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    Just had an epiphany. Back in 09 when I started losing weight on CW, I set 135 as my goal weight. I just realized I'm not supposed to weigh 135. 135 would be me with, like, 0% BF, all muscle and bones, right?. Now, logically, if I multiply 135 by 20% body fat (which is a good, athletic goal, IMO), I get 162 lbs, and 156 if I go to 16% BF. Maybe it's wrong, I'm probably crazy... but that means I'm less than 10 lbs from a real, tangible, HEALTHY goal weight. Huh.
    Am I totally off here?
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    I am 6'1" and currently 208 and when I think about my early 20s I was 135#. I can't ever think of me being that thin again. I was really nothing but bones and skin. Not to mention that was 23yrs ago. I think my healthy realistic goal would be 165-175 and with that I am fine.
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    I am also 6'1". I remember weighing #138 for a long time in university, couple or four decades ago. But I also was maybe too skinny. Certainly when I was a teenager, I could have passed for an Auschwitz survivor. Now I am somewhere between 170 - 175, and it does feel like this is what my body wants to be. I've got some blubber that could be gone, but I suspect it will get replaced with muscle and I'll weigh the same. I'm about 22% bf.

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    If your weight loss has stalled, it might be because you have pretty much got to where you want to be. What is your height and frame. Those calculators give a rough estimate. I am not sure where I will end up levelling out, but at 5'7", small frame and 132-134 (lean body mass around 100lbs), I know I am not far off. I was thinking of a target weight at first, but I think I am just going to see where I end up levelling out at, and I may well be happy at that, after all, I am no expert on what my "perfect" weight is anyways.

    If 135 is your lean body mass, you could never get down that low, barring amputation or starving yourself to the point where your muscles were atrophied, and I know you don't want to do that. It sounds like you are getting close, congrats!

    lean body mass = 135 = 80% of you (leaving 20% fat)
    additional fat 135 x 20/80 = 33.75
    Goal weight for 20% body fat 135 + 33.75 = 168.75 - say 169 to 170lbs

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    I'm 5'5.5", and was 178 Apr 1st (starting Whole 30), with 36% BF. I'd like to get down to 20% BF. I don't know what I weigh ATM, b/c W30 prohibits weighing & measuring during the challenge. I would say I'm medium frame. Good Irish stout stock
    I have tree trunks for legs, and just barely staaaaaarting to get a cut in my calf when I flex.

    I have NEVER been skinny. Always overweight and mostly obese. I was 150 lbs when I was 10. I'd like to get down there, but I'd rather have a terrific BF%, be able to run marathons, be a mommy, and hot like Xena!
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    You're guessing that 135 would be zero body fat. One way to work it out is using BMI. For example to achieve a BMI of 25 at your height you need to be around 150. A BMI of 23 puts you around 140
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    this calculator http://www.healthstatus.com/cgi-bin/calc/calculator.cgi had your ideal lean body mass of around 100lbs. Currently your lean body mass is around 113 or so.
    Working out the calculations, 178 - 113 = 65 lbs fat
    65/178 = 36.5%

    So at this point, you still have a bit to lose to get to 20% body fat. At ideal lean mass of 100lbs, 20% body fat would put you at:
    100 = 80%, so 25 = 20%, total weight would be 120.

    Even if your ideal lean mass was higher - say you are large framed and LBM should be 115 instead.
    115 = 80%, so 115/4 = 28.75 = 20%, so total goal weight would be 115 + 28.75 = 143.75

    Keep in mind, women often stop menstruating below 20% body fat, so 20% body fat may not be optimal for you - at 22-23% I am pretty slim.
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    Darnit. I feel like it will never happen (I thought it would only take a year to drop 100. I'm pushing 2 now, and only lost 20 lbs last year, despite practically killing myself CW style. I've lost 80 total. Started at 248 lbs & 48% BF). Does it help that my doc doesn't want me out of the 140s?
    I wish I could be like the other PB newbs who drop 10-20 lbs their first month.
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    140s sounds pretty reasonable to me, and in the long run even if it takes a couple of years, if you can take it off and keep it off, you will benefit for the rest of your life. I know it sucks, I get impatient too, but I can't control the process, I can only do my best, and from what I have read on the forum, you have been doing your best, and you are making progress. My mom is one of these people who takes a long time to lose weight, but if she stays low carb, she does get it off. I don't know why we are all different, but it just seems to be that way.

    Take heart - half way through the whole30 you may be a whole lot lower than you think you are!
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    Yeah, sorry to be such a whiney mamby pamby. I don't mean to. Just so @#%^ frustrated. I had a dream last night that I finished Whole 30 and didn't lose a single pound or drop any BF. I just stood on scale and cried. Like what was the point of torturing myself?
    I don't know if I'm doing it right. I don't know if I'm working out incorrectly or not to make it all "click". What if I'm not pushing myself hard enough? I just wish I had someone to tell me to what to do on a daily basis. What workouts, foods, etc. Okay, well, foods I got down... so mainly exercise. I love to run, but I don't think I'm getting enough out of the weight room and feel kind of lost and stuck in the same ol' circuit.
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