100 lb. Club - Ultimate Goal Weight
09-20-2012, 06:38 PM
I'm just wondering how everyone determines their ultimate goal weight. Is it a number you've been at before that you know you feel good at? Is it something dictated by a BMI chart, or perhaps dictated by a doctor?
For me, it's what my WiiFit is telling me I should be at. A number I've never been at before. The normal range for my height can be anywhere from like 115-155. So my goal weight puts me smack dab in the middle of that.
09-20-2012, 06:41 PM
Mine is the very top end of a healthy BMI range. And that is only because I'm going to need to have a lot of excess skin removed and most surgeons want you in that range before they'll operate. Otherwise I think I'd be happy at 160.
My original goal was to be at the mid-range of BMI for my height, which would be around 150, then I decided to keep going to 146- half my highest weight. I felt great at that weight, but kept on journaling my food intake, calorie counting, and exercising and went down to 138. Life threw some wrenches in my maintenance, and I've gone up a bit since January, and I'm working on getting back down to that weight.
09-20-2012, 07:49 PM
I think the weight I want is 145. I've always kind of thought that the best weight was 100 lbs at 5' +5 lbs for each additional inch. (This has no scientific basis. I completely made it up.) That would put me at 150. I thought 145 would be ideal so I can maintain in the 145-150 range. Those numbers might be wrong for me when I actually get close. Who knows.
09-20-2012, 08:15 PM
Quantum - your formula isn't that far different from what you get with the mid range of a healthy BMI for any given height. It might be a bit on the low side of the middle of the range, but close enough to get you in the ballpark.
09-20-2012, 10:31 PM
I choose 160 because that is the top end of healthy body weight by BMI. When I get there I might change my mind and go lower. For now that is my goal. I was 132 when I was 20 and met my DH. I know I will never get back to that weight and really don't want to.
09-21-2012, 01:48 AM
I chose 180 (at this point). I played sports throughout highschool and was somewhat toned/muscular. I was between a size 8-10. I know that 180 is above what any chart tells me but that is where I felt healthy and it felt doable. I could stop at a size 12 and be happy too. I may reevaluate once I get closer to those goals.
09-21-2012, 02:18 AM
breadbox-I am the same height as you and did exactly the same thing. I went right in the middle of my BMI so that I could have some wiggle room. I have gotten down as low as 130 in my journey, but settled for 140 with 145 being my redline weight that I won't go over. It's all very personal, but I remember asking this exact same question and wondering how everyone chooses.
09-21-2012, 08:31 AM
I've learned from experience that it's not always useful to have an ultimate goal weight 100 pounds away from it, because you're going to have to make changes based on how you feel at lower weights. So I've got a few numbers that sound good to me- 160 is my lowest adult weight, 145 is half of my highest body weight and is within normal bmi range, and 135 is my "ideal" weight, according to doctors. But in reality, none of them are my "ultimate goal weight."
In reality, right now I'm working on not being obese anymore, and after that I'll be working on not being overweight anymore. Once those things happen, I'll choose my goal weight based on how I feel, not on a specific number.
09-21-2012, 08:55 AM
I've been reading these posts out of true curiosity. It is interesting to me that we all have different ways to make things work for ourselves.
Kelly315's method is great, but would never have worked for me, for example. I HAD to have an end goal in my plan. Anything else would have allowed me to stop at that point, mentally. And, for me, if the mental game stopped, the physical game would be impossible. It was actually difficult for me to hold at 90 pounds when 100 was what I had been saying for the whole time.
I really like the idea of having shorter term goals, but they wouldn't have worked for me. Even my mini goals were time/weight based. I wanted to lose a certain number of pounds by certain dates that were important to me last summer - 2 family weddings, a HS class reunion, and things like that.
I do think most of us have an idea when we start out, though, as to what we want to be at the end, and it's usually based on a healthy BMI or a weight where we know we were good in the past. I just hope we all just keep working toward the end goal and that we realize it doesn't matter how long it takes or how many times we re-adjust. There isn't a right or wrong way to do this.
09-21-2012, 03:56 PM
interesting how everyone has such different goals. i think it helps keep things in perspective for me.
i have my goal number but i'd like to ultimately get even lower if i could. but that goal number would also be the smallest i've ever been in my adult life. so maybe that number is just fine.
