Goal Weight decision ?

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Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 19:15
Good evening all...

I'm just wondering... how did you decide on a goal weight?

Use the Dr. suggested chart?
Use a weight you remember being content with?
Want to be a certain size in clothes?
Small increments along the way?

I went with the high end of the Dr Chart,Confused Starting at 245lbs with a goal weight of 145... while I think i can get there, I may decide to change it along the way.
..and I think ..how cool would it be to lose 100lbs. !!


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Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 19:21
Well I decided to go with smaller goals. I assure you 250 is not my goaled weight but I new it was both a challenge and obtainable and when I reach it i can celebrate a victory. Long term I dont know my plan is to get below 150 and go from there. It will all depend on my measurement and mucsle mass once i get in that range. good luck

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Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 19:22
I did a body fat calculation of what I'm at. Then decided where I wanted to be and approximately what I would have to lose to get there. Now this is assuming no muscle loss, which is tough. So it's all a general estimate and guideline that will get re-adjusted when I get to my goal weight and as I go and do fat percentage calculations along the way.
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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 00:35
I went with an intial goal to get under 200 lbs (60 lbs lost puts me at 196), and then I am going to go from there. I want something maintainable, and right for **me**. I don't really believe in the charts, as they do not take into consideration a person's body make-up, bone structure, etc., at least that is my personal feeling on them. LOL I am sure others have their opnions and feelings. Smile I just want to be at a good weight that feels good to **me**!
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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 09:33
This is a great thread! My goal is what I think I'll want to be-- I used a bmi calculator and my own past (and a little comparison of girls I know that I think are at a good weight). It's 12 pounds above the low end of normal for me, which I think is reasonable, because I have a small-to-medium frame. I didn't want it to be unattainable, but I definitely wanted it to be pretty drastic- I want to be the "me" I always thought I could never be (if that makes sense). I wanted to be healthy and I wanted to be one of the "pretty people" and I always thought that was out of reach for me- it was scary but pretty awesome when I realized that I could do something about it!

I was at 120 (my goal) when I was in 6th grade and at the height I am now. I remember thinking I was chunky then, but my body's more mature now and I'll be more toned. I figured I could change my goal if I feel too skinny before I reach it or I can keep going if I want to. I'd like to be a size 2, but I don't know what weight that will be for me. I've liked having my major long-term goal as my goal on this site and using smaller goals on my own-- I like to see my bar change with progress on such a large number! I don't like to set time limits on my mini-goals though, because I'd just feel like a failure when I didn't meet them and I like to go at whatever pace I feel right then-- sometimes more hardcore, sometimes more laid back but always in the right direction.

It's cool to hear everyone's processes. Good luck everyone!

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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 09:47
I set my goal to 199 because I know my "ideal" weight is less than that. By how much, who knows? Plus it would be cool to be in Onderland after so many years in the 2 & 3 hundreds. At that point I don't plan to set another weight goal though I will definitely lose more. I figure once I get into a size 12 jeans I'll be happy & can transition into maintenance. Who knows what weight that will be at.
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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 10:13
Initially when I lost weight, I went by the doctor chart. About a year after maintaining my weight loss, I started working out a lot and doing tons of strength training (I started this three months ago). Since I started, I've gained quite a bit of weight, but my waist has actually shrunk about another half an inch. At this point, I'm just throwing the weight chart out the window and sticking to body fat percentage goals.

But mostly, I'm sticking to how my clothes fit, occasionally checking inches, and my general size Smile

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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 10:26
I think it's best to set mini-goals first. I started with a goal of reducing my body weight by 10%. I was fighting serious blood pressure issues. Once I got to 10% reduction, I thought, why not go for 20%? When I got to 20% loss, I decided to get my weight into the ideal weight range.

The most interesting thing was that my blood pressure went down as I lost weight. However, once I got into the ideal weight range by the charts, my blood pressure dropped drastically into the normal range.

Maybe those doctors actually know something...

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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 12:52
Hi, I decided to follow the doctors chart for now. I'm quite comfotable being btw 160-165 lbs, but I had a little health scare a couple years ago, so I decided to go for the gold.
My BMI will be where it's supposed to at 150lbs.

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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 15:11
I also went with small goals so I don't get frustrated with 30 more pounds to go. I'm doing 10 pounds at a time until 40 pounds total are gone. I find that when it says 5 pounds to go i'm more motivated. Good luck.

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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 15:19
I used my intuition. However, I recognize that the goal weight that I chose isn't really a final destination-- it's a point at which I will stop and reassess what I want to do.

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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 07:11
My impossible to reach goal weight that I have just known is right for the past 5 years. And now 5 months after starting hee Im almost there. Lowered it for å while to what online calculators say is my ideal weight but that lead to self sabotage and also I am very happy where I am now so just want to gain muscle once I hit Target weight

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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 07:21
I started off at 340 lbs, and I set the goal of losing 100 lbs in one year. That seemed very - VERY - ambitious to me, but not impossible. I figured it would give me a daily drive to reach my goals. That, and remembing back to when I was 240 lbs (my late teens/early twenties) was a great time for me.
Well, the year has gone and on my one year day I had lost 143 lbs! I now have a FINAL goal of 170 lbs.
I have to say I am perfectly comfortable with my weight as it is right now, and I would actually stop already if it wasn't for the fact that I need a "skin trimming" around my stomach. To get that done (and to qualify for the Danish public health care to pay for it) I need to reach "normal" BMI, which for me is 170 lbs. It's no big deal - I can drop a few more kgs. Then it's maintenance all the way.
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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 08:13
bmi chart and i remember being comfortable at 130lbs.for me bmi says 126 is normal but i bet i will feel normal at 130.better than 210 whr i started.

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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 08:20
I went by a healthy BMI number, BUT set myself small interim goals with time frames - the are still on my bio. I have now reached my initial goal (which was 170) and have decided I could loose another few pounds - so I have given myself another goal weight, with interim targets. You will see they are very achievable goals, as I am not majorly unhappy with my current weight.... So I have given myself lots of time. I do think achievable targets, with time frames are important.
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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 08:40
I chose my weight by the weight i was when I met my husband. I'm only 5 feet tall and petite framed so I think that its a reasonable goal. Since I hit my 30's it seems like I have absolutely no metabolism lol! So it's def been up and down but every time I lose I get stuck after 10 lbs. Good Luck!

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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 09:29
i make my goal to be when i look in the mirror and i do not have a "muffin top" without having to wear a spanx that is. i dont care about what the scale says. it's all about how i feel about myself.
if you have the personality type that likes to cross things off of a list as and accomplishment then i would go with smaller goals...10-15 pounds at a time. that way you dont have to worry about how much you should weigh when you "get there" you will just know by looking at yourself in the mirror Smile
good luck!

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Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 11:19
I thought back to my favorite weight then added 15 pounds because I was much younger then. The new weight falls in the middle of the recommended range for my height, so it's still realistic.

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Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 13:18
I set my goal weight at 200lbs. I am 6'5". Once I got my weight down to 190lbs and my friends and family all said, "ACK! You look like a cancer survivor or something so don't lose any more weight!". So I think 200lbs is just about ideal for me.
- Once when I was becoming frustrated with the slow pace of my weight loss my sister offered me some sound advice. She told me: "You didn't get fat in one week so you can't expect to get thin in one week."

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Posted: 22 Nov 2011, 14:53
I just had my forth little one and my starting weight is 184. I selected a weight a few pounds below the high end of my ideal BMI, 137..... wish me luck!

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