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Old 01-17-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Hit my Goal!! Now what??

Today I got on the scale and it was 175.5 (which I will count as goal! I'm thrilled! But now what? I'm not sure this is my ultimate goal, but I'm not sure if I should lose more, or how much more. According to those darn charts technically at 5'5" with a large frame I shouldn't weight more than 155. And currently my BMI is still in the overweight category.

On the other hand, I'm wearing a size 10 Levis, my waist size is 31, which is well under the max of 35 for a woman, and most important my man does like a little something to grab onto LOL

Even in high school when I looked good I was over 150. So I'm not sure what to do. For anyone who is now maintaining, what were your guidelines. Did you just go by how you looked and felt? It's all a bit confusing!
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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You could always lose a few more pounds (10-15) and if you don't like how you look/feel then you can always gain it back. In a healthy low-carb way of course That's my plan for when I make goal (160) but thinking I'll go down to 145. We shall see.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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My guideline was to go back to what I used to weigh before so it was easy to pick a number. I was going to go back to my old jeans size but with vanity sizing I had to go down 2-3 sizes at the same weight.

Have you had lab tests done recently? How's your health at that size? Are you able to run up 2 flights of stairs, bend down to tie your shoes, run around, lift heavy things? Do YOU feel comfortable?
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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My original goal was 175. I'm 5'9" and that's the high end of healthy for my frame. I got there and wasn't really happy with my body, so I lowered my goal to 160. I'm pretty close to that now, but I've added exercise and I'm actually not losing as well with the exercise.

I decided to do a practice maintenance and just see what happens. I would be happy to lose another few pounds, or even down to 150 if I feel so inclined, but I'm also happy if I just stay this weight and things start shifting and toning due to the exercise.

Ultimately, I think if you feel good and are happy with your appearance, that's the weight you should call goal.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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Have you had lab tests done recently? How's your health at that size? Are you able to run up 2 flights of stairs, bend down to tie your shoes, run around, lift heavy things? Do YOU feel comfortable?
Yes, actually I did have lab tests in the last couple of months and my numbers have been great. My blood pressure has also gone down. I go back to see the doc next week, so I'm going to ask her opinion as well.

Right now I feel so much better and I'm not huffing and puffing on walks, etc. My DH says I look great (of course he would say that no matter what, LOL)
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Yes, actually I did have lab tests in the last couple of months and my numbers have been great. My blood pressure has also gone down. I go back to see the doc next week, so I'm going to ask her opinion as well.

Right now I feel so much better and I'm not huffing and puffing on walks, etc. My DH says I look great (of course he would say that no matter what, LOL)
That all sounds good. I'm one of the unlucky ones where I can't be anywhere but the bottom of the BMI chart for my height because otherwise I have a double chin, chipmunk cheeks, big belly, and feel uncomfortable.
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All I can say is that if it were me, I would buy myself a new bike Congrats! Keep it up! Actually, they say that you should reward yourself, but not with food or alcohol/drugs, with something that can be used in a positive way. Like a bike
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:23 PM   #8
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All I can say is that if it were me, I would buy myself a new bike Congrats! Keep it up! Actually, they say that you should reward yourself, but not with food or alcohol/drugs, with something that can be used in a positive way. Like a bike

Gosh I don't know how long it's been since I've ridden a bike - other than stationary. But a reward of some sort sounds like a good idea!
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First of all, congrats. Take the time to celebrate this achievement. Good job reaching your goal.

I am 5'7" and I'm shooting for an ultimate goal of 155 for health reasons. I want to be in a healthy range. I will then start eating at maintenance levels. If my body wants to lose more at that point, it will, or if it doesn't it won't.

You have to decide what is right for you. We are all different.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #10
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I have a specific number in my head that I want to get to, but now when I look back at pictures of me when I was at that weight I think "ooh I was too skinny!"
So I told myself that at some point if I was happy with my body but not at my goal weight, I would stop losing weight.

