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10/5/08 9:45 A

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I don't know if there is one perfect goal weight for any person. I'd suspect it's a combination of looking good and feeling good and being able to stay within a few pounds of that weight for a long time.

The BMI numbers are just a generalization - people with large amounts of muscle would all be considered overweight or even obese by the BMI calculation, so I definitely think your idea of shooting for a body-fat percentage is a great one! And, it's not quite so erratic in terms of measuring it every single day and taking the results personally. :)

All that said, I did choose a "goal weight" based on BMI. But I also know that I'll be happy in a size 8 pair of jeans, so that's actually what I'm shooting for in my heart. Once I get there, I'll re-evaluate and see what I want to do - I'd be happy enough to maintain pleasantly plump instead of obese. :)

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10/3/08 7:11 P

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How are members deciding what goal weight to shoot for? I have a general idea that I would like to get within my normal range BMI. (see this site for an interesting place to find yours and some other fun facts: http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.ht
m)However, what I'd like to see first is my body at 25% fat. That's high by many diet/exercise gurus' standards, but it's quite healthy by the World Health Organization's Standards (http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/library/blb
odyfatcharts.htm), and I think I could reach it and sustain it. It's quite possible that I could weigh enough to be overweight by BMI standards while still being 25% fat. Oh, I know it's sounding like I'm complicating this too much, but I find it's affecting my motivation not to have a clear goal here.
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