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7/31/13 9:04 A

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I think you look fantastic at 120. You've got more muscle tone and look nice and fit and lean. I personally prefer to have more muscle and maintain at a higher weight--I'm 5'7" and am generally between 145 and 150--especially now that I'm getting a bit older. I've lost and regained so much weight in my life that my body looks like a deflated balloon if I'm not weight training hard and weigh more. An added bonus is that with all the extra muscle and higher weight, I get to eat more in addition to looking better and having an easier time maintaining. My measurements are actually substantially smaller at this weight than they were when I weighed the same ten years ago and I attribute most of that to lifting.

If you look (which you most definitely do) and feel good and feel like you can sustain your healthy habits with relative ease, then I think you're at a good weight.

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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7/30/13 9:06 P

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Hi, I am 5' 2" I think. I got down to 126 also and joined a challenge to lose 6 pounds. I am older and am on medication for my thyroid. All my Aunt kept saying today is that I lost a lot of weight. Yes I weighted about 150 before. I have to watch what I eat by tracking my calories and walk my doggie four times a day. I also walk my daughters dog about three times a day. I care for my 80 plus Mom. I plan on joining the gym again. I have belonged to a gym before but had to quit to care for my Mom. My brother will come and watch my Mom one day and my son will watch her for an hour another day. I also workout at home. I was dancing to an ad on television this morning. I workout to DVDs and also have strength training from workouts on spark people. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

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7/30/13 5:22 P

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Hi. I am 5'1" and my first goal weight was 105. I got down to 130 and everyone started screaming that I looked like death warmed over. I was just barely in the healthy BMI range. I now weight 126 and I about where I want to be. I go for my physical on 8/1 and I am going to talk to the Dr. about it. I went to the GI Dr. last week and she said I was great right where I am and I shouldn't lose anymore weight.

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7/30/13 10:12 A

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Throw out the scales to start with, LOL, you don't need them in your life as long as you have eyes in your head. emoticon
You look great and if you eat healthy foods you will likely continue to be as healthy as you look.
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7/30/13 9:51 A

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Do you *feel* healthy at that weight?

It is just a number reflecting only one thing - your relationship to gravity.

That number does not tell you or anyone what a great daughter, sister, wife, mom, aunt, cousin, etc. you are!

Make a new positive connection so you can break the old connection that no longer serves you.

I wish you much continued success on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!
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7/30/13 9:38 A

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We all know that the number on the scale is not who we are. I will not judge weather a lower/higher number is better looking on you. I know I had a number in my head for years and also stuck to that. Now that I am older I have upped that number a bit and look and feel great. As others have stated muscle can add to the number on the scale, but also add definition to the body.....Ok I said I wouldn't judge, but I think you look great at the higher weight...along with looking much healthier.

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7/30/13 9:26 A

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You look great in both pictures, and to me there's no real difference! :) In other words, I think you look the same at 120 that you did at 110, maybe a tad healthier (?). But, hey, I think you look gorgeous at 132! :0 Lucky you! With time, maybe you mindset will change. Anyway, you're stunning: feminine yet strong! I wish I had even 1/2 the muscle tone! You go girl!

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7/30/13 9:10 A

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First off - only you can decide what is right for you.

That being said - I think you look beautiful and feminine and strong in your 120 photos. You also look good at 110. Photos only tell so much. This much I know - My goal weight at age 50 was 150 lbs - sort of in the high middle of my bmi range for my height. Now - when I wad 30 years old I was horrified that I'd gained so much weight that I now weighed 150 lbs and went on a serious (albeit healthy) diet. so what's in a number, right?


You might want to try staying at 120 for several months and see if your feelings change or if you still want to weigh less.

any way you look at it - you'll have to choose. but you're a smart cookie. You'll pick something healthy for yourself.

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7/30/13 8:12 A

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Thank you! I do lift a lot. Which is why I'm thinking 110 lbs was too skinny for me this time around since I'm carrying more muscle than I did before at that weight.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/30/2013 (08:12)

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7/30/13 8:01 A

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I just looked at your photo at 120 lbs. and gosh do you look great. You must have a lot of lean muscle to look like that at 120 and 5 foot 2. I look rather less great at 5 foot 3 and 120 lbs. Stick to 120 pounds, is my opinion, when you can look like that and clearly, you must have a very lean muscular frame, or more plumpness would show. Now, I think I need advice on how to stay the same weight, but loose some fat and gain some muscle!

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7/30/13 7:43 A

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I had a goal weight in my head of 110 lbs (I'm 5'2), this would put me about 5 lbs higher than the lowest weight of my BMI. The reason I chose this scale number was because it is what I weighed about 6 years ago before I became pregnant with my eldest. It has always been the weight I felt comfortable at, not too thin... still a bit of meat on my bones and curves. I was a perfect hourglass figure at 110 lbs with measurements of 35-25-35.

Strangely enough, I reached this weight (slightly under at my lowest weight of 107 lbs) and I looked much different than before I gained weight! I lost my curves! My measurements were 33-26-33, I had lost weight where I didn't want to lose it! A lot of my family, including my husband felt I looked too skinny. I was even trying to go lower because I felt I still was carrying fat on my belly (had this image in my head of myself pre pregnancy where I had a flat belly).

I've since put weight back on and am at 120 lbs... and I look better? Everyone tells me I was too thin and I look perfect now. Lately, my belly pooch has even been looking flatter despite remaining at this weight (it is in fact, I lost an inch there). The fat I did gain back seemed to go to the right places and I got my hips and bust line back.

But I was still trying to lose weight again and go to 115 lbs. I just can't shake this uncomfortable feeling I have about 120 lbs. I know I look better than I did at 110 lbs but 120 lbs is this number I've always associated with feeling a little plump. My whole life this was the number I'd reach where I'd decide; Oh boy, it's time to start watching what I eat and get back down!

I always preach at other women... don't worry about scale weight! It's all about body fat percentage. I feel like such a hypocrite when I'm finding myself fixated on a magic scale number. I can't seem shake this association I have with 120 lbs being my danger zone. I'm trying to remind myself, I look great at this weight! I have just the right amount of fat to muscle.

Last night I finally switched back to maintenance again. I'm going to try to maintain 120 lbs (or there around). I'm just finding it difficult to accept that ***number***. Ugh, why? When I know better?

We're always our own worst critics... I have pics of myself at 108 lbs and at my current weight now of 120 lbs on my profile, did I look way too skinny at 108 lbs? Please give me your honest opinions. I've compared the two pictures of myself and I have a hard time seeing any difference really. I know there is because I put on 1 1/2 inches in a half in my hips, 1 1/2 inches in my bust and an inch in my waist. I've gone from 33 26 33 to 34.5 27 34.5.

I think I just need some reassurance that I look healthier at this weight.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/30/2013 (08:02)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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