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I think you will know the right weight for you when you get there and have "tried it on for size" for a while. I started a couple of years ago manually counting when my eating got out of control. (Lifelong dieter via counting calories), then found another website, and finally migrated here when found this one and it has worked well for me. I find the success of others on this site to be SO inspirational! I had initially set myself a goal of 130 (5'6") and when close to it went on a very stressful business trip and lost another 5. I felt good - thought I looked great and definately loved feeling lighter on my feet - I dance a LOT -
In fact, liked it so much I decided to try for another 5. Reached 120 about 14 months ago. So I am currently maintaining and will fluctuate between 123 and 120 which is fine. Vigilance seems to be the key for me with the maintaining - if I find myself at 123 I have to go back to tracking.......tracking is where I am now..... until the scale says 120. Maintaining 120 @ age 65 is a challenge. Harder than actually losing the weight.
This weight works great for me. Some folks tell me I am too thin - others will say I look great. I have to tune out the opinions and go by what I feel. And I feel great - love rocking the size 2's & 4's - can dance all night without getting too tired - and I'm not wearing out my pants between my thighs any more .....sweet!
I think you will eventually find the weight that feels "right" for you through trial and error. If YOU feel too thin or drift into an unhealthy bmi then you can easily put some back LOL!
Best wishes to all of you - can't tell you how much I appreciate this website and the supportive people who participate here!

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11/8/12 3:42 P

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I did. My initial goal was to get to the top of the range for my age and height. Once I got there, I starting slowly transitioning to maintenance and increasing my calories. By the time I leveled off, I had lost about another ten pounds and that's where my permanent goal is now. I feel my best where I'm at now and it's the best balance for me in terms of feeling healthy and confident while being able to eat and exercise at levels that I feel like I can sustain forever.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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11/8/12 1:51 P

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Pat, I've changed my goal weight a lot. Here's what happens when you change it on the Start page, though: SP recalculates the calorie range in your Nutrition Tracker based on what your new goal is and how long you want to take to reach it. This calorie range is always wrong for me, so I've worked out (by really scrutinizing all my records) what it should be for weight loss or for maintenance, and reset it manually under "Change Nutrition Goals" on the Nutrition Tracker. I realize this might not be helpful for you, but I thought you should at least know what goes on when you reset your goal weight.

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11/8/12 12:35 P

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Hi Team mates: not sure where to post this message but I have a question. Have you "reset" your goal weight? More specifically, did you reach goal and then set the goal at a lower weight? I'm considering doing so and would like to know your experiences - if you have any you'd like to share. Thanks, Pat emoticon

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10/15/12 9:35 P

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Initially, my dr. set a "target" number based on my height and body build. I didn't think it was off since all my early years, up until 30, I was always under that number.

Then I had 3 kids and my body changed, and I forgot to take care of myself. -- Fast forward 20 years and I would be happy to be in a range of the 150's!
Right now I'm at the top end of that. (The dr. said 150.) I would like to drop 5-7#'s to allow for "range" without the fear of going up again. That requires diligence, and I'm constantly learning and adapting to what works for me.

When I'm where I want to be, I feel good, look good, and my clothes fit comfortably.

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10/14/12 8:43 P

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This is something I've come to learn, in the past few years, that my body will let me know when it has reached its bottom limit. At 5'3" and small framed, I used to struggle with just maintaining a scale weight of 130lbs, before I rebounded, that I was certain that number was my bare bone minimum.

But for some reason, finally, I took my head out of the game and just allowed my body to decide its happy point. So, today, I'm sitting at 108lbs, without any struggle at all. With only the ability to lose another 3lbs, before I dip into the unhealthy BMI category, I'm thinking my body has to be about done with the losing side of things.

What's funny, though, is that I have people at work who comment that I'm too thin, yet my doctor, just last week, told me I was doing fine. In fact, it was *I* who had to point out my low scale weight to him, as he didn't even take notice, or comment, even after doing a head to toe physical. So if the docs not concerned, I must be doing just fine!

Still, I do know that due to weight lifting limitations, my muscle growth has pretty much topped out, so by losing anymore body fat/scale weight, I do run the risk of *appearing* too skinny. But a Japanese lady at work (younger than myself) with the tiny Asian body build, did utter amazement when she discovered her and I weighed exactly the same! She even commented it was because I had a lot of muscle, while she had next to none. So that was nice to hear my *muscle* is noticeable to others.

Oh, and Nell...I also have those chest ripples, myself. I like them, too! emoticon

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I have a goal weight based on my goal of getting to a normal BMI, but its not a hard and fast weight. I can stop before I get there, but I can also continue if I feel like it isn't enough. Right now, it only puts me at the top of normal. I don't want to have to stop eating or exercise so intensely, that I stop enjoying exercise. I'm going to take things slowly and see when I get there.
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BLUE42DOWN, I've arrived at my preferred scale number based on how I look in the mirror and how my clothes fit. Even that is open to interpretation, though, because I bought some ultra-small clothes when I was at my too-low weight and have since gotten rid of them! I'm very close to feeling and looking (to my eyes anyway) exactly right, but it has taken trial and error.

