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pam-u-la

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 07:20
I'm just wondering if anyone considers their actual bone structure when losing weight.
I am 5'4" and I'm not big boned but I have a wide structure. I have lost enough weight now that I can clearly see my shoulders which are broad, and can feel my hip bones which are also broad. So no matter how much more I loss I know that I will not look tiny. This is something that I am working on accepting.

Beauty comes from the inside out!! Time to look at the real picture!
jessabridge4...

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 07:47
I do. I am 5'4" also. In my early 20's, when I worked out and went dancing and watched what I ate. I weighed 144. My back and shoulders were bony. I was about a size 4. With 42 inch hips! I still had a tummy pouch no matter what I did. I learned to embrace the thickness. It is a part of me. Smile Being that small was alot of work to maintain, that is why my goal is 160, about a size 10. I think a size 10 will be healthy enough for me. Smile
Jessa
Wyattj99

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 08:19
I was told about a month ago that probably no matter how much weight I lose I have hips that will still look bigger...I guess as I long as I can wear smaller jeans...lol As I say I have my mother's hips Smile
1st Goal: 150 lbs
2nd Goal: 135 lbs
3rd Goal: 125 lbs


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QuirkyNat

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 08:39
I'm 5'8". When I was talking to a doctor friend of my mother at age 16 he said realistically at my height/bone structure the least I could weigh and be/look healthy was 150ish. He said if I got down to 130 (like I'd been told by my gym teacher) I'd look like a... well he used an ugly phrase, but basically I'd look pretty sick. I think body structure does factor in what a healthy weight should be. If you can see your bones, it's probably a good idea to maybe just work on muscle tone and maintain, rather than weight loss.
eKatherine

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 09:03
I will always have an hourglass shape and broad shoulders no matter how thin I get. Ultimately my body fat level will figure in to whether I reach my goal.
SergeantS

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 11:23
I was thinking about this just yesterday! I remember being about 145 maybe even 150lbs at my lightest in my adult life and my goal is 125lbs. I need to re-measure and re-calculate my body fat percentage because honestly, I am 161lbs now and bones are already starting to surface! I've never been 125lbs since being a kid and I'm not even sure I could ever be that weight and not look sick...but who knows! I'm 5'4" so according to my BMI (Rolling Eyes) it is more than doable but I would say I am quite broad, I can see it now, my shoulders are starting to become boney but they are still broad. As are my hips. I have a ridiculous hour glass shape so I honestly don't think I will ever look tiny...my rib cage is also large so I probably have no hope of making it to a size 8 (US size 6)...We shall see! My mum always says "you'd be surprised how much fat can come off, even if your bones are showing already". Not sure how healthy that kind of mentalty is, but we shall see!
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pam-u-la

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 13:14
Thanks ladies!! Here's a fun fact, when you have big thighs and the waist is trimming jeans fit funny! Lol
eKatherine

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 13:44
Of course, back in the old days people used to say they were "big-boned" when what they meant was "it's okay for me to be carrying 75 pounds of excess fat, it's the fault of my bones".
musiquette

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 17:57
I am 5'7" and my goal is 155. I could wear a bikini at that weight previously, though my body has changed now with 2 kids, so we'll see about that. I am a curvy person. I don't remember wearing anything under a size 14 since early high school. even my bikini was size 14. That's just how I'm built and I'm proud of my curves. I think it is possible I may go as low as 150 but I don't want to lose my chest particularly, so definitely no lower than that. I think it's a good reminder for all of us that a weight that's good for one person may not be the same for another, even if they are the same height.
Thinking about it I'm pretty sure my mom weighed 140 at most at my age and that was good for her, but like i said not for me. something to ponder
“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.”
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musiquette

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 17:58
I am 5'7" and my goal is 155. I could wear a bikini at that weight previously, though my body has changed now with 2 kids, so we'll see about that. I am a curvy person. I don't remember wearing anything under a size 14 since early high school. even my bikini was size 14. That's just how I'm built and I'm proud of my curves. I think it is possible I may go as low as 150 but I don't want to lose my chest particularly, so definitely no lower than that. I think it's a good reminder for all of us that a weight that's good for one person may not be the same for another, even if they are the same height.
Thinking about it I'm pretty sure my mom weighed 140 at most at my age and that was good for her, but like i said not for me. something to ponder
“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.”
― C. JoyBell C.
musiquette

