeline dream for me in the past but since I was so close I couldnt resist working towards it. Eventually I did get down to 128 and decided that was enough for me.

After I reached that goal I started realizing that it was probably too low for me. My average resting heart rate dropped down to the mid-30's, my blood pressure down to the 80's over 40's, I was frequently lightheaded and I stopped getting my period for almost a year! I wasnt remotely starving myself or working out like a fiend either, but things didnt start getting regular for me again until I gained 10 lbs back. I ended up gaining way more than I ever intended tho and got back up to 148. I've lost some of that and am now working on getting back to 135-138 which is what I figured out was the weight I was happiest and felt healthiest at.

So to make a long story short, basically through trial and error is how I figured out my ideal goal weight :-)

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Well said .. and actually I am having the same challenge as you. I still have impulses to hold back on calories even tho I am trying to hold this weight.

Holding is movement forward, we'll work it out!

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I picked the top of my healthy BMI range as my goal. I picked the high end because I get quite muscular thanks to all of horse chores I do day in and day out. Hay and manure is heavy! Right now I'm about 7-8 lbs below that on any given day. I wouldn't mind getting off a couple more, but that's only for the 'number'. I'm fit and feel good, but still have yet to completely accept that it's actually true.

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Mbussan, that CAN be a problem! Most stores don't even carry pants that fit me. I have to go to the teen department, and they are WAY to low slung for grandma! I have luck at the Gap. Most of the other stores sell out their small sizes the day they come in. Probably to the sales clerks who get there first.

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I am always amazed that I am a smaller size now than I was even in 5th grade! Now my porblem is that stores don't always carry pants small enough for me. Such a great "problem".



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Isn't it amazing that a goal that once seemed unattainable was actually surpassable? AND maintainable?!

I saw an ad for one of the weight loss programs, can't remember which, where the spokeswoman showed her before pic, then her current self, and she said "I can't believe I get to live my life in this body!" Says it all.

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I started at 210 and just hoped to reach 165 and maintain it. SP was so easy for me that I changed my goal to 148 before I even reached 165. I changed it again to 135 to try to be a normal BMI. I had decided that any weight I reached, I could also maintain.

Then I decided that I would like to be lower in the normal range and this is when I started taking it 5 lbs at a time.

My last goal was the "ideal weight" from the insurance charts of 117 - I went to 115 to make it a round 95 lbs lost, lol.

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I picked a reasonable weight goal and checked with my Doc. He agreed and then went to WW and told them with doctors approval, they set my goal at the amount I decided. Everyone is happy.

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When I got on SP almost 2 yrs ago, it was listed that most people could lose 10% so that was my first goal. I met that, then found 'my happy weight' and it took me 6 pounds lighter. I then went 4 pounds lower than that. I'm really close to my weight in my early 20's.

I am hoping to be the 5-10% of maintainers for life!





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For me, it was about stopping the endless cycle of weight loss and weight gain.

Most ppl will not maintain their losses on a long term basis bc of several factors. What struck me the most was those that only lose 5-10% of their starting weight have the great success of keeping the weight off and doing so without constant work and fight.

I aimed for 5% and at this point it is about maintaining this or slowly losing another 5%. I don't count calories and I needed to make sure that whatever I did, it had to revolve around Intuitive Eating.

Over the next 3-5 yrs barring pregnancies, I plan to maintain this weight, yet allow my body to naturally drop weight. I won't try for it (calories in/out) but I also won't fight against it. Regardless if my body stays here or I drop another 30 pounds is ok with me either way.

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I was 186 I think .. aimed at 170. Am a runner and thought I was a little over. But at 170 I stepped out of the shower and looked in the mirror. (YIKES) 160 became the goal. 160 felt very good, 155 feels great. My goals changed as I reached them.

I tried not to have a diet mentality, so maintaining should not be much different than what I have been doing. But, it's a process, an adjustment.

It's good to read your thoughts.

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I just new that I wanted to feel better and look better! I was tired of being looked at as the fat girl! I chose a weight of 135 to start and then when I got down realized I could go a bit lower and still feel good. I NEVER EVER want to go back to where I was!!!

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I'm old so I know by now at which weight I feel and look my best. BMI says in 5 more lbs. I will no longer be overweight. (eye rolling emote)

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1/19/11 8:39 P

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I set a 50 by 50 goal weight. 50 pounds by my 50th birthday. I reached the weight goal before my birthday and just kept it up till I my birthday rolled around. It ended up being 66 pounds. It looked and felt right. 4 years later I am keeping within 5 pounds of that weight. Never going back again!!!!!

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It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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1/19/11 8:20 P

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I picked my original goal as a birthday gift to DH. I told him on his Bday (Dec. 22) that I would be at our wedding weight by our next anniversary.. Aug. 8th. I have since lost another 5 lbs.

Lost 65 lbs and maintained since 2006.


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1/19/11 8:20 P

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A little of everything:

Original goal was just a number I felt comfortable I could in fact achieve. Then I dropped it a bit to make it the weight I wanted it to be in a year. Then I maintained my way down another ten or fifteen pounds until I got to where it felt "right"... and here I have declared myself "home".

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Max lifetime weight 224.5

Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010


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1/19/11 8:18 P

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My first goal was from the Weight Watcher ranges. I chose it because it was the center of the range for my height. When I got 10 pounds below that and was able to maintain that for awhile I adjusted my goal to that new weight. I hope it is a goal that is very "doable" long term. So far, so good.



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I picked it off the height-weight chart. But that was then. Over the years my "goal" has gone up and down a little: age, cosmetic surgery, several situations. As long as my weight is my choice and not an accident, or "accepting the scale" I am fine.

Nell

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Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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Many of the above.
Picked a weight that was something I remembered from somewhere in the past.
Got there and realized I would like a little less.
Looked at the BMI and figured out that would be me dead in the middle of 'normal' which seemed a fine place to be.
I like the way I look and the way I feel.
Now to figure out how to stay here for the long haul.

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Ok, we have made it. That's incredible -- and a year from now let's still be a part of The Maintainers!

But? How did you decide what your goal was?

Was it:

You picked a weight that seemed good?

You lost till you looked and felt 'right'?

A doctor?

The dreaded (And silly) BMI. (I could not resist an editorial comment ...)

A friend family member guide you?

Something else?



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