Small as I will ever be?

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  • lwest008
    lwest008 Posts: 26 Member
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    I think it's important to differentiate between the way you want to look/feel and the number on the scale. 125lbs can look very different from one woman to another and it has everything to do with the amount of lean mass vs. body fat.

    If you still feel like you have room to improve, perhaps consider ditching the scale entirely for a few months, using a tape measure to measure your key point (chest, waist, hips, butt, thighs, arms) and training with weights. Muscle looks a hell of a lot better in a bathing suit than skinny fat ever will, but the scale may not budge a pound.

    Check out http://www.mybodygallery.com/ for images of women at your height and weight and see how different a weight can look....
  • Mokey41
    Mokey41 Posts: 5,769 Member
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    I'm 5'2" and 115 lbs most of the time. I got to 125 and thought I'd done really well so I stayed there for awhile. I still had a bit of belly and some jiggle in my thighs so I took up running. It really helped lean me out and get my BF% down. Once I got to 115 it wasn't that hard to maintain. I've given up the illusion of being my high school weight ever again. Actually on my wedding day at 21 I was 92 lbs. I'm not sure what happened but when I think about weighing that now I'm really sure that my internal organs would have to come out to be that weight again.
  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,942 Member
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    I think it's important to differentiate between the way you want to look/feel and the number on the scale. 125lbs can look very different from one woman to another and it has everything to do with the amount of lean mass vs. body fat.

    If you still feel like you have room to improve, perhaps consider ditching the scale entirely for a few months, using a tape measure to measure your key point (chest, waist, hips, butt, thighs, arms) and training with weights. Muscle looks a hell of a lot better in a bathing suit than skinny fat ever will, but the scale may not budge a pound.

    Check out http://www.mybodygallery.com/ for images of women at your height and weight and see how different a weight can look....

    This. Why two women of the same weight and height wear different sizes.
  • WhiteRabbit1313
    WhiteRabbit1313 Posts: 1,091 Member
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    When you were 13 you probably didn't really have hips or boobs, so I wouldn't use that as a reference point to be honest... Some strength/resistance training would probably change your shape a fair bit and make you a lot more 'compact'

    True. A lot of women don't think this way because we're so used to focusing on body weight but it's not the be-all-end-all. Body composition is more about how you look. So if you want to be a bit more toned, compact, however you want to refer to it, you may want to try to incorporate more strength training into your exercise routine.

    read more here:

    http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/21/meet-staci-your-new-powerlifting-super-hero/

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    YES!!! I do NOT have to settle for being dumpy as the best that I can do. Thank you!
  • mortuseon
    mortuseon Posts: 579 Member
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    What does "body type" even mean? Your body type is just the weight you're used to. Any body can be any weight within health limits. You can lose as much weight as you want. Calorie deficit doesn't suddenly stop working because your body has decided it doesn't want you to be thinner. Your "body type" is all in your head, because you were overweight as a teen. But your weight as an adult is purely a function of your calorie management, not "body type".

    Body type typically refers to where on the body one is predisposed to put on fat.
  • Prismapencils
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    Hmm...maybe. When I don't exercise or diet, I tend to be somewhere around the 133 range. When I diet only not getting exercise in (binge studying) I end up at 124. I actually stay around 127 when I do BOTH. You can tell what your body's set point tends to be by just weighing yourself and then altering your behaviors every day.
    Maybe that is the smallest you can be without having to exercise more than you are willing to do or eat a certain way. Regardless, I would just focus on measurements and how much better you feel/the more you can do.

    DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are not making sense right now. I had this worded so much better in my head, so bear with me, please. :D
  • WhiteRabbit1313
    WhiteRabbit1313 Posts: 1,091 Member
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    I think it's important to differentiate between the way you want to look/feel and the number on the scale. 125lbs can look very different from one woman to another and it has everything to do with the amount of lean mass vs. body fat.

    If you still feel like you have room to improve, perhaps consider ditching the scale entirely for a few months, using a tape measure to measure your key point (chest, waist, hips, butt, thighs, arms) and training with weights. Muscle looks a hell of a lot better in a bathing suit than skinny fat ever will, but the scale may not budge a pound.

