Weight Loss Support - How did you choose your goal weight?

econ nerd
11-19-2008, 01:54 PM
I'm curious how everyone here selected their goal weight? Mine has been selected because it is the weight I was at in high school when I felt healthy and looked great. I wore a size 11 and weighed around 170-175. I am setting this as my goal but I am willing to change that as I approach the 175 mark (a little ways away yet ;) ). I may go lower but I will decide later. I also may not go that low either. It all depends and time will tell.

Tell me your story of how you chose your goal!

11-19-2008, 02:00 PM
When I started I was 220 pounds and I checked the BMI charts and saw that 150 was in the healthy range and as I remember I was about a size 10 back then. I wasn't sure if my body could even get that small again after 2 kids. Now I am just about to leave the 180s and I am sure once I get to 150 I will probably have to change my goal weight to lower because I don't think I will be done with the fat loss, but just getting to 150 will feel amazing!

11-19-2008, 02:55 PM
Up until I was about 21 or 22, my weight was always 150-155. I used to say, God, if I could only lose 10-15 lbs... hence my 140 goal weight! I was pretty happy around 150 and think I'd feel "pefect" at 140.

11-19-2008, 03:01 PM
Although I do have my goal weight in my profile, right now I don't know what it will be. It is a number that thought would be ok (based on other chicks of similar height) but I do take into consideration my age (49) and the fact that I have heavy bones. Even when I was relatively skinny, decades ago, everybody thought I weighed a lot less than I actually did.

Right now, I actully go by body fat %. At the moment, my body fat % is 23.9% (it was around 33% when I started) and my immediate goal is to shake it down to 22%. The next goal will be 20% - if possible. So I may re-evaluate more than just once along my journey. I want to have a 6 pack stomach and I swear that I will have it - I just don't know what my weight will be at that point.

11-19-2008, 03:01 PM
I picked 130 because I used to weigh that. I worked out, but not that much, and I watched what I ate in only a very very general away. I wore a size 8, but that was 10 years ago. Now I think I'll be in a size 8 by the time I reach 140 pounds. So maybe I'll actually end up in a size 6 this time around. Not that I'll be any smaller, just sizes have changed. I'll adjust up or down depending on what's easy to maintain and if I feel fit and a good size.

11-19-2008, 03:02 PM
I've been working along most of this year without an actual goal weight. When I started I sometimes thought 165 would be fine, as it's a weight I remember looking pretty good at. Recently, when I was creeping up on the 165 mark I decided on 147.5, which is half of me. That's a cool thing to aim for.

Moonlight Mistress
11-19-2008, 03:10 PM
I picked 120 because I've always thought that was the perfect number for someone my height. (This is just my thought, I don't think everyone who is 5' 7" should be 120.) My average weight most of my adult life was around 130-140. I was 120 once in my life for about a week and then I lost more weight (my lowest is 112...way to skinny now that I look back on it). Anyway, I remember feeling great about myself because I reached that "perfect" number in my mind, so that's what I want.

11-19-2008, 03:17 PM
I have always been pretty much between 130-145 for the past 10 years. Although this may be perfect for some, for my body type I should be less. I cant remember the last time I was 120lbs. so I am actually not even sure if this goal is a little to unrealistic. But its a starting point!

Digging Deep
11-19-2008, 03:34 PM
I have always felt that I have been chubby, even as a kid I was always both taller and chubbier than everyone else. My mother swears to me that I was naturally thin until my father obtained primary custody around 2nd grade. Despite playing 10 years of highly competitive basketball year-round, the thinnest I have record of being is 165 lbs. I checked my BMI for my height (5'9") and basically right in the middle of the 'healthy' BMI range for me is at 150 lbs. I have this thing about being under 150, which would be amazing!!! Therefore, my goal is 149 right now. Once I get there, I will see how I feel and where my natural body weight seems to be and go from there!

11-19-2008, 03:44 PM
My goal weight is 130-140 .I havent weighed that much since freshman year in High school .So it would be nice to be back there again.

11-19-2008, 04:09 PM
At 200 lbs, I chose a goal weight of 150. I couldn't imagine being able to live my life under 150. The few times I had made it under 150 in the past were horribly restrictive diets.

When I reached 150, the weight was still coming off easily and I re-evaluated my goal. Based on charts for my height/build, I chose 135 as my new goal.

I ended up having a 5 month plateau at 140, and I thought I was done losing weight. I changed my goal to 140 and started maintaining my weight loss. I thought I looked great and was very happy with my new body.

I ended up losing another 10 lbs and now weigh about 130. I've maintained my weight at 130 for nearly 4 years.

The lesson I learned - don't write your goal weight in stone. You could be happier higher or lower, let your body lead where it wants to go.

11-19-2008, 04:43 PM
It says in my profile on the side and my ticker that 125 is my goal weight, but that's just based on BMI charts for someone my height. I feel that if I hit 140 and I'm okay with the way I look at that weight, then I'll just maintain from there. I'm just using it as a reference to where I want to be.

11-19-2008, 05:02 PM
Being quite a bit overweight for most of my life, I really had no idea what I would look like in goal range. The range for my height is 109 to 137.

At first, I chose 135 because it was closer to the top LOL! However, as I get closer to this goal, I realize several things.

- 109 will never happen, as I am curvy.
- I love muscles, and have worked hard to develop them, and that's why I am wearing a size 8 at my current weight. I'm much smaller than I would have thought for this weight. Thank you strength training! :lifter:
- I'm 40, so I am okay with a higher weight.

I will reevaluate when I hit 135, but I don't think I will really try to go much lower on the scale. I may end up in a size 6 five pounds from now, which blows my mind. I don't see a need to be smaller than that. I am just going to work more on my fitness and take what happens.

11-19-2008, 06:00 PM
I picked 150 because it's what I weighed when I got married twenty-three years ago. I was 21 years old and felt fine at that weight. I'm very curvy and when I weighed less than that I would lose it in the wrong places and end up looking too thin on top and the bottom half looked huge in comparison. If I end up losing in a more even way I'd be fine with going lower. I'm just going to see what happens.

11-19-2008, 06:35 PM
I decided to have 170lbs as my goal weight I know this is not quite a healthy BMI but I am on medication that causes weight gain plus I have MS and am not as mobile as others. So I figured if I got to that weight I would not be be far off a healthy weight.

Though I am aware that my goal weight is not set in stone and is open to re-evaluation.

11-19-2008, 06:37 PM
Easy to answer. I picked 145 because that is what I weighed when I got pregnant with my eldest daughter 15 years ago. I didn't pick my lowest weight (125) which is what I was at 22 when I got married because I just think my body has changed too much over the last 20 years to get there. I think I'll be very happy with 145. But, I have no idea what size that would be now since they have done that creeping up thing over that time. I have a fabulous black leather skirt that I have held on to all this time and I really, really want to get back into it!

11-19-2008, 08:02 PM
I really haven't got a firm one in mind just yet .... Mine went down a little yesterday after noticing everyone else's about my height (dreadful reason I know).... I would like to see what happens ... would be good to get in the healthy weight range first ... :)

11-19-2008, 08:14 PM
I picked my goal weight based on a series of 10% losses. I am easily overwhelmed by large, looming goals, so I just lose 10% of my weight at a time. After five 10% losses, I will weigh 134 lbs. This is in the healthy BMI range for my height. I have an optional sixth 10 loss, taking me to 121 lbs, but I am pretty sure I will not get there. I am also pretty curvy - even when thin.

But, like many others, I am much more interested in feeling good, and my goal is likely to change as I approach my current goal weight.

11-19-2008, 09:14 PM
I picked 140 because it was in the normal BMI range and seemed healthy for my age (50+) and height (5'4"). When I reached it, I realized that with my small frame, it was still too high, and lowered it to 135 and then again to 130.

My body seems to have settled into 123-125, thus I think my body picked my goal weight instead of me.

11-19-2008, 09:26 PM
I too, chose my weight based upon my BMI - I'll change it when I get closer if need be. Best to ya!

11-19-2008, 09:31 PM
My goal weight (120) was the lowest weight that I had been able to maintain for any length of time with my history of yo-yo dieting. I bounced around in high school between 120-130, when I was very active with walking everywhere, swimming, playing intramurals. Gained a ton of weight in college, then back down to 115 with crazy dieting before my wedding. Put it all back on again with 3 kids. When I joined WW I set my goal at 130, mostly because I wanted a high goal to achieve Lifetime status and not have to pay for meetings anymore. Since using South Beach since January, I have been able to lose more and maintain at a much lower weight than I've ever done before. For some reason, I've always thought that 115 must be my perfect weight because of the old rule (5# for every inch over 5' + 100#).

11-19-2008, 09:36 PM
Basically, my BMI. At my height I could go even lower, but I think that's too much. Plus I have a large frame, even though I'm short.

11-19-2008, 10:58 PM
I'm tall, and when i was in h.s i was around 145-150 easily maintained. I know that i won't get that low again after 2 kids, but i think 160 will be doable. It is right in the middle of the healthy weight for my height too.

11-19-2008, 11:15 PM
My boyfriend picked it. When I picked my own goal weight it was 99/100 lbs, which is the low end of a healthy weight for my height. My boyfriend thought that was way too low (the smallest he's seen me is 148). He asked what's the lowest I've ever weighed (124) and then picked 115.

My mom has been 110-115 since she's had me and many people have complimented her for being so in shape (she is an exercise maniac, too). I guess since I've never really been below 120 (since elementary school!) I'll have to get there and see how I feel.

11-19-2008, 11:22 PM
To tell you the truth...I have no idea. All these interesting reasons and I don't really know.

My goal weight is on the lowish end of my BMI. I think when I've weighed 125 (which I am pretty sure I have) I probably had less muscle and my body wasn't as developed. I've only had a scale for about 2 years; 125 might be too low. Dunno. :shrug:

11-20-2008, 01:06 AM
Its the weight on my drivers license...and I was lying then! (But my lowest high school weight was 139, I was two inches shorter and still looked good.)

I may revise the goal as I get closer.

11-20-2008, 01:18 AM
I have a goal weight for now, but once I get there - it may change. I may want to be slightly lower or higher (within 2 kilos either way, I'd imagine).

Interesting thread!

econ nerd
11-20-2008, 01:05 PM
Thank you for all the input. It was very fascinating and interesting to hear how others selected goals. I suspect mine may change over time and for now I am focusing on ten pounds at a time. I'm into my second ten pounds going away. I don't want to set a date for when to lose any particular amount so that I won't be disappointed if I don't make it - but small goals are how I am going to do this :D

11-20-2008, 01:11 PM
When I did WW the first time I got just under 150. I was happy with myself then but wasn't working out so still felt flabby. I picked 140 because of one of the before after pictures on here where a gal started at about my weight and the after picture showed her at 135 looking HOT. So I just figured, why can't I make it to 140??? I'm still stuck just above the 160 mark and today it's frustrating... I've been a work out freak latley but just can't seem to get the eating where it obviously needs to be.

11-20-2008, 01:18 PM
I picked 120 because it is within the "normal" BMI range and because it was weight at which I felt best in college.

However - my main goal is to get lean.

Optical Goddess
12-05-2008, 10:37 PM
Wow. Some people's goal weights are so much lower than mine. I've only been below 130 once since 8th grade ( I'm 30 now ) and that was when I was in an abusive relationship! Otherwise I hung out around 150.

I picked mine because it seems doable. Honestly, anything lower seems totally unrealistic for me since I've never been close to it...

I'm also trying to put less emphasis on weight because of body composition, and how I might be happy with how I look at a different weight dependent on how much muscle I have.

I've never been a small person. When I weighed 145 I was in a size six, so it's wierd.

It's just something to shoot for, I guess.