100 lb. Club - What's your goal weight ?
10-09-2010, 05:05 AM
Began this journey at 298. I have lost 71 lbs and feel good, but am trying to find a suitable goal weight to aim for.Just was wondering what other peoples goal weigts are at 5 foot 7 inches tall, and perhaps why you chose that goal.
10-09-2010, 06:35 AM
I've been giving this a lot of thought. On the one hand I would like to be around 145, but I also don't want to set myself up for a goal that I might not be able to obtain. Right now I will be thrilled if I can see 160 and then I'll take it from there.
10-09-2010, 09:13 AM
Initially I chose the top weight in the "healthy" BMI range for my height. This was 200 pounds. When I got there, I revised my goal lower as I think I can maintain something smaller.
For your height, the top healthy category is 159. Once you get down there or close, you can either decide if that is good for you or if you would like to lose a bit more.
10-09-2010, 09:31 AM
I'm truly not sure. My original goal was to lose 100 lbs. As I got close to that, decided to aim for a weight in the healthy BMI range. However once I reached 163, I'm pretty happy with my figure. So for now I'm still keeping a calorie deficit going but only by a few hundred calories per day and will see where my weight lands at end of the year and then re-evaluate.
10-09-2010, 10:12 AM
I picked 150 because I was able to maintain that weight for a long time and I looked pretty good. When I reach it, I will re-evaluate.
10-09-2010, 10:29 AM
I picked 135 because it's 10 pounds into "normal" for me. At 100 pounds away from that it was just a shot in the dark. Now that I'm closer, I really want to get to 145 at which point I MAY switch my thought process to maintenance and see what happens, hoping to lose ten more but not really caring how long it takes. I don't know. I'm pretty darn happy where I am at 160.
You can't predict what you're body's going to do. I think I'm heavier than I look at this point. Some people don't carry 160 pounds very well at 5'4" and I know a lot of women cry "whoa-is-me" at that point and know it's time to get the pounds off. But I'm in a size 8...I'm happy.
10-09-2010, 10:42 AM
I'm picking 153, because it is half of me. My starting weight was 306.
10-09-2010, 11:13 AM
Thanks your answers are very helpful. It is very difficult to decide what the right weight is. The healthy weight range is a good guide, but I wonder about what I will look like almost half the size I used to be !!
10-09-2010, 11:21 AM
I chose 135 because I have been and maintained that before. I have been as low as 116 and that was a bad scene.
10-09-2010, 11:21 AM
I have no idea. I'll decide when I get closer.
The body weight charts put the top of the healthy range for my weight at 150. I have never been 150 - even when I was fairly trim in high school I was around 160. I am muscular, built like an ox, with big hips and big breasts. Bt then, everyone thinks their body type is special or some kind of exception to the rule, so I can't say for certain that 150 is impossible for me.
With all of that, I don't see any point in picking a goal weight now. It won't change anything about what I have to do today, so I just don't think it's something I have to think about now. When I get into the 170, 175 range, I'll start giving it some thought.
In the end, I'll probably set a body fat percentage goal rather than a weight goal.
10-09-2010, 11:23 AM
I started at 274 (I'm just shy of 5'6") and chose 137 as a goal weight for a few reasons:
1. it's HALF of my starting weight! Wow.
2. My wii Fit says 136.9 is my "ideal" weight
3. I weighed between 135-140 in high school. I've never been a "skinny" girl, but I was healthy then (even though I *thought* I was fat!)
Realistically, I know I'm not in my teens anymore and I'm not sure how any kind of "normal" weight will look on me now that I'm in my 30's. I've been overweight or obese most of my adult life! 154 would put me just into the "normal" BMI range for my height, so I definitely want to get down to 150 or so at least, then I guess I'll take it from there.
For now though, I'll keep aiming for 137.
10-09-2010, 11:38 AM
I'm aiming for 145, which is the top range of normal for me. I have no idea what I'll feel like at that weight because I don't even know when I was that weight before, I've been overweight (obese) for a LONG time, all through my childhood pretty much. Anyways I'm choosing that for now and may re-evaluate as I keep going!
10-09-2010, 12:11 PM
I've always had this idea that 132 would be my goal number, mostly because that would be the 100 lbs marker for me, and it's solidly in my healthy bmi. Realistically, I think I there might be a chance that I feel too small at that number, because I'm a pretty athletic build and am pretty muscular. All the same, it's the number that I'm shooting for!
10-09-2010, 12:57 PM
I want to be at 133 which is smack in the middle of my healthy weight range according to BMI, and coincidentally, exactly half my starting weight.
10-09-2010, 01:18 PM
160. That's 20 lbs less than I weighed my jr year of high school. I chose it because when I was at 180, I didn't look like it at all. I remember being at the docs office with my mom and her looking at the scale and gasping when I got on because I didn't look like I weighed that much. and I was shorter then than I am now. The healthy BMI of someone of my height is 130-140. I know I would NOT look good at either of those weights, so I chose 160. I still want to look soft and curvy, just slim.
