I stopped at about 135lbs. At 5'3" that seems a tad high to me. But my mother gave me a book of photos from my childhood for Christmas. Looking through the photos, I learned that:
a) as a toddler I was thicker in build than other toddlers.
b) compared to my sister, I'm thicker in build than her by a mile and it's obvious that as a child I was not fat like I always believed myself to be.
c) at the age of 16, being 110lbs, I really didn't look that different than I do now, just younger and less happy.
d) being 125lbs I looked almost exactly carbon-copy the same as myself right this minute at 135.
e) in my 20s I was quite obese at 145lbs. Something about being a full-grown adult and eating primal makes the number on the scale mean something different.
I am nearing 50 years old. I've started lifting. My body composition IS changing dramatically. I am muscular. I'm built different than the wispy ladies held up as the ideal for me. I'm becoming the best version of myself and coming to accept that happily.
I have done two 3-month backpacking trips. If there's ever an opportunity to force some weight loss on yourself, 90 days in the wilderness hiking 20-30 miles a day is going to do it. But it doesn't really work. Your body becomes extremely efficient. The weight comes right back on. You can visibly see it accumulating day by day. You might drop a little weight on a shorter trip, but it's likely to come back after one large celebratory meal. You might be able to force a plateau to break with about a 2 week trip. Just enough to surprise your body, drop enough real weight to make a difference, yet not initiate any compensation (metabolic slowing or efficiency) to counter-act it when you get back to the "real" world.
Originally Posted by paul119
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
I can squat 180lbs, press 72.5lbs and deadlift 185lbs