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This group is intended for anyone getting close to their goals. So if you are 10 lbs. or less overweight or at a health weight and taking off some vanity lbs. 

 

I started my weight loss on August 25, 2011. That was about 8 months ago. To date I have lost 45 lbs. I am planning on losing another 20 lbs. That might be adjusted though. I want to hit that goal before I return to school next year for my senior year of college. Of course I have all intentions of hitting that in mid-July or earl August.

Age: 22 (almost)

Height: 5'10

SW: 225

CW: 180 

GW: 160

 

Mini Goal: Hit a healthy weight (174).

 

I'm not weighing myself until Friday, which will be 2 weeks since my last weigh-in. I'm hoping for the 170's! 

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Yeay, 145.5 this morning...HA, some of it was water weight....can't always trust the scale!

 

I would like to join too. I am also still deciding what my goal weight should be. I am 54 and 4f 11i. My highest weight was 172, I have been doing this for several years and was 136 when I started calorie count the first of the year. I now weight 124.5. I originally set my goal as 124 and then changed it to 123. I still am not sure. My weight range is 99-123.5. So I first decided if I could just get there, haven't been in my healthy range since my senior year of high school, I would be happy. Now I wonder if I shouldn't go ahead and aim for 120. But I am not in my 20's and I don't want to be unrealistic. Who knew deciding on a goal weight would be so hard. Maybe this group will help.

It's interesting to see the variety in people's goals!  At 5'8", the lightest I have ever been was 129 when I was 16.  I started dieting when I was at 140 (went down to the 129 mentioned above), but 140 was actually a perfectly healthy weight for someone with my height, and dieting at that weight started my whole cycle of gaining and losing.  I wish now that I'd just stayed put and exercised more, but who can tell 16 year olds anything?  :)  Over 20 years later, I'm struggling to just get down to a healthy BMI of 164, but meanwhile my exercise routine has caused great changes in my body, and even at 168 (my weight this morning - Boo!), I am fitting into the clothes that used to fit my 150 pound body.

So i feel a little silly having a goal weight at all, but somehow being able to say "I'm at a healthy BMI" would mean something to me.  Weird, huh?

Original Post by libsterdc:

It's interesting to see the variety in people's goals!  At 5'8", the lightest I have ever been was 129 when I was 16.  I started dieting when I was at 140 (went down to the 129 mentioned above), but 140 was actually a perfectly healthy weight for someone with my height, and dieting at that weight started my whole cycle of gaining and losing.  I wish now that I'd just stayed put and exercised more, but who can tell 16 year olds anything?  :)  Over 20 years later, I'm struggling to just get down to a healthy BMI of 164, but meanwhile my exercise routine has caused great changes in my body, and even at 168 (my weight this morning - Boo!), I am fitting into the clothes that used to fit my 150 pound body.

So i feel a little silly having a goal weight at all, but somehow being able to say "I'm at a healthy BMI" would mean something to me.  Weird, huh?

No, it is not weird. I feel the same way. My husband really wants me to quit losing, it has him worried, he has never seen me this size. I guess I will be satisfied with 123, it is a healthy BMI. It is my proportions that are off. I have very skinny legs and arms, but still a good bit of stomach. I am still at 31.5 at my waist. I do a lot of abdominal exercises, but it is just in my genes. But I still want to be in that healthy BMI range too.

Curlysue, from what I understand now, if you want to lose stomach fat, forget the ab exercise. Do weight training. That will help with your skinny arms and legs too and move things around more to where you want them. You probably don't need to "lose weight" - just gain muscle!

Libsterdc, I don't think that's strange either! Healthy BMI is such a good goal. It really doesn't matter what you actually weigh - just being healthy does wonders for how good we feel about our lives and ourselves. We can't HELP but look great when we feel good!

I'm JUST inside BMI now and I'd like to be a little more on the "safe" side.... 

Better get on my bike and stop couching!

Original Post by libsterdc:

It's interesting to see the variety in people's goals!  At 5'8", the lightest I have ever been was 129 when I was 16.  I started dieting when I was at 140 (went down to the 129 mentioned above), but 140 was actually a perfectly healthy weight for someone with my height, and dieting at that weight started my whole cycle of gaining and losing.  I wish now that I'd just stayed put and exercised more, but who can tell 16 year olds anything?  :)  Over 20 years later, I'm struggling to just get down to a healthy BMI of 164, but meanwhile my exercise routine has caused great changes in my body, and even at 168 (my weight this morning - Boo!), I am fitting into the clothes that used to fit my 150 pound body.

