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Jasmine31
10-16-2006, 11:24 AM
Okay so I changed my ticker. Now I change it almost every other day or so as I lose a pound here or there but I keep the design the same. But today I CHANGED my ticker! I changed the design, AND the goal weight!! I originally thought 150 would be good enough for me. I go by the general rule of thumb of 100 pounds for a 5 foot person plus an extra 5-10 pounds for every inch after. So max "should" be 140. Then I decide to give myself a 10 pound leeway since I do walk ALOT! (Muscle is supposed to weigh more than fat) The lowest I ever seen on the scale in high school was 162 but I might have even made it to 150, not sure cause we didn't own a scale. I did get down to a size 10/12, down from being 200 pounds at the age of 15. I also have had 5 kids!

Anyhow but after seeing some of the success stories here. I really feel like I can lose more. Maybe I am shooting for the stars, maybe I will try and fail. But maybe I won't. :D Does anyone else feel this way now or in the past? :carrot: Oh I almost forgot to add, I am shooting for 135 now!!!


lilybelle
10-16-2006, 12:01 PM
Hi Jasmine. I had originally planned on 155 for my goal. Then my Dr. told me he wanted me at 150. So, I changed mine to 145. I am at 140 right now and don't plan to go any lower. It's really just a number to shoot for and it took me a while to realize this. As long as I stay at or below the 150 I think I can be happy. I am 5'7. I like my clothing size and don't want to change that, I've bought so much that I can't afford to change sizes again. lol. Good luck with your new goal.

Jasmine31
10-16-2006, 12:12 PM
Thanx Lily! I remember in a post you saying you got mad at the doc and wanted to beat him by 5 pounds! :lol: Then found out he didn't even know how tall you were! haha Yeah I see your and Glory's weights and you are both under 150 at 5'7 even! So if you two can do it, so can I. (I hope lol ) What size clothes are you wearing now? What kind of exercising are you doing now?

Alot of my friends in high school were 135 and wore a size 5. I knew I had done well but you still feel "big" standing next to them! If I can get down to 150-160 I know I would be very happy. But I would still want to lose more health wise. So shooting for 135 is a great plan. :D


jcatron243
10-16-2006, 12:29 PM
Jasmine I am the same height as you. My ultimate goal is about 130. My ticker shows 137 because that is 50 pounds from my start weight. After I reach 137 I will try for 125-130, I want to maintain between 125-130.

shrinkingchica
10-16-2006, 01:33 PM
I actually had illusions of granduer and had to reevaluate my goal UP. I am the same height and thought that 122 would be realistic for me to get to.
I now am shooting for your same goal, which I am so close to I can taste it. And, seeing as I was about the same starting weight as you, it sure does seem possible. :)

lilybelle
10-16-2006, 01:49 PM
Jasmine, you can very well do it. You asked about my clothing size. As you can see I am smaller in hips and legs than up on top. I wear a size 4 in womens jeans or a size 5-7 in Jr. miss jeans. It all really depends on how the clothes are made. I wear a medium to a large in shirts. I have 2 skirts that are high-waisted and I wear a 6 in these. I know there is definitely "vanity sizing" because at this very close to same weight 13 yrs ago, I wore a size 8 in most anything.
As far as exercise, I use an exercise ball, jump rope and a treadmill. My exercise has been greatly reduced due to an ankle injury and I'm just now back up to 1/2 mile a day on the treadmill with an ankle brace on. No jump roping for the last couple months. I do the old Richard Simmons sweating to the oldies tapes sometime. I really need to find some new exercise tapes, LOL.

Jasmine31
10-16-2006, 01:50 PM
Jcatron that sounds good. Yeah right now I am just focusing on "the next 10". It seems less intimidating this way. We did our haloween challenge of losing 10 pounds and I am almost there! :D

Hey chica! You are very close! Great job! How are you doing it? What size are you now?

