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7/5/11 8:30 P

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CARRIE1948 I always think of weight as a range. There is almost no way someone will stay the exact same number weeks on end. A gain/loss of a few pounds is normal so it just makes sense to have a weight range.

I only weigh-in once a week. I'd rather not see the weight fluctuation daily. For me once a week weight check is healthier for my "healthy state of mind." emoticon

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7/5/11 7:45 A

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Is goal weight a number or a range?

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7/4/11 12:45 P

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What kicked me into the decision to STOP the upward trend was a Dr. Weigh-in at 197 ... I was not going to let myself hit the 200 mark! First day on SP I posted that my goal was to lose "at least 25#". Didn't want to commit to more than that. From past history, I thought 155-160 would be a range I could maintain --if I ever got there again. I knew that the key was going to be building healthy habits that I could keep for LIFE. So that was my focus ... A little exercise every day, moderation in foods. It worked, and the scale went steadily down. Eventually settled at 145, and after several months there, I decided that was my goal weight! I was down to 141 last summer for a while, but didn't mind when I went back to 145. I got up to 147 and decided I wasn't comfortable going up more, so I've set may maintenance range at 142-147 on the gym scale with clothes on (140-145 at home first thing in the morning). My BMI is around 22 I think, and that's great for a 59 1/2 yr old woman (in my opinion).

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6/21/11 10:25 P

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I asked my doctor what a good weight for me would be. She said 150 lbs. She said anything under that and I'd "have to watch everything I eat." So I set 150 lbs. as my first goal. When I went below 150 lbs, I set 145 lbs as my second goal weight. My doctor was right about the watching everything I ate part, but at my last weigh in I was 140.7 lbs!! I still see 145 lbs as my goal this way I have a few pounds leeway.

I've very happy with how I'm eating now. I eat in moderation and track everyday. My husband commented that he thinks I'm smaller than we got married and I never remember wearing a size 6 jeans.

I'm doing weight training now, so I'm sure I'll add some weight as I gain muscle and I'm ok with that. (I'll admit it will be a bit hard to see the scale go up, but as long as my favorite jeans fit, I'll be ok.)

Set your goal in increments. That way once you meet one goal, you can set another. The main thing is not the number on the scale, but how you feel overall and in your own skin. Don't deprive your body, but feet it responsibly. Keep working at it!

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Thanks, Marsha, When I think about it, my goal was to have a healthy BMI. I hit that at 181 with a 24.52 but I just kept on going. I feel a lot better now in this range (165-170) and feel better.

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for grins after going to others and found I was at my ideal weight today (169) and the range was obviously based on BMI, 140 - 184. I would look terrible under 160.

But like most have said here, where do you feel healthy and comfy at. Now I have to master the art of maintenance.
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Mirage, so glad you are out of hospital and on the mend. I ended up in the hospital when I was 15 years old and desparate to lose weight.

Right now my challenge is a soreness or mild pain in my lower back. Four days ago I did a Body Sculpting class with my daughter at the YMCA. I thought I just had muscle soreness, but it hasn't gone all the way away. Just not sure what level of exercise I should be doing right now. Have a 5K race on June 25th. This morning I went 3.25 miles on the treadmill but only ran 1 mile rather than 3.1. Hope I'm guessing at the right level.

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170 was my goal weight. I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia from not listening to my body, lost 10 lbs in the hospital, and went down to 159.5. Not good. So I had to add. In 2 weeks I went up to 166.2.

Today, I weighed in at 165.6. My BMI is 22.43. I am 6 ft. I have a 34 inch waist and like it. So I'm saying I can go from 165 - 170 at this point and I'm in goal. I feel good and I'm working to add muscle weight.

I've had to go in and change my goal settings today. . I did and I have a Spark generated strength training plan. I've added a few upper body sets as I need to build my shoulders and arms.

My caloric range is now 1790 - 2140. I am comfortable around 1900. My problem was while in weight reduction, I barely made 1600! That's what got me in trouble and sent me to the hospital.

