(Closed) Dieting Bees – How did you decide your goal weight?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I made several goal posts along the way. My first goal was 115 (I was 130 when I started). After that, my goal was 110. That was what I weighed in high school so I thought I would be happy with that. Once I made that, I figured I’d try for a few more, so I set it at 108. Once I surpassed that, I gave up on “goal weights” and just let my body do what it felt comfortable with. I lost another 10 lbs after that and now toggle between 97-100 lbs. I don’t have trouble maintaining it, and I am also not losing any more, so I figure this is where my body feels most comfortable. Although I am the lower end of weight for my height, I have a very small body frame (5’1 and very petite).

Although most people don’t put much stock in BMI, i used that to gauge my goal weights. I wanted to stick to the lower side of average. I recommend doing that to figure out where you are falling right now.  For example, right now your BMI is 23.1. If you set your goal weight for 135, your BMI would be 21.8 which is pretty much in the middle of the normal range (18.5-24.9). But honestly if you are happy with where you are, stick with it! It’s a huge accomplishment. I kept losing because i thought it was easy and I didn’t feel deprived at all (I Did WW), so why not? I think the most important thing is finding a weight you are comfortable with and will be easy to maintain. I’d rather lose 20 lbs and stick with it, than lose 30 and then eventually gain some of it back.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My ultimate goal is 135. That’s what I weighed when I graduated high school and I looked pretty good. I wasn’t stick-thin, but I wasn’t heavy-looking, either, and I had nice curves in the right places 🙂 But I’m setting smaller goals for myself in the meantime, in 5-pound increments. I’m 1 pound away from my next goal, so that’s really exciting 😀

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re the same height! My goal weight is actually 130. Although I was pretty comfortable with my weight at 140, my dad still made fun of me for it. I got that number off of something like this: http://www.healthchecksystems.com/heightweightchart.htm

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Krises

That is inspiring to me! I weighed 120 before pregnancy, but always wanted to weigh 104 (the lowest I could get without being underweight, I am 5’3.) I could never get there though, save for twice in my life when I was super stressed out and barely ate. I have decided this year since I am back to 120 I am finally going after that 104. I know you said you joined WW but was there anything specifically that helped you lose weight? My body’s happy place seems to be around 120 so I will really have to work to make this happen.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m 5’7″ and have a medium sized frame. I just searched around on the internet to find an ideal body weight range for my size so that’s how I settled on a goal of 145. I started at around Right now I’m down 9 lbs…about 20 more to go!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

I chose 140 (I’m 5’7″) at first but then when I got around 147 I figured that 145 would probably be plenty.  Sadly, I’ve gone up since then, but now I know that my goal weight is 145, which seems more managable.  The difference mentally between losing 20 and losing 15 to be feels much easier!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

I’m 5’6″ with a starting weight of 141.  I have been watching my calories for the last week and a half and am down to 138.  My goal is 120.  I have a small frame and I don’t carry weight very well at all – it all goes right to my belly and lovehandles, yet my legs and arms stay thin.  Not a good look for me!  🙂  I haven’t been 120 since early years of highschool but if I keep eating the way I’m eating, I will hopefully reach that goal by the end of April.  I’d also be happy with 125.  I know i will be super excited once I hit the 130 mark!!  Good luck everyone!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Whenever I set weight loss goals in the past, it backfired on me. So, this time around I just set out to lose 1 lb a week, and not really put a “I need to be this weight by X date” restriction on it. That being said, I have lost 13 lbs since Jan. 1st (200–>187) and this is the most successful I have every been.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Tatum:  Thank you so much!

Honestly, I was exactly where you were at this time last year! I had gained a bunch of weight in grad school, and managed to lose about 10 lbs of it on my own when I moved to the city and therefore walked everywhere. After that, my weight did not want to budge and I thought that’s just the weight I was going to have to adjust to (it was about 10-15 lbs heavier than I was when I started grad school). Weight Watchers made such a huge difference, though! I thought I was eating healthy before I joined (and I was), but I was just eating too much of the “good” stuff. For snacks during the day, I’d eat granola bars, apple sauce, reduced fat cheez its, trail mix…All things that aren’t unhealthy on their own (it’s not like I was snacking on potato chips or candy!), but it was just way too much carbs/fat/calories/you name it. Portion control is honestly the number one thing that helped me the most. I started measuring all my portions, especially things like rice and pasta. I cut out the unhealthy breakfasts and traded it for yogurt and oatmeal. I eat salad almost every day for lunch now. I’ve changed how I cook (have you checked out skinnytaste.com?) and I limit my portions.  I snack almost exclusively on fruits and veggies. I do let myself have 1 small snack during the day (usually a fiber one brownie which is 2 WW points, or a WW snack bar). If I am still hungry after dinner, I have popcorn or a handful of cereal or pretzels. Another huge change for me was cutting out all juice which I drank all the time instead of water. I HATED water, but I just had to adjust. I put sliced strawberries in my water and have naturally strawberry flavored water that I drink throughout the day.

I could probably go on all day, but I don’t want to threadjack more than I already have. If you have questions or need some motivation, you can PM me. Having a support system is a huge part of being successful in weight loss in my opinion.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I’m 5’2 and 125lbs.  The lowest I’ve been is 110 (for a min!) and I would definitely love to be back to that weight! However, I think 115 is more doable. In all reality, I’d really like to be 105 but I know that’s not realistic for me. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Bichon Frise:  We’re the same! I’m 5’6″ and 143. I decided to go on a diet because my tiny hands and wrists lead me to believe I have a smaller frame than the fat leads me to believe. I was 135 when I was 17, and still had pudge, so I figure 130 should be good. 

I’m the other way though, I just prefer to exercise a little (speedwalk with my dog, etc). I have always been overly conscious about my food intake, but lazy, so I feel like exercise is the part I need to work on. Haha.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Bichon Frise:  I understand! I bought some clothes when I reached my goal weight, and now they don’t fit. I’d recommend buying a few pieces that will help you transition. Now that its going to warm up soon, maybe some dresses that aren’t necessarily going to hug you in the waist like a pair of pants or skirt would. And remember you can always get clothes altered.

I never really plateaued, but the weight loss definitely slowed down a lot at the end. Try switching things up a bit and seeing what else might work for you. How did you lose the first 17 lbs? If you did it exclusively through diet, maybe add some exercise into your routine. If it was diet, maybe try a weight loss program to help boost your loss. If you are already going to the gym, maybe try a personal trainer.

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