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01-19-2014, 02:38 PM
I came on here with a pretty solid idea of where I wanted to end up, body-wise, including weight. But as I've read and participated in more threads, I've also been paying attention to people's stats as far as height and goal weight.

I noticed that, compared to others on here, my GW was actually much lower relative to my height. (In fact, I even raised it from 130 to 135 because I felt weird about it.)

I chose my GW on the basis of where I've been when I was happiest with how I looked in the past (and of course I won't be crying if I weigh in at 140 but wind up much fitter than I was before). It's in my healthy weight range and I know how I look and feel at that weight (good!).

But since there's a discrepancy, I was wondering: how did you choose your GW?

01-19-2014, 02:52 PM
Well for me it's my original weight-before I rapidly put on weight, and lots of it. I weighed 110-still have the photos. I was HOT. So I want to get back to it.

01-19-2014, 02:58 PM
Great question, Underanalysis. I think I fall somewhere in line with your thinking. First, I wanted my body to feel a certain way. I wanted the aches and pains associated with being overweight to end. I wanted to be able to do every day things without breaking a sweat such as fold laundry, walk up a flight of stairs, buckle an airplane seat belt without struggling, etc. You know, those activities that most people just take for granted and never give a second thought to. When I thought about actual numbers, I thought (still do think) 140 is a good number and place to be FOR ME. And I almost made it!!!! Arrgggggh! I'm only 5' so on the BMI scale I believe this is still overweight. But for me, the question I asked was "What weight could I maintain with reasonable success without driving myself crazy all day every day with thoughts about my diet and exercise habits?" Currently, I've gained some weight back and I'm struggling with knee issues, but when I was almost at goal, the diet and exercise part had become such a good and "normal" habit, it was almost second nature. I was also running and completed several 5K and 10Ks with no problem, kick boxed, did the elliptical, etc. And for the first time in years I was buying clothes I really liked off the rack. Most importantly my numbers--blood pressure, sugar levels, were all at the low end of normal. I was healthy.

So for me the number on the scale plays a role but other factors for me did as well.

Good luck to you on your journey and finding that happy weight for yourself:hug:

01-19-2014, 03:19 PM
Well, I know several girls who look healthy but don't exercise, around my height, who are about 105 lbs or so. Since I'm older, I just added 10 lbs and hope that means I'll have a slightly bigger butt, which I want to have.

Larry H
01-19-2014, 03:24 PM
I looked up height/weight charts online from several recognized and respected sources. I took into account my height , age and gender. I found quite a lot of variance on the different sites so I averaged them and I then selected the high end of the healthy weight range. This is only a starting point for me. I intend to refine it as I get closer to my goal. I may raise, lower or leave it as is in the future. It all depends upon how I feel about myself.

01-19-2014, 03:35 PM
Honestly, it was an absolute stab in the dark. I haven't broken the 180's in 15 years, so I am guessing that is where I need to be. I have noticed that many successful folks on here have a CW even lower than GW, and vice-versa. I will probably adjust my GW as I get closer, so I can see how I look and feel. Charts are challenging, because everyone has a different body structure and our bodies change over time. Weight may or may not reflect size, depending on muscle composition.

BTW- eating perfectly on plan today and I feel great. I feel very safe and secure with my WOE. Makes me wonder why I am on board the second time around....

01-19-2014, 05:09 PM
I have a general idea and I know I have a lot of muscle on me so I don't really expect to get to a low weight for my height…that being said, if you set it a little higher and don't like where you are then you can always reevaluate and take your weight a bit lower. My goal weight is more about body fat and body comp than the scale number.

01-19-2014, 05:13 PM
I think that those of us who have been morbidly obese for a long time look at goal weights differently from those who have not been morbidly obese. I could not imagine being under 200 pounds so at first I thought that I would be happy if I could just get under 200. When 200 seemed possible, I changed my goal to 180. When 180 seemed possible, I changed it to 160. That may or may not be my final goal. I am going on the theory that I will know goal when I get to it.

01-19-2014, 05:41 PM
When I joined WW many years ago, my goal weight was 139. I went back to WW 16 years ago and my goal was set at 150. I met both of those goals. I'm back with 34 pounds to lose. I pray this time I will keep the weight off. I love reading the posts, very encouraging.

01-19-2014, 05:43 PM
i just knew what pant size i wanted to be in and had a pair of pants that i had kept from 20 years ago and would try them on periodically (i lost most of my 100lbs w/out a scale) The only problem is those jeans were from the late 80's and the waist is waaayyy up there, LOL. Way higher than where jeans are today but i did fit into them and now they're even a bit baggy.

I didn't want to impose a weight # on myself

01-19-2014, 07:58 PM
I know that I look good at 130 and I have a lot of clothes that I love currently collecting dust in my closet in a size 4-6, which is what I wore at that weight. ;) I would love to get down to 125, but I'm not sure if I could maintain it.

