Weight Loss Support - When did you change you goal weight ticker? Or did you?

02-17-2008, 10:07 PM
When I first started my new healthy way of life 4 months ago I set my goal weight at 150lbs. I knew my optimum weight should be lower than that, but I couldn't face seeing the number of pounds I REALLY had to lose. Well a few days ago, I changed my ticker to the goal I really want. I've already lost a good bit of weight, so the number wasn't as daunting as it would have been right from the beginning. I've learned so much from everyone on here, but the best thing I learned was to divide my weight loss into 10lb. attainable goals. Did anyone else have trouble facing the real amount of weight they needed to lose?

02-17-2008, 10:21 PM
It was not an issue of not being able to face the number, as much as not being sure what it would be. Having been overweight (obese) for the last 8 years, I wasn't sure what a 50+ post-menopausal me should/could set as a goal.

I set 140, which is in normal BMI range (barely). I figured it might be high, but this is new and uncharted territory. I changed my goal weight last weekend. I know my body well enough to know that I was not within 15 lbs. of where I want to be. Will I adjust it lower? Probably not until I am close to 135.

I am exercising more than I ever have in my life, and I am suspecting that will also affect the final number.

I really think that - for all of us - a goal weight is just a target. We may adjust it up or down as we approach it.

02-17-2008, 10:37 PM
I haven't adjusted mine...but may do so once I hit it. I pretty much just pulled 155 out of thin air. Lucky for me it falls within the normal range for my BMI...however, I do see myself going past it to about 145 after I hit my goal...just because in the long run...I see myself happier there.

02-17-2008, 10:47 PM
I set my target weight using the so-called range for my height. I've never been the correct weight for my height. I know I wasn't in my teens, and looking at pictures of myself younger I was always just a little more plump that I probably should have been. So I have no idea if the target I've set is reasonable or not. I suspect somewhere along the way I'll adjust it, but who knows.

It makes the loss a little daunting a times, but sometimes I think I need that to keep me on track.

02-17-2008, 11:41 PM
I like the idea I read in a diet book, instead of picking one goal number, have it range 4-5 lbs because everyone fluxuates. I changed mine the other day to do that. I had a weight I set and I knew I wanted to go under it. After I lose more then I'll set it to a lower "range" most likely...

02-18-2008, 12:17 AM
I also picked my target out of thin air, as I couldn't really imagine being as "thin" as 180. Well now that I'm close to it, I know it's not really where I will want to finish. Once I get there, though, I intend to enjoy it for a while and revel in the feeling of hitting my goal. Ultimately though, I know that I will change my goal to the high 160s. I really want my BMI to be in the healthy range and I really want to wear a single digit clothing size. Size 8 is fine - great - something I've never seen before.

02-18-2008, 08:51 AM
I picked the lowest weight I've held as an adult and added a 5 lb cushion :) Now that the weight is still coming off easily I know I will adjust it down a little, into the so-called normal BMI range. I want to wait until I hit my first goal though :)

I have been overweight since I was 7 so it's hard to know what I can do and what I can hold. Someone else mentioned age and I also know that if I bring it a little lower at 46 it will be easier to keep it from going way out of control over the next 10 years. My bottom line though is I will not move the goal so far that I have to limit my intake more than I am or exercise more (I typically exercise 1 - 1.5 hours daily) because that kind of weight loss won't hold (I've done that before!).

02-18-2008, 09:03 AM
missingmyerica - you and i are really about the same stats right now. 5'5" and 193 looking to go to 135!

I picked 135 lbs because that is around my lowest i have been in my adult life. granted i am only 27, but i was 135 when i was 20/21. I felt great then. 135 is also an ideal in the normal BMI range for my height. I figure if i stick inbetween 135 to 140 then that is absolutely perfect for me. I'd really love to build a lot of muscle so a goal of 120 wouldn't suit me. I'd rather be on the higher side of normal with muscle mass and lower body fat.

