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Posts: 495 5/11/13 11:57 P
I like that there are replies on this thread that stress the importance of being fit. I've been stuck on a number goal for too long and it was starting to drag me down. I've stepped away from the scale and started focusing on sustainability and activity. It will come and I believe I will settle in somewhere my body is comfortable. I can honestly say it is not happy right now at 150.
current weight: 153.0
Posts: 50 5/10/13 4:11 P
I can honestly say I am no where near being athletic, but my goal weight is 105 and I am 5' 2".
There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps. -Peter A. Cohen
current weight: 225.0
Posts: 534 5/21/12 10:57 A
Good discussions. I have a number on the scale but mostly because I have weight limits for my job. I would love to get down to 130 - that is my goal. I have a little work to do to lose that 25 pounds but for me it is about how I feel when I look in the mirror.
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current weight: 150.2
Posts: 15 5/17/12 5:26 A
This is a great question, and something I've always struggled with as well. I'm 5'1 and at my lightest in high school I was 118. I've always been athletic and have quite a bit of muscle. Back then I was wearing a size 4. Now I'm around 130 wearing a 6 or 8. I'd like to get back down to a 4 but I don't know how likely that is. I've maintained an active lifestyle and while I don't eat perfectly, I do cook almost all of my meals, maintain small portion sizes, and balance it all pretty well. I'd like to think i'll eventually get close to 120 again, but as I get older I'm just not sure what's realistic.
For me, inches and how I feel/look have always been better indicators than the scale!
With persistence and a positive attitude, anything is possible!
Pounds lost: 8.0
Posts: 32 5/16/12 1:34 P
This is a good chart to go by http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php
Sometimes we want to weight a certain amount, while it's not healthy. :) I think 17% body fat for me would meet my goals.
current weight: 116.0
Posts: 159 7/14/11 12:20 A
When I am strong and leaner my optimal will be 130. I'm pretty certain I'd need to be obscenely dedicated to get below that - and I like beer too much. As such my goal is 130. Jumped on the scale this am at the gym and about lost my breakfast -- arrgghhh 146. So, bring it.
current weight: 142.0
Posts: 10 6/18/11 4:56 P
How do you calculate your body fat percentage? I gained weight in high school, but I also joined the swim team in high school and put on a lot of muscle mass. I've always had a pretty muscular build and am pretty compact, so my weightloss goal is to be 130, and then perhaps between 120 and 130. I feel that because of my body structure, that may be a pretty decent weight for me.
current weight: 128.5
Fitness Minutes: (37,595) Posts: 373 6/14/11 4:23 P
I take what the BMI range is for my height into consideration, but I also think every body is different. I will always be an hourglass shape with a lot of weight in my hips and thighs and not what is classically considered an "athletic" body type. I hope to get lean muscle in exchange for the fat I am shedding, but I will reevaluate my goal weight when I get closer.
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Posts: 1,438 6/14/11 12:50 P
Well as of right now I'm saying whatever looks healthy and feels healthy too. For me it's 125
Pounds lost: 19.0
Posts: 196 6/11/11 11:12 P
This is such a good question! My body type is athletic as well, and I begin to look gaunt if I dip lower than 119 lbs, even though the range for my height of 5'3 is 113 lbs. I'd look sickly if I ever weighed that little!
I'll never regret a work out, but I almost always regret not working out.
current weight: 125.2
Fitness Minutes: (13,064) Posts: 1,731 3/13/11 12:44 P
This is how to calculate Ideal weight if you know your body fat percentage.
Of course the Ideal weight changes as your current weight changes and your body fat percentage changes, so it's not static. LBM is lean body mass.
So, my ideal weight is 92 lbs if my muscle mass stays the same, but if my muscle mass were to increase then, my ideal weight would increase too.
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Pounds lost: 2.5
Posts: 1,839 1/2/11 12:45 P
Going by how fit you are, how you feel, and how you look in clothes is a way better indication than a number. I am 5'0" and muscular, older now at age 60, and could kick myself for not being happy with my younger set point weight of 105. I still didn't look "tiny", didn't have stick thin arms, or stick thin legs. I honestly thought my thighs looked like ham hocks. As I gained weight in my 30's, 40's, and 50's, I have vowed to get rid of it now that I'm 60. My goal is 110, not 105, and I will be thrilled to have my former ham hocks back, lol. Be proud of your sturdy body, keep fit, and wear your clothes well!
Edited by: SUGARBEHONEYPIE at: 1/2/2011 (12:46)
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Pounds lost: 10.6
Fitness Minutes: (44,889) Posts: 44,353 1/2/11 2:01 A
I am 5'0" and am aiming for a goal weight of 111 (or less if possible) but I am flexible/realistic on stopping when I feel it's right and look healthy and trim.
Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)
The fourth glass of wine is always a good idea before you do it and a really bad idea afterward! ;-)
It is far easier to MAKE time to exercise than it is to FIND time to exercise. You want results???? MAKE it happen.
current weight: 158.8
Posts: 29 12/22/10 1:08 A
Like PumpkinPHD implied, muscle weighs more than fat. So if you are working on decreasing your body fat percentage while maintaining or increasing your muscle mass, then weight is not necessarily a good thing to measure your progress or set your goal with.
Lose the fat (and weight) as you feel comfortable, and remember your strength training and protein so your body doesn't decide your muscle isn't as important and decides to use it for fuel. Those two are important to maintain your muscle as you lose weight anyway, but especially since that is something important to you. Go in for regular/periodic body mass tests so you can measure your progress by what your goal is - body fat percentage.
Playing it by ear and doing what makes You feel Your best is always the important thing, no matter what your fitness goals are.
current weight: 184.4
Posts: 926 12/21/10 9:13 P
Thanks everyone. looks like I'm just going to play this one by ear. Keep working on losing as I feel comfortable. I know I can at least get to 130. I just don't want to lose my muscle. No need to be skin and bones. Never have been and prob never will be. I'm def happier with a muscular build.
current weight: 156.0
Fitness Minutes: (33,301) Posts: 514 12/21/10 3:01 P
Most charts say I should weigh under 100 because I'm under 5". I haven't weighed that little since my teen years! I'm definitely more muscular now, so expect to weigh more. When I was in good shape about 10 years ago, I weighed 112. I'm aiming for 115 now.
I think the charts don't expect women to have so much muscle mass or expect us all to have dainty frames or something.
Fitness Minutes: (26,801) Posts: 1,029 12/21/10 1:56 P
I agree with the other members who have said that instead of a number, you should base what is best for your body off of where you feel best--most energetic, etc. Coach Nicole in one of the DailySpark blogs has even noted that where she feels healthiest is actually above the usually weight guidelines.
current weight: 128.6
Fitness Minutes: (90,006) Posts: 18,233 12/21/10 11:25 A
5' here and my prime weight was 102-104 in my 20's.
I am really happy here at 106 but am still toning my abs. I can still pinch an inch so working on removing that.
current weight: 107.0
Fitness Minutes: (21,473) Posts: 1,338 12/21/10 10:37 A
i agree with BEMORESTUBBORN. I am 5ft2 and have to work extremely hard to stay at 110lbs; eating at the lower end of my SP calorie range and doing a lot of workouts. Its manageable for short term basis, but is not sustainable for me in the long term. For some people with a similar stature that might be an acceptable weight, but i am not happy at that weight, as it means i have to be quite strict in my diet. Personally, for my body i have discovered a 'healthy (happy) weight' is between 113-115lbs.
What works for one person might not for another. Its pretty much trial and error. See how you feel at certain points in your weight loss. I agree that the goal weight for each person should be one that you feel healthy and happy at. Our bodies are all different and there is no one rule that works for all.
Edited by: FEED_ME_SHOES at: 12/21/2010 (10:38)
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current weight: 126.6
Fitness Minutes: (42,460) Posts: 4,067 12/21/10 9:59 A
I have always struggled with what I "should weigh." When I was in the Army, my MAX weight was 130, which I NEVER made. When I have weighed about 150 pounds (I am also 5'2"), I have felt great. By the way, at solid 150 I am a size 10 and at 145ish I am a size 8 (the smallest I have ever gotten was an 8)
When my husband was stationed in Korea I went to a doctor there and he was the first person to ever say, that for "your body frame" you need to weigh between 140-145 lbs. That is doable for me. However, the problem is that Americans, as a rule, don't typically go by body type. We have a "one size fits all" mentality when it comes to body image.
Anyway, I say all of that to say that if you are physically fit, feeling good about yourself, and not at a risk for any health issues, then don't allow society to dictate your weight.
OK, soapbox RANT over!
Edited by: AKAFIT at: 12/21/2010 (10:01)
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Posts: 3,473 12/21/10 12:04 A
What is the goal weight for a short, athletic woman? The rule of thumb is one-hundred pounds for five feet and five pounds for every inch above that. At 5'2" that would be 110 lbs. But, based on what you wrote, that would not be right for you. My opinion is that your ideal weight should be whatever you feel and look happiest at.
Posts: 926 12/20/10 10:58 P
I am 5'2 and have always been very built and muscular. I am an ex cheerleader and gymnast and have always had muscle mass. At my lightest in high school, I was 127 lbs and I practically starved myself to get there. I have a wider body frame and have never fit into less than a size 6 Jean. my ideal weight for my larger body frame is 125 lbs, but I know what a struggle it was in high school. I'm trying to go on body fat alone now, but I don't know what the ideal weight would be for me to be at 15-18% body fat. At 154.5 I measured at 26% body fat. I have since lost 9 lbs and could stand to lose a bit more.
What is a good body weight for a short muscular woman?
current weight: 156.0
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