Any help and suggestions are welcomed. It is always a learning process.



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Weighing every day to every other day. Lots of water. Fruits and salads. Exercise everyday.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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5/30/11 10:32 P

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I didn't think I would be weighing daily but I have gotten into that habit for the same reasons Ruthie. It makes me feel accountable for what I choose to eat each day. I don't panic either if it goes up a bit or get too celebrative if I drop a couple because I only officially count what I weigh on Fridays. I know I haven't really settled into maintenance mode yet because two weeks ago I stayed the same and last week I lost 3 lbs. I have actually changed my goal weight at least 4 times now- hard to choose because I have been overweight my whole life to some degree. I don't want to settle on a weight that would be too hard to maintain but want to be low enough in my BMI to have a bit of leeway. I tried not to focus on BMI or a number but find I need to do that. I felt great and energetic when I dropped below 200 lbs but knew that wasn't a healthy weight. I feel amazing right now and know this is where I'd like to be - and yet still trying to figure it all out.

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I weigh myself every morning. Because I do it every day, it's just a habit (like flossing!), and the scale is not a dreaded enemy. I worked hard to get here, and I don't want to slip "up". Weighing myself every morning is just a tool for me to keep me conscious of my calorie intake & output. Nutrition & Fitness. And, I know that scale fluctuations are normal . . . if I'm "up" a couple pounds one day, then down a couple another day, it's no big deal. For me, I know that if I stopped this little daily habit, it would be easy for me to slip up and suddenly my pants would be too tight. I'm not gonna go there!

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My strategy is to 1) stay under a BMI of 30 and 2) after that, focus on % body fat.

Last year I got down around 15-19% body fat (measuring it is tricky so I'm pretty sure it was somewhere in that range but other than the one DXA scan I can't tell you a number I have confidence in).

At the moment it's hovering around just under 26.

I would like it to get below 20 again. That happened last time at a weight around 155.

P.S. I weigh myself daily and log it at PhysicsDiet.com. I also log everything I eat.

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I'm 5 feet even and have no idea what SparksPeople suggested. I got down to 114 but couldn't maintain it. At the moment, I'm up to 124 and am trying to get back down to 118.

As to the abs, you can work them hard, but flabby skin seems to be the by-product of losing a lot of weight.

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What a thorny question....I too am petite...ok short, 5'2" and got to 115 for the first time since I was maybe 8 years old. I couldn't maintain it without unhealthy hypervigilance. Now, I'm staying between 118 and 120. 118 is nicer but harder....120 scares me as it is too easy to see the scale just creep up ..... I really am just trying to stay away from the scale and not let it have the power.


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4/3/11 12:48 P

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SP gave me an initial goal weight of 133. Then I decided to try for 130 lbs. I am 5'4". I am now at 126 lbs. and I decided to give myself a range between 125 and 130lbs. so I don't freak out when I gain a few lbs. during the holidays and vacations.

I have a bit of a pooch too but it is loose skin! I am also bugged by the loose skin on my upper arms. Unfortunately, with buying a new house, corrective surgery is not an option!

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This is the question I've been wondering.... when I first signed up on SP, they gave me a goal weight of 125. I'm 5'2" and 51 y/o. I was quite thin even at 29 y/o and weighed somewhere around 100-110 at that time...in fact, that's how I felt happiest is if my weight stayed between those numbers. I was quite upset at myself when my weight started climbing. I naively thought 112, then 115, then 118 was heavy. NO! It wasn't. BUT, I was young and spoiled. At my age, the weight of 125 seemed a more realistic goal for me to reach for. BUT, now that I'm here.....do I try to lower it? For the rest of you who have reached your original goal weight, have you decided to work towards an even lower goal weight? I'm thinking 120 would be nice for me to work towards. Then, if I do that....maybe I'll want to work towards 115. Maybe I don't need to do that. Maybe I won't even be able to. If I didn't lose anything else and just maintained the 125, I'd still be happy with it.