So i feel a little silly having a goal weight at all, but somehow being able to say "I'm at a healthy BMI" would mean something to me.  Weird, huh?

I'm also trying to get down to my "16 year old weight". It was only 6 years ago, but I don't know what to expect now. I figure as long as I exercise and eat right it will all work out.

Wow mwhite5990, we are similar...I was about 126 in high school then 135 for most of college and only gained when I went into the office world and tried to go low fat for diets 145-160...

I am 5'7" and 144.5 today ;-)...I am eating primal/paleo now (last 3 months) and it is way easier to lose this time!

i'm so glad i found this group :) been looking for something like this! it's so hard for me to be accountable as i end up eating loads of junk everyday haha :/

i'm laura and i'm 5'5 and about 123-125lb!  trying to get down to 115 :) i was down in the 117-118 range last summer but ever since i started working a sedentary job i've gone up so much! (and eating bits of candy and chocolate and carb-y junk food all day lol) 

i usually eat around 1,500-1,600 a day and walk for about an hour (commuting to and from work) as my only form of exercise.  these days i'm just trying to eat a bit cleaner and not eat as much junk and replace some of it with fruit as i seem to never eat fruit, haha =]

Original Post by kaipakati:

Curlysue, from what I understand now, if you want to lose stomach fat, forget the ab exercise. Do weight training. That will help with your skinny arms and legs too and move things around more to where you want them. You probably don't need to "lose weight" - just gain muscle!

Libsterdc, I don't think that's strange either! Healthy BMI is such a good goal. It really doesn't matter what you actually weigh - just being healthy does wonders for how good we feel about our lives and ourselves. We can't HELP but look great when we feel good!

I'm JUST inside BMI now and I'd like to be a little more on the "safe" side.... 

Better get on my bike and stop couching!

I do some weights, I use the pin machines at the Y. I have some light weights 5 & 10lb that I use at home some. I have to admit I really prefer walking for exercise. I know I really need to focus more on building muscle. I think a lot is my genetics. It is sort of a family trait, apple shape. We all have bird legs, sort of a family joke. Even at my highest weight, I had small thighs and legs and arms. Now that I have lost weight it is just worse. But you are right it is and should be about being healthy. I know at 50+ I am never going to have a flat abdomen, but I do feel like all the weight I still have is right there. But I am so much healthier now, I need to work on feeling more satisfied and happy with where I am.

Curlysue, like you, I used to only like to walk.  But, I have to say, doing a functional strength training class has done wonders for my stomach.  Since I started three months ago, my stomach has really flattened out, and I much more definition in my arms.  I have only lost about 1 pound in the past 3 months, but my clothes fit MUCH better, and I can even fit into my size 10 jeans again, something that I used to only be able to do 10 pounds lighter.  I get confused because there seems to be a camp out there that says "exercise does nothing for your stomach, only weight loss can do that," and then there's the camp that says "exercise can help."  I think in my case, it has really helped to redistribute things.

Functional strength training is that type of exercise that attempts to incorporate weight training with movement, so that it duplicates "real world" actions, like bending to pick up a heavy bag of groceries and twisting to put them on a kitchen counter.  The guy who teaches our class makes us run for about 10 minutes, followed by all sorts of really difficult exercises, some of which incorporate the kettleball.  most of the exercises work multiple muscle groups at the same time, which is supposedly better than the "isolating" work that traditional weight training does.  So i recommend it if you can find one.

Mwhite, do you know how to make this into a group? 

Just my 2 cents...but I found my stomach flattened out (surprisingly fast) when I stopped grains (may be wheat caused inflammation/bloat for me?)

...and after 3 months of walking/jogging and some minor strength training I think the weight has redistributed away from my tummy as well...

But I second the idea that functional or any strength training program would help us all build more lean mass pulling even more from our tummy fat deposits...

Thanks for the class recommendation, libsterdc! I need to look into adding some sort of structural program for strength training. How often do you go to the class?

Original Post by libsterdc:

Curlysue, like you, I used to only like to walk.  But, I have to say, doing a functional strength training class has done wonders for my stomach.  Since I started three months ago, my stomach has really flattened out, and I much more definition in my arms.  I have only lost about 1 pound in the past 3 months, but my clothes fit MUCH better, and I can even fit into my size 10 jeans again, something that I used to only be able to do 10 pounds lighter.  I get confused because there seems to be a camp out there that says "exercise does nothing for your stomach, only weight loss can do that," and then there's the camp that says "exercise can help."  I think in my case, it has really helped to redistribute things.

