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Posted: 05 Jan 2011, 19:49
How did everyone choose their goal weights? Are your goal weights pie-in-the-sky, or baby steps that you meet and then extend further? If you met your final goal, did you feel like it was too much, too little, just right? How did you decide when it was time to move to maintenance?

I ask because I’m having a hard time deciding on my goal weight: I started with it at 130 (which is the exact middle of the healthy BMI range for my height—and I’m not heavily muscled or elderly, so those tables work as a decent enough gauge for me), then pushed it back to 125 as a sort of I-can’t-remember-the-last-time-I-saw-the-120s-wouldn’t-that-be-cool, but still achievable, goal. I’m below the weight I graduated college with, and I have no idea what my high school weight was, so I don’t have any useful historical data to go on. I’ve been hovering at 133 this last month and really like this weight: I feel both feminine and strong. So… do I stay or do I go?

I work hard to achieve things that are important to me, so in principle I reject the idea of giving up before reaching my goal; on the other hand, my goal was fairly arbitrary and I’m in a healthy range, so I don’t see any reason to be unnecessarily tied to it if I’m happy where I am. But perhaps I would like even better my goal weight, if only I knew! I guess that I could always gain weight back if I felt too thin at that point (wouldn’t that be fun!).

I’ve also switched my focus somewhat, to improving my strength and speed, which do not necessarily go hand-in-hand with dropping pounds. I’m still counting calories so I won't have any surprises, and it will be a lifelong process to watch what I eat and make good food decisions, but I seem to have clicked into a sort of maintenance phase, where losing weight would be nice, but secondary to my new goals (dare I dream of a 21 minute 5k???). Maybe I should take a break, then revisit my weight goal in three or six months after a period of maintenance? Or maybe that's a cop out, and I should just kick myself in the pants and rev up my weight loss momentum again!

Anyway, I’ll take your advice if you want to give it, but really I’m just curious to hear how you chose your goal weight, even if you haven't met it yet (voodoo, perhaps?).

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Posted: 05 Jan 2011, 20:12
hi Anna,

I chose my weight based on
a) the number sounds nice: 135 pounds
b) that's what I weighed after graduating university. All I did back then was party, no sports. but 7 years down the road with no activity has not done me any good.

I live in Asia, and everyone here is quite skinny - no hips, butts or chest. In the beginning I got quite depressed, but now I think I look great already (still 15 pounds to shed but anyway), and it will only be greater once I get thinner. I do think it is hard to not go lower once you reach your goal weight, but in my opinion, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and not get too skinny. I still want to keep boobs and butt, but the blubber on my leggs, tummy and back fat (swimming aids, jak) can still go Smile. So I plan on sticking to 135 pounds, below would look a bit too skinny I guess. And remember the top 3 butt's list for 2010: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Smile.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 14:54
At first, I picked a number that was just above the middle of my "target weight" BMI range.

Then...I've gotten what I think is a reasonably good estimate of my body fat percentage, and calculated how much body fat I need to lose to get to a percentage that I should be happy with. Subtract that many pounds of fat from my current weight, and that's my new goal.

If I get any better information about my BF%, or if lose muscle mass as I lose fat, so that I have to go further to get the % down, then I'll re-evaluate the goal as I get closer.

How I feel along the way also matters. If I start feeling too weak or scrawny, I may call it off. If I get close, but I'm obviously still carrying more body fat than I had estimated, I may keep going.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 15:04
At this point I'm looking for my goal weight. Initially I set it for 180, which was obviously attainable, but still a huge goal (107 pounds to lose!)

Since then, I adjusted it to 175 and then 170. I'm not sure what my ideal weight will be, but it's around here somewhere. I don't think there's any way to know that. No chart can encompass all possibilities, and even if there was a weight I was in the past that I thought was perfect then, who's to say it would still be the same? Maybe I am more muscular now. Also, a higher body fat percentage is recommended the older you are.

I will say that if I felt that I really liked the weight I was because I liked my body shape and felt very comfortable with the balance of strength and femininity, I would not worry about my goal weight as a number anymore. I think we really harm our bodies when we push ourselves into an underweight range just for a number- and I'm not talking about charts. Every person is an individual.

I have also seen people who lost too much- and looked better before they lost that last 10 pounds. In the end it's up to you, but I wouldn't feel so tied to any one number just because it would be "cool". It isn't really worth the risk to your health for something so meaningless.
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 15:35
I had mine at 145 (correct weight for my height and age), but I've never been a healthy weight before. I was already hovering near 200 in high school (if one can hover while near 200 pounds Wink ) I took the approach of another member of this site and increase mine. Then I will set myself another goal. I'm better at smaller achievable goals and that way I can adjust based on how I feel plus feel success for reaching my goals!

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 16:48
I set mine based on 10% BFP
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 16:57
i will say, i've done both.

My weight on the ticker is what the charts say will be a good weight for me.
My goals that I shoot for are the "healthy" 2 pounds a week. If I make them, I do something nice, like give myself a long hot bath while my son's napping. That way, I keep pushing for them.

My actual longterm goal is not a number, although the ticker getting to blue would be great. It's a mental image that I've made up of what i'll look like when i'm healthy, fit, and still gorgeous. (Yup, I said STILL.)

I assume when I get there, I'll know, because I won't be exhausted after a day playing with my son, my feet won't hurt after a few hours of grocery shopping, and when my friends invite me to volleyball, I'll actually be brave enough to get on the court and play. =).