I'm doing daily strength training and would really like to work on my flabby abs. I had a C-section for the first pregnancy and have had a rounded tummy ever since. Will I ever be able to get the muscles toned or is it hopeless? I have no idea. I don't like the pooch. But, oh well. Guess I need to learn to accept myself. Humph. Anyone else feel the same?

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The BMI is a grat way to have your self esteem crushed-Being called overweight when you feel great. Use how you feel as a guideline and don't try to fit into the BMI-especially the low end

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Great job at reaching maintenance! In some ways it is more difficult, but mostly you do the same things which have always worked. As your body changes periodically it is necessary to re-evaluate and try to do different things.
emoticon I understand can relate to the flabby skin. I had reached at a certain point a weight which was probably not healthy. My mother laughed when she saw my stomach, and informed me that the puckers were like hers after my birth. Needless to say, I didn't find it all that amusing.
Keep on keeping on, and you will find what works for you. Look at all of the progress you have made in so many ways.
I wish you the best as you find your path.
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As someone who just reached a maintenance level about 2 weeks ago, I am struggling with this. I like where I am, but my stomach looseness/flab really bothers me. It looks flabbier than before I lost 50ish pounds. I am 5 foot 3 or a tad below and stopped at 130, well, went a tad below. Trying to maintain now, and I basically kept my calories the same and reduce my exercise a little and am in week 2 waiting to see if I loose, maintain or grain. Not entirely sure how to maintain. I know I have to continue to count calories, or I will gain. My problem is food, I love it. I don't mind exercising, but I love food.

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I have had a long period where my activity level was low. I have had health issues and been on medications which increased my weight. However, I am stalled, and everything I am researching makes me scream NO! I exercise a great deal-best relief of stress, It feels as though I am always eating, but my reports are often low. My recent discovery is that in order for me to lose the weight in the healthy manner is to eat 1733.43 Calories a day and exercise 299-300 to counterbalance. How in the world to eat so much. Tonight, I finally met the Spark level. I try to eat the three meals and three snacks, I have become so used to diabetic portions it is really a difficult change. I have made the committment to try it a couple of weeks, but if I gain then cut back. However, I am at that "unacceptable" gain two pounds no matter what.
I really need to change my mindset.

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I am at 177 now {though a few lbs. higher than my goal I had reached=173.8} ,it's feels RIGHT for my body and as long as I stay at this wt. or lower [176-173], I feel energetic and I am at a healthy weight.
I keep maintenance by exercising almost every day[at least 5-6 days /wk.] and watch portions. I still log on my food almost every day[I do miss a day or two once in a while].I also weigh myself at least 1/wk. to keep "an eye" on the wt. also.
Lastly, b/c I have a bit of too much stomach for my liking, I am doing Strength Training every day with a dose of ab work with either my Soloflex or AB Roller and I do Pilates 1/wk . @ the local gym.

Note: I arrived at the 177 number from my days of playing sports-tennis 2 -3x/wk and softball 1-2 /wk. in my younger days when I was at my peak=exercise wise. Now I am 50 and feel GREAT and MORE FIT b/c I am eating BETTER than I ever have before!:)As of this date-11.20.10,tomorrow will mark my 10 month SParkversary, 6 MOS. ON MAINTENANCE!Yay!!!!!!!

Edited by: MOMWANTSNOWAIST at: 11/20/2010 (09:16)
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This is an inspiring thread! I tried to pick a number that is in the middle of my recommended healthy range. I am 5' 5" and do lower carb, healthy foods, lots of veggies, berries and lean protein. We will see!

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I'm just 5'2" and small-boned. I had reached a goal of 110 many years ago, but gradually had put on 10 lbs that settled on my hips. I joined Sparkpeople in Nov. 2006 and slowly over many months of increasing my exercise and watching my calories and logging in to Sparkpeople every day, I went from 120 to 110 and have
stayed at goal ever since. It's great to feel so slim!