If you're happy where you are maybe focus on building some muscle, you may not drop down in numbers anymore but you can get smaller and more compact with exercise.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:07 PM   #11
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If you're happy I would say continue on to maintainence and maintain that weight. If you lose more that would just be a bonus. I've found maintaining just as hard as losing at times, so I it probably wouldn't hurt to just keep on doing LC and being healthy and happy at this weight or lower.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:41 AM   #12
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When I got to the point where strange men started hitting on me in public, I figured I was close to goal. Just need to get rid of a couple of inches on my waistline now, so pants will fit me better.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:49 AM   #13
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I can't Wait to get to goal! I'm about 11-16Lbs away from goal! That's either 145 or 140. I'm Almost 5'5 and I'm guessing med boned? Wrists are pretty thin but I have no clue how to determine all that Lol. i'm 156 right now and people keep telling me to quit losing weight because i'm already Skinny. Well Ok but They don't see me naked! Lol!! I carry a lot of fat around my stomach area so that will go away more when i'm cleared to exercise again. I am still considered Over weight and want to get to a normal range and tone up.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:59 AM   #14
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On the other hand, I'm wearing a size 10 Levis, my waist size is 31, which is well under the max of 35 for a woman, and most important my man does like a little something to grab onto LOL
Congrats to you, job well done! I say, if you feel good and are happy with your stats, then you made it , girl!
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:51 AM   #15
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If you're happy I would say continue on to maintainence and maintain that weight. If you lose more that would just be a bonus. I've found maintaining just as hard as losing at times, so I it probably wouldn't hurt to just keep on doing LC and being healthy and happy at this weight or lower.
I definitely agree that maintaining is just as hard, or harder, than actually losing! And I will continue this low carb WOE for sure, because not only have I lost weight, but getting rid of wheat and sugar has gotten rid of my heart burn as well as all my stomach problems I was having. So this is a permanent change!! But this time around, my weight loss will also be permanent!
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:12 AM   #16
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:59 AM   #17
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My DH says I look great (of course he would say that no matter what, LOL)
You do look great so consider this to be an unsolicited second opinion. DH is right

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but getting rid of wheat and sugar has gotten rid of my heart burn as well as all my stomach problems I was having.
Getting rid of wheat in my life has made such a dramatic change too. Heartburn, joint pain, headaches, sinus issues and on and on.

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According to those darn charts technically at 5'5" with a large frame I shouldn't weight more than 155. And currently my BMI is still in the overweight category.

On the other hand, I'm wearing a size 10 Levis, my waist size is 31, which is well under the max of 35 for a woman, and most important my man does like a little something to grab onto LOL

Even in high school when I looked good I was over 150. So I'm not sure what to do. For anyone who is now maintaining, what were your guidelines. Did you just go by how you looked and felt? It's all a bit confusing!
Those charts are guidelines at best. Your husband likes the way you look, you like the way you look, you like the way you feel, you know that you look and feel better about yourself at this weight than some arbitrary chart number.

Question answered

I was reading just recently about the travesty that the BMI chart is but I can't remember the article or I'd give you a google search phrase. Anyway, of all the standardized junk to be leery of, the BMI scale is at the top of the list.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #18
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Congratulations on your fabulous accomplishment!

I think you should go by how you feel and the status of your health. If you and your doctor are happy with your health, and you are happy with how you look and feel, then by all means you should 'maintain.'

Like the many varied lc plans on this board, there are many varied desired end results. Once you've met yours, it's time to enjoy the benefits of all your hard work!
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well done that is a real achievement. I know that personally I have a number that once I have reached I don't want to go over again, so my plan is to get about 5lbs or so under that so I have a bit of leeway. Having got to goal once (on another plan) I know that for me maintaining was harder than losing as the motivation is different and people don't seem to support as much - I mean when I was losing I constantly got comments like 'oh your looking well and you've lost some more I can tell' but once you are there people don't say how good it is you have maintained for 6 months. I know it isn't about other people but it was something that helps keep me going when I am losing.
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I'd say, if you're happy with what you see when you look in the mirror, then you are at goal! Screw the BMI charts (which don't take into considering "little" things like muscle mass), do what makes YOU happy - especially if your blood work agrees!