01-19-2014, 08:13 PM
I just picked a weight that I thought would be a reasonable one to obtain. I will still be considered overweight at 160 at my height... But if I can (like others wrote before) get to this weight and feel that I can lose some more.. I probably will... I will be so ecstatic to even catch a wiff of this weight!

You just need to pick a weight that is not impossible to shoot for (that gets very frustrating and hurts too in my opinion - to pick a weight that is not a real possibility) and when you reach that weight and you are not satisfied and still over your ideal weight.. you can shoot for a lower number. Great thing about this site... nothing is written in Stone! :D

01-19-2014, 08:18 PM
I started out with the weight I could go to WW for free, now that I'm getting closer I feel I could make my goal of the top of normal bmi for my height. I know what you mean about feeling weird sometimes about my goal weight but for the opposite reason you do. However, I know from personal experience where I cannot maintain and that is what's important to me now that I'm older.

There's nothing wrong with aiming for a lower healthy weight. There's also nothing wrong with adjusting your goal weight throughout your journey as you learn more about your body and your individual wants and needs.

Best of luck yo you in your journey :sunny:

01-20-2014, 04:38 AM
I looked at various weights at my height on MyBodyGallery, and found the weight I think looks the best, which looks like anything 140 and under for my height. However, I've never been thin so I have no idea what weight will look best for me. I really can't imagine being in the hundreds though, so I focus on 10 pounds at a time.

01-20-2014, 06:03 AM
I don't think I have been my goal weight since middle/elementary school so I wouldn't really know what I looked like. I picked it by researching what a healthy weight would be for a woman of my height. I don't trust myself with the way my body looks because the last time I lost weight, I honestly had the worst perception. I wish I could've realized how fantastic I looked. This really is a great question though.

01-20-2014, 10:03 AM
I think part of why I'm going for 130 is because I'm trying to focus on fitness and because... I honestly have a different problem from most folks in that I don't think I look that different between my heaviest weight and my lowest.

Here is the picture from last month I'm using as my "before":
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/arielchan/Holiday1_zps0e0d31b8.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/arielchan/media/Holiday1_zps0e0d31b8.png.html)

This is me in college (8 years ago?) at 130-135 but never touched a treadmill or a barbell:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/arielchan/Photos/Wedding022.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/arielchan/media/Photos/Wedding022.jpg.html)

And this is me summer 2011 at 135ish and having worked out with a personal trainer for 3 months, fittest I've ever been:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/arielchan/gch032.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/arielchan/media/gch032.jpg.html)

I just don't think there's much difference in those besides my hair. ;) That's why I figure a) fitness is the real key and b) might as well go whole hog on goals.

01-20-2014, 01:42 PM
When I first started out this time I had no idea what my goal weight should be. I eventually put it as 150 lbs, since I could at least remember weighing that much at some point (still didn't think I had much hope of ever being that again). I'm currently ~148 lbs, so I have hit that original goal. I'm smaller now than I was at 12 years old, about a size 6/7, and look pretty good. However, I don't quite FEEL like I'm at goal - I think I would really like to get down to 135-140 lbs. At this point, pretty much just vanity weight, but I would still like to, even if it takes me a while.

01-20-2014, 02:11 PM
I looked up height/weight charts online from several recognized and respected sources. I took into account my height , age and gender. I found quite a lot of variance on the different sites so I averaged them and I then selected the high end of the healthy weight range. This is only a starting point for me. I intend to refine it as I get closer to my goal. I may raise, lower or leave it as is in the future. It all depends upon how I feel about myself.

This is what I did! I felt like it was an intelligent start to setting a goal. Emphasis on START! LOL! I never want to be defined by a number so when setting my goal I have kept in mind that along the way I can lower or raise this number based on how I look and feel. Ultimately I hope to get to 175 which is the high end of my height/weight ratio and also a size I felt very comfortable in when I got down to it almost 2 years ago.

01-20-2014, 02:13 PM
It has been an ongoing battle with what I think I should weigh and what I want to weigh. At first I wanted to get to 199. That was the only goal I could see. Then I pushed that to 165 just because 165 seems like a normal, stable weight to maintain. But mostly I'm going by sizes. At first I wanted to be a size 13 but then I realized I didn't want to be a teen size anything so I pushed that down to 10. If I'm happy at a size 10 without weighing 165 I'll just stay where I'm at.

01-20-2014, 02:18 PM
I'm really into hiking and exercise and am pretty active all around so for me measurements are what I aim for. I picked 125 because based on how I've been losing inches from different places that weight should put me at my goal measurements. Also, my sister and me have very similar body shapes and are close in height. She weighs between 115-120 and I really like her at that weight, but she isn't very fit so I added some lbs to make up for the fact that I'm more muscular :) I agree that fitness really makes a difference!

01-20-2014, 02:18 PM
Mine is based on the adult weight I looked good at before I began gaining weight.

01-20-2014, 02:32 PM
I was wondering: how did you choose your GW?[/QUOTE]

Vanity. I could be just as healthy at 10 or 20 pounds heavier, but I want to be the 57-year-old with washboard abs and legs that look decent in skinny jeans.;) Right now I can maintain on 2,000 cals/day. If that ever changes (still haven't hit menopause), I may revise my maintenance weight upward.