    Check out http://www.mybodygallery.com/ for images of women at your height and weight and see how different a weight can look....

    Ok, I like this. Thank you!
  • Prismapencils
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    What does "body type" even mean? Your body type is just the weight you're used to. Any body can be any weight within health limits. You can lose as much weight as you want. Calorie deficit doesn't suddenly stop working because your body has decided it doesn't want you to be thinner. Your "body type" is all in your head, because you were overweight as a teen. But your weight as an adult is purely a function of your calorie management, not "body type".

    Body type typically refers to where on the body one is predisposed to put on fat.

    This. I am a pear-shape. I am one of those girls where if I eat a thing, it will go to my thighs or bum. :D If you're curious about body types, google "body image gallery" and then look at multiple people who are the same weight and height. There are a lot of differences in body types even though they are of similar size. (thicker bones? Easier to put on muscle? Where does fat tend to be stored?)

    EDIT: Someone beat me to it. That's what I get for not reading entire thread, or even entire page. /lazy
  • RozayJones
    RozayJones Posts: 409 Member
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    I am at my heaviest ever now - I have just about 5ft, my smallest was well my smallest at healthy times was 110 but I was still curvy. I have no desire to weigh 110 again. I would be very happy if I weighed 135. Everyone's body is different my curves will never go away no matter how "skinny" I am.

    Edited to add: you look wonderful!
  • WhiteRabbit1313
    WhiteRabbit1313 Posts: 1,091 Member
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    What does "body type" even mean? Your body type is just the weight you're used to. Any body can be any weight within health limits. You can lose as much weight as you want. Calorie deficit doesn't suddenly stop working because your body has decided it doesn't want you to be thinner. Your "body type" is all in your head, because you were overweight as a teen. But your weight as an adult is purely a function of your calorie management, not "body type".

    Body type typically refers to where on the body one is predisposed to put on fat.

    This. I am a pear-shape. I am one of those girls where if I eat a thing, it will go to my thighs or bum. :D If you're curious about body types, google "body image gallery" and then look at multiple people who are the same weight and height. There are a lot of differences in body types even though they are of similar size. (thicker bones? Easier to put on muscle? Where does fat tend to be stored?)

    EDIT: Someone beat me to it. That's what I get for not reading entire thread, or even entire page. /lazy

    :laugh: Thank you, anyway!
  • WhiteRabbit1313
    WhiteRabbit1313 Posts: 1,091 Member
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    I am at my heaviest ever now - I have just about 5ft, my smallest was well my smallest at healthy times was 110 but I was still curvy. I have no desire to weigh 110 again. I would be very happy if I weighed 135. Everyone's body is different my curves will never go away no matter how "skinny" I am.

    Edited to add: you look wonderful!

    Thank you--I've been beating up on myself for not being able to lose more weight, so it's nice to hear that I'm doing ok. Now, for step 2: Weight training :wink:
  • Siansonea
    Siansonea Posts: 917 Member
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    What does "body type" even mean? Your body type is just the weight you're used to. Any body can be any weight within health limits. You can lose as much weight as you want. Calorie deficit doesn't suddenly stop working because your body has decided it doesn't want you to be thinner. Your "body type" is all in your head, because you were overweight as a teen. But your weight as an adult is purely a function of your calorie management, not "body type".

    Body type typically refers to where on the body one is predisposed to put on fat.

    Well, if you get rid of all the extra fat, it kinda doesn't matter where it is "predisposed" to go. :huh:
  • ImtheOnethatsCool
    ImtheOnethatsCool Posts: 212 Member
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    I'm the same height as you, OP. Without knowing your body composition it's hard to answer.

    Is 110 realistically possible for our height? Yes.

