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I always wondered when I hear people say things like, "I just will never be a size 6", or 4, or whatever.  People that ARE working out and doing positive things that are simply convinced their body isn't framed right to be a lower size...or something.

How do you know the right place for your body to land?  Everyone I know would love to be a 2 or 4 - how do you know if you can or can't get there?  Or maybe a better question:  Is it a size goal or a weight goal?

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Goal size for me at least size 8L jeans would be great

Im a man but Goal size for me is 32 jeans.  I was wearing a 44.  Now in a 38

I only know the right place for my body to land because of the weight and size that I naturally maintained for just over 4 years (before I had any of my kids). I was 147 pounds and a size 7. I did drop into a size 5 for a bit, but that was at 131 pounds, and many of my bones were showing way too much (made me look unhealthy).

I'm aiming for two goals... The weight that I was pre-pregnancies (147 pounds) and the size I was pre-pregnancies (size 7). I just figure that my body was happy there before, and I was happy there too, so that will be what I aim for.

I think bone structure, body shape (I'm a pear-hourglass [right between the two when I read the definitions and measure]), hip (pelvic bone) width in women, and where your body's natural maintenance weight is play a large role. 

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I think it's just conception about yourself. If you spend your whole life being a size XL, you may not be able to picture yourself at an XS. I'm a size 8 (6 with hardcore vanity sizing) now, and I feel my hip bones and collar bones, picturing myself at a size 2 or 4, is slightly odd. I don't really have a goal weight or size (ideally within a healthy BMI). I'll find out where my body settles, and if it's a size 2, well I'll be.

I think you know when your body's in the right place, when it refuses to budge.. One of my friends is 108 at 5', and she maintains this swimming twice a week for half an hour each time and eats whatever she so pleases. Last year for news, she started working out intensely 5x a week and only eating clean with a 250 calorie deficit. After 3 months, she weighed herself, and she'd not lost any weight and her clothes all fit the same. So she went back to mild swimming and junk food.

For me, I think size 6 would be perfect. I have a large frame, wide hips, and a big butt, so I'm reasonably sure I won't get to a smaller size than that and still look healthy. I think I'm between sizes 10 and 12 right now....I plan on losing another 25 pounds.
Original Post by baltimoreamt:

Goal size for me at least size 8L jeans would be great

me, too, regularly. not just the one pair of jeans in the closet I can barely squeeze into.

Interesting question. I would think body shape would play a part. I'm apple shaped with smaller hips and a larger waist. So I can fit fine into some smaller pants that are low-rise. Whereas a pear shaped person who was the same height and weight maybe wouldn't be able to fit in that same size. But if I and this imaginary person both lost these last 10 pounds I'm trying to get rid of, would we then wear the same size?

For me, it's a matter of knowing my bone structure. I have big bones, and I have a shorter torso; the shorter your torso (as a woman) the less narrow your waist can be compared to your height. (Think about it- if you've got 3" between your ribs and hips, there's just not as much space to curve in, than if you've got 5" between your ribs and hips). I'll never have a .7 waist to hip ratio. I'd be happy to get to .75 (currently at .8)

Also, I know just how much work I would have to do to get a 26" waist. It's just not worth it to me. All that work for the vanity of it? No thanks. 29" waist would be just fine. And on that note, I've never cared so much about what 'size' or 'weight' I got to- as I'm generally proportionate no matter what my weight, and generally perfectly healthy, I just want to get to the point where the measuring tape says 29". 

I'm healthy at my current weight. Some of us might be thinking we're not wiling to put in the work to get to that size for mere vanity.

 

Original Post by alramamama:

I always wondered when I hear people say things like, "I just will never be a size 6", or 4, or whatever.  People that ARE working out and doing positive things that are simply convinced their body isn't framed right to be a lower size...or something.

How do you know the right place for your body to land?  Everyone I know would love to be a 2 or 4 - how do you know if you can or can't get there?  Or maybe a better question:  Is it a size goal or a weight goal?

There are so many variables here..sizes are rarely even the same from one designer to the next, and we've got vanity sizing, and..oy.

I'm 5'3, 114-116, and a size 2 in some jeans, size 4 in others.

Dresses, I always have size small or size 4 if it's numbers.

Someone 5'8 even if they were thin would probably have a hard time being a size 4, but maybe that's because they're not supposed to be a size 4. A size 6 or so is probably more realistic.

Body frame has as much to do with things as weight, I think.