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10/14/12 11:13 A

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My brother and sister are naturally thin. I don't even think they own scales, but find out their weight when they visit the doctor. They know how to follow appetite; they always say they eat whatever they want. They just don't want very much. Neither one of them eat between meals, eat at meals until they have had enough, and they intuitively know how much they need. They both weigh about the same as they did in college, it's just a different shape. I remember thinking that if I got to my "goal" number I would become like them. I didn't. I have to count and weigh and measure to do what they just do automatically. Jean Nidetch used to talk about an "appestat", an internal switch that goes on when you need food, and goes off when you have enough. My brother and sister have functioning appestats. Mine is broken and will never work. But that's ok. I know how to manually perform the function of appestat.

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10/13/12 11:09 P

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BLUE42DOWN, I have a friend who has never had a weight issue. She says she's never had much of an appetite and so just stays naturally slim. Recently she was on a week long business trip and ate out everyday at places like The Cheesecake Factory. I think she might have picked up a couple lbs. Not sure if she noticed her clothes fitting snugger or it was a logical conclusion. However, as soon as she was home, she was back to her regular eating and activity levels (she is a big walker, like me). So I would guess she goes by how her clothes fit but probably her clothes always fit fine.

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10/13/12 10:32 P

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I haven't reached my declared goal weights, but I intentionally set them on the high end and plan to go more by fitness and muscle / tone development after that. Since a muscular person can look slimmer but weigh more than a "skinny fat" person, I don't really give a scale number that much ... weight. *groan*

In addition (I think someone else mentioned it), I want sustainable. There's a balance point between too much effort to reach and maintain - vs - not putting in enough effort and moving into a slow gain pattern.

(This did make me wonder an aside thing - does someone who has never had an issue with their weight have a "goal number" they think they should weigh based on the scale, or do they go by whether clothes fit and how they look in the mirror? I don't remember caring much about the scale until my pregnancies, and more as a curiosity than thinking there was a right number.)

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I thought I had a goal weight, but when I got there I looked emaciated, and what I had to do to get there and stay there wasn't what I felt was healthiest for my body.

I finally just had to go with what looks best in the mirror. At 5'9", this is ideally about 153, but as long as I'm in the 150's and can wear a size 6-8, I'm good.

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10/13/12 11:44 A

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I have been 5'4" for most of my life, but apparently I am now 5'3 3/4". My old lady goal has been about 106, and I'm now in the 102-104 range. Who knows what I'll be in 5 years? I reserve the right to change my mind about my goal whenever I want.

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10/13/12 11:26 A

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Every body is different, that's clear! Nell, how tall are you?

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10/13/12 10:40 A

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Becky, my doctor has told me the same thing, not to lose any more weight. If I get the flu, I'll have to be hospitalized to make sure I don't lose any weight.

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10/13/12 7:44 A

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Nell- emoticon

I'm at 141 now and my Dr. has told me not to lose any more weight. I also have to take into consideration all of the loose skin I have. Skin weighs quite a bit and I'm having some of it removed when they do my hernia repair. My Dr. says it could be 5-8 lbs. So that would put me in the 130's if that happened. I'm also in a healthy BMI and as long as I remain there I will be happy. When I was younger and dieted alot, I found that it was just too hard for me to maintain anything under 135. I would literally have to starve myself to keep at that weight and I'm not willing to do that.

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SUZYMOBILE you are the same height as me too! Seems like we really have followed the same weight loss path.

My husband said he could see my abs a couple of days ago, not a six pack just the vertical lines but that will do me nicely, maybe that, and the rib ripple could be my visual. I think my main concern is I don't want to let it slide into an unhealthy underweight. It seems to be that everyone has found their settling point over time so I think I should just be patient and see what happens.

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Must be my peasant heritage but at 5' 3", I am quite happy being 138 and wearing size 6 (whatever that means these days). I am hoping tomorrow I will be at my goal of 137. That will give me a firm toehold in healthy BMI land. While the perfectionist in me would like a lower BMI, I have come so far in weight loss that for now at least, I plan to stick around this point.

Besides as much as I love shopping, I am tired of buying new clothes. emoticon

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At 5'8.5" I have stayed right around 145 for 3.5 years now. It's what I weighed in high school and a good 15 lbs less than I would have set for myself as a goal!! I did it backwards, I guess. Instead of starting with a goal weight, I tried to build healthy habits I felt I could keep up for the rest of my life ... Then just did those things and when I stopped losing, I figured that was my "right" weight. Good luck finding your balance point!

