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




NewDay4MeToo
12-10-2006, 10:13 PM
I see pictures of me when I was 135, and I think I looked good there. Add on top of that "135" being the number that various online calculators say is the ideal weight for 5' 7". But who knows, I may change that as I get closer to goal.

How did you decide? When did you decide?


MissieA
12-10-2006, 10:18 PM
This question has gotten me thinking about my ultimate goal. Although it is 135, I have started to think that maybe 135 isn't low enough for my height. Maybe I should aim for 125...I originally picked 135 because I was happy at that weight in the past (approximately a size 10, however, I'm now thinking "why settle for a size 10....go for a size 8".

Zorak
12-10-2006, 10:50 PM
Originally my goal was to get healthy and fit into the size 16 dressy clothes I had purchased before gaining all the weight. I felt it was a waste of money to buy new when all I had to do was lose weight to fit into what I already had.

After making that goal, I wanted to get into a size 14 skirt that I used to wear in college.

Now that I fit comfortably in the skirt, I was shooting to fit into a size 12. There was a few months in college when I actually was a 12-14. However I look pretty good now at a 14-16 ,so if I don't lose anything else then that's okay.

As for weight, I just wanted to be under 200 pounds. I would love to make 183 in order to say I've lost 40 pounds, but it isn't that big of a deal.

Lately instead of worrying about weight goals, I'm focusing on fitness goals. :)


stopeating
12-10-2006, 10:58 PM
I am 5'7" also. My goal is 128. My dr. says that it needs to be 135, but I was 135 five years ago and there was definitely room to lose weight. I just don't tell her what my real goal is now. :) 128 is still in the normal bmi range so I consider it healthy. I've never been in the 20's during adulthood.

BlueToBlue
12-10-2006, 11:06 PM
When I first started exercising, my goal was just to get healthier, I didn't really expect to lose weight. When I decided I also wanted to lose some weight and started counting calories, I didn't really have a goal. I had no idea how successful I would be and I am hugely afraid of failure, so I didn't set a goal. If you don't have a goal, you can't fail.

Eventually I had to set a goal for some online tool I was using to track my wieght loss and I set it to 125. I chose this goal somewhat randomly without really knowing what I would look like at that weight. When I got down to 130 I realized that 1) it would be doable to get below 125 and 2) I wasn't going to be completely happy with how I looked at 125, so I decided to go lower. But I didn't really set a new goal, I just decided to see how low I could get.

My current stated goal is 115. When I was around 125, my personal trainer pushed me to set a goal (they really want you to have goals), so I randomly choose 115, mainly because it was far enough away that I knew I wouldn't reach it anytime soon. At this point, I'm trying to decide whether it is realistic. I've been maintaining at around 118 since August, but I also haven't been trying very hard to lose weight. So I think my New Year's resolution is going to be to either suck it up and admit that I'm not going to get to 115 or get serious about actually getting there.

just_a_dreamy1
12-10-2006, 11:41 PM
I see pictures of me when I was 135, and I think I looked good there. Add on top of that "135" being the number that various online calculators say is the ideal weight for 5' 7". But who knows, I may change that as I get closer to goal.

How did you decide? When did you decide?

NewDay,

I didn't really have a goal weight when I started, either. Then when I got down below 120, I realized that for my height and age, and for the lifestyle that I wanted to maintain, 120 was a weight that I could be comfortable and happy at. So if I go below that or stay there, I will be fine.

For a time, when I was really focused on how thin celebrities are, I made my goal 115. But I've realized that I was holding myself to an unrealistic and unhealthy ideal, and that restricting myself to the point where I could get that low only led to extreme mood swings and bingeing.

lilybelle
12-11-2006, 12:14 AM
I am 5'7 and 46 yrs. old. My Dr. set my wt. goal at 150 and I chose to go for 145. When I got to 145, I found that I was still losing a little more weight. I am trying to maintain at 140-145. This seems doable for me. I have gotten as low as 136, but can't seem to maintain in the 130's. I am fine with my current weight if no more comes off.

healthytoad
12-11-2006, 09:06 AM
I'm 5' 3" and turning 40 in Feb. (arrgh..that's another post lol) My doctor and I discussed it and agreed that 135 would be a good goal for me at my age and with my body type. We can always revisit that when I get closer, for now it's just something to shoot for right now.

