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but everything has pros and cons
I started mid January at 242. I am now 178. I've gone from a size 24 to a size 14. Ultimately I want to lose 102 lbs. Goal weight would be 140. Seems reasonable but I'm starting to worry that that's too much. I'm 5'4 and according to the BMI scale 140 is the absolute highest in my range but what size would that make me?
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I'm 5' 5 1/2". I'm at 167 right now, but my ultimate goal is around 135. That would probably put me in a 6, which I think is a good size.
I wanted to comment, though, on people saying you don't need to lose any more. Back in 2006, I lost almost 70 pounds (from a little over 200 to 140). I noticed an interesting phenomenon with my peers and family. After I'd lost about 20 pounds, people started noticing I had lost weight and would comment on it ALL THE TIME. It seemed like every time I would see someone I hadn't seen in a while, they would say, "Wow, you've lost so much weight".
Then, when I started to get closer to my goal, there was a switch. People started saying, "Oh, you don't need to lose anymore. You're starting to look too thin. Are you sure this is healthy?" Etc. It drove me insane. Believe me, at a size 8, I was NOT too thin. Not even close. And, on the charts, I was on the high end of a healthy range. I think part of it was that people were just not used to seeing me that size, and it skewed thier vision of me. Though in most cases, I think people were trying to be supportive, sometimes I just wished they would find something better to talk to me about than my weight. It was like that was the only thing that people saw.
Anyway, I think there are a lot of factors in deciding what your ideal weight is. I second the opinion to go and have a body fat assessment done. It can also depend on where you carry your weight. I know I have read that excess fat around the abdomen is particularly dangerous. For me, it's about feeling comfortable in my own body. It's about feeling good when I go to shop for clothes. And, it's about treating my body well so that I can be around to see my kids grow up and be active with them.
Oh, and have a GREAT time in Vegas. What a great, supportive mom you have. (Though I can't complain, mine bribed me with new clothes if I would go through my closet and get rid of the multitides of clothes I have that don't fit...my closet was like a shopping mall, everything from size 6 to size 16).
140 is my ideal "skinniest" weight, and I wear a size 6-8 there. I've lost 30-40 lbs, but I still have 20-40 to go. I look and feel good at 160, but I look great (but still with some "meat on my bones") at 140
So, for me 140 is my ultimate goal, but in my heart of hearts, I know 160 is the perfect weight for me.
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