LA Weight Loss - Need some advice from my WL buddies:)

08-03-2007, 12:44 PM current weight as of this morning is 154.2. My goal weight is 130. This morning, my DH told me that he doesn't think that I should lose any weight...just work with what I have - meaning tone the areas that I feel need it. He said that my face is getting too thin. I'm happy right now, but I don't think that the 150's is where I want to be. According to healthy weight calculators, I'm still overweight. DH thinks that I should feel relieved that I "don't have" to lose more weight, but I just don't know. Plus, I don't want to look too thin - but I can't imagine how I could since I'm 24 pounds over where I used to be...but then again, I was 130 in my early 20's, so maybe that's too low...


08-03-2007, 12:54 PM
Personally, I think you should do what you feel you need to do. I think that during the "process" of losing weight that, sure, we thin out. But once we reach our goal, we settle into that weight and lose that "too thin" appearance.

I've talked about how my mom, over the years, constantly rided me about my weight... Last month she actually commented that she thought I shouldn't lose any more...

I really think it's that since we've been heavy for so long, our family and friends don't remember what we looked like back when we weighed much less. In Liz's case, she's NEVER seen me this slim... They'll get used to it...

But again, you have to follow your heart...

Mama Nicole
08-03-2007, 12:57 PM
Hmmmmmmmmm, very interesting, Tina. What does your doctor say? Cuz my first thought was, well, if you're healthy, then maybe DH is right.........but, if you are unhappy with your weight, and losing a few more will still keep you healthy or healthier, and happier.....then I say go for it. Maybe make anice compromise to 140.....

I have pictures of myself when I was younger and very thin........and when I look at them, I now agree with what people used to tell face DID look too thin. You know how really thin people can get that big head You totally don't want that. My DH is not a fan of the super thin either. If I see a really skinny lady somewhere and point her out and tell DH that's how skinny I want to be, he always scrunches up his nose and says, "nooooo."

Is what DH said making you feel bad? Cuz I am sure he did not intend that. Don't worry........he is going to love you no matter what :)


08-03-2007, 01:19 PM
Tina- I agree with Dan and Nicole. You really need to do what is going to make YOU feel good about yourself. With me, I am happy with my upper half and if I could get the bottom half toned and less flabby, I think I would be happy at the weight I am. I really have no numbers to go by as a goal because I weigh less now than I did in high school but have more flab than I did then. I have no desire to be rail thin and DH likes curvy women anyway.

08-03-2007, 01:47 PM
My thoughts...

Some people try for a weight that is too low, but at 5"3, I think that the 130's would be good. It's healthy and not even in the 115 range that "the charts" say you should be. People get nervous when our appearance changes. DH may like you this way, and I think that's great. But if YOU aren't happy yet, and your Dr. thinks you should be lower, I would go for it. This is a personal decision, but just because the rest of America is overweight, or carries an extra 20lbs on them doesn't mean it's normal or healthy. Put me in a room with a bunch of people who are over 350lbs, and I look like a supermodel. It's all about the perception of what you see. And while I agree that we should accept others regardless of weight or appearance, health does play an issue when it comes to yourself.

I'm sorry for rambling, but I hope somewhere in that you found what I meant. Gotta get back to work otherwise it would have been better thought out.

08-03-2007, 02:29 PM
Thank you all so so much for your responses. It was funny because as my DH was telling me this, I was thinking "I have to see what my 3FC friends think" lol

So I have decided that I will see how I feel at 140 and decide if I want to lose that extra 10. I agree with you, Dan. My face probably does look thinner, but my body should "even out" over time.
Nicole - you made a good point. Maybe I should go get a physical. I've been wanting to, anyway. Then I can see what my Dr. says. And no, DH didn't make me feel bad. I know he's just concerned and I appreciate just made me think that's all.
Deb and Cassie - I agree with you both, too. I was thinking that maybe I will pull out some pictures of when I was at 130 and show them to DH to remind him that I really was smaller before DD!

08-03-2007, 04:20 PM
Tina - everyone has given you good advice here, I'm going to chime in with some questions.

I'm sure you could get to 140 without fear of the wind blowing you away. Is your DH overweight at all? Is he suffering because you are forcing him to eat veggies and lean protein?