09-21-2012, 05:04 PM
My first goal weight was to be lighter than my boyfriend! :)
09-21-2012, 05:11 PM
"Ultimate goal" is something absurd like 105 pounds, but I will not engage that and risk redeveloping a binge eating problem.
Goal now is size US 2/UK 6 pants. Which I may not have to lose much scale weight to achieve, as long as I keep it up in the gym.
09-21-2012, 05:23 PM
:)I have been on the IP program for 4 weeks. I definitely need the structure.
It helps that my husband is supportive. I love this site. Good luck everyone!
09-21-2012, 05:44 PM
My lowest adult weight was 119, and that was as a 20 year old. Well, at 47 I just don't realistically think that is happening again, and I didn't really look that good there anyway - my face was terribly thin and I was sick easily.
As a young woman/mother, I always hovered right at 140. Even after pregnancies, I always returned to 140 with no real effort. Of course at the time, I thought I was so fat, but in pictures I look really good.
This time, my first goal is just to get under 200. I chose my ultimate goal as something I thought of as achievable and that I could live with if it never went lower, and I chose 160. 140 would be awesome, but I will not beat myself up if I never get there. After 20 years in the 240+ range, 160 seems like it would be a dream come true.
09-21-2012, 07:08 PM
My average weight when I was in college and my twenties varied between 155 to 165 lbs. I was very athletic and healthy then and wore size 12.
Well, I finally gave away my size 12 clothes some years ago but I still have many size 14s. And the cutoff for 'misses' sizes in stores is size 14. So I simply chose my goal of 160 lbs so that I can be sure to wear size 14 again.
I used my BMI high weight (158) and then subtracted 10-15 lbs for wiggle room.
09-22-2012, 04:34 PM
When I started this journey, I thought I was 5'8 so I picked the highest normal BMI weight for me (which was 163 or something) and rounded it up to 165. My lowest adult weight when I'd felt the thinnest in my life was 207 when I was 17 years old, so that wasn't my ultimate goal.
When I got within 10-20 lbs of my original goal, I kind of saw 165 was good, but it wasn't going to be the look I wanted. So I've re-evaluated my goal to the 140-145 range. I've been in the 150s for a while now and I like them and just want to see what 140 looks like.
The best thing about weight goal setting is that you can adjust up or down as you get closer to your set goals. And of course whilst ultimate goals are awesome to achieve, mini-goals make the journey go on.
09-22-2012, 04:49 PM
I chose my ultimate goal weight by looking at a height/weight photo gallery, and choosing a size that seems reasonable for me. I have not ever weighed 175lbs as an adult, so as I lose weight, I may have to adjust that number to something higher, but for now, an ambitious goal is helping me stay motivated.
09-22-2012, 04:59 PM
Even though I put 155 in my ticker as my goal weight, I'm not really sure that is where I'll end up. I just picked it because it's about 5 pounds less than the highest weight for normal BMI. I won't actually make a decision about it until I'm under 200 pounds. Then, I'll schedule an appointment with my doctor to figure it out. Given that I've been heavy or obese my whole life, 155 just may not be realistic for me.
09-22-2012, 05:29 PM
As abstract as it is to me, 150 is my ultimate goal. And since it's so abstract to me, I'm letting it be flexible; I have no idea how I'm going to feel or look since I've never even been under 220 as an adult.
If I never make it to 150, no big deal, I just want to be at a healthy weight. I only picked the number because I've had a few doctors tell me it's my ideal.
09-23-2012, 03:41 PM
Well, my ideal weight would be 155.... but at 40 years old with 2 kids I want to be more realistic so I added 15 pounds.
09-23-2012, 07:34 PM
My goal currently is 180. This is both my doctor's goal for me, knowing my body type (big boned, muscular) and something that seems doable for me.
Having said that...my REAL goal is more like 160/165. I want to be thin. I was down to about 174 the end of high school and wore a 12, and that was fine, but I'd like to squeeze into a 10.
For now....mentally...my goal is to get under 200. I will feel much better then.
09-23-2012, 11:53 PM
I picked my weight of 167lbs because it's an even 120lbs down and I remember enjoying the way I looked at the weight; that said, I may stop before then as I'm taller now than I was then. For what it's worth, I think BMI is silly and I'll be judging where I ultimately stop by my body fat percentage.
09-24-2012, 02:45 PM
When I was in high school my lowest weight was 165. I looked DAMN good and I was still about 15 lbs from the highest range that is considered a healthy BMI for my height which is 110-150lbs.