I'm not going to treat the BMI chart as if it is law, so I don't mind having a weight thats above the 'healthy' range.
10-09-2010, 01:33 PM
onherweigh.. that's been my attitude also. I think that that weight wouln't look good on me either. I know that 153 is above my "healthy" weight according to the charts. But I think it will be a good weight for me. I can always reconsider once I hit it... But I couldn't tell you the last time I was that low. I've always looked lighter than I was (when I was smaller anyway).
I don't want to be skinny. I want to be slim and curvy (my big butt and boobs assure me that I will stay curvy lol).
10-09-2010, 01:42 PM
Well, when I started my journey I had to pick a goal weight for my ticker. I picked 168 because that is the lowest I have been in about 15 years, and besides, seeing "110 pounds to lose" on the ticker was depressing enough.
Now that I am closing in on that original goal (which I kind of thought was impossible to reach), I am rethinking a new goal. I weighed about 140-145 pounds in college and that would give me a "normal" BMI as well. So once I hit my 168 goal, I will reset to a new goal, depending on how I feel!
10-09-2010, 02:52 PM
I was in the US Air Force from 1982 to 1986 and had a weight limit of about 147 or 148. I fitfully maintained during that time, but I was always very close to going over, and it was very stressful. After I got out, I was so happy not to have to stay under the weight limit that I gained about 70 pounds in a year!
When I started my new lifestyle at the beginning of 2009, my original goal was 150. After I saw how well the diet was going, I decided to lower it to 145. I've been discovering that I'm kind of small-boned (though not necessarily with a small frame--can't really tell that for sure yet), so I might look better at 135, but I wanted to pick a weight that I can not only get to, but maintain. I want to buy some nice clothes and have them continue to fit me!
I would like to stay between 140 and 145. I'm at 1400 calories now and I think I can maintain at about 1750.
10-09-2010, 03:08 PM
I read that my ideal weight range is between 92-123lbs. I don't think I've seen 92lbs since I was a toddler! I guess for me, it isn't so much a number on the scale as much as it is a matter of feeling healthy. I'll just continue to set small goals of ~ 50lbs at a time.
10-09-2010, 03:34 PM
160 for me, at 5'9"-ish ( I might only be 5'8", i can't ever remember). It is 100lbs lower than my high weight, which seemed like a "nice" even number.
I don't think I've been 160lbs since I was about 13 (I was already 5'6" at that point) so I don't really have much of a frame of reference for that weight. My dr. says to try and get down to 180 and go from there. I'm thinking I might get to 160 and try to get to 145. But who knows, i might love 160 and never want to move
10-09-2010, 05:06 PM
When I first started my journey at 274lbs I really couldn't imagine ever getting to goal, but I set myself a goal of 145lbs anyway which would take me just into the healthy BMI range, 24.9 to be exact lol.
Now that I'm only 6.5lbs away from that initial goal, whilst still in shock, I already know that I'm planning to try to go lower because I can see that I have areas where there is still plenty of room for improvement. Deep down for a while now I've dreamt of being able to say that I've lost half my body weight which would mean me getting down to 137lbs to have lost 137lbs, and that would also take me to a BMI of 23.5 which is in a far better place in the range I believe. So although my goal is still set at 145lbs for now, I think it will end up being 135lbs.
10-09-2010, 05:24 PM
139 first of all ~ to get under 140 will be amazing!
135 next ~ 1lb into 'normal' and 1lb more than I managed last time
120 next ~ (just) over 50% bodyweight from heighest weight
after that, I'll think again. Under 120 and I'll be heading to "decidedly slim" as opposed to "not overweight", and that will require a whole new mindset/headspace. :)
10-09-2010, 07:46 PM
I originally set my goal at 100 lbs lost. Having no clue how I'd feel or look when I got there. I'm thinking of reevaluating and lowering it to 145. We will see when I hit 157 but I want this junk OUT of my trunk!!!
10-10-2010, 02:02 AM
My initial goal is 190, but my ultimate goal is 160. I don't think I will ever be lighter than that. I've always been heavy set. I don't mind it too much -- I love my butt and boobs (and so do dudes, ha!).. I just want a waist!
10-10-2010, 03:29 AM
10-10-2010, 06:10 AM
Thanks everyone - it is really helpful to see other peoples goals.
Rosinate - once again you are right. Going from over weight to normal is one thing, but then entering "Slim" territory is a whole other !
I have been fat ALL my life, I did get to 180 6 years ago, but alsorts of things conspired and I gained it all back. At 180 I felt healthy, and looked good, but I felt there was more to do.
I reckon Matt was not far wrong when he said under 159 - so I guess I'm going to shoot for 155. I will have to break it down, so.....
1st goal = 198 (100 lbs lost)
2nd goal = 175 (midway)
3rd goal = 155 (healthy BMI) :dancer:
10-10-2010, 03:17 PM
Back when I did Weight Watchers, I was told that for a woman with my height of 5'4" that a normal weight for me would be between 120 and 150. So I picked 135 because it was right smack dab in the middle.