Proper Weight

By joni55 Latest Reply 2012-12-26 13:33:48 -0600
Started 2010-04-14 17:41:08 -0500

I have lost 14 pounds in the past few weeks. I am 5'3" tall and presently weigh 190. Where should I be at? I did see a link that was posted to calculate it but now I can't find it.

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Nana_anna 2012-12-25 23:05:40 -0600 Report

Hi Joni, There are charts on line that will help you determine that. But I am also 5'3. I weight 200, after loosing 45 lbs this year. I have been doing Tae Bo, aerobics, walking. But your idea weight for our height can be around, 104 lbs to 127 lbs. I know that to by looking on the charts., this goes right to it. Hope you do well. Blessings to you. Happy New Year!

joni55 2012-12-25 23:15:44 -0600 Report

Thank you, you too. Awhile ago, I went to the doctor's and found out I'm 5'2" so maybe I shrunk? lol I'm about 185 right now. I need to work on getting back where I was.

Nana_anna 2012-12-25 23:19:57 -0600 Report

I know that feeling! I haven't shrunk you at 49 yrs old. But I gained some wt. over the holidays. Need to get on the ball again!

joni55 2012-12-25 23:22:25 -0600 Report

My weight went up after my mom passed in June. I didn't watch what I was eating as much.

Nana_anna 2012-12-26 13:33:48 -0600 Report

Yes, it is hard when we get stressed or eat in an emotional state such as that. I wish you well. Sorry about your loss also. :)

liquorish 2012-12-03 17:01:41 -0600 Report

Hi Joni. Berrykins0 is right on the dot. Several years ago I just happened to watch the Today Show and Joy Bauer, a nutritionist was on. I bought her book Food Cures because my husband and I both were having super bad leg cramps at night. Both of us, the same night. I knew it had to be a vitamin or mineral deficiency, but had no idea which one or how to find out. This book is NOT eat a certain food and your cancer disappears. It is a nutrition book, telling what vitamins and minerals you need, how much, and what foods contain them. Our cramps went away real quick. This is the first book I ever came across that spelled this out for me. You can find it in most book stores, or maybe on line. I paid about $25 and it was the BEST money ever spent. Congratulations on your weight loss. Be very proud. I have lost 80, but it took me about 19 years. Sounds bad huh? The problem is that I can lose the weight fairly easily, but keeping it off is my problem. I yo yo dieted most of my life, and fad diets, etc. When I got serious, I lost a few pounds at a time and kept that off and was proud of what I had accomplished. Usually during these 19 years I would have lost 60 and gained 100 and done this several times. But I have steadily lost and not gained back even one pound. And I lost it in a healthy way, by changing my lifestyle. So be very proud of your loss, and keep up the good work. Liquorish

joni55 2012-12-25 22:08:55 -0600 Report

Thanks. My weight has gone up a bit. My mom passed away in June and I haven't been watching what I eat as much. I do want to get back on track though.

berrykins0 2011-09-14 16:39:24 -0500 Report

5ft 3 inch weight should be 115lb to 137lb body mass chart numbers for this range weight 21 and 24 healthy weight range and body mass body mass is 21.74 for my height is 5ft 6inch i used mayo clinic website to get body mass numbers and weight for you and my self hope this helps good luck on losing more weight.

Nana_anna 2011-09-14 10:05:03 -0500 Report

Congrates on the weight loss! I am also 5ft 3" tall. I weight about 230. I have read in the health books, and searching on line, that with my height I should weigh between 107 the least, to 145 the greatest. I think that gives us a large scale to go between the ups and downs of our weight. I am that way. I can't keep my weight at the same number. It's either 5 lbs less or 5 lbs more. I have to exercise to keep it off. I just haven't been able to because of my back, especially this last year. I am getting better but still need improvement, before I can walk 30 minutes or do aerobics. I can swim some, but it's hard getting out to a pool on a daily basis. Good luck to you all on loosing more weight!

diva53d 2011-09-13 17:57:04 -0500 Report

joni, I am also 5'3" and have lost 10lbs in about 2 1/2 weeks. now down to 200lbs.. I believe we at our height should weigh approx 120-140 at the high end.
I am working to get back there! I walk and drink lots of water.
Your doing fantastic! Don't worry about the charts go with where you are comfortable and can do they things you want too.
Keep up the great work!!

joni55 2011-09-13 22:36:01 -0500 Report

Thanks, my weight is around 155 now. I have been lower but I have a neighbor who likes to get goodies, lol. I need to cut that out.

diva53d 2011-09-14 06:22:06 -0500 Report

I have a hubby with a sweet tooth! Now that makes it harder! Stay away from the goodies! Guess we have to cheat once and a while! :D Hang in there!