Functional strength training is that type of exercise that attempts to incorporate weight training with movement, so that it duplicates "real world" actions, like bending to pick up a heavy bag of groceries and twisting to put them on a kitchen counter.  The guy who teaches our class makes us run for about 10 minutes, followed by all sorts of really difficult exercises, some of which incorporate the kettleball.  most of the exercises work multiple muscle groups at the same time, which is supposedly better than the "isolating" work that traditional weight training does.  So i recommend it if you can find one.

Mwhite, do you know how to make this into a group? 

I will check at the Y to see if they have anything like that. I had been doing a diagonal wood chop exercise with my 10lb weight. It is really interesting when I goggled that exercise to be sure I was calling it the right thing I found a lot of videos on functional training. That was the only functional type exercise I have been doing. I thing I am going to have to bite the bullet and really start doing more weights. To be honest I usually only do the weights once or at most twice a week. I am going to just have to increase it. I think that really is what I need the most right now. To just tighten every thing up and build more muscle. Last year I was trying to go to the Y every other day to do the machines, but then I bought some weights and a stability ball and told myself I could do it at home. I just am not doing it like I need to. I walk, because I take my German Shepperd. She just begs till I take her. We do a good walk. I go to a nearby road and we do at least 3 miles. It has one fairly steep hill and we wind up doing that 7 times to make the 3 miles.

KMstearns, I go twice a week for an hour, and then jog or walk two days per week as well.  I've been jogging since last April, but really started firming up when I added in the functional strength training.  Curlysue, I would bet the Y has it - if not, look for something called "circuit training," which I think does about the same thing.

Original Post by libsterdc:

KMstearns, I go twice a week for an hour, and then jog or walk two days per week as well.  I've been jogging since last April, but really started firming up when I added in the functional strength training.  Curlysue, I would bet the Y has it - if not, look for something called "circuit training," which I think does about the same thing.

I will check on it and give it a try. I really think firming up is what I need to do. I tired jogging, but my knee started hurting so I quit, some exercise is hard on us old girls.

Original Post by libsterdc:

Mwhite, do you know how to make this into a group? 

No not sure.

Does anyone have an idea at what body fat %/ BMI you start to look toned and "thin". Technically I am almost at a healthy weight, but my stomach still isn't flat. Honestly this is making me think doctors are too nice on what a healthy weight is. It definitely isn't Pillsbury& nbsp;Dough Boy status anymore, but I'm not comfortable wearing a bikini yet. And I plan on wearing one during the summer. 

On a lighter note, I went shopping today! I didn't go too cray because I expect to go down another size, but I bought a lot of basic shirts. And to my own pleasant surprise, I'm a medium! I expected some Ms to fit, but mainly be wearing Ls. And all the dresses I fit in were size 10s. My jeans are still 10/12, but I'm working on it. I originally had a goal of a size 10, but I'm thinking an 8 would be better now. It was a good feeling when I couldn't buy a shirt because they only had it in a L and not an M. I also noticed store workers being very forward about helping me shop. Before they would occasionally ask if I wanted help, but they usually just ignored me. I spent most of my time playing dress up with extremely expensive and nice clothing I couldn't buy :) I'll probably go to a some second hand designer stores. I've tried places like Goodwill, but they are usually very low quality and are very worn.

Original Post by curlysue58:

I will check on it and give it a try. I really think firming up is what I need to do. I tired jogging, but my knee started hurting so I quit, some exercise is hard on us old girls.

That's actually why we (my workout buddies and I) started attending the functional strength training class.  Our knees were starting to hurt, so we felt like we needed to strengthen more before we upped our running too much more.  I can't say it has stopped the pain in my knees completely, tho it has helped :)

@Mwhite, It kinda depends on when you feel comfortable I think.  I wore bikinis when I was 129 lbs (but flabby), and then oddly, wore bikinis again when I was 151 lbs, because I had worked out a LOT at that point and had a body fat % of 21. 

I'm not  much into classes, but what I love is just "dancing" with my wrist weights and dumbells. I vary all the movements and just go with the music and what feels good, trying to exercise all parts of my body. I love it! It gives me a great "functional" workout.

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Original Post by mwhite5990:

Original Post by libsterdc:

Mwhite, do you know how to make this into a group? 

No not sure.

If you go to the Group tab there is a "start your own group" link on the first page near the top.  I haven't tried it so I don't know how it works.  Hope this helps.  I would love to join an almost maintaining group!

 

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