MileHighMama
12-11-2006, 01:12 PM
When I started dieting last February, I didn't really have a goal. I mainly just wanted to lose weight and get healthier and hopefully fit into my size 12 clothes. Then I really got into exercise and healthy eating and it was easier to just stay with the program and keep losing. I set my goal at 140 a few months ago because that seemed like a reasonable weight for my height and seemed like a weight I could maintain without having to be too terribly restrictive. Now I'm wondering if it should be more like 135 but I think I am just going to shoot for 140 and try and maintain there for a while before deciding to lose more. Besides, I've been buying a bunch of clothes, size 6, and I don't want them to start bagging on me! As far as deciding on what you should weigh, body type has a lot to do with it, but I think the 100 pounds for 5 feet plus 5 punds for ever inch over that is pretty reasonable for most average-sized women.
Pam

zoritsa
12-11-2006, 01:20 PM
I chose 150 because that was the lowest I've ever been in my adult life.When I get close to goal I may change it,or may not...depending on how I feel and how I want to look.I know that when I was 21 and weighed 150,I wasn't healthy.This time around is different,so I'm not sure how I'll feel as I get closer to my goal.

kateful
12-11-2006, 01:25 PM
It's right in the middle of the healthy weight range for my height. In truth, my real maintenance weight will be anything below 150, I think.

boaterswife
12-11-2006, 01:30 PM
I didn't choose a goal weight for the first couple months. Now I've stated it at 140, which is the top weight for my height, but that's just a guesstimate! I haven't spoken to my doctor, or seen her, since the day I started WW. I do have an appointment today, so I'm a little excited to see her reaction when I hop on the scale! I'm planning to talk to her about what a healthy weight would be for me, then plan from there.

alinnell
12-11-2006, 01:44 PM
I chose 135 as my goal for two reasons: 1) I had gotten down to 128 a few years ago and it was hard to maintain. I was able to maintain 135 for about 4 or 5 years before I gained. and 2) that's the weight on my driver's license!! As soon as I make my goal, I intend to maintain at 133-136 pounds. I'm 5'8" and 43 years old.

Mami
12-11-2006, 01:53 PM
I don't trust those weight/height calculators because they don't seem to take muscle mass into account. Keep in mind that if you work out with weights, you might be much heavier but still "slimmer" than someone weighing less. I was a size 6 at 128 pounds (I'm 5'2") and I looked and felt healthy. And I didn't have to starve myself to maintain this weight (I ate at least 2000 calories or more per day). Living in New York City, you know your looks are going south when the catcalls stop (not that I'm encouraging them!).

mandalinn82
12-11-2006, 01:56 PM
My goal is sort of arbitrary, for a couple of reasons. One, I've never been thin as far as I can remember, so I don't have any pics or experience at a weight i've been comfortable with.

Two, my family is built like lead. Seriously. My sister is just a shade under 5'2, weighs 160, and is a size 8 with a teensy waist. Her BMI is technically borderline obese, and she is a little tiny thing. For some reason, we are more compact than the typical person. Currently I weigh a shade over 200 lbs and several people who see a lot of people/weights (namely, my doctor and my personal trainer) have said they think i look like I weigh about 180-185, so its really hard to make an estimate of what the number on the scale will be when I get to a goal size/appearance, except that it will probably be on the high side of healthy for my height according to the charts.

jcatron243
12-11-2006, 02:24 PM
Its 50 pounds from my start weight. Ideally I would like to be at 125 which is 62 pounds from my start weight, but we will have to see how I look and feel the closer I get.

gettingsmaller
12-11-2006, 02:47 PM
I chose 145 because it I will no longer be overweight. It is easier for me to maintain. I tried maintaining at 135 for several years and it just was to hard so I gave up and just let myself go. I am in a 9/10 at 160 so I should be at 7/8 at 145. I have been weight lifting and using the eliptical trainer for about 10 months now and I have built up a little muscle. I see myself maintaining this for life.
Terrie

nomorefatpants
12-11-2006, 03:42 PM
http://www.halls.md/
This website will give an idea of the healthy range and you pick a number within that range you feel comfortable with. Maybe start off at the higher end of the range and see how you feel when you get there. It may be that with muscle etc. you'll be perfectly happy there.