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Reached my goal weight of 142lbs last month I am a
5ft 7, 52 year old female last week I lowered my goal to 140 (nice round number). Still hesitating to increase food and decrease exercise but feel comfortable with my lower size clothes. Not sure what is my ideal weight.


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emoticon Wow, thank you everyone! I just popped in here to see some opinions because I know that once I get to my goal weight, the hardest task for me will be to learn to maintain it and not over-criticize myself for not being Perfect.
Hope to join you all for real some day soonest!

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I changed my goal from 140, my I'm not fat anymore goal, to 130 my I can do it goal, and then my last change was to 125 the weight I needed to be to get my tummy out of the way. I have a lot of extra through the middle and was not able to wear the clothes I liked and wanted. I also chose 125 because in was smack dab in the middle of a normal BMI.

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I had a goal of 120 but when I went to my DR this week he told me no more losing weight I had no fat and I would lose muscle if I lost any more, so I am in maintenance stage at 132. I was 214 when I started,

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I keep playing with my goal weight. I started with 130, then went to 120, now I'm thinking 110, but that may be a pipe dream. I seem to be settling at about 112.6 with a BMI of 21 and a body fat % of 19.5.

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Deciding what goal weight is or is not right for you is not easy. All depends on how active you choose or choose not to be. It is all a matter of what lifestyle you know you can and want to maintain.

I look at people with my same height with much lower goal or actual weights and know it would not look good on me. I'm happy with the size 4/6's I bought last month that are slightly loose. With a body fat percent that sticks around 21%, I'm not sure I should be comparing myself to other's goals on just the weight number alone.

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Here's today's affirmation:

I have a solid sense of self-identity
I see myself realistically and objectively
I find deep inner peace within myself as I am
I say positive things about myself to myself

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Thanks for those wonderful affirmations, Carol Jean! Just what I need as I once again celebrate achieving goal weight and work to stabilize it.

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On the team Positive Mental Health, the moderator posts daily affirmations and positive quotes. I have had fun slightly altering the quotes to fit maintenance. Here's one for today:
I respect my body and treat it with respect
I do everything I need to do to maintain my healthy weight
I am encouraged by every success
I dissolve all blocks to keeping a healthy weight

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I struggle with my "goal" weight as well. Sparkpeople had it set at 133. I knew that was a little low for me so I reset it to 135 and then 140. I still haven't seen 140 on the scale. I am about 148 and that seems to be a good weight for me. Basically I just stopped losing. I even gained a little when I started doing more strength training. I do build muscle fairly easily. I am 5'5" and I wear a size 8 pants and medium tops and I feel good about myself. I am still working on my midsection however, just can't deal with the little pouch I still have! LOL. I think the BMI chart is not accurate for me because I do have quite a bit of muscle mass, I always have. Many people tell me I look like I weigh about 120 and can't believe it when I tell them I weigh 148. (BMI chart has me overweight @ 150!) So I am good. I have a sure fire way of knowing when I am truly gaining fat, I grow out of the waist band of my pants immediately! I have always done this. So as long as my pants are comfortable in the waist, it's all good.

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My goal starting on SP three years ago was 125. I reached that, but still felt "soft" so I decided to lose five more pounds. I was 120 but still I felt "soft" I would have considered losing more weight but my boyfriend would have never been ok with that, he said I was looking too skinny already.

I realized that I felt so "soft" because I hadn't been doing ANY strength training, yeah you heard me right. So this time around my goal was 130, but a muscular one, and I am very happy with how I look now at 10 pounds more than my begining goal. At this point the numbers on the scale do not matter to me, they are a lose guide. I go by the way clothes are fitting and how I am feeling!

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I think those height-weight charts were done by actuaries, using height, weight and age at death. They must be math majors who didn't go into finance and design toxic securities.