01-20-2014, 02:51 PM
I picked 150 because it seemed like a goal that wasn't too heavy and wasn't too skinny....I can't imagine myself at 150 and right now in the 180s i'm smaller than I ever remember being since high school....I would guess based on pictures that i'm right where I was at in my senior year of high school....i'm pretty happy with my body shape right now and enjoy pushing my fitness level higher...I don't feel horrible and fat and hate my body, which is where I was originally....which is good BUT makes it harder to have the motivation to push for an even lower weight...

EDIT: Hate is too strong of a word...I've never hated any part of my body, personality, etc....But I reallyyyyyy didn't like the weight I was at before I started losing....

01-20-2014, 04:46 PM
20 years ago I would have chosen 115 as my goal weight, because that's what I weighed in my 20's. I'm 5'3". But now, I'm more about feeling healthy and strong, so I've chosen 125 pounds. I'm 46 and I know as I age, my metabolism slows, so I figure if I can stick close to the mid 120's, it'll be a healthy weight for me. I'm 137 now, and feel pretty good, but I do want to lose all the extra ab flab.

01-20-2014, 07:07 PM
That would put me at dropping 100 pounds, so it was a nice round number. Right now I am just working on making it to 199 by Valentine's day. Then I would like to be 180 by my birthday in the very end of July. I didn't gain it over night and I am not setting myself up for disappointment by trying to lose it super fast.

01-20-2014, 07:26 PM
I chose mine based on where I used to be. I was 132lbs and while I wasn't SUPER skinny it was good and healthy weight for my body type--rather muscular, rather thick bones, big facial features.

This was me back in the day (it was "only" 8 years and two babies ago, haha!). That's where I want to go back--weight wise, and geography wise. I want to go back to my country and visit but I want to look my best when I do too. :)


01-20-2014, 08:45 PM
I've always been about 160lbs, even though I show a high weight over 200, that was only during my pregnancies. My goal after bb#2 was 145-140 ish and I got there and realized I definitely still needed to lose some more. I am not big boned, actually I'm very small framed. (My ring size is a 4 .5) So even toned, 145 is still lots of rolls an lumps for me. So i pick 130. but my first goal right now is 160, my comfort weight were i feel like "me", then lose from there.

Mrs Snark
01-21-2014, 09:11 AM
Don't be afraid to go for what you want, you know your body best.

Over the short term I just really, really wanted to get under 150, based on where I'd been pretty comfortable in the past.

Over the long term I'm shooting for the lower end of normal on the BMI scale for my height. I have the advantage of having a mom who is as tall as I am and with the same bone structure, and she was 135 for most of her adult life. So I'm not afraid of shooting for the same thing.

01-21-2014, 11:06 AM
My first goal weight is 180lbs because that was about the weight I was when I met my husband.

The second is 175 because that is the lowest I have been since about 17.

The third is probably 165 and I will see if I continue on from there based on how I think I look. It is uncharted waters for me because was an obese child/teen.

01-22-2014, 12:11 AM
I just decided what was a healthy weight for my height and figured that if I still feel pudgy after, maybe I'll go down another 10 pounds or so.
I've been told that you usually gain 5 pounds if you come off a diet so you should always work to be five pounds under your goal weight, and then come off.

01-22-2014, 05:05 AM
My initial goal weight was set at the weight which i last weighed in at at the start of high school (110kg), then i dropped it to overweight. The goal was mostly as just to have some sort of general loss to aim for and after i got to it I've been trying to figure what my new goal should be but i pretty much gave up and I'm just going for a body composition i like.

01-22-2014, 08:02 AM
This is a great question! I've talked to my family about my overall goal weight and EVERYONE told me that my number was too low. Personally, I don't believe striving for 125 at 5'4" is /too/ low. When it comes down to it, I've been 5'4" since about the 6th grade now (yes, I was an early bloomer :lol:!), but I haven't seen a weight of 125 since about 7th grade. Looking back at photos from then, I actually do love what I see! Granted, I thought 125-130 was fat on me back then - silly me! I guess I didn't realize my height difference compared to my barely 100 lb friends who were also barely 5 feet.

So my goal weight is mostly inspired by what I personally thought looked good on me, though I do admit I wouldn't mind 130...I just know I'd feel good rockin' goal at 125. :)

01-22-2014, 08:23 AM
I agree, good question. I have PCOS and have not had a regular menstrual cycle for years, not since I weighed about 160 pounds. My husband and I really want to have a baby, but that can't happen easily if I'm not ovulating. Of course fertility drugs can (and will!) be used, but it's also just healthier to have a pregnancy when the woman is a lower weight than I am right now. I chose 150 as my goal weight because I'm hoping that if I weigh that much, my menstrual cycle will return and be normal again so we can conceive easily. In actuality, I hope to get down to 135 or so for increased health benefits, but I think a weight will be removed from my shoulders when I get down to 150.