Jasmine31
10-16-2006, 01:52 PM
That is great Lily you are doing so awesome! I bet you flipped when you seen size 4!! lol That is too bad about the ankle injury, that would drive me nuts!! I am still just doing my 60 minutes a day of walking but eventually I want to start strength training. Just not sure WHAT would be best.

lilybelle
10-16-2006, 03:15 PM
Thanks Jasmine, I did flip when I saw the size 4, as I was a tight size 20 to start with. But, like I said, a size 4 now is about equivalent to a previous size 8. Which is fine with me.

rockinrobin
10-16-2006, 03:36 PM
I know that I'm nowhere as close to goal as any of you guys, I weigh in tomorrow and I know that my current weight will go down by at least 5 pounds, but anyway - I'm only 5 feet tall and 42 almost 3 years old with 3 kids - you're telling me that 125 is not a low enough weight for me. Oh gosh this is depressing. Maybe instead of wanting to lose all this weight I should be working on getting taller - not gonna happen - oh well.

callystia
10-16-2006, 03:40 PM
We all have different goals! And we all carry weight differently and have different builds; a perfect weight for me might be wayyy too heavy for a few other people my height. (As a matter of fact, it probably is, because I have a large frame and am VERY muscular by nature.) So don't feel depressed!

lilybelle
10-16-2006, 03:59 PM
fed up, there is no reason why 125 wouldn't be a perfectly great wt. at your height. I'm sure that would be in the "normal" category". There are many women on here who are my height and are trying for the 120's, but I'm not one of them. Perfectly content in 140's. Yes, I could probably shoot for a little less, but I'm not going to do it. It's more a matter of body type and what wt. each person feels comfortable at as an individual.

chick_in_the_hat
10-16-2006, 04:11 PM
I'm contemplating going the other way....I do quite a bit of weight training and I'm thinking I might aim for a solid size 8 instead of a scale based goal. I'm the same height as you, Jasmine31. You started pretty close to where I started, and I lost my weight doing pretty much exactly the same as you. Walking and watching what I was eating. You are younger than me - hopefully you won't have as much hanging skin as I did...I think weight training has helped me immensely there.

All that being said - I have been meaning to tell you that I enjoy your posts and positive attitude!! I think whether you make it to 135 or reevaluate when you get closer is all up to you. We are all built different. I never thought I would get to the point where my thighs don't rub together when I walk...but I have accomplished that....I'm wearing cords! :woo:

TamiL
10-16-2006, 04:32 PM
Its all about the way we carry our weight. I have been 115 pounds before, I starved myself to get there and couldn't stay there. At 5'3" I could get down to that weight without being underweight but I don't want to anymore. My goal was 150, I chose that because I know that is where my body naturally always wants to return to. Currently I'm down to 145 but I don't plan on pushing it too low this time. Why not stick with whats comfortable for you and quit worrying about what the damn charts say!

Meg
10-16-2006, 04:42 PM
I always try to remember that my weight isn't tattooed on my forehead - no one knows what I weigh except for me. Heck, if I weighed 300 pounds and wore size 4, I'd be OK with it. :lol:

Once you get in the normal, healthy range, I think it's more about how you look and feel than a number. And a lot of time exercise, especially weight training - rather than losing more pounds - will get you the tight and fit body that you want. Mel, one of our mods, dropped two pants sizes (even though she gained a few pounds) when she started serious weight training ... and her story isn't unusual. :)

ThinAgainBeginAgain
10-16-2006, 05:46 PM
I know my goal specifically (157) because that's a weight that I have been able to maintain in the past without too much effort, and where I felt that I looked and felt the best. (I piled on 25 lbs over the past year or so with some stress and grief in my life, and now I'm moving forward in a more healthy way.)

At 5 foot 9, I can carry more weight, and with a 36DD chest, I have to allow a little extra weight for the top of me. LOL. Seriously, though, if you have been at a higher weight for a number of years, you may just have to readjust that goal the closer you get to it, because it's got to feel right for you, and what feels right may not correspond to any weight/height chart, or any number you may have deemed your 'ideal' weight. Who knows, I'll have aged a little since I was last 157, maybe I will have to adjust MY goal weight once I get there. I guess that's part of this whole adventure, huh?