    Is it realistic for ME? No. Because I would have to sacrifice muscle to get there. I have approx 99lbs of lean body mass. I'm not willing to sacrifice any of that for a number on the scale. Instead, I'm working on reducing my body fat %.
  • Lillyloooo
    Lillyloooo Posts: 174 Member
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    4ft 11
  • RosaliaBee
    RosaliaBee Posts: 146 Member
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    Yesterday, when I was discussing my weight loss/gain history, I had and "Oh" moment, in which I realized that I'm 5 lbs. away from being 125 lbs., which is the smallest I've been since I was 13 years old. Never being a slender kid, but never chubby, either, I began to think: What if this IS as small as I can get without really drastic measures? Now, I recognize that I CAN exercise more (I only walk 1-3 miles daily, in addition to regular activity) and that will allow me to be a tad more compact, but is it really realistic that we can all be slim? Or, more directly, is it realistic that I can be significantly slimmer?

    Now, I'm NOT ready to give up, yet, but I don't want to seek something that I'm truly not capable of achieving. Regardless, of everything, I want to maintain the size that I am, if I am where I need to be.

    Ladies, with similar body types, got any advice?

    When you were 13 you probably didn't really have hips or boobs, so I wouldn't use that as a reference point to be honest... Some strength/resistance training would probably change your shape a fair bit and make you a lot more 'compact'

    Agree, your weight at thirteen is not a great goal! I was slender at thirteen, but my boobs especially hadn't fully developed until about fifteen. I'd never try to achieve my thirteen year old weight back. Even if I could remember what it was - in fact I can't as I never weighed myself until I was in my later teens.
  • janessafantasma
    janessafantasma Posts: 312 Member
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    As a short person, 4'11", I feel like my goal weight is huge compared to other short ladies. My goal weight is about 130/140 and it seems most ladies want to be at least 20 lbs lighter than that. I have no interest in weighing less than my goal weight. I don't know, I guess it makes me feel like abnormal or something.
  • xraygal84
    xraygal84 Posts: 13 Member
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    Big butt, hips, and thighs. J-Lo, Kim Kardashian, etc. ring a bell? I'm the stumpy version and not nearly as cute. That's the body type.

    I'm calling B.S. on this! You're adorable, and hopefully will be able to accept yourself at your current weight/shape, even as you keep working toward your goals. Keep it up, you're doing great! Best wishes :)
  • WhiteRabbit1313
    WhiteRabbit1313 Posts: 1,091 Member
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    Big butt, hips, and thighs. J-Lo, Kim Kardashian, etc. ring a bell? I'm the stumpy version and not nearly as cute. That's the body type.

    I'm calling B.S. on this! You're adorable, and hopefully will be able to accept yourself at your current weight/shape, even as you keep working toward your goals. Keep it up, you're doing great! Best wishes :)

    Thank you. I DO need to be nicer to myself. You're right.
  • cafeaulait7
    cafeaulait7 Posts: 2,459 Member
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    Oh, folks can get grotesquely small. I got a disease and got down to 85-87 lbs at 5'6". My LBM was later measured (after treatments) at 115 lbs! So that's pretty small, when you lose most of your fat and muscle, too.

    Sizes in clothes are different, though. My bony self still wouldn't fit into what these models wear. I really do have a wide frame (and you could see every bone in it, so I got a good look at it, lol!). Actually, my thighs were still bigger than a lot of models, too. Scarily enough considering how sick I was, my legs looked good.

    As far as how hard it can be to lose a lot of weight, that's a key thing, imho. I like food. I wouldn't want to be very tiny for me, because I have to lose muscle and eat so little. Ick. I'll just stick with the strong look, myself :)

    For fat, though, you can get a general idea by pinching various parts of yourself. If you have fat deposits that are substantial at all, you'll know it, usually.
  • sweetpea129
    sweetpea129 Posts: 755 Member
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    I hear what you're saying. I'm 5'5 and 150 lbs with a medium frame. Im happy with what i look like. I have a pretty good amount of muscle, not too much fat and wear a size 6. My goal is 140. I am positive that I could go lower if i wanted to but i'm not willing to put in the work to do it. I'm okay with not being super thin. I'm not willing to make the sacrifices. Thats something we all have to decide for ourselves.