Weight Loss

Let’s Talk Goal Weight

So, if you ever come by my blog (rather than just reading it in an rss or the WP reader) you’ll notice on the right-hand side bar I have an up-to-date tally of my weight loss with my mini-goals and my final goal. There it reads 145lbs. I came up with this because it is at the high-end, in fact the highest weight for my height – 5’4.

To be honest, when I came up with this for this blog I was still close to my highest weight. I don’t think I ever imagined I would ever be anywhere close to this. Last time I lost weight I plateaued at about 175 and just could make it through and ended up regaining the 50lbs I’d lost, plus an extra 25. I also didn’t know what my body would look or feel like under 150.  So, in effect, it was an arbitrary number – one that I am now confronted with as I find myself below 150lbs.

I’ve been told that when I get to my goal weight I’ll know it. I was worried I had to tell WW a final goal and stick to it, however I’ve gotten some good advice the last couple weeks. Firstly – a good friend of mine who reached her goal weight and Lifetime status at WW told me she’d actually been at that weight for a little while before putting it down as an official goal.  And secondly, I’ve been told that I can in fact wait on setting a goal weight even if I’m within my healthy BMI range. Well all this is good news to me!

I’ve been thinking about it and I think I might want to put 137lbs as my goal. It’s an awkward number for sure, not a nice round 0 or 5. My reasoning for this is the following: if I ever go up a few pounds, once I change decades into the 140s I’ll know it’s time to get back on track. That gives me a 3lb range to play with. I do find if I’m up by about 5lbs I can definitely feel it and it doesn’t feel good, so I’m hoping this will keep me in check. But I’m not married to the number. I think that’s what I’ll say for now and as I get closer to the 140 mark, perhaps I’ll change my mind, perhaps I won’t.

137

I’m curious – how did you chose your goal weight? If you’ve reached it, have you been able to maintain it or did you end up changing it? 

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Goal Weight

  1. That seems very reasonable. I like the idea that you pick something just under a decade as a kind of warning system to yourself.
    I’m not sure yet what my goal weight is. I think somewhere in the 160s, given that I’m 5.9. But I’ll see when I get closer to it. I may use some of the advice you’ve been given. 🙂

  2. I never really thought about what I would want as a goal weight. My goal weight is 140 lbs. because I’m 5′ and that is what the doctor told me I should weigh. But I think that as long as we are healthy and feel good about ourselves we should be able to weigh what we feel is fit for us. Thanks for sharing! =)

    1. Thanks for coming by! Yes, I’ve considered asking a doctor, but I don’t have a permanent one, just clinics so no one familiar with my history. I think seeing how I feel as I get closer to 140 is a good idea. Thanks!

  3. I like your thinking! Mine was 2 lbs below a decade for the same reason. I don’t want to see the next decade! You’ll know once you hit it and it’ll feel right to you! 🙂

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