Brenda_B 2010-10-30 15:21:17 -0500 Report

YAY for you! WOOT WOOT
"what should I weigh?" I think that is like asking the meaning of life. I'm 5'6" and when I weighed 185… I hated going to the doctor becuase he was always on me about my wieight. Now I have a BMI of 32 (hey it used to be 35) and I hear all the time it should be 25. Eeekk. You need to be healty (less strain on my heart and dibetices under good control) and active (carry around extra pounds really slow you down.) But bottom line you get to decide when you have reached that goal.
I have to add I'm really proud of you… Girl you ROCK!

joni55 2011-09-13 22:38:07 -0500 Report

My BMI is 27.5 right now. I am around 155 pounds and wearing a size 10! It feels great but I do hope to lose more.

katmandu 2010-04-23 10:15:14 -0500 Report

Congrats on the wt. loss…that's a respectable amount! Were you ever at a weight where you felt good, had more energy? I would aim for that weight. The chart weights can be intimidating, but if you can aim for somewhere you have actually been before it can inspire you!

joni55 2010-04-23 10:39:13 -0500 Report

Yeah, unfortunately no one else liked it. I was 95 pounds but I can honestly say I never felt better in my life.

joni55 2010-04-23 10:40:59 -0500 Report

I was exercising almost every day. I would walk 4 miles and then come back and do exercises in my apartment for half an hour.

sahm0315 2010-04-21 07:47:28 -0500 Report

A very general rule of thumb is 5 ft is 100 ponds & add 5 pounds for each inch over that…problem is I should be 125 (I;m 5'5" and 222lbs) and I was NEVER below 130 even in high school!! I think that you should go by how you feel, for me it's 150-160 pounds which is my goal.

flipmom 2011-09-14 16:50:23 -0500 Report

i'm 5'1 and ive never been 105 eversince i have my first child anD that would be 24 years ago. i will be happy if i ever go down to 130..

joni55 2010-04-21 11:29:16 -0500 Report

For me, I think 130 is a realistic goal for now. I will probably go down more once I reach that but I don't want to get frustrated. Thank you!

cpmt 2010-05-02 21:13:19 -0500 Report

I THINK eating small quantities (more than three tiems a day) and doing exercise help to lose wt. I too need to lose some wt but it is very difficult.

firstflight800 2010-04-20 18:56:04 -0500 Report

Ideal weight differs for different people, but my guess would be that you should probably not weigh more than 130. It's a daunting task, but weight alone isn't so critical, but percent body fat "is". Using a scale will not bring cheer, but clothing fitting looser "will", and it will show what you've accomplished. Hard exersize builds muscle, which weighs more than fat, so keep that in mind. I am 5'11 and could lose some weight. The "chart" says I should weigh 165. At that weight, I would look like I was "dying" and 175-180 would be ideal for me. I'm at 200 now.

joni55 2010-04-20 20:46:22 -0500 Report

I was 130 through most of my college years, except when I would starve myself to fit in my favorite dress for homecoming or some special event. Then I would take it down 10 pounds in about a week.

My lowest was 95 pounds in the early 90s. I was in one of those things where I never felt I was thin enough. But, I can honestly say, I never felt better in my life. I was exercising alot then too.

joni55 2010-04-20 20:47:07 -0500 Report

I actually was down to a size 0 at one point! And, I still thought I was fat.

Tearey 2010-04-20 20:50:13 -0500 Report

Joni its not the size its the heart that will help you with your decisions! Good Luck I am 5'6 and I am 165lbs very comfortable. We change throughout our lives Its best not to live in the past sure it was nice at the time. I most my life was trying to gain weight..Then 2 children later It was all in the past! LOL

joni55 2010-04-20 21:07:07 -0500 Report

Sometimes, I worry about going back to that place. For me, it is all about the numbers, the lower the better - blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, even if the numbers are too low. I can never see that they are too low. Wierd, huh?!

mary47Oregon 2010-04-20 15:20:26 -0500 Report

good job joni! I too am a bit on the short side. My doctor asked me to lose 30 lbs (I'm at about 205) so I joined a women's gym with my friend.
Just wanted to congratulate you on your success.

joni55 2010-04-20 15:28:26 -0500 Report

You too! I am so proud of you. I need to do something about the exercise thing. I do have a video but have not used it yet. I am also short, 5'3". So, I have a long ways to go.

joni55 2010-04-20 20:48:57 -0500 Report

My brother and I used to take aerobics classes at the Y. I loved it, although I do admit to watching that clock real carefully! LOL

GabbyPA 2010-04-15 11:07:31 -0500 Report

The BMI chart is a good starting point, but you should also talk to your doctor and see what the goals are there. The BMI has no insight to your history, conditions or treatments, so it may not be as accurate as a one on one with a doctor or nutritionist.

MAYS 2010-04-14 19:05:22 -0500 Report

You must be referring to a Body Mass Calculator (BMI).
Here is a link to one that I posted in an earlier discussion, you input your true height and body weight and it will reveal your weight status as either under, over, obese or on target. (It's listed below)

~ Mays ~

joni55 2010-04-15 00:01:36 -0500 Report

Thanks but the link didn't show up. Can you give it to me again. I appreciate it.

joni55 2010-04-15 00:08:04 -0500 Report

I found the other discussion and copied the link down. Thanks again.

