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What size should you be?


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Hello!

I'm 5'3 and today I weighed 147.5. I have pretty small bones based on my hands, feet and wrists. I wear a size ten in jeans. All the charts say I'm mildly overweight. So, I'm wondering, what size was I made to be? Should I strive to be 135 and be at the upper end of the normal weight range, or should I get even smaller then that? I'm not trying to be skinny. I know I'm not made to be a size two. I'm just trying to be the best me that I can be. :)

 

Also, what size do you think you were made to be? Take into consideration your height and bone structure.

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Well, I'd like to start off by saying that I don't put much stock into clothing sizes. Every brand fits me differently.

I'm 5'3" and weigh 125 pounds with a medium frame. I'm currently wearing a 4 or 6 pant and a medium shirt (because of these darn boobs!). I feel most comfortable between 115 and 120 pounds.

I'm definitely not made to be in a size smaller than what I wear now. In my teens and early 20s, I weighed between 105 and 110 and it made my hands look enormous and my head look like a balloon. I'm just not proportional without some curves on my body; I need something to balance out my large boobs.

I do have a girlfriend who is my height but has such a small frame. She looks fine weighing at the lower end of the healthy weight range just because of her delicate build.

i think this is true that some people were made to be certain sizes. i'm 5'4" and my weight is most "comfortable" 127 - 130 lbs (i am around a size 6 or 8 depending on brand). I flucutate around there (if i have had a big eating weekend then more at 130). I was 116 at one point when i restricted and even though on paper it didn't look too bad, i used to get comments all the time that i looked too skinny. I also had to struggle to stay that way (to the point where i had an ED mentality). I now find that i can be flexible with what i eat and stay around the same weight and it is still healthy for my height. I think freedom from restricting is the best thing! So yeah i do think that certain bodies were made to be a certain way.

Thanks jenny, I think I'm probably made to be a size 6 or 8, then. I certainly don't want to struggle like you did to be any smaller. :)

And thank you bier! It's good to hear about people that are close to me in height.

It's also encouraging to know that you still have big boobs even if you don't like them. :) I have pretty big boobs and I'd like to keep it that way. I'm afraid if I get too thin I'll loose them!

I'm 5'2" and went from 147 to 121. Also on paper this looks good, but is not "right" for me. I'm best at 110-115, and am about size 6 at that weight--or I used to be... I'm medium framed, really would look too thin at anything smaller than a 6. However, I've read on these boards about sizes and weights, and it seems that most people my current height and weight are in a size 4. I'm a size 9 jeans mostly because of my tummy. 36-32-35. Would like to be 35-28-35. Hopefully if I lose a few more pounds it will come off my tummy...

 

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Hmm.. Hard question. Since I'm so short, I guess I "should" be US 4-6 or something like that. But I've been aiming on 6-8 and I'd be perfectly happy like that. Right now I'm 145lbs 5'2'' and 20 years, wearing US size 8-10.

My problem is that my boyfriend is kinda small, so I always end up thinking I look too big next to him. But in reality, I think I should push those thoughts aside and concentrate on that I actually DON'T look good if I'm less than size 6, which was proven to me back in 2005 when my ED was severe and I looked like a ghost.

 

Now I've got "I was made for lovin' you baby, you were made for lovin' me..." in my head ;)

really hard question.....I am 40 years old and size 12 at your age I was 65 pounds "thinner" ...I can get there now! is just impossible :-)) a size 8...max 10 will make me happy :-))

I'm also 5'3" and weigh 133 as of today.  I wear a 6 or 8.   That's heavy for me.  I need to be about 122-125.   I'm very small boned.  I feel better when at 122.  

In the past decade I have been every size from a 2-14, weighing between 110 and 165. However, most of that time, when I am not actively dieting or just really pigging out and gaining weight, it seems like I hover around this weight (I am the exact same size as you (height/weight) and I am also a size 10.)  I like myself best around size 6. 

Ok, who am I kidding, I was and would be thrilled to be a size 2, but I feel like that is unattainable, or at least unmaintainable.

I was always very small until I started "aging".  I'm 5'4" and weigh 135. I wear an 8/10.   I used to weigh 110-115 and wear a 5, but I don't think I'd want to be that thin now - some body fat smooths out the wrinkles.  :)

not sure. My BMI is basically perfect (22.5..i think), but my pear shape figure puts me in a size 10/12 pant size.

I'd like to be in single digits...that's next years goal (focusing on not gaining during the holidays...not losing).

I think it matters on the build, height, age...I'm 5'8" curvey/pear shaped, 28. My lowest in High School was a 4 and SO many people thought I was anorexic. I ate reg but had the fastest metabolism ever. I was boney...not my fault though.

I think that a size 7 was my FAVORITE. that's what I'd like to be, but a 7/9 will be fine by me too!

Original Post by naturistdiva:

I'm also 5'3" and weigh 133 as of today.  I wear a 6 or 8.   That's heavy for me.  I need to be about 122-125.   I'm very small boned.  I feel better when at 122.  

Exactly like me... I'm 5'3 and got down to 132 last month, have fluncuated up, but I'm very small boned and feel better at 122, a size 2/4... I've been there before and need to be about 122-125 at my height and frame

I am 5'2 1/2 I weight 136 and I am in a size 5. I have a small frame figure. 