MariaOfColumbia
12-11-2006, 03:52 PM
My original goal was 140, which was 5 lbs more than I weighed when I enlisted in the Army 24 years ago, and I was in pretty good shape then.

However, I revised that when I started looking at body fat percentages and where I wanted to be. I want to be at 20% body fat, and that will be at about 135 at my current muscle/fat ratios. I had more muscle way back when- so my body fat percentage is/will be higher than it was when I was young- but that's OK. I'm older now. It's a reasonable goal.

ennay
12-11-2006, 04:53 PM
I have 128 as a goal because the last time I was "reasonably thin" 128 is what I calculated I would need to be at to be at a good body fat% if I just lost fat.

When I get close I will measure body fat and readjust to match.

denice81
12-11-2006, 08:16 PM
i picked my goal of 140 because it is in the middle of the "healthy range" for my height, its about 10 lbs under the thinnest i've been in my adult life (i've always felt like i needed to loose weight, even back then), and it the number i've always put on my drivers liscenses...its like i've been longing to weigh that number. I dont know if its even possible though!

Celesteral
12-11-2006, 11:04 PM
I picked 160 because I was completely and perfectly happy with my body at that weight. I had tons of energy and I had more options when shopping. I fit in airplane seats and on roller coaster rides.

At 160 pounds, I was also comfortable on a horse and in a bathing suit. My figure was just right for my body shape.

Even if I don't reach that goal, I will be super excited to just get under 200.

I keep in mind that I've had a child and I have PCOS and have been overweight for a large portion of my life, so it will be a struggle to get near my 160 pound goal. If I don't make it, I will try to not beat myself up. I will just continue to eat healthy and exercise like always. :)

KnitALisa
12-12-2006, 12:29 AM
Going for 135. Healthy BMI and makes it an even 100 lbs to lose. ;)

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be 120ish, but I honestly have no idea what my adult body is going to be like. I have a completely different body type than anyone one in my family (Mom's 5'8, Dad's 6'0, Bro's 6'1, assorted aunts/uncles/cousins all 5'10-6'6 on both sides). Me? 5'3 and a little. Adopted? No, just inherited my great grandmother on my paternal grandfather's side's body. ... It's very strange to be the shortest person in a family of giants...

ennay
12-12-2006, 01:18 AM
http://www.halls.md/
This website will give an idea of the healthy range and you pick a number within that range you feel comfortable with. Maybe start off at the higher end of the range and see how you feel when you get there. It may be that with muscle etc. you'll be perfectly happy there.

Funny I picked 128 as my ideal and the "peoples choice" was 127 - and I am actually a bit over 5-3"

Sassy_Chick
12-12-2006, 06:07 AM
Well my 1st goal is 150, simply because I was at 170 and I looked pretty good then, so I figured 150 would be ideal for me, as I have a larger body frame. Then I figure once I reach 150, I could go from there. If I want to lose more and maybe get down to 130, then so be it, if I don't and stay at 150, I would be happy at that.

kierr
12-12-2006, 06:28 AM
I picked 160 because I would officially be within my weight range. Since I've toned up a bit with exercise I figure i'll look less than that. I was 118 in high school and anorexic looking, I was 135 when I got married at 20 and that was about right, though probably still thin. I'd love to ultimately get down to anything less than 140. hey, even 142 is 100 pounds from my highest weight. I'll take that too. :) In theory though i'll be happy with 160, ecstatic with 150 and tickled pink with 140. So we'll see! I already fel a TON better. :)

srmb60
12-12-2006, 06:34 AM
I originally picked 130 because that sounded reasonable for a woman my age :?: When I got there the first time ... I just didn't like it. I felt like bones with flab on (DUH!)
I was a bit surprised to find that I'm really pretty tiny ... fine boned.
This time at 130 lbs, I'm the same size as I was at 120 but look and feel much better. It would be a comfort to hover under 125 but a good firm 130 would be OK. I like this size, I just don't like the softness.