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When I joined Spark at 204lbs, I picked 150 as my goal weight. I had no idea if I'd ever get there or how realistic is was (or was not). I saw lots of people on Spark with lower goal weights, but was disappointed to not know their height. I am almost 5'8", so I have to constantly remind myself that I should weigh more than people who are shorter than me! Once I hit 150, I "relatively" quickly dropped to 145. I've been able to hang out in the 144-146 range comfortably. I am comfortable wearing my new size 8s, so I think I've *found* my goal weight.

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I too am having trouble deciding on a weight goal. I have already lost 70 lbs (from 220 to 150) I am 5-5 and I've been seeing alot of people with close to the same stats as me looking healthy at 130-135. I'm currently working on being a personal trainer so I need to be as healthy as possible.

I'm on my second round of the 30 day shred and I "try" to stay within my SP calorie range. What more should I be doing??

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Nell, Can't imagine me ever needing to gain weight after a life of trying to control my intake. Guess it could happen, though. When I had a toothache for several weeks I lost several pounds too quickly.

Your plan to gain it back slowly with healthy oil and eating sounds very sensible. Good luck to you. -Marsha

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My goal was based on a chart--that's all they had 40 years ago. BMI came later. I have recently gone below a BMI of 18, and am now told I must GAIN weight. I feel like the world is backwards.

I never thought it would be possible to weigh too little. I was told to gain 3 pounds and have ended up losing two more. Which tells me that I really can change my habits, and now I have to ease my way up 5 pounds.

My son is a dietician and he tells me to gain them the same way I lost them: a tiny bit at a time. No junk food, but use oil on my salad instead of vinegar. No aerobic exercise but lots of weights. Otherwise I'll gain 20 instead of 5. It would be all too easy.

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My first goal was just to get under 200 pounds and get out of plus sized clothes. I joined Weight Watchers and my goal was to lose 10%, I was amazed when I actually made that goal! Then my goal was the WW goal, to get to a specific weight for my height, which translated to a "healthy" BMI...I am currently four pounds under my WW goal. Really, I just wanted to get back to my weight before I got sick...now I think I might be able to get even smaller. LOL

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

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I base my goal weight on my body fat percentages. It all just depends on what % I'm gonna shoot for. I DO know that 130 pounds IS my bare minimum. Anything less and it is just a constant struggle.

Before strength training, when I lost the biggest chunk of my weight (67lbs), 3 yrs ago, my scale weight went as low as 120 pounds. After I hit a bump in my maintenance and had to tackle a bit of re-loss, I took a different route and focused on muscle building and fat loss, instead of scale weight, and this was when I discovered that I did not HAVE to weigh any less than 130 pounds. Best part is...even 10 pounds HEAVIER, I still wore size 2/3 jeans!

I'm currently working on losing a bit more, so my calorie amount is still quite low. I focus more on strength training (3 days) and just do cardio 1 - 2 days, per week, and I'm able to lose 1.5 pounds each week. Once I get to where I feel my body wants to be, then I'll have to play around with my calories, till I find how many it takes to STOP the losing. That'll be the hard part!



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I paid about $6000, but I live in a very high price area, in the Virginia suburbs of DC. It's probably cheaper anywhere else.

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So how much does a procedure like that cost? Just curious.


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Oldmom, my arm lipo worked very well. I didn't have much fat under there, and my skin was able to re-adhere to my muscle, more or less. Some women have to have skin excised and the two edges stitched together. You can find pics on the web. Only a surgeon can tell you which surgery you'd need. Then you would know what you are deciding.

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I just got my copy of the The Spark so I've been told to start on Chapter 9 to help me with maintenance. I am 5 feet 8 inches tall. I had aimed for 150 pounds and might try to go down to 145 but goal to range between 145-155. I do aerobics an hour a day 5 days a week and average at least 600 calories burned per hour. I try to strength train 5-6 days a week doing each area twice a week. I am high on all fitness tests I take. I don't have a way to weigh with the water test to get an accurate fat % but think I am OK. I have the sags under my arm and belly but pray in time they will decrease. Does this all seem realistic?

