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So I did it, I got to onederland, a place I dreamt of but did not ever believe I would attain. I thought loosing 100lbs was a reach but I ran through that. I was on a super high until I wanted to change my next goal weight. The BMI doodah says that I am still in the obese range, damn. 150 to 180lbs is still classed as overweight, do I really need to get another 49 lbs off my already skinny bod to be in the 'normal' range ? What are your thoughts on a new goal weight ?

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that's totally your call. A lot of people seem to end up in the "overweight" or "class I obese" range (with "class I obese" being...not very obese), but about 10-15% of us make it down to the normal range. I can tell you that the last 20-30 lbs are a bear to lose, but people do it. Also, keep in mind that even though we lose bone and muscle along with fat, we still end up with more bone and muscle than someone who's never been obese. So you're likely to look 10 or more lbs lighter than someone of the exact same weight who's never been obese.

the other thing to keep in mind - I think you and I are around the same age. I lot of physicians nowadays like to see their older adult patients in the 23-27 BMI range, since that little extra cushion is good to have if you're sick or injured. People in that range tend to recover more quickly. I'm currently about 8 lbs overweight, after being in the normal range for a few years (the gain is mostly thanks to COVID). It plays with my head and I want to lose it, but my physician is totally happy with my weight. I do admit I look better than I did than when I was at my lowest weight two years after surgery (I thought I looked great, but looking at pictures now, no - I looked pretty awful), but yes - that "normal BMI" thing is really important to a lot of people. I think I'd be happiest if I was there again, but at the higher end so I don't look so gaunt. I'm trying - although admittedly, I think it's mostly a "mental thing" for me.

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24 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

So you're likely to look 10 or more lbs lighter than someone of the exact same weight who's never been obese.

I didnt know this, thanks for the incite and all your experience. It helps

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its Onderful to be in this land again after so long haha. Congratulations. Its the best thing I have done for myself. I feel amazing!!

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Congratulations!!!!

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Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. The BMI and "normal" height/weight charts can really do a number on those of us who literally have bigger bones. Seriously - I had a complete body composition analysis and was told my frame, at 5'7" is much larger (larger bones - see it most easily in my wrists) than most and I should not expect to be 140 and healthy. I am just getting ready to have a consultation with a surgeon (on Wednesday) after nearly 40 years of fighting with my body and food (I just turned 60). The weight I looked and felt my best is 160. I was strong, fit, healthy and attractive. And at 160 I wasn't satisfied because all the charts said I was "overweight"! Now I will cry tears of joy when I hit "onederland" and then again when I hit the ultimate goal weight my doctor and I agree upon ( I am 250 now). I do not expect it to be below 160. I am not setting myself up for that battle. I say be gentle with yourself and Celebrate the amazing accomplishment you have achieved. May you meet your goals!!!!!

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This is a very informative video about goal weight for WLS patients:

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Congratulations!! It’s surreal isn’t it? To see the one on the scale? You did so good.

Can’t wait to join you. Thanks for always sharing your experiences and advice with us!

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So happy for you summerseeker - you had your surgery within a few days of mine and I have LOVED hearing about your journey as I went on mine. No big insights to share, just wanted to send huge congratulations to you. There is no right or wrong final weight. I suspect (and hope) you'll land where you're happy. Best of luck to you x

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You do you!

If you are happy where you are, then BE HAPPY.

As long as you have good health and good tests and such, live your life!

You didn’t do this to be a slave to a number, you did it to live your best life!

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12 hours ago, summerseeker said:

So I did it, I got to onederland, a place I dreamt of but did not ever believe I would attain. I thought loosing 100lbs was a reach but I ran through that. I was on a super high until I wanted to change my next goal weight. The BMI doodah says that I am still in the obese range, damn. 150 to 180lbs is still classed as overweight, do I really need to get another 49 lbs off my already skinny bod to be in the 'normal' range ? What are your thoughts on a new goal weight ?

Oh happy day! Congratulations. I also ask my self the same question. I still need to lose 14 kg to reach my ideal weight of 70 Kg. My current BMI (29.1) puts me at the end of the overweight range. I think I'll be happy if I'm in the range of 75-70 Kg.

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Congrats, Summerseeker! We started around the same time, so it's fantastic to see you hit another milestone!

The shifting-goal thing is a personal choice I think, and it's ok if you stop while still in an "overweight" BMI because of what Catwoman said about the extra scaffolding we acquired from our years of obesity. I'm not even in the middle of a normal BMI yet, but I actually think I'm starting to look frail and bony and I don't think I like it. So I'll be looking at hitting the brakes, though it's hard because I keep losing slowly without meaning to now. You may find you still lose over time.

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19 hours ago, BigSue said:

This is a very informative video about goal weight for WLS patients:

Hello, Do you have the link to this video? I don't want to loose it so I can watch it later.

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27 minutes ago, kcuster83 said:

Hello, Do you have the link to this video? I don't want to loose it so I can watch it later.

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39w4LJtk7ME. I'm watching the video rn

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