Dillon Prickett
Dillon Prickett 2010-04-17 18:21:27 -0500 Report

Hey Joni,
Thought I'd chime in with some things that have helped me… You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Also make sure you are eating plenty of protein, you want to make sure your body is burning fat and not muscle =] Small meals about every 2 1/2 hours will keep your body's fire going strong!
In Health

GabbyPA 2010-04-17 19:21:39 -0500 Report

I had never heard of that calculation for water intake. That is very interesting. Is there a reason for that?

Dillon Prickett
Dillon Prickett 2010-04-19 02:49:57 -0500 Report

That's just it you see, over time the fat in your body hardens. When you start loosing weight all you are doing essentially is breaking up/disconnecting your fat cells from your organs. You need the water to flush it out. So the more you can get down the better, by using that calculation it is an easy way to ensure your body gets what it needs. =]
I was on track for diabetes and was able to drop 50 lbs in 6 weeks. Now I work with a team of doctors to spread the word and help others do the same. =]

jayabee52 2010-04-19 21:04:39 -0500 Report

That's interesting about the body fat hardening and breaking up the fat by losing it. Where might one find this information that you shared? Is there a study or peer reviewed article or paper somewhere which says this?

MAYS 2010-04-19 21:51:58 -0500 Report

When you consume fewer calories than your body needs, your body turns to fat for energy. Your fat cells (triglycerides) provide the fuel for this energy.

Through a series of complex metabolic processes, triglycerides are broken down into two different components — glycerol and fatty acids — which are absorbed into your liver, kidney and muscle. Here, these components are further broken down by chemical processes that ultimately produce energy for your body.

The heat generated through these activities is used to help maintain your body temperature. The waste products that result are water and carbon dioxide. You excrete water primarily in urine and sweat and carbon dioxide in air exhaled from your lungs.

~ Mays ~

Dillon Prickett
Dillon Prickett 2010-04-19 02:56:07 -0500 Report

That's just it you see, over time the fat in your body hardens. When you start loosing weight all you are doing essentially is breaking up/disconnecting your fat cells from your organs. You need the water to flush it out. So the more you can get down the better, by using that calculation it is an easy way to ensure your body gets what it needs. =]
I was on track for diabetes and was able to drop 50 lbs in 6 weeks. Now I work with a team of doctors to spread the word and help others do the same. =]

joni55 2010-04-19 09:34:34 -0500 Report

Good for you! I have one question though. I am worried about sagging skin. I know some people when they lose weight have to have surgery to remove the excess skin. Why is that? I am 55 and am concerned that my skin might not have the elasticity that it once had.

joni55 2010-04-17 20:56:23 -0500 Report

I tend to drink a lot of water every day. I tend to have a glass of water or iced tea with me all the time, probably more water than anything. Sometimes, I will put lemon juice in it with a little sweetener. Water doesn't always sit well in my stomach.

Thanks for the help. I think I need to eat more protein, though I do tend to lead more toward cheese for snacks.

Dillon Prickett
Dillon Prickett 2010-04-19 02:54:45 -0500 Report

Great Job on the water intake Joni! Try if you can to go easy on the lemon because keep in mind they do have plenty of natural sugars… Another great way to get some water down without sugar is Crystal Light, plus it tastes good! =]

joni55 2010-04-19 09:31:01 -0500 Report

A few years ago, I was working at ARCO and got a big glass of Crystal Light to drink throught he afternoon. After a short time my tongue started swelling. It scared me so I am careful not to use that anymore. If I am out somewhere, I always have to make sure that whatever people are drinking is not Crystal Light. I have no idea what caused this allergic reaction.

joni55 2010-04-19 09:32:12 -0500 Report

I do, however, have something called True Lemon and it comes in single serving packets. It only has 1 carb and I use that.

joni55 2010-04-16 23:18:26 -0500 Report

I did one and I don't believe it still says I am obese.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-04-17 00:14:02 -0500 Report

Don't feel bad, you'll get there! For your height is said the highest weight is 141 before you are considered overweight. Well, I am on the verge of being overweight - I just can't gain 8 lbs, but I am very comfortable with my weight. You also have to take into consideration of muscle mass, if I am correct, muscle weighs more than fat.

Don't get discouraged Joni, just keep doing what you are doing, don't give up and you will get there. You lost 14 lbs, you're doing something right!
:) Danni

joni55 2010-04-17 10:17:38 -0500 Report

Thanks Danni! You are so special. I have to be careful about the weight loss though. I have been anorexic in the past. My life is all about low numbers on everything. I was down to 95 pounds and still thought I looked fat.

Thank you for your encouragement. I do hope things are going well for you.

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