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How Do I Know When I am Done

Monday, December 28, 2009

When I first started Spark People, in March of 2008, I had no real goal for weight loss. I just wanted more energy, which I obtained very quickly. Then I wanted to be under 300 pounds because I hadn't been under 300 pounds in over 15 years, and I reached that goal quickly. Then I thought that just getting under 200 would be a good long term goal, but after thinking about it changed my goal to 150. It's the top of healthy BMI range for my height. It is a smaller weight than I have been in my adult life. I probably haven't seen that weight since fourth grade, but I know I can reach it. I have learned a lot this last few years and have developed a healthy relationship with food and exercise. I have about 37 pounds more to go to reach that weight. So, now I am thinking that 150 is the top of the range, maybe I want to be more towards the middle? How do I know when I am done?
I plan to continue to challenge myself and work on myself, even after I am "done", but how does one know what is the optimal weight for their body?
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    I am really glad that you asked this question because there is so much wonderful advice in the postings here. I don't want to get hung up on a number either. Just want to find a place where I am happy, healthy, and feeling good. I wish you success in finding your point. Happy New You in 2010!
    4083 days ago
    You'll never be done if your goal is about being healthy not being a certain weight. You have done amazing and I'm thrilled to hear you will continue to challenge yourself.
    4086 days ago
    Actually, this is a very common question we all must deal with.

    I was advised to go as low as my body would allow - if you get light-headed and dizzy, you have gone too low.

    Then there is the set-point, when you get there your body will fight you and you will bounce around a bit before your body will accept the lower weight.

    Just take it one day at a time and you will find your proper goal weight when the time comes.

    We are all here for you when that time arrives.
    4086 days ago
  • JENNIFER0807
    I guess you know when your done because you feel great. I dont think there is a definite answer to your question but i do know that you are an inspiration. If you want to be in the lower range go right ahead. You have come this far might as well put the cherry on top! Congrats.
    4086 days ago
    Such a challenging question, eh?! You could go by clothing size too, you know. I think that it's easy to get caught up in the hard and fast numbers... The thing is that when you're maintaining, I think those numbers continue to fluctuate too. And, your body will continue to change along with it, as far as distributing body fat and building muscle.

    I don't have the answer, but I wish you lots of luck discovering what is right for you.
    4086 days ago
    Amen to Amy's comment.

    I just picked a number (150) that is 10 lbs less than the top of my "healthy" BMI range and because I remember liking that weight in high school and college, and because it is easy to remember.

    Once I get there (it's 8 lbs away at the moment) I'll check my % body fat and re evaluate. If I get to 25% body fat according to my scale first, then I'll re evaluate. I'm lifting weights and BMI ranges do not take into account the very muscular end of the body composition range. (At the moment my % BF is around 30)

    The "ideal" BMI is further modified by the concept of frame size:
    (estimating the amount of bone in there)

    Based on wrist and elbow measurements I'm small-framed so according to this page, at 5'7" my ideal weight is 123-136

    This page pretty much agrees:

    To get to 136 I would have to lose TWO HUNDRED POUNDS from my maximum recorded weight. That's SIXTY PERCENT of my original weight.

    Yikes. I thought having to lose 186 was bad...

    You know what? I believe the last time I was in the 120s was in THIRD GRADE. lol! In my adult life (even as a teenager) I don't recall ever weighing below 144. I'm not even sure what that would be like... I might be afraid of blowing away!

    I think I'll just put all this on the back burner and worry about getting to 150, for now. LOL
    4086 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/28/2009 1:14:39 PM
    For me, I want to see how I feel at my projected goal weight, but I also think it's important to be in what the experts consider a healthy range. I want a normal BMI but I want a couple of pounds to play around with. I have to weigh less than 158 to have a normal BMI. My goal is 150-155, so this sounds reasonable to me. I guess we just have to see when we get there! :)

    Kim emoticon
    4086 days ago

    I'm sure a lot of folks on SP can relate to this question. All I can say is, trust how you feel. I'd say if you're having to work out 5 hours/day just to maintain the middle-range, then it's probably not your optimum weight. You've always had such a balanced, healthy approach to this. I'd say that if you just keep doing what you've been doing, you'll be just fine.

    I'm so excited for you!


    4086 days ago
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