sumu1
12-12-2006, 04:27 PM
My goal is 135. My lowest weight was 145 and I was already fitting into a size 7/8, and some 6s. I felt great but knew I wanted to be leaner ( I was running 5Ks at the time as I will again). I'm following Dr Phils chart in his book and he has my range at 117-143,but there is no way I'd go down that far. I'd be a stick size 2. I want muscle and I love my curves. And the biggest thing...I want a maintainable weight for me.

ennay
12-12-2006, 04:45 PM
My goal is sort of arbitrary, for a couple of reasons. One, I've never been thin as far as I can remember, so I don't have any pics or experience at a weight i've been comfortable with.

Two, my family is built like lead. Seriously. My sister is just a shade under 5'2, weighs 160, and is a size 8 with a teensy waist. Her BMI is technically borderline obese, and she is a little tiny thing. For some reason, we are more compact than the typical person. Currently I weigh a shade over 200 lbs and several people who see a lot of people/weights (namely, my doctor and my personal trainer) have said they think i look like I weigh about 180-185, so its really hard to make an estimate of what the number on the scale will be when I get to a goal size/appearance, except that it will probably be on the high side of healthy for my height according to the charts.

Yeah I am a bit the same way, although not as much now that I am older. But my first triathlon I registered as an Athena and the woman doing the registration asked me my weight 3 times and then said, well you dont LOOK 151. Of course, she was borderline the other way and probably thought 150 was morbidly obese. :p

YP1
12-12-2006, 04:55 PM
My mother says the same about us, that we're far heavier than we look. But I think that could be because we're all tall which naturally makes us heavier.

As to how I picked my goal, it was initally 160 because that was a nice round 100lb loss and was a normal BMI for me (168 was the magic number, but I rounded my target down a bit for a nice "pounds lost" total). To be honest, I never dreamed that I would make it, I just chose a number that looked nice to work towards, and that made me feel comfortable posting in the 100lb club (I didn't want to post there if I wasn't going to commit to losing 100!).

Because I'd never been thin I had no idea what size that would be, or if it was where I actually wanted to be. But it was a nice round number. I remember thinking at about 180 or so that I'd got to the dress size that I realistically hoped for, and that I'd be happy with that if I never lost any more. Actually, I'd have been happy a fair bit earlier than that as even losing a relatively small part of the 100lb total really did make a difference. But when I got there I just kept on losing, and decided to see where my weight settled naturally without desperately aiming for a particular figure. For the past 6 months I've been hovering around 153.5 which is lower than my original goal, and a far smaller size than I ever thought was possible for me. Actually, now I'm considering trying to lose a couple more pounds, but not with any urgency. Sadly it's not that I'm not happy with my weight as it is, just that I'd like to be able to say I've lost 110lb/50kg and I'm only a tiny bit away. I'm not going to be upset if I never make it though, and if my body's happy here then I'm happy with that.

WindyCityChick
12-12-2006, 05:47 PM
My goal weight is 140, because that's what my driver's license says!

(it also seems like a reasonable target for someone who is 5'7" tall - but since I'm still a ways off, we'll see how I feel about it when i actually get there)

NewDay4MeToo
12-13-2006, 02:06 AM
Windy City- My driver's license says 141. I really look forward to being there again.

MariaOfColumbia
12-13-2006, 03:04 PM
I've always looked lighter than I am... it's kinda funny that in carnivals and Ren Faires- where they have someone guessing weight- I can always walk away with a prize, cuz they get it wrong. I wonder if that'll still be the case now that I'm lighter?

featherz
12-13-2006, 03:45 PM
My driver's license says 125, so that's where I stopped. At 5'4, I guess I COULD lose a few more pounds, but I'd have to work very hard to stay there and it's not worth it to me. I like being able to EAT and maintain (maintaining now for 2.5 years!) - being miserable and being a few pounds lighter is not worth it when it's a vanity thing and not necessary for good health IMO. :)