 

I'm at the starting point, so... Right now, I'm a 20-22 (I think. Hard to tell, when I'm in another country, but some of my 22s are now getting baggy, so I'm going to go with that!) but I'm happy to wear any size, if my body is fit, which it's far from, right now... If that means I'll be a 14 or a 12 and not an 8 or lower, I have no problems with that. To me, the smaller size (than now) means I have more styles of clothes to wear. It would be nice to be able to go into the typical fashion store at a mall and pick something out.

Of course, from what I hear from what I'd call normal-sized girls from the West, here, sometimes you just can't find a pair of jeans or trousers that fit. The shape is just off. The crotch too high or there's no room for hips.

So, I'm not going to fret if when I get to my goalweight, I can't fit into a size whatever. I'm SO used to that, here. LOL But what I am going to do is just work on getting the best me that I can. This meatsuit's gotta last me the rest of my life, afterall.

So strange you would ask this today. I just saw in the Dr. Oz article in the paper today that men should have at most a size 34 waist. As I read it I commented out loud that I was only imagining I could get back to a 36. I've been a 38 for so long (well probably should have been a 40 but I stretched all my pants out or something). But if I understood that article correctly there would indeed be a size goal that is completely doable for most people.

Personally it isn't exactly a size goal but more of a how I look and feel goal. The weight goal is ancillary to the reality that if I reach my target weight I will probably have accomplished the look I would rather have and in turn the size I am going to be wearing will be smaller. Nevermind, as I write this I realize I want to look better so I don't feel frumpy and too tight in my clothes all the time. So I guess it's a size goal even though I didn't originally think of it that way.

Amazing how answering a simple question on a forum can bring such personal insight. Thank you.

I am 5'8" and my biggest draw back is my breast they haven't been lower than a D since I think 15 X /. I have been a 6 in pants/skirts (barely, usually 8-10) but I think 8 was the the best I did for tops and 10 the best for dresses. But I am really trying for a comfortable (not tight) size 28/6 pants, 6-8 top and size 8 dress size, a 6 dress size I'd be thrilled but I think I'd have to lop off my breasts, I'd be happy if I could just go down 1 cup size to a C.

Original Post by tiffyoder:

Interesting question. I would think body shape would play a part. I'm apple shaped with smaller hips and a larger waist. So I can fit fine into some smaller pants that are low-rise. Whereas a pear shaped person who was the same height and weight maybe wouldn't be able to fit in that same size. But if I and this imaginary person both lost these last 10 pounds I'm trying to get rid of, would we then wear the same size?

Yes, even overweight (at 160lbs-165lbs) as an apple I could fit in to a size 30/10 jean. But was squeezing in a 12 dress size.

I know how you feel. I'm an "E" cup. Not fun, and the same thing, no lower than a D since middle school/high school... :/

I have read that if you lift heavy and bring up your muscle:fat ratio, that you should lose a good bit in your breasts. If you get serious with lifting and lower your BF a good bit, you will certainly see some difference in your breasts, but they may... deflate a bit.

I always told myself I'd get a reduction "someday." Now, I think I will just wait and see. If I end up with "pancake" breasts, I might go for a lift, instead.

I remember being a freshman in high school and being a size 12 at the time. I had to wear a size 16 dress for choir, because of my bust size. :P Hated that. I'd love to be either, now, though. At least I'd be in better shape than I am now. Just got to take it day by day, yeah?

Original Post by nerdlass:

I know how you feel. I'm an "E" cup. Not fun, and the same thing, no lower than a D since middle school/high school... :/

I have read that if you lift heavy and bring up your muscle:fat ratio, that you should lose a good bit in your breasts. If you get serious with lifting and lower your BF a good bit, you will certainly see some difference in your breasts, but they may... deflate a bit.

I always told myself I'd get a reduction "someday." Now, I think I will just wait and see. If I end up with "pancake" breasts, I might go for a lift, instead.

I remember being a freshman in high school and being a size 12 at the time. I had to wear a size 16 dress for choir, because of my bust size. :P Hated that. I'd love to be either, now, though. At least I'd be in better shape than I am now. Just got to take it day by day, yeah?

My sister got a reduction she had to lose the weight first and considering she was much shorter than me and was Es Fs she needed it (the reduction I mean). But also when she gained weight it was the first place it went!

I think for women at least, it depends hugely on bone structure and body shape. Also, some people the weight will drop off and others will start plateuing due to differences in metabolism. I'm happy with my weight now (I'm a size 8 Australian - which is size 4 US) but back when I was a size 14 I would never have believed I could get that small. So I think for some it's just a mindset, but for many there are lots of other factors involved.

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