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Nell, Did having the lipo on the batwings work? I think a lot of mine is skin, so I wonder if it would even make much difference. So it's heredity. Ok. I got a lot of good things from my parents; guess I can live with batwings. Thanks for the info. -Marsha

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Oldmom: I was told that the "batwings" under my upper arms are hereditary. Some women have them. I hated them so I had the fat sucked out even though there wasn't much there. We can control our weight but not necessarily where it sits. Or sags, I guess, at my age.

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Very interesting article, BBerkley. Although I've achieved a good BMI (20.2), I'm afraid I am still what they call "skinny fat" at 29% body fat. I think I have to get down to 25% to go from the acceptable range to the fit range - or maybe it was 24%. The article isn't very encouraging about women gaining muscle at the gym, but I sure am trying.

I also wonder if the giggle I have left under my arms, in the inner thighs, and the bottom of my abdomen could be empty fall cells? Or maybe that is just part of the 29%.

At age 60 I'm delighted with my weight and willing to work to keep it, and improve it if I can. I don't expect perfection.

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Thanks for the info! Wow, if that is true I have a lot of empty fat cells! I wonder if that makes it harder to keep the weight off??? I hope not!

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Thank you! That was a very interesting article! I had never heard about empty fat cells before. I have this mental image of all of these empty brown bags or cartons--like those in my storage room. Yes, they certainly do take up space :)


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Having trouble getting to "normal" BMI? Do you even need to? Readers of this thread might be interested in my recent post on the Refuse to Regain website. It talks about BMI and its usefulness (or lack thereof), called BMI: Tool or Tyranny. You can take a look at www.refusetoregain.com.

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I am right there with you on the christmas weight! I still need to lose about 5. I will get there! I need to actually write down some of my goals and track everything!!! We can both (all) do this!!!

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I read a SP article that enumerated the various ways of calculating the ideal weight and such. I am a pear, which is already a good thing, with a small (25") waist and average (37") hips. Although I shouldn't obsess about my weight, it IS the easiest and fastest way to tell in which direction my body may be heading. I really don't want to wait until I can't fit into my jeans to know. According to the body charts for someone who is 5'3" and small boned, I should weigh between 101-126 pounds. I have not seen anything below 115 pounds since I was in my teens. When I was 123 pounds last year after my surgery my dh said I looked awfully thin. (I didn't.) And I have a lot of muscle because I exercise so much, and that affects weight.

Anyway, I had decided that 126 would be my top weight, maintained it until Christmas and now I am trying to lose the 5.5 pounds I gained over Christmas. I know that it's possible, and healthy, to be at 126 and lower but my downfall is eating in restaurants. Living here in Santa Fe, we have a lot of Mexican restaurants with sauces and such. Still, since the beginning of March I have been doing much better and think I have lost a pound this week.

We shall see tomorrow.


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Wise advice as ever from REDGRAMA.

Funnily, I feel much more relaxed about this issue since I started thinking in terms of a 'home weight' rather than a goal weight.

A few weeks ago I was a bit stressed about what my final weight should be, but thanks to advice on this thread I've let my body find its own level. It seems to have decided on 120 lb, 1500+ calories and 10,000 steps per day.

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YES,It is a very good thread. Deciding your weight
goal, is your choice. Maintaining is mostly
metabolic. You might want say,140, but your body
says 145 or 138. So, when your in maintenance,DON'T
FREAK when your weight fluctuates a couple pounds
up or down. REMEMBER,we are women, our body does
things that does NOT happen to men. We have water
retention due to monthly cycles,or we are pre,or post
menopausal, recently gave birth, breast feeding ect,
and the list goes on & on. Try to remain within 2 to
5 pounds of what you want,then live & eat HEALTHFULLY. And 0f course,always EXERCISE.

Good Luck.