02-18-2008, 09:13 AM
I changed my goal weight as soon as I learned it wasn't worth obsessing over.
I read, and read and read some more. Than I removed my weight and I was within 10 lbs of one of my set goals. I has my body fat tested. Oh my gosh it was 35%. I was still obese on the inside. I had gone through all that work for what. I realized I had to concentrate on my body fat to be really healthy. So I weigh myself about once a month. I get my body fat tested weekly and take my measurements weekly. I have something different to obsess about.;)

02-18-2008, 09:28 AM
I reached goal in December and am OK with my weight right now, but my figure show a restart weight after losing and regaining, I plan to change my ticker to show my highest weight of 206 . I want to see it in print exactly where I came from.

nutrition junkie
02-20-2008, 12:03 PM
I didn't want to start a whole new thread to ask this, so i figured this one would be a good place to do so. How do you get one of those weight loss tickers?

02-20-2008, 12:06 PM
I didn't want to start a whole new thread to ask this, so i figured this one would be a good place to do so. How do you get one of those weight loss tickers?


but I think you have to be a member a little longer before you can get one.

nutrition junkie
02-20-2008, 12:28 PM

02-20-2008, 12:52 PM
yep... i think you have to be a member for 30 days and make 30 posts.

02-20-2008, 01:31 PM
I chose 130 because I have been there and look and feel ok at that weight. Also, 130 falls in the normal range for BMI. For many, many years I weighed 110, but I think that would be much too difficult to achieve and maintain at this point in my life. If I ever get to 130, I might think about 125, but no less.

02-20-2008, 08:51 PM
Self magazine has a "Happy weight" calculator. I liked that it took lifestyle and family into account. Here is the link incase anyone is interested.


02-20-2008, 08:57 PM
I like that one too Ella. It was just what I'd figured, about 125.

02-20-2008, 09:28 PM
Aw gee whizz! My "happy weight" is 123.9??? I doubt I can ever reach that... I guess I'll have to be happy at some other weight. :lol:


02-20-2008, 10:24 PM
Ok my "happy weight" is very close to my goal (my ideal, not sure I can get there goal). However, there were a couple questions I wasn't sure how to answer.

Do you have a parent or sibling that is overweight - I was adopted are they asking about genetics (I don't know) or family social history. Did it both ways, found out that I get to have an "extra" pound if I have no overweight parent or sibling.

The other question, have you recently quit smoking? I wasn't sure whether no implied that I was "still smoking". I found that a "yes" gave me an extra four pounds.


02-20-2008, 11:47 PM
I love the happy weight! Mine is 142.3 - which seems about right considering my original goal is 155 and I have recently come to the conclusion that I would probably end up going 10lbs beyond that. Yahoo self mag!

02-21-2008, 12:12 AM
Wow, that Happy Weight figure was 140-144 for me which is what I had thought of too. I just reached my original goal weight this week & am still basking in the amazement of seeing the little slider on my ticker all the way to the right. :D

I plan to maintain my original goal of 150 for a few months at least & maybe get my body used to it's new size before I try to go lower.

p.s. Thanks for the Happy Weight link!!

02-21-2008, 01:00 AM
I haven't changed my goal weight cuz I haven't reached it yet. I picked 140 because at one point in my 20s I was 139. I've been there and I was still curvy. I know what 140 looked like on me then. I don't know what it will look like on me now, or how long it will take me to get there. I don't focus too much on the goal at this point, I focus on the next couple of pounds. I look at my goal as something to strive towards, like my ticker turtle heading towards that pot of gold but concentrating on moving one more step forward. As I get closer (hopefully), I will reassess.

Oh, I took that Happy Weight thing and it told me 142.2. That question about "recently quit smoking?" was worded funny. I never took it up, so I could never quit, lol. Does no mean no ya never smoked or no ya never quit? :dizzy:

02-21-2008, 01:21 AM
My happy weight is 139, which is really close to my current goal. My first goal was getting under 150, but I've fiddled around with it.

02-21-2008, 02:20 AM
165? :lol: Well, that may be possible. I guess I need to lose 100 more pounds!!! :(

02-21-2008, 03:39 AM
Well, I'm nowhere near my goal weight but I choose 150 because I want to be curvy. My 'happy' weight is between 135-138. I'm taking it a challenge at a time, 10 lbs at a time.

02-21-2008, 03:53 AM
I originally set my goal weight at 150, as that put me within the healthy BMI range (just) but I have since realised that I have to allow for the LARGE amount of excess skin I have after losing weight, so I've set it higher. People say that I look my best at 170, but I would like to be a little lower.


02-21-2008, 05:02 AM
hm, i was interested to try this, but when I answered the questions and clicked 'calculate', it just took me back to the same screen...help?:?: