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

10-25-2009, 01:52 PM
I'm new to this...on my full second day. My first day was pretty good. I am wondering, though, how you all decided what your ultimate goal weight would be? I'm not sure what I want my ultimate weight to be. I just want to feel good, look good, and be healthy. I have decided to have mini-goals such as 5 pounds or 10 pounds at a time to try to achieve. So, from there, I guess, my ultimate goal weight will reveal itself. But, in order to calculate how many calories to eat per day and how much exercise I should be getting, according to most of the online calculators, I have to choose an ultimate goal weight. How did you decide?

10-25-2009, 01:58 PM
Hmm, I am not really sure what I factored in to determine my goal weight. I initially had it set for 140 but recently changed it to 125.

Good luck with your goals and welcome to 3FC.


10-25-2009, 02:09 PM
I looked around and found the average of my ideal body weight range. It just happens to be a nice round number. I've got smaller goals to help me get to that point, but my ultimate goal is to be the healthiest I can be.

10-25-2009, 02:49 PM
Can you recall ever being a size that you liked? I had never been a weight that I liked, so I initially set it for 140, then I realized how short I am, and I want a bikini body, so I set it for 130. But I am still around 190, and I am a few pounds away from being a size 10. I realize now that I do not want to be smaller than an 8. So maybe you should use size more to determine, because that is more visual.

10-25-2009, 03:34 PM
I went online and found what would be the healthy weight for my height range. When I reach that goal, if I still want to lose, then I'll change it.

10-25-2009, 03:51 PM
I'm not sure what my final goal will be yet - I keep thinking of changing my goal to 140lb as when I originally set it I didn't believe I would get as far as I have already but on the other hand 154lb is the lowest weight I rememvber beign so maybe I will be happy around there. I will decide when I'm much nearer. I picked 150lb because it's just about a normal BMI for me - I can deal with beign a few lb over a normal BMI if that's where my body is happy and healthy (I have quite a large build and build muscle quite easily) but would still love to have a normal BMI if possible :)

10-25-2009, 04:04 PM
Very rough rule of thumb estimate from my nutrition textbook in college: Women should weigh 100 pounds for the first 5 feet and then 5 lbs and inch after that (so a woman that is 5ft 6 inches should be ~130 pounds). Need to take into account frame size, etc, but it's a starting point. And keep in mind that if you have been grossly overweight most of your adult life (as I have), then you might want to try for something more attainable to start.

10-25-2009, 04:08 PM
Just wanted to not be overweight and be healthy.

10-25-2009, 04:24 PM
I think the most objective way is to take a look online at calculators that show ideal weight amounts. I found that for a person who is 5'4" and a medium frame, a healthy weight is between 130-145 lbs. Also you can look at BMI charts and find info that is about the same. A BMI in the healthy range ends at 24.9 which for a 5'4" person is 144 lbs. So taking both of those pieces of information, it is probably true to say that your ideal healthy weight would be no more than 145 lbs.

However, I think that number can be flexible in that you certainly will be more healthy at 155-160 lbs than you would be at your current weight even though you wouldn't technically be at a "healthy" weight according to the charts.

Just as a side note, if you look at my progress bars you will see that I started at exactly the same weight as you are (but I'm an inch taller). My healthy weight range ends at about 149 lbs. so that's why I made my goal 150. I'd really like to be more like 145 so I have a little wiggle room to not go over the 150 mark but we will have to see about that. I'm having more trouble getting these last 10 pounds off, it's just going so slow. When I was 232, I wasn't very confident that I would ever see the 150's as the lowest I had ever been in the past was 170. But with hard work and sticking with it, I have done it and am now only 8 lbs. from my goal. You can definitely do this. Just accept whatever rate of weight loss you can get and don't make any changes that you won't be able to live with for the rest of your life.

10-25-2009, 04:32 PM
I looked at the BMI chart and 180 will put me at a BMI of 25, which is right at healthy. It's still about 15-20 pounds above what I weighed before I had babies, so I think it's attainable. I'll re-evaluate when I get there to see if I want to lose more.

10-25-2009, 04:57 PM
I looked at the BMI chart and 180 will put me at a BMI of 25, which is right at healthy. It's still about 15-20 pounds above what I weighed before I had babies, so I think it's attainable. I'll re-evaluate when I get there to see if I want to lose more.

I took basically the same approach. My initial goal weight was 150, which was the largest "round" number within the healthy weight range (soon after, changed to 149, cuz "in the 140s" sounded so much thinner, lol!). I subsequently notched it down 10 pounds, and after I met that, another ten, which I am now working towards :) .

10-25-2009, 05:00 PM
I took my lowest teenage weight and subtracted 40 pounds because it sounded about right. Subject to change, but it sounds good for now.

10-25-2009, 06:25 PM
Thank you! I think I've gotten it to around 160 to begin with (which is about 80 pounds) and then go from there. 160 sounds like such a big number right now in relation to how much I have to lose, but if I get there, I can get anywhere! lol

10-26-2009, 12:30 PM
I've no idea what my ultimate goal is. It's been so long since I've been in the vicinity that I can't really guess what my body will look like and feel like at such-and-such weight. I figure I'll know when I get there.

At first it feels weird not to have a set goal in mind, but it turns out it's good for me - helps me focus on making permanent and sustainable changes, rather than feeling like "I'm on a diet until I reach ____."

10-26-2009, 12:41 PM
I started with a 50 lbs goal and then decided that wasn't enough. I then picked 100 -- that would put me within normal BMI and high normal for my height. When I get there I will decide if I need more or if it's good and I can maintain with diet and exercise.

10-26-2009, 12:41 PM
I lost 150ish lbs earlier this decade and, at 185ish, was still flabby. The high 160s is out of the overweight range for my height, so that's sort of where I'm aiming right now. But, based on the fact that I am much smaller at higher weights now that I was last time (thanks to strenuous weight training), I'm just going to lose til I'm happy. Who knows, I may be perfectly content at 190. I'll just see when I get there. On the eating plan I'm on, there's no radical difference between losing and maintenance, so if I have to stay on "losing" for a long long long time, that's OK. Not a problem.

Originally I had picked 150, because my mother wore a size 8 at 150, but honestly my shoulders are so much wider than hers, and I'm just so much more muscular, I don't think 150 is realistic. 170 is probably very realistic. But again, if 190 looks and feels great, I don't care what the scale says...I just want to get out of the 200s (AND NEVER COME BACK AGAIN!!!!!).

10-26-2009, 12:44 PM
I still have not set my final goal yet either. I am pretty much taking it one day at a time. There is a very interesting thread about this in the Living Maintenance forum. I have enjoyed reading it.

Picking A Goal Weight: Did you pick your maintenance weight, or did it pick you? (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/living-maintenance/168394-picking-goal-weight-did-you-pick-your-maintenance-weight-did-pick-you.html)

10-26-2009, 12:49 PM
Looked at weight range suggested for my weight and picked somewhere in the middle range. I may reassess once I reach it.

10-26-2009, 01:23 PM
I picked the last weight I felt good at. I have a large frame but for my height, what my bmi calculates as an ideal body weight just doesn't seem right to me. I will reassess once I get there.

10-26-2009, 07:18 PM
I've been thinking about posting a question similar to this for a couple of days now.

When I started my second attempt at weight loss four years ago, my goal weight was 150. The trainer I had said that was too low for my frame and gave me the target weight of 170.

I like what's been said here. I set mini goals for the amount of weight to lose and then when I get close to 170 I'll reassess.

10-26-2009, 09:38 PM
First I determined what it should be by BMI, but I really had no idea what it actually would be like there, so I used it as a general guide. Once I made it to that weight (150), I lowered it by 10 lbs (140) and now that I'm near that weight, I've lowered it again to 130. I'm simply going by how I feel now.

10-27-2009, 02:53 AM
Honestly, since I fall into the category of morbidly obese, my main goal is to become healthier. I have a goal weight, but I might even pass it one day.. it doesn't matter about a number, it matters about all of the health problems I have disappearing, fitting into nicer clothes, feeling lighter, being able to do things I never could before, being able to live. I have never been thin, so I have no ideal of what number is right for me. I just have to work until I find it.

10-27-2009, 04:44 AM
Hi AlyssaMichelle! I'm new too, and spent awhile deciding on my official "goal weight". Our heights are pretty similar, so hopefully this will help a little bit! At 5'3" I am shooting for 129, which means i am trying to lose 60 pounds. I'm not too sure about all the online calculators... everyone's body is different. I picked 129 because that's what i weighed back in high school, when I ran cross-country, and I was in good shape. Now I'm 22, and I KNOW it's possible for me to get back to that point. On the other hand, I'll start being happy with the way I look once I'm around 140/150 ish. :)

Basically what I'm gettin at is that if you aren't sure what number to go for, think about the size dress or jeans you want to fit, or what waist or hip measurement you'd like to attain. Visual goals are as good as scale goals because you can see your progress in the mirror or measure the inches as they come off!

BTW- i love the mini goal idea for every 5 or 10 pounds! Lots of people seem to use them, and it gives you something to celebrate along the way. My first goal: get down to the 160's and *hopefully* buy a pair of size 12 pants! :D


<3, Jess

10-27-2009, 08:15 AM
I just looked up various height weight charts. Most that I looked at had just height and weight with no mention of frame size. The one that I use that takes all these factors into consideration is this one (http://www.healthchecksystems.com/heightweightchart.htm). According to that chart, I should weigh between 127 and 141. For now, my goal is 145. I've been that weight before and I looked good and felt comfortable at that weight. Once I get there, I'll maintain for a couple of months and then see if I want to dip lower to 135. I've decided not to think about the 135 part because it just seems impossible. ;)

10-28-2009, 07:30 PM
Well, I just looked at how i looked at my favorite and best weight and it was 145 lbs. Right before I went to basic training. However, my goal is to get a super small waist... basically very low bmi when i was 145 I had a 25 inch waist and i still had fat and flab on it... So what i did was just went about 15 lower...estimating. My goal is 130 but if i look amazing at 145 ill stay there... well lets just say if i have smaller than a 25 inch waist then ill stay there.

10-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Looking at charts, my goal weight is the lower end for my height. my original goal was 130lb from looking at models and actress's bodies I admired and their weight, but then I realized that wasn't being realistic. And then I got more into fitness and liking the athletic look..

My ideal size is a 6 or 8 (in jeans), so I don't know what weight that would be... Right now I'd like to be a fit 140-150lbs... I'm hoping to add muscle and change my body composition more when get under the 150s.

10-28-2009, 09:05 PM
My goal weight is the one I will aim for.

When I reach it, I'll lower it depending on how my body looks to me and how healthy I feel!

10-29-2009, 07:28 AM
I remember 13 years ago was my perfect weight at 110. I reached that a couple months after I had my 2nd baby. I stayed between 110-115 until about 6 years ago when I stopped smoking.

My goal weight is 115 because that's when I felt the best and healthiest. I'm ready to feel that way again! :)

10-29-2009, 01:18 PM
The first time I lost weight, I thought back to the lowest weight I could remember being - 125 lbs at age 15. I remembered feeling HUGE back then but I figured it was mostly a self-conscious teenager thing so I chose 120 as my goal weight.

I got down to 120 and still felt very chubby and flabby. Turns out I have quite a small frame. Then, I gained it all back. So, this time around, I chose 115... only a little lower than the first time, but I've been doing a lot more strength training and I'm much more muscular.

Of course, if I only got to 120 and was happy, I'd stop. Or, if I get to 115 and still want to lose more, I'll lower it.

10-29-2009, 03:10 PM
When I first signed on here, I had 135 down, because of the classic 100# + 5 for every inch. Sometime in the spring, revised to 150 because it was 10 less than a normal BMI and sounded more feasible. Got to 150 and am feeling really, really good about how things are looking ... but the last few pounds have made a major difference in the problem spots, plus I want to maintain in the 140's, and 144.5 represents a nice even 30#'s off. I don't know if that will be the final word - I should know by the end of the year, I figure. :)

Tante Claire
11-01-2009, 09:00 PM
I chose the weight that I think looks the best on me, not too low to be unrealistic, and a nice round number 6 lbs. under my highest healthy BMI. The last time I was at that weight I ran and weight-trained, so I was a small size for the weight. This time around I am lifting heavier, and running longer, so I figure I might look even smaller than the last time.

And as almost everybody said, I'll reassess when I get there.

11-01-2009, 09:20 PM
I used to weight 125 when I was 17 and some here told me i can make it to that weight if I really wanted too I decided that I did want to make it to 125 but first I would try to make it to 135 I am going to break it down into mini goals...and hope everything turns out ok...thats how I determined my goal...I hope you find your ideal goal weight...and mini goals are actually a great start...

11-01-2009, 09:35 PM
I've never been thin and I'm pretty sure looking at the older women in my family, size 0,2,4, will never be in my cards. And I am okay with that. When I lost my weight the first time (down to about 125 ish) I looked pretty good. I like looking soft.

Anyway....I did what most of you ladies did and looked online for what is considered the "correct" weight for my height. 115-120 was pretty much smack in the middle and since that is close to what I looked nice at, I figured making that weight my goal would work. I would never want to be too thin. I felt good at 125ish.