How old are you? and since I, too, am 5'3", I'm curious what size clothes are you are wearing? About 10 years ago I got down to about 135 and was wearing size 6s and felt really good. I was almost 40 at the time. I'd love to see that number again, but realize 10 years later that may not be realistic...but I think it would be a great weight for me for all sorts of aging health reazsons. Right now at 160, I'm wearing 14s and would be happy to get to the 8s again.

08-03-2007, 04:50 PM
Hi Tina
First off, weigh to go on your results (pun intended). I am amazed at my family, in a good sense mostly, at how much they all say, stop you are getting too thin..I'm not in this at all to be unhealthy but would still like a bit more off.. I think it' so drastic for some that have known me the last 20 plus years topping 250lbs that any loss to them now looks very dramatic. I am between 155-160 and would really like to get to 150 but not because of a number really just to see if I can lose a bit more of the extra padding. I say you have to go with your gut (no pun intended this time!) and see where you feel comfortable. I have decided this summer and now that I am on maintenance to ease up a bit on the rigidness of my planning and try to live a bit. So I usually indulge a bit on weekend with my liquid starch or fruit, maybe have an extra appetizer or some extra protein or salad dressing but still have not hit Dairy Queen (walked right by it today folks) and still make good food choices. You have to feel good in your own skin and the hard part is that we have to pick a 'number' to get to goal but really our goal is in our own personal satisfaction.. keep up the great work and again maybe see what the doc says.. your body and your mind will tell you the rest.
Bless the DH's and family that start to get worried.. but where was my DH when I ordered a Whopper with cheese?? Wait a minute he was in the drivers seat getting us a super size fries!!

08-03-2007, 04:59 PM
Thanks, Kristen. :hug:

Joni - My DH isn't overweight at all...he's actually been blessed with a great metabolism. As far as the eating, he is actually a healthier eater than me. He eats vegetables all the time, even on days that he eats a whopper or something bad, he can still manage to offset the bad with good.

I'll be 36 on the 10th. I am wearing a size 10. I can squeeze into some 8's, but they're still a little snug. When I was in the 130's, I was wearing a 6...same as you.

The funny part (kinda funny) about this whole thing is that I can almost guarantee you that when I get home and bring this up, he'll be like "Oh honey, I didn't mean to discourage you...I didn't mean anything by it".

08-03-2007, 08:53 PM
hi--- i am new to lawl....but of course not to the struggle of weight loss....
i may be a little late chiming in, but what i was thinking is try 140 and see how that looks and feels....i think you want to get where you are comfortable and where you can maintain pretty easy.
I do believe as we get a bit older (not that you are) being too thin makes a person look a little bit older, but as you said you are still in your mid 30's, so you are good.
i am 42, 5'2", goal for right now is 140. About a year and a half ago, i got down to 160 and thought i looked pretty good...but it is all relevant before that i had hung closer to 200.

anyway, congrats on your weightloss, i have enjoyed this board and look forward to being successful.


08-03-2007, 10:48 PM
I know I am a little late in the process, but I would like to add
my 2 cents. Again everyone has given you excellent advice.

First off, you have been doing so well recently and I think you need to take that into consideration. It is not like you have stalled and are fighting to drop ounces a week.

Second of all, one thing that I have been looking at is BMI. I would like, if possible, to "lose" the designation of overweight. For me to do that, at 5'2" I would have to reach 136.

You and others (Nicole and Joni) have mentioned a weight of 140 for you. Interestingly enough, for someone who is 5'3", 140 is the weight at which you would no longer be considered overweight.

Something else to consider - When I was put on the new program, I was given Plan 2 per my height and current weight. I asked at what weight I would go to Plan 1 and I was told it would be 138. I know that you are on purple without lites now, but it is my guess that at your height, you would go to a lower food plan at about 140 or a few pounds more than that.

08-03-2007, 11:38 PM
I know I am a little late but I thought I would put my 2 cents in also. I originally had my goal weight at 130 but recently changed it to 140 because even though I am not that old I have had 2 children and my body and metabolism is way different than when I was in college at 130. I am happy now I am able to fit into most of my old clothes now but they will fit better after 12 more lbs are off. Good luck with your decision I am sure you will be happy with whatever you decide and your DH will love you no matter what choice you make.

08-04-2007, 12:31 PM
One other thing to consider: Perhaps it is your DH who is beginning to feel insecure about your weight loss. You are getting thinner and sexier, probably turning more and more heads of the opposite sex. You have no intention of leaving DH but deep down (and he may not even consciously realize it), he could be threatened that his thinner wife could leave him.

The same could be true with family and friends. All this time you were the "fat" family member or "fat" friend. Those who are insecure are now threatened because you are becoming the "thin" friend....and perhaps they are the "fatter" friend.

The bottom line is that you have to do what is healthy for you. I would say that 155 is still a bit too heavy for someone of 5'3". If nothing else, when people say you are "too thin", tell them "my doctor doesn't think so".

As for DH, give him lots of love and reassurance that you are his wife...through thick and thin (pun intended). :) Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

08-13-2007, 10:41 AM
Take it from me! Do what makes you happy! Your body! As long as you are being realistic - then go for it! Sometimes if you drop down too low, it is really hard to maintain and thus the climb back to overweight begins. Been there! done that, have the t-shirt!

08-13-2007, 10:43 AM
OOps - I have more to say!
Yes, we want to lose weight but we want to maintain our weight loss which is harder to do. I maintained my weight loss for 16 years! And then, bang, remarried, too many nice dinners/wine and i regained 40 lbs over the last 5 years!!! Now, have to start all over!

08-13-2007, 10:47 AM
I guess I never did update this post...

When I got home from work, I told DH that I thought alot about what he said and I have come to a decision...I am not happy in the 150's so I want to keep going. He said (as I thought he would) "Honey, you do what you feel is right. You know your body better than anyone and I certainly don't want to be one to discourage you" I'm continuing on my WL journey.

Thank you all for your words of wisdom and support! :hug:

08-13-2007, 10:50 AM
I agree with you, Lucia. I had lost weight and gained some back before I got pregnant with DD. So I was already on a bad path to gaining. Then while I was pregnant, it was like a free-for-all with food...not good! I belonged to LAWL back in 2003 and stopped going once I got close to goal. I'm not going to a center right now, but I do plan on calling them soon and starting back up so that I can get my stabilization and maintenance programs...that's where the challenge comes in!

08-14-2007, 12:43 AM
One question for you - does DH have a twin?

He sounds wonderful. You got such great comments and advice here and looks like you have a fantastic attitude about your weight loss journey.

Keep going - you inspire all the rest of us who are just beginning.


08-14-2007, 10:31 AM
Ahhh, shucks :o

Thank you...I do have a wonderful and supportive DH which helps tremendously. You know, I struggled with my weight since I was a teenager - and then only because I dated a jerk who liked to tell me that I was fat so that I would think that I would never find anyone else to date me...UGGHHH!!! BTW, I weighed 120...what a jerk!

Anyway, I believe that I had hit rock bottom with my weight, so to speak. One day I woke up and said enough is enough...I'm 35 and feel like I'll never live to hit 40 let alone be able to enjoy life with my DD and DH. My back hurt all the time, my knees hurt, and DH told me that he was worried about me because he thought that I was starting to get sleep apnea! All because I was overweight. So what makes this time different than all the others? It would be my attitude. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. If I gain 0.2, so be it. If I eat a chocolate bar or a french fry or whatever, then who cares? So I try to count it the best I can and continue on plan. Binges are not acceptable. If I completely deprive myself and become too strict, then I will just stress myself out. In reality, we cannot say to ourselves "I will never ever eat cake again or I will never ever eat onion rings". We need to be in touch with reality and just learn to work with it.

Okay, I'm done preaching. :) Well, maybe one more thing...the best advice that I can give to the newbies or anyone else is to stick with these chicks and roosters!!! There is a wealth of knowledge here...friends that will hold you accountable...a place where you can go and just lay it all out there - your feelings, your joy, your frustrations - and nobody here will judge you. You just get hugs and tons of support. I have found that when I stopped posting, I gave up.

I must be in a sappy mood today:dizzy:

08-14-2007, 02:10 PM
The funny part (kinda funny) about this whole thing is that I can almost guarantee you that when I get home and bring this up, he'll be like "Oh honey, I didn't mean to discourage you...I didn't mean anything by it".

Hi Tina,
I'm enjoying this thread and have nothing to add that has not been said. I love this comment. I think it is so funny that men say one thing and we think of it all day, but they never give the comment a second thought.

This happens a lot at our house.