Now, the hard work begins: maintenance. It lasts longer (hopefully ) without the rewards of watching the scale go down. "Yay! It says the same thing today as it did yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that" isn't nearly as rewarding as "Yay! 3 lbs down from last week!", but it's a lot more work (for me).
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #21
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You do look great so consider this to be an unsolicited second opinion. DH is right
Aww, thank you so much!

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Having got to goal once (on another plan) I know that for me maintaining was harder than losing as the motivation is different and people don't seem to support as much - I mean when I was losing I constantly got comments like 'oh your looking well and you've lost some more I can tell' but once you are there people don't say how good it is you have maintained for 6 months. I know it isn't about other people but it was something that helps keep me going when I am losing.
Totally agree with that. I think part of it is that the attention keeps you motivated!


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Now, the hard work begins: maintenance. It lasts longer (hopefully ) without the rewards of watching the scale go down. "Yay! It says the same thing today as it did yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that" isn't nearly as rewarding as "Yay! 3 lbs down from last week!", but it's a lot more work (for me).
I agree that maintenance is harder - which is probably why I've always gained some back. But not this time!!

Thanks Everyone!
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Congratulations on reaching goal

I picked my goal from the weight I felt/looked the best at in my late 20's early 30's - in maintenance I continue to eat the exact same way as I did when I was losing, may be just a little more some days.

Just go with what feels best to you and your body and of course your hubby LOL
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I started this journey with an arbitrary number in mind for a goal. Loosely based it on age, height, BMI etc. The journey was rather long and convoluted because of some thyroid, diabetes and cardiac issues. I reached that original goal and decided to go for a little lower one. I guess I'm letting my body decide where it feels best. I don't really have a do or die number in mind. My labs are all perfect right now, I have lots of energy for an old lady, and I love the size I'm in and the way that size looks on my old lady body. I still eat exactly the same way I did and my body seems to be settling into where it wants to be. So I think I'll let it. Maybe it will help if you maintain for awhile and see how you feel? Great job on reaching your goal!
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #24
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Well, great job on reaching goal. I'd get a reward, but not sure what. And then I'd maintain for a period of time and see how I felt. Do I want to lose more weight? Do I like it where I am at? And go from there. On second thought, I would get a new bike too. I'm interested in a Trek Lush. I test rode one and it was the best.
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Enjoy your accomplishment, keep eating healthy and see where it takes you!
Congrats and I agree with this! Since it doesnt look like you are doing a specific plan, keep doing what you are doing, maybe add some things in one at a time like berries or nuts or whatever LC thing you have been holding off on. Watch the scale and see how it goes. You never know where you will end up!
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Gosh I don't know how long it's been since I've ridden a bike - other than stationary. But a reward of some sort sounds like a good idea!
PONY!!!!

Plus, you will never have to worry about eating again because you won't be able to afford food

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:30 PM   #27
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PONY!!!!

Plus, you will never have to worry about eating again because you won't be able to afford food
Yep, aint that the truth.

I want to replace my bike in the fall....anyone have 5k I can borrow

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All I can say is that if it were me, I would buy myself a new bike Congrats! Keep it up! Actually, they say that you should reward yourself, but not with food or alcohol/drugs, with something that can be used in a positive way. Like a bike
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:15 AM   #29
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Plus, you will never have to worry about eating again because you won't be able to afford food
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #30
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So after taking a week and reflecting, evaluating, and talking to my doc, I have decided that trying to get into the 160's would be a good weight for me. So I updated my goal to 169 for now. I will evaluate again once I get there. I think part of it is that it gives me more motivation if I have a number to still reach for - at least for now. I know that won't work forever and eventually I will have to maintain! And even if I only lose a pound or 2 a month for a while, it's a goal!
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