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Good thread. My goal weight was initially 130, but my lifestyle (I work out 5-6 days a week by choice, I could workout less and eat less but I love working out and cardio classes like kickboxing and zumba), I effortlessly went down to 123. I've been maintaining here for a month by working out 5-6 days a week and eating the suggested 1500-2000 calories a day. So it seems that my goal weight wasn't up for me to decide...but for my heavy eating/heavy exersizing body to decide!

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From The New York Times:

PERSONAL BEST: Slimmer Doesnt Always Mean Fitter

Exercise physiologists encourage athletes to beaware of the point at which weight loss hinders performance.

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Not sure yet.

I originally aimed for 150 lbs or 25% body fat, whichever came first.

When I got my DXA scan done, they said I'm already at 19% body fat, and that my bones, while small-framed, are extremely dense (as in 3.5 standard deviations, or 25% denser than average).

I still would like to get to 150 just to see how it feels, so I'm playing with the target calorie intake to figure out how many I can take in and lose gradually.

I'm using Lean Me Pro on my iPod Touch for calorie/nutrient tracking and it's currently set for an estimated 8 lbs per month loss. www.leanme.net/

The program automatically factors in exercise calories when you enter activity into the logs and adjusts the daily calorie target up or down in response.

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I've been gaining gradually after the DXA scan because I relaxed my caloric requirement and had some issues getting back into my exercise program when I returned to NY.

If I continue to gain I'll change that to a -9 lbs per month regime. If I start to lose again, I'll wait until my average weight is at 150 and then go to a -7 lbs per month regime and see what happens.

I am quite uncomfortable with the uncertainty, so these last few weeks have been mentally and emotionally challenging for me. This trial-and-error thing is difficult because I am so scared of gaining it all back again. (I did that once in my 20s and I'm not doing it again. Period.)

Hopefully at some point I'll find the calorie range that keeps me in one place and then I can just aim for that.

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I became quite stressed about this a few weeks ago as I was starting to feel a bit lethargic and weary after I'd gone a few pounds past my goal and I thought I might be losing too much. In fact it was just that my diabetic and other medication needed adjusting because of my weight loss. I feel much better now - and am thrilled with this outcome. I'm continuing to track food and exercise and think I will let my body find its own balance. I'm hovering around 119-121 lb.

Thanks for the support along the way and the helpful exchanges of information.

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Very interesting discussion. I originally went on "maintenance" at Weight Watchers in March 2009 at 155 -- I'm 5'6". However, on maintenance I continued to add points (calories) but continued to lose.

I came to SparkPeople in Oct 2009. I weighed 143. I put that in as my goal weight. I often eat at the low end of my calorie range, but occasionally really blow it and slip. The lowest I've weighed at WW is 130.5, but at home I've been 128.8. I continued to lose weight slowly.

I have chosen 129-135 as my goal weight range. SP shows my calorie range as 1490-1880. On WW it seems that 27 daily points, eating activity points earned and about 21 weekly points allowance is equivalent. I haven't confirmed yet that this range will maintain my weight. I hope to find out soon.

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I'm here to learn about maintaining. I guess the first thing, I need to do is decide what I can comfortably live with as I maintain a healthy weight and then how to maintain it.

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I follow a strict workout regime and also am settling to a regular diet with calculated calories intake.
I also follow the scale every week and the fit in the clothes give me a good measure of how I am managing.

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Thanks for the great info, I was struggling with what my final weight should be. I would still like to lose a few more pounds and then maintain. I have tried telling my family this and they are all against me losing any more weight. I am in a healthy BMI range 21 and could be down to 18.5 before I drop into the underweight group. I guess time will tell where I stay at.

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Wow thanks for this thread - this is an issue i've been struggling with for awhile - greatly appreciate the connections!

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Thanks for the link to Refuse to Regain. It seems like a good resource. There are a lot of other helpful comments from members of this team so thanks for sharing the results of your experiences.

