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I found the coolest site, ladies! You enter a height and weight and are shown a gallery of photos of real women with these stats. This may be a useful tool in helping determine your desired goal weight.

http://www.mybodygal...com/search.html

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Very cool! Thanks for sharing. Keeps it real since when we look in the mirror we don't always see what we really see.

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I agree. This is so perpetuated by television too. For example, I LOVE SVU, but it always bothers me on crime shows when they're listing a female victim's stats and they say something like, "mid-twenties, 5'5", 115 pounds..." and the woman is of an average build. That would make her around 140, people.

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Keep in mind if you have been really heavy that your bones and internal stuff weigh a little more. So, your goal weight might need to be a couple of pounds higher to account for that - don't drive yourself crazy with somebody else's numbers.

It has taken me awhile to make peace with weighing in the "150s" but everyone around me tells me I am just right even though I am only 5'5".

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Keep in mind if you have been really heavy that your bones and internal stuff weigh a little more. So, your goal weight might need to be a couple of pounds higher to account for that - don't drive yourself crazy with somebody else's numbers.

It has taken me awhile to make peace with weighing in the "150s" but everyone around me tells me I am just right even though I am only 5'5".

Please say more about this, CJ. Why would bones weigh more? Does the marrow gain density or something? I find this fascinating!

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What an awesome, awesome site! Thank you sooo much for the link to this - I struggle with dysmorphia terribly and cannot wrap my mind around what I look like - it is so nice to see the different sizes and shapes and see where I am :)

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It used to be believed that women who carried more weight had a higher BMD (bone mineral density) but a couple of recent studies actually have disproven that theory. With that said, I am also 5 foot 5, and I would be ecstatic at 150 lbs. And I have seen pics of CJ and she looks just right. :)

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Here's another site I have used a lot to stare at:

http://www.cockeyed.com/photos/bodies/heightweight.html

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Here's another site I have used a lot to stare at:

http://www.cockeyed.com/photos/bodies/heightweight.html

What a cool site! thanks for sharing!

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I love thos! I like looking at the women my size soi know I don't look completely funky.

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Here's another site I have used a lot to stare at:

http://www.cockeyed....ghtweight.html

Thank you for the link, gamergirl! Very cool site.

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I love thos! I like looking at the women my size soi know I don't look completely funky.

You and me both! Yes I look fat but I may not be as disgustingly fat as I think I am. It's always nice to see those instead of stick thin, airbrushed models anyway.

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I look at my before pics and I look in the mirror now, and I don't see a difference.

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Thank you so much for posting this!! I found this site (or something similar) about 3 or 4 years ago and was never able to find it again!!! So happy you posted this I've finally found it again

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this website still doesn't show my body, none of the women in my search have pronounced lower stomach pooches. but, it does give me something to work toward, when I put in my goal weight and saw how cute it looks!

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