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Old 04-08-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Did you choose a weight you once were? Go by a chart? Looking at a size? Just wondering how other people are choosing what their goal weight should be!
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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I chose a weight that seemed attainable for the immediate future. If you set the bar too low, in my experience, it can look kind of overwhelming. Choose a goal you're happy with and also feel positive and confident about reaching.

And having mini-goals is always great, too!
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:11 AM   #3
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I initially set my goal at the highest weight a person should weigh at my height according to BMI charts—140 pounds.

I overshot it, as you can see.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:40 AM   #4
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I chose 140-160.

140 because it was my naturally settled weight when I was in high school, 160 because I am now 28 and know that I probably can't expect to maintain a high school weight. I think I would be content at 160.

But I'll see what happens when I get near there.
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I too initially chose the highest healthy weight for my frame and height according to bmi charts. After that i just went by how i felt.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Gosh, I guess that really is at the heart of it, for me. I don't want to get too overwhelmed but at the same time, I want to be at a weight that I'm officially, clinically at a healthy weight. I think setting mini goals might be a good way to split the difference. Thanks!
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:48 AM   #7
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Ohh, I like how you broke up your weight goals by clinical weight classifications. That had to feel good to "check off" the list! I might have to steal this idea from you!
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I too initially chose the highest healthy weight for my frame and height according to bmi charts. After that i just went by how i felt.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:52 AM   #8
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If I go by the CDC chart, I should weigh between 101-136. So I think I'm picking 125 because one, I'd like to be able to say I weigh "a buck and a quarter" and two, that gives me a little big of room for weight fluctuations but still be in a healthy range.

Congratulations on the weight loss! Its nice to see!!

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I initially set my goal at the highest weight a person should weigh at my height according to BMI charts—140 pounds.

I overshot it, as you can see.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:25 AM   #9
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I too initially chose the highest healthy weight for my frame and height according to bmi charts.
Exactly what I did for my liftetime goal, I just don't know if I will lose after that.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:28 AM   #10
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i've been told that at less than five-three, i should weigh no more than 115.

i don't know who was smoking crack when they came up with that bec i can't go below 125 without looking like something insectoid, what with all the bones jutting out in places they ought not to be.

my range is 125 - 140, whichever will get me below a 28" waist. if i could get back the 26" waist i had when i was 24 (after i lost 110lbs), that'd be bonus.

i'd be perfectly happy staying 230lbs so long's i had a 28" waist and 18% bodyfat!
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #11
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I had a basic idea of losing 100 lbs and a dream goal that's 20 lbs lighter than that. But honestly I let my body kind of pick the weight based on where the weight loss stopped. I pretty much eat the same calories and exercise the same amount as when I was losing, but now my body is a lot smaller so needs less.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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Mine is just based on previous weights and how I looked and felt but am flexible. In my gut I'm thinking I'm going to have to get to 135 but I'm also getting into clothes now that I'd never be able to wear at this weight before so we'll see. I'm horridly disproportionate with most of my weight in my thighs right now (SO annoying!!).
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:59 PM   #13
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Many things factored in. BMI charts for my height say 120 - 160 is "normal." I have a medium - large frame, so I figured somewhere below the top end of that range was good. I chose 152 at first because it was 100 pounds and it was about what I weighed in my early 30's. I was about 140 - 145 in high school. At 60, I figured that was not a "keepable" weight. When I got to 80 pounds, I realized I was starting to get baggier than I wanted to be and called a halt at 90 pounds because of it. I've been holding there for 6 months and I'm good at 160 - 162.

Set a goal that is healthy and attainable. Then adjust as you get close. You younger members have the advantage of younger skin that will probably snap back a bit better than mine did. It took me a while to allow myself to consider stopping. (I didn't quit - I stopped. To me there is a difference.) Allow yourself to adjust without feeling like you gave up. then just jump in with both feet and do it!

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Old 04-08-2012, 03:08 PM   #14
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I chose 135 because that is what my Dr. said was the best weight for my body. I haven´t weighed that since I was 15 and it seems so far away...haha. Honestly I would be happy to maintain at 150. I think you should stop when you feel right, not at a particular number.
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I know I could weigh less than I do, but I'm NOT willing to devote that much time and energy to maintaining it, I'm just not.

When I first started at 323 pounds, I thought "I want to get down to 220 because I remember feeling good at that"

Once I hit that (that took a while! i'd do 40 pounds and STAY at that weight to be sure I could live like that) I thought "hey, under 200 would be cool" so then I did that

After that, I just lived my life the way I wanted to, exercised as much as I could (not in a gym, just being active outside, extreme housecleaning lol) and seemed to have naturally settled about 160ish...

I've gone about 8 weeks without sugar, and I've managed to lose another 8 pounds but I don't think that's permanent.
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