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 17:59
I am 5'7" and my goal is 155. I could wear a bikini at that weight previously, though my body has changed now with 2 kids, so we'll see about that. I am a curvy person. I don't remember wearing anything under a size 14 since early high school. even my bikini was size 14. That's just how I'm built and I'm proud of my curves. I think it is possible I may go as low as 150 but I don't want to lose my chest particularly, so definitely no lower than that. I think it's a good reminder for all of us that a weight that's good for one person may not be the same for another, even if they are the same height.
Thinking about it I'm pretty sure my mom weighed 140 at most at my age and that was good for her, but like i said not for me. something to ponder.
“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.”
― C. JoyBell C.
selenap20

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 18:59
Im 5'2 with 42in hips. Ive got small/medium breasts so my hips look huge! While I know I may lose an inch or two, my hips will always be wide but I love my hourglass figure and the fellas do too! Bodies are all different and being self conscious is a waste of time, there is someone who will love every inch of your body despite the "flaws" (I call em unique touches to the finished piece)
DairyKing

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 20:58
Hey, it's like we're twins; I have 42" hips also! Very Happy
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selenap20

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 07:42
DairyKing wrote:
Hey, it's like we're twins; I have 42" hips also! Very Happy


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Belize Scott

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 10:03
Skinny people live longer.
QuirkyNat

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 13:03
@Belize Scott, not to argue with your statment too much, (because statistically you'd be correct as far as numbers go) but I'm all about throwing cogs in the wheel of the machine: My dad is 73 this year and weighs 300. He is active, walks regular, in fact doesn’t drive anywhere- just walks (exception being when I drive him for groceries), eats a pretty healthy diet (when I can pry his hands away from the occasional Dr. Pepper), and from the looks of it, the doctors say he won’t be keeling over anytime soon (knock on wood).

On a sidebar- I don't know that your statement really applies to this post. Just being 'skinny' is really not the whole answer to longevity. Lots of skinny people die young from lots of ailments. I think being 'healthy' is. If your goal is simply to be skinny, then more power to you, but I believe that more than likely, many of these ladies here are probably pretty darn healthy and are probably trying WAY too hard to fit an industry standard that doesn’t always apply to everyone. Eat right. Exercise. There is no real handbook for this, so we are all learning via trial and error.

Question, how long do you want to live, anyway? I plan on keeling over somewhere around 65-80, myself, so if I make it within that range, I'll say my prayers and go to sleep a happy woman. I never planned on being immortal, personally. I think quality of life means a lot more than the quantity.

Course, I may change my mind later- woman's prerogative.
JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 15:48
The PA I saw when I first lost weight (from 286 to 170, and I'm 5'11" ) didn't think I should lose more, and was astonished that I'd want to.

I explained I was just barely in the "healthy" BMI range (178 is the cutoff for my height - I know that doesn't take into account body composition, and more muscular people have higher BMIs, it was just a measure I was concerned with because they were recording it for our health assessment at work).

Anyway, the doc said he'd not suggest I try to get below 160-165, even though according to BMI meaurements 130 I think was the bottom healthy weight. His words 'women of childbearing years do a little better with some more weight on them'
FullaBella

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 16:17
eKatherine wrote:
Of course, back in the old days people used to say they were "big-boned" when what they meant was "it's okay for me to be carrying 75 pounds of excess fat, it's the fault of my bones".


Funny you said that Ekath - Someone used that phrase to describe me the other day because no matter how much I lose, my wrist and fingers stay large - I will never be considered 'petite' even though I'm only 5'2". In the past when I have weighed 150lb I wear a size 2 jeans - but was told by the doc I was still overweight for my height. I know someone else who wears a size 10 at that weight.
Self acceptance is important.


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
eKatherine

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Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 16:57
JessWhatINeeded wrote:
The PA I saw when I first lost weight (from 286 to 170, and I'm 5'11" ) didn't think I should lose more, and was astonished that I'd want to.

I explained I was just barely in the "healthy" BMI range (178 is the cutoff for my height - I know that doesn't take into account body composition, and more muscular people have higher BMIs, it was just a measure I was concerned with because they were recording it for our health assessment at work).

Anyway, the doc said he'd not suggest I try to get below 160-165, even though according to BMI meaurements 130 I think was the bottom healthy weight. His words 'women of childbearing years do a little better with some more weight on them'


Another issue with BMI besides the fact that it is inaccurate on people with high lean body mass is that it is also very inaccurate on short or tall people. You should use your body fat percent rather than BMI, even if you have to pay someone to measure it for you.
pam-u-la

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Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 07:22
@Belize Scott: skinny is not the answer to all life's issues. Many articles have stated that there is healthy thin, and unhealthy thin.
I agree with Nat on her statement.
From all the reponses to the post.. I'm now looking at it this way.. I can see my collar bones - good thing
Ribs not protruding still slightly covered but general shape shown.
Hip bones not protruding but can feel them.
So I'm not skinny, or tiny but I am built!!
I'll take what I have and work it!! Very Happy



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