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I'm still not certain of where I want to maintain. I have chosen 139 (with 5lbs buffer) for now. I have a remarkably slow metabolism and even with running and fitness and eating right, am struggling to really go any lower. I am 5'6", so, if that is it, I will be okay with it as long as I continue to make progress in my firmness and shape and muscularity. I would like to be in the lower 130's, but realistically, I don't see that happening unless I get a job that allow me to work in a gym.

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I maintain on the higher end of my range as well but I'm at a healthy weight and I feel great, so that's just fine with me. A lot of factors go into deciding where we want to settle and there is quite a bit of leeway for what's considered healthy. I can't even fathom getting down into the 120s let alone lower than that, but I'm tall, muscular, exercise and do a lot of weight training and don't have a small frame. So, anything under about 140 would be absolutely out of the question for me unless my lifestyle were to change considerably. But another person with a different lifestyle and frame might look great in the 120s, even at my height.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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My goal weight is much higher than the 119ish gals. However, it is a comfortable weight for me and it's one I can maintain without too much sacrifice. I've lost about 130 (yes, more than you girls weigh) and am over the moon with glee!

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Jerseygrl, you say you were born before dirt was invented, and I was born a couple years before that. Saying I was born in the Truman administration kind of brings it home. To my kids that was right after the Civil War. I started dieting at the beginning of the Johnson administration, lost my weight in the Nixon administration and kept it off.

Just another way to look at time passing.

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I'm only 5'2" and small-boned, so for me 110 lbs is just right and I've maintained at that goal weight for over 5 years now, so I think I have reached my "set point" and am very happy there!

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I want a weight that is sustainable, and allows me to live a healthy, happy, energetic lifestyle without feeling deprived. For me at 5'6" 132-135 has been working out great. It also puts me smack dab in the middle of the healthy BMI range.

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Hi,
I'm 5'7 3/4", weigh 136, body fat is 24.7 and I was born the year before dirt was invented ( lol). It is a good weight for me, I'm in size 6 clothes, can easily maintain this weight as long as I don't go crazy for a long period of time. I settled on this weight due to how great I felt, body fat and the doctor told me not to lose anymore weight. I am looking to lower my body fat by using the building muscle method of weight training. I think rubbing thighs are all in ones body build.

Good luck to you in finding your correct body weight.

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I'm 5' 7.5". My peculiar personal goals are to fit in my chosen clothes, have those same chest ribs as Nell, and not have a bulgy stomach, for what that's all worth!

Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 10/12/2012 (16:59)
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Sustainability is a big factor for me but i lost 2lbs over the last two weeks eating 1800 cals a day and having a couple of days off tracking completely. I'm thinking about finding out how much I'm happy to eat and then seeing where my weight settles.

I would love it if my thighs didn't touch but even when i was underweight I've always had chunky thighs! It's hard for me to set a visual goal because these things change so gradually. Maybe for me the happy place is about the food intake and exercise.

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I think the sustainability factor is one to be strongly considered. I decided on my goal weight in part because I felt comfortable with how much I can eat and how much I need to exercise to stay there. I feel happy, healthy and comfortable in my maintenance range. I also know that occasional indulgences aren't going to undo all of my progress and that I don't need to log 15 hours a week at the gym just to stay the course. I think I've finally found my home.
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I am at a weight that makes me happy. I don't care about BMIs or body fat calipers. I want to see slight rib rippling on my chest. I don't want any part of my thighs to touch each other when standing. Everyone has different goals, some common, some pretty specialized. If you are happy, why question further?

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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

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


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10/12/12 3:16 P

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Hmmm, yes I measured my body fat, the calipers said 17% the electronic ones said 26%. I've read that calipers are more accurate (I hope so!) Out of curiosity how tall are you? I feel pretty good where I am now but I still do the happy dance when I lose a lb or two. I don't want to get hooked on that happy dance!

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10/12/12 3:09 P

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You and I followed almost the same weight loss path. I started around 172 (7 years or so ago) and am now aiming to settle at 119. A few years ago, I went way too low (111), couldn't maintain it, hovered around 118 for quite a while, and have recently ended up higher than I liked, at 125. So, now I'm trying to get back to 119 by the beginning of December, where I hope to stay.

You look perfect, and I assume that you're relatively fit because of running. I'd say your current weight is probably a good weight for you. You might measure your body fat, though. Many maintainers go by that even more than by weight as a good measure of fitness.



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the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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10/12/12 3:03 P

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I'm approaching my ultimate goal weight of 119lbs which I set because it is 8 and 1/2 stone. But the reality is I'm not sure if I want/should to be that weight, it puts me on the very low end of a healthy BMI which I'm fine with, I don't think I look too skinny now but I want to be healthy and fit. The thing is, it's easy to play the numbers game and get the scales to display the right number but I want to be able to maintain the right weight for me, I guess I'm just confused what the right weight is and how I'll know when I get there, how did you know?

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