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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 17:28
I need to lose 85lbs to get to my goal weight of 150. Even at 5'6" I look anorexic at 150lbs. I plan on doing it a lb a week at a time. Simple baby steps for me. It took a long time to put it on, it's gonna take a while to get it off.

I joined a couple of the challenges to aid me. Hopefully there'll be lots of support as well! Good luck on your journey!
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 17:35
WEll done Jennie-o - you've done the hard thing starting and joining Smile
We started the same day ...

Maybe we xan be diet buddies??

Jilly x

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 18:20
I chose my goal weight because I remember when I was 150 lbs. and even though it's at the high end of the normal range for my height, I looked and felt great at that weight. So that's what I'm aiming for. 10 lbs down, 50 more to go!
I'm back on track!
Lost 50 lbs. in 2011, gained a bit back after pregnancy.
If did it once, I can do it again!

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 20:55
My "goal" here is 170 and that's based on what I weighed in 1999 when I went to a health fair at work and was told I had 13% body fat (I was much more athletic back then). I'm to the point right now where people are telling me I look great and don't need to lose anymore weight.

My true goal is to be somewhere between 160 and 170 pounds. The high end of my ideal weight for my height and age is 168 based on the body mass index. I figure when I hit 170, I'll start doing some adjusting to stabilize a bit better.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 22:20
AnnaPo wrote:

I ask because I’m having a hard time deciding on my goal weight: I started with it at 130 (which is the exact middle of the healthy BMI range for my height—and I’m not heavily muscled or elderly, so those tables work as a decent enough gauge for me), then pushed it back to 125 as a sort of I-can’t-remember-the-last-time-I-saw-the-120s-wouldn’t-that-be-cool,

Watch it…above thinking was mine SLIPPERY SLOPE!

Speaking from experience! I originally started with WW and was in the same boat you are now…. WW suggested my weight should be between 140 and 150 lbs (and I should’ve listen) however, I remembered myself 10 years ago when I was 120 lbs (borderline too skinny)…so I thought if I add only 10 pounds onto it (due to age), I’ll be fine and if need be, I had extra 10 lbs of room to play (read wouldn’t be fun to be in 120 lbs range again). What a mistake!

Knee injury and mindset that I had “10 lbs of room to play” – turned into 30 extra pounds to shed now! It did take me two years to gain them and admit that 10 is not 30!

Now…I set my goal at 145 lbs….but I have top and low…I wont go lower then 145 or higher then 150 lbs! Once I reach 145 lbs..I’ll maintain it for a bit and then I’ll decide if I need to go lower or stay there.

Obviously…I think the best way is to pick just above your ‘healthy range’…get there and then see how you feel. Then if you think, you need to loose more….hey, nothing easier…you already know how to do it… Wink)

My 0.2 cents on the topic…hope it helps.


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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 22:27
I don't really know why I picked my goal weight. I would most likely look way too thin if I hit 110. My main goal is to become active and build muscle to replace the fat. I may be thin, but I still have some major dimples on my thighs and butt. My body will most likely never look the same after I had my daughter, but it's worth a try. Last year I lost the last 10 lbs of baby weight by cutting out my daily Dr. Pepper and I was promoted. My new position has me running around like crazy and I just haven't taken care of myself. This year I want to focus on my mental and physical health. If I hit 110 naturally and by doing the right things then so be it. If not at least I know I'm teaching my daughter good habits.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2011, 22:35
I'm not entirely sure how I picked mine. I my recommended weight is about 120. I didn't even weigh that in high school when I looked good, so I'm guessing that will be too low. I think I picked 160 because I figured I would look and feel pretty good around there. I do know that I can change it if I think I need to go lower though.

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 06:35
I am right about at my long term goal of 150. Calculators would have me at 140, which I carried through-out my entire adult life, but my features are quite sharp when I am that thin. I think 150 is healthy, achievable and attractive. I made my website goals in 5 - 10 lb increments. I increase the goal when I have made the target weight and kept it for a week.
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 07:03
I guess my goal weight is what I was a few years ago at a time I was really happy - kind of a happy weight for me - 140lb.

This is healthy for me and achievable and I know I can do it!

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 00:08
missjilly wrote:
WEll done Jennie-o - you've done the hard thing starting and joining Smile
We started the same day ...

Maybe we xan be diet buddies??

Jilly x

I would LOVE to have a diet buddy!

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 08:01
I choose 200lbs because I think the last time I was that weight I was in grade 6. After gastric bypass(1999) I think I got down to 220, but after I had my first baby I started gaining again. I will re-evaluate my goal after I reach it.

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 08:16
I lost 41 lbs about four years ago and got down to 228. I just rounded down to the next 5. Also, 54 pounds is approximately 20% of my original weight.
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 10:45
My goal weight is below mid range BMI for my height, but I have a thin bone structure and it's what I weighed for as long as I could remember until I let the weight creep on over the last 5-8 years.
I set mini-goals for myself based on what is considered a healthy weight loss, not on my history, and went from there. I had 45lbs to lose, I broke it up into 15lb increments and planned rewards for each one of those goals, things I would like to have but never felt I deserved at my starting weight.
I also have a pocket chart I carry in my purse, with my goal weights charted in red, and my actual weight charted in black. This way when I get discouraged, I can look at it and think "I may not have lost much since my last weigh in but I'm right on track for my goal!"

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