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Finally figured out my real goal weight! (Grab and Squeeze Method).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hello Sparkfriends!

Some of you know that I've had an ongoing preoccupation with figuring out what my real goal weight should be. As a medium-to-big-boned woman who stands just a smidge shy of 5' 10", I know it would be insanity to aim for the very bottom of my BMI range (128 lbs -- I am not even sure if my bare skeleton weighs that little!), but it's a long way to the other end of the range (173 lbs), and it has been a struggle to figure out where I should set my sights.

I know, I know, the scale isn't everything. It isn't even most of everything. Like most of us I do try to pay equal attention to the way my clothes fit, how I feel and what I'm able to do. I also use a tape measure and track the size of my waist, hips, etc. All of those indicators are pointing in the right direction, and I am now 2 lbs. below my initial goal weight of 165, but I can tell from all of those same indicators (clothing, how I feel, etc) that I am really NOT there yet, and I know it will help me to be able to set my sights on a number on the scale. In the same way that I like a deadline or a grade to shoot for, I need that number to help keep me focused and on track.

The good news is that I really believe I've settled on a number, and that number is 155 lbs. I'm 162 now, so that's 8 more to go. Getting there would put me just above the middle of my BMI range, which should help to account for bone size, and would give me a BMI of about 20. The number 155 also appeals to me because it is 10 lbs. above my lowest recorded weight as an adult, which was taken at some point during my senior year of high school. Maybe if I hadn't had a child or come down with massive fibroids I would try to get back to that weight, but it feels right somehow to settle on a goal that's 10 lbs. higher. My body has changed and there is no use denying it. I am also adding lean muscle mass that I didn't have in high school, so that's another reason to pad the total.

All of these reasons entered into my decision, but in fact I started out by taking a much simpler approach: the grab and squeeze method. I basically just did a tour of my remaining flabby bits (!!) and added up how many times I could grab what felt like a handful of unwanted fat. Two per thunder thigh, one across the bum, one and change in the belly, and maybe two or a little less than two spread across my entire lower body. Grab and squeeze. Eight pounds. There you go. It's hardly rocket science, but it feels right, and I'm making this my stated goal.

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    Great method! :-)

    I've found that when I set up a more aggressive (lower) weight target, it keeps me challenged longer, and I do more. Maybe I don't reach it, but it organizes my energy differently.

    Otherwise, I also spent quite some time to figure out a good number. At the beginning, I was also much "safer", and when I reached that goal, which was still kind on the "bit over" side, only then I took the courage to aim lower.

    On the other hand, I've found with my clients (I support office people to develop a healthy lifestyle), that it is better to set other goals, vs. weight target, and use weight only as a milestone, or a metric to track progress. I wrote an article about it here, if you read it, I'm interested in your feedback.


    Your pictures show you already have impressive results! Way to go!
    What is your main training exercise?
    2622 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    155 for your height sounds perfect! Best of luck with your journey, it sounds like you are doing great.
    2631 days ago
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    128 pounds for 5'10"??Heck no!?!?!? I heard once that you should be 100 pounds at 5 feet and then add 5 pounds for every inch over 5 feet. However that is for about the lowest weight! 155 sounds great! Oh wait...I already commented on this blog. Well, I couldn't figure out how to delete, so you get two comments. Lol.
    2631 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/3/2014 12:52:34 PM
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    I'm no where near ready to do the grab and squeeze...but I like your thought process on this. emoticon
    2639 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6892401
    I would love to be tall! I'm 5'3". Can you get that can of pumpkin from the top shelf for me? Lol. I can look slim at 120 and overweight at 130. There is no height to hide weight when you are down here!! I only get 1200-1500 calories for my height. See, there are advantages to being tall! 155 sounds like a super slim goal weight for you! I'm glad you found a target!
    2641 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2014 3:23:23 PM
    That sounds like a good weight for you. Plus your method of determining it is logical. You are doing a great job of staying healthy! I know you will reach your final goal.

    2643 days ago
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    2644 days ago
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    I think 155 is perfect! You'll be thin but not too and that's a healthy weight for your body type. It's "fighting" weight. LOL

    2644 days ago
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