I was actually always told I was way too skinny barely fitting in a size 0 even after my first kid. But after my second kid wow I blew up all the way to 140 which doesnt sound extremely huge but for a person with a very small frame it is a lot. Nothing but pure fat!

This is the gross part, my measurements 32 32 35. So embarrassing! =( Recently my daughter told me I was getting fat and that gave me the push I needed.

I am currently in mode to lose at least 20 pounds! I want to eventually be back down to 105-110 Im sick of feeling embarrassed and wearing sweaters even when Im hot. I dont really think it is the weight people should look at, its the measurements or how the weight is set on you, if its in you mid section its obviously not good. I have a friend who weighs 130 and wears a size 1 or 2! Not to mention has a tiny waist, Im not going to be in a size 2 or 3 by losing 6 more pounds. So its each individual person.

Sorry, dont know if I actually helped at all =) But good luck with every thing, weight loss isnt easy for most of us but it is worth it

<3 Lilli 

I honestly don't know. I've been anywhere from a size 1 to a size 10. I'm 5'3", so I suppose because of my height I have a smallish frame, but I'm also a swimmer so I have a big, muscular back.

Honestly, though I've always been a curvy girl (not necessarily chubby--but very curvy), I'd say I have more of a medium frame, and about 120 lbs (which is my goal) should fit me fine, though I'm actually considering going down to 115 because my goal is only 6 lbs away and I'm not even close to the way I'd like to look at my goal.

Wow thank you all so much! It's really good to hear all of your perspectives.

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 I think that a size 6 to 8 would suit you beautifully, though it's hard to tell without a picture.

 I was wondering if I could get the same advice. I have an hourglass figure- 45, 30, 46, with long limbs and a square-ish face (I tend to look like a lollipop when too small). I'm vegetarian (since my early teens) and I've always been plump (I kind of blame it on the hormones that tend to accompany the body type). :p

 I make (or have made) or alter most of my clothes to fit my body-type. Part of me is size 10 and the rest is size 18.

 I'm 190 and this is my first real attempt at dieting (there's diabetes in my family and I want to lower my risk of getting it).

 I once had a job that was physically gruelling and so I got down to around 140 at that time. People told me I looked too thin, and they were right. Though I was a different height at the time.

 On another note-I've actually grown nearly two inches since I turned 30 (I'm 35 now). I was 5.5 and am almost 5.7 now.

 Have any of you ever heard about late growth spurts?

I guess it would better for your mind-set if you said something like "right now I am unhappy with my current weight/size. What would make me happy is changing my size." Because no one is "suppose" to be a certain size. We are who we are and we can change, but not to fit a specific mold.

Find out how you really feel now and what you want to do to change THAT SPECIFIC state of mind (losing a few pounds, exercising, eating better), not having expectations of what you 'should' be.

Anywho, I'm not saying that you're not doing these things, just thought that I'd talk about more encouraging, positive ways to think about goals.

Actually mperic81, that was kind of my point in starting this thread. I was wondering if there is a specific mold for me. I can understand why you might think that my thought isn't positive, but I really do feel positive about it. I've never been healthy. So, for me it's an exciting adventure to become healthy, to become the best me I can be. I do feel beautiful in my size ten jeans, I just don't feel healthy, you know? In essence all I'm really asking is what size is healthy for me.

I can give you an answer based on historical perspective - size means absolutely nothing!

I am 55. When I was 18 and weighed about 110 (at 5'4"), I wore about a size 8 or so. Not an ounce of fat on me.

Fast forward 35 years or more -I had children, and gained weight. Now, since I have lost 27 pounds and currently weigh 127, I am wearing size 4 jeans. I have NEVER worn size 4 jeans, not even when i was a skinny-minnie! Why is that? Because the clothing industry, I am convinced, has resized everything to accomodate a larger population. What is currently a size 4 used to be a size 8 or 10. etc., etc.

It's a useless number! Wear the size that fits, and what makes you look good and feel good. Don't lose to fit into a specific size - it will make you crazy. You are only comparing yourself to the standards of others, and that's not healthy.

I am just happy not to have to wear elastic waist pants and oversized, lose shirts!

Original Post by anniepook:

I can give you an answer based on historical perspective - size means absolutely nothing!

I am 55. When I was 18 and weighed about 110 (at 5'4"), I wore about a size 8 or so. Not an ounce of fat on me.

Fast forward 35 years or more -I had children, and gained weight. Now, since I have lost 27 pounds and currently weigh 127, I am wearing size 4 jeans. I have NEVER worn size 4 jeans, not even when i was a skinny-minnie! Why is that? Because the clothing industry, I am convinced, has resized everything to accomodate a larger population. What is currently a size 4 used to be a size 8 or 10. etc., etc.

It's a useless number! Wear the size that fits, and what makes you look good and feel good. Don't lose to fit into a specific size - it will make you crazy. You are only comparing yourself to the standards of others, and that's not healthy.

I am just happy not to have to wear elastic waist pants and oversized, lose shirts!

That is so true about sizes changing over the years.  It's called vanity sizing.  That's why the argument, "Marilyn Monroe was plus-sized because she wore size 14" holds no water.  Maybe she wore size 14 in the 50s-60s, but her weight and measurements would make her size 4 today!

I read somewhere that the size you were when you were 20 is the size you were genetically meant to be.  I think this applies if you ate a more or less healthy diet and got some physical activity on a regular basis, but if you were really sedentary and ate a really poor diet up until you were 20 then you should disregard this.

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