Best of luck to all of you in your endeavor! We can do it!

Jasmine31
10-17-2006, 12:35 PM
Thanx Think Again! I do agree that sometimes your body may not want to be at a lower weight. But I also think that is because of what we put into it. Back when I was 15 and went from 200-160 or 150. I didn't really know what I was doing. I knew I had to exercize so I had started walking to and from school. About a mile and a half total. Then I started walking after school around 4:00 for an hour. It was about 3.5 miles.

I had a slimfast for breakfast but didn't use skim milk. At lunch I took to school a hard boiled egg an apple a piece of dry toast and a diet pepsi every single day. I was pretty hungry when I got home from school but I didn't eat anything! At dinner I just ate whatever my mom prepared. Sphgetti, sloppy joes, hamburger, roast, tacos, fried chicken, etc. But I tried not to eat a bunch. She was never one for healthy cooking. We ate alot of red meat and very few veggies or fruit. Anyhow if I got hungry later once in a while I would give in and have a hot dog or a bag of popcorn.

It did work for me but thank goodness I am older now and know a ton more about eating healthy, having healthy snacks thru out the day, etc. I believe people can do anything they set their mind to. If I tell myself I can ONLY get to 150, then that is all I will do, but maybe I won't even be able to get there! If I tell myself I can get to 135, then maybe I can and if I fall short at 150 or 160 then at least I have come along ways!! I am not going to give it up though! Even if it takes an extra year to shave the last 20 off or so I know I can do it. The difference is this time I am not hungry. Sometimes I even think I am eating too much. But I need to keep my cals up in order to lose. As I get lower I might need to shave some cals off but not now. My average for the last few weeks has been 1850 or so. I have been losing an average of 2.5 pounds a week. When I get lower I may need to shave that to 1650 or so. We;ll see.

Oh, and good luck to you too!!

Lily:

"But, like I said, a size 4 now is about equivalent to a previous size 8. Which is fine with me."

Don't knock yourself! 4-8, it's all good! lol I know you said at that weight you were a size 8 before BUT what about muscle? Were you working out then? Cause you could of weighed the same but now that you have more muscle you probably truly are in a smaller size!!

Fedup

"I know that I'm nowhere as close to goal as any of you guys, I weigh in tomorrow and I know that my current weight will go down by at least 5 pounds, but anyway - I'm only 5 feet tall and 42 almost 3 years old with 3 kids - you're telling me that 125 is not a low enough weight for me. Oh gosh this is depressing. Maybe instead of wanting to lose all this weight I should be working on getting taller - not gonna happen - oh well."

DON'T get depressed! These are just general guidelines! Just do your best and remember that 225 is way better than where you are at now! My grandma is 5 foot and is 150. She is 82 years old! She is starting to have a little bit of trouble now with feeling weak etc but she has never got cancer and does not have diabetes. She has always tried to walk and be active and eat healthy food.

chick_in_the_hat:

"I'm contemplating going the other way....I do quite a bit of weight training and I'm thinking I might aim for a solid size 8 instead of a scale based goal. I'm the same height as you, Jasmine31. You started pretty close to where I started, and I lost my weight doing pretty much exactly the same as you. Walking and watching what I was eating. You are younger than me - hopefully you won't have as much hanging skin as I did...I think weight training has helped me immensely there.

All that being said - I have been meaning to tell you that I enjoy your posts and positive attitude!! I think whether you make it to 135 or reevaluate when you get closer is all up to you. We are all built different. I never thought I would get to the point where my thighs don't rub together when I walk...but I have accomplished that....I'm wearing cords!"

An 8 would be awesome!!! What size are you in now?? How long has it taken you to get to where you are now? The weight training helped you with the extra skin? How old are you? What type of weight training are you doing?? That is something I AM worried about even though I keep telling myslef it is better to be at 135-150 w/ some extra than to be 280 with none!