After speaking with my doctor when I first started losing weight, we both decided that when I am at 180lb or less I am very healthy. I still have curves, which will always be there, but I fit happily into 12s. I would love to eventually be back at 165 or less, but I chose 175 as my happy medium. :)
09-24-2012, 03:06 PM
My ultimate goal weight is right in the middle of my healthy BMI. Ideally i want to be 130, but i'm going to get down to 140 and see how i feel about it and maybe lose the last 10 lbs or maybe not. The lowest i've ever been as an adult was 177, and I was a size 11/12. Now i've gone from 270 down to 228 and have set myself mini goals to reach to lose the last 88 lbs, otherwise, i just cheat and i need a specific number to focus on. I want to reach Onederland and be at 190 by christmas.
09-24-2012, 03:18 PM
I decided my goal weight based on the fact that I was 150lbs in my twenties (I thought I was fat back then)! If only I knew then what I know now! I would like to get back to that weight because it was a healthy weight for me. I was in a size 10 and hope to be there again. I may have to re-adjust as I get closer, because my almost 40 body is certainly different than my twenty-something body was!
09-25-2012, 10:03 AM
Just want to be in the normal BMI range. Was going for 140 but thought aah what the heck...take away 2 more pounds and make it an even 100!
09-25-2012, 10:30 AM
The goal weight that I chose here for my "ticker" is a number that I have weighed before... but I'm not sure if it is "realistic" although I'm not yet willing to give up on it just yet, because I think that I should be able to weigh what I did back then because it wasn't a struggle and I wasn't doing anything extreme to maintain it...
So I'm not ready to just except an extra 20lbs. as an unfortunate aspect of getting a little bit older...
That being said... I think if I get within 10 or 20 lbs. of that number I'm sure I'll have the "look" that I want and fit into all the cloths that I want to wear and right now that's what I really want...
09-25-2012, 11:20 PM
I started my journey at 252 lbs. I thought it would be cool to lose half my body weight, so I chose 126 lbs as my goal weight, which means I'll have to lose 126 lbs. That sounds fun lol. Not only that, it's a challenge to myself because I've never weighed that much as an adult and I've always wanted to know how I'd look at 126. Now, if, as I'm losing and getting closer to that number, I start losing my "assets?" I'll definitely stop! I cannot lose my assets! :) But my goal weight is more so out of curiosity and for the challenge of getting there.
09-25-2012, 11:52 PM
Well, the way i set my goal weight is a bit silly...
I joined 3FC without an "ultimate goal" in mind yet and loved the women in the 100lb club section of it so much, i decided that's where I wanted to be on this site ...and so I set my ultimate goal as actually joining the "100lb Club!" I've even said when I officially join the club, I'm getting a tattoo to commemorate my achievements and as a reminder of where I don't want to let myself get back to.
At the time I did that, it was really quite a stretch and a bit unrealistic. I would have had to get to 126, and at 5'6 -while it's in the range for healthy BMI- I don't think I'd seen that number as an adult (even when doing ROTC in college!). Now...unfortunately, or i suppose fortunately :p, my 100lb Club goal is more realistic! I saw a fluke high of 236 so getting to 136 is completely possible! I haven't changed my ticker too reflect that new high yet though. I like the idea of getting into the 120's, even if it's just for one day :dizzy:
Basically...I picked my ultimate goal because I wanted to earn my keep to stay in this 100lb Club group...it will just be such an accomplishment!!
09-26-2012, 06:21 PM
futurethoughts how inspirational! i've also thought of getting a tattoo if i ever hit my goal weight. we'll see though...
i'm curious though for those of you that say you've talked about this with your doctors... what's the level of support they provide? i've only really ever talked about my weight with one doctor and she told me the healthy range that i could be in (which i already knew)
i'm a little overweight now but anymore the doctors just don't mention anything
09-27-2012, 09:29 PM
I picked 178 because it is a 100 lb loss..I have never weighed under 200 as an adult and I have had 3 c-sections so I personally think my doctors goal weight of 150 just wasn't very realistic for me
09-27-2012, 09:52 PM
I picked 130 because it was one hundred pounds lost and because it was the middle of the healthy range on the bmi chart for my height. I'd never been below 180 as an adult so I had no idea what 130 would look like. As I get closer I think 135 might be better for me. We'll see. The number isn't quite as important to me as regularly fitting into a size 6 is.