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8/19/12 5:09 P

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I too have struggled with choosing a goal (I've lost before, reached goal and regained). The way I chose my goal was to get within my healthy range, and choose something that seemed attainable as well as maintainable. You probably don't want to choose something that requires tons of work to stay at. In my experience, that means a little trial and error as you near your goal. You may decide you can lose a little more when you get there, you may feel just right, or you may decide that your caloric intake is too little to live the rest of your life on. Listen to your body as you near your goal. I think it will tell you what is comfortable. Good luck!

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8/13/12 6:40 P

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Needing some advice from you all!

How does one go about figuring out a goal? I am officially less than 10 pounds (WOOHOO!!) from a "healthy" BMI, but if my childhood is any indication, I actually have quite a small frame, height not withstanding. The last time I was at a healthy weight, I didn't have some of the curves I have now, which I'd actually like to keep. I don't know what weight or BMI or anything else I want to set for myself. Physically, I'd be pretty happy if I could get rid of my love handles and some of my tummy, but of course you can't target certain areas with diet/exercise. Should I just pick something in the middle of the healthy BMI range and re-evaluate once I'm there? Seems a little arbitrary but I don't really know how else to go about it.

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