Thanx so much for the compliments about my posting and attitude!! I am a pretty happy person and I do try to see the better side of life.Like for instance yesterday I was sick as a dog and in the bathroom most of the day. But hey, I lost a pound!! :lol: I know what it feels like to be depressed and think there is nothing you can do about your weight. I know the hardest steps are getting started. I do feel I am in a place where I have figured out how to get this weight off and keep it off and that is the greatest feeling! It's just a numbers game. I am still able to eat and enjoy food just not as much portions as I did in the past and maybe not the bad foods as often as I did in the past. I know alot of ladies here feel like that and if i can help keep their spirits up and give them some advice then I am all for it. It is really sad how many Americans are overweight and it wasn't til this last year where I realized this isn't just a cosmetic, vanity problem! It is life and death!

How did you get your thighs to go down? lol I have been losing everywhere but my upper inner thigh! The outside of my legs are getting all tight and muscly though. I would like to get more fat off my belly but it has been shrinking, slowly but surely.

Tamil:

"Why not stick with whats comfortable for you and quit worrying about what the damn charts say!"

I would actually normally agree with you but an article I read in curves a few months back has changed my mind. they say that a woman who is 5'4 and weighs even just 146 is considered overweight. I don't care about that part but what I do care is what else they said. They said that that little bit extra can put you at risk for diabetes, cancer and heart disease!!

Meg:

"And a lot of time exercise, especially weight training - rather than losing more pounds - will get you the tight and fit body that you want. Mel, one of our mods, dropped two pants sizes (even though she gained a few pounds) when she started serious weight training ... and her story isn't unusual."

I agree with you on that. Should I wait til I get down more to start that or is there no time like the present and most importantly, WHAT to start? I really want to start but am totally clueless on this!!

rockinrobin
10-17-2006, 10:53 PM
I suppose you're right lilybelle. The truth of the matter is I have absolutely no idea what I would look or feel like at 110 lbs or a 125 lbs or 150 lbs for that matter. I suppose I shall just have to wait and see. Gosh I can't wait already. But you know it took me 20 years to put all this weight on - I guess I'll just have to be a bit more patient. Thanks.

Ready2ShedLBS
10-18-2006, 01:57 PM
We all have different goals! And we all carry weight differently and have different builds; a perfect weight for me might be wayyy too heavy for a few other people my height. (As a matter of fact, it probably is, because I have a large frame and am VERY muscular by nature.) So don't feel depressed!

Amen to this sister... I am 158 and most of you have seen pictures.. ideal for my height is 124?!? There is no way.. I would have no butt, no hips, no curves.. NO THANK YOU. I am a woman, and I looooooove my curves, muscular curves in my case. I can stand to lose maybe another 10-15 lbs but not 34lbs.. there is no way. If I am fitting in a 5/6 at 158.. I would be like a size 1 at 34lbs less.. Dr.'s and their stupid "charts" I hate it, because its hard for muscular people. Besides.. women with a little bit of weight on them is coming back. That stick thin, Twiggy look that started in the 70's is out. I try to tell my mother that, because she said something about the girl Catherine, on American Idol was a "little chunky" I was like MOM! No way.. she is perfect size.. I said that whole super thin that was hot back in the 70's isnt anymore. Anyways... sorry yall.. I go off on a tangent when it comes to charts, and what society sees as healthy or unhealthy weight. ITS JUST A STUPID NUMBER!!!! hehe

sotypical
10-18-2006, 02:06 PM
My goal is 130 - because that is healthy weight for someone my hight.

Once I get to 130 I might adjust and try for 115-120 - but it all depends on how I look and feel when I get to 130. I have gotten comments from people that they think 130 is too low for me, but for me its not so much about the number (it is and it isn't) but really all I want is to be in a healthy weight range, and 130 is at the higher end of a healthy weight for me.

but, if I get to 130 and look gross, skinny, sick... then I will gain 10 pounds, haha.