I'm a bit confused about what my goal should be now. My 'official' SP goal was 126 lb, which I maintained for about 2 months. Last week I lost 1 lb and this week I've unexpectedly lost another 2 lb. I now weigh 10 lb less than the goal of 133 lb that Weightwatchers advised several years ago.

I looked at http://www.ivillage.com/diet/healthcalc to see what was advised there. It suggested 114-127 lb but on the basis of a much higher calorie intake than the Sparkpeople range. I'd rather stick with SP as it's working.

I don't feel hungry at all and think that my exercise level is realistic for my lifestyle so I think I'll take the wise advice of others here by letting my body find it's own level.

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For myself I tend to ballpark it, and only get very specific with calorie content if I'm a few pounds over and under weight. Otherwise, I just make sure I maintain (hardee har har) a steady mix of protein/fiber/veggies.

When I'm veering out of my range, I look at whether the eating or my workouts are the problem (i.e. I'll either eat less of adjust in some way or I'll take it easier on my workouts).

A few resources that are helpful with this, aside from those Ray mentioned, are Refuse to Regain www.refusetoregain.com .

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Thank you NEWLIBRARIAN. One more thing to add, if you are doing EVERYTHING RIGHT, & THE POUNDS ARE NOT
MOVING, YOU MAY HAVE REACHED A PLATEAU. AT THAT POINT
INCREASE YOUR WORK OUTS. EITHER BY MAKING THEM LONGER
OR THE INTENSITY.
Good Luck & God BLess.
Hugs to all.
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great points red grama

I am not skilled to understand what GOD has willed what GOD has planned I only know at his right hand stands one who is my SAVIOR
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Glad to hear that MS RAYLYNSTEPHENS. Back to the question, deciding your weight goal is NOT ALWAYS UP
TO YOU. Your System as a lot to say about where you are GOING TO REALISTICLY END UP. So REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOUR GETTING FRUSTRATED THAT THE POUNDS ARE NOT
MOVING OUT THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO. THEY ARE GOING
ACCORDING TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS TELLING IT TO DO.
If you are doing every thing right. The pounds will drop. SLOW & EASY IS ALWAYS THE BEST.
Good Luck & God Bless.
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Me too NewLibrarian!

The Blood Bank wants me to be 123 but my body can't seem to decide. This week I am mostly 121. But my range is 120-123 so I am still maintaining!

Central Time Zone
page 39 in The Spark

I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

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I am still evaluating my weight goal. I say I am maintaining but I might like to lose another 2-3 pounds. I keep up a pretty strict excercise routine to keep and build muscle and to be able to eat a bit more.

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Thank you very much!

I have fixed the 2nd link.

Central Time Zone
page 39 in The Spark

I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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I go by the way I feel and how my clothes fit. I also use a weight range so that I do constantly allow for ups and downs without feeling that I am failing. I do put in all my nutrition so I do know how my calories are going and, in the main, stick to my calorie range. Exercise is also a must, not so much for the weight, but at my age, it is to maintain muscle and flexibility.

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I go by how I feel. I know if I go over 125 or my pants start to feel tight it's time to make some changes in my diet. I am 5'5.5 and about 125 right now (lovely TOM is here, lol NOT).

I couldn't get your second link to work.

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I have seen this question all over SparkPeople so it is a good question for the At Goal & Maintaining Spark Team.

I determined mine through
www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
hp

and am using a chart made my MEGSAMAMA in the By The Numbers Spark Team. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g
roups_ind
ividual.asp?gid=26785


By knowing my calories in vs. my calories out and the number my body needs just to survive I am able to adjust my calories daily as needed. My calorie range is quite a bit higher than recommended by SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker right now due to my extra Cardio.

How are you calculating your Ideal Weight and how are you managing your Weight Maintenance.

New members will benefit from all you long-time maintainers!


Edited by: RAYLINSTEPHENS at: 9/16/2009 (18:26)
Central Time Zone
page 39 in The Spark

I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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187.5
165
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