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February 2, 2012 3:15 PM
I am 5'2.5" (I always say 5'3" haha) and 144lbs right now. I am doing a crappy job with my nutrition but great with exercise. I have been attempting to stay around 1500-1800 calories but on the days I do strength training it goes out the window along with my willpower. This is my exercise routine as of now. I have seen my weight stay at 144 but my body fat percentage went from 25% to 24% in the last month. Must be doing something right.

Monday: Heavy lifting circuit
Tuesday: Yoga & rest
Wednesday: Heavy Lifting circuit
Thursday: Cardio (elliptical or treadmill)
Friday:Light cardio (usually walking)
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Light cardio/ sometimes rest if my body says otherwise

I would like to incorporate more cardio.. sometimes I get lazy and don't do anything on the weekends. But, I love the muscle gain. I feel like an athlete again. My thoughts on being shorter and weight... It doesn't mean you need to be 100 pounds. When I graduated high school I was 18% body fat, 131 lbs and won the state powerlifting competition. I was a beast and loved feeling powerful since I am so short. I look back at pictures and hope I can be there again.
February 2, 2012 3:17 PM
I'm 5'0 and my starting weight and heaviest I've ever been was 140lbs.
The lowest I was able to obtain using myfitness pal was 122lbs just before I got married and I just gained a lot of it back after a trip to Mexico and lack of a proper routine for 3 months due to a change in my work schedule. I miss the food in Mexico. I pretty much pigged out though however I did go to the gym once on that trip.

I think the reason why I never went back up to 140lbs (i gained 11lbs instead) was because when i did go to the gym I did strenght training.
I've been going to the gym 5 days a week for an hour for about two years. I used to do a lot of cardio but I didnt see a difference in my body until I saw a trainer and he introduced me to a lot of strenght training exercises to slim down.

Even though i gained 11lbs, none of my friends or family members have noticed, so they say
I definetly feel it.
One thing I do find odd, everyone talks about losing weight and having to purchase new pants. I was 140 and went down to 122. I still wore the same pants, sure it was just a tad bit looser, but still a size 6. I did notice that I had lost a lot of my chest, and have to wear push up bras (still the same bra size though.)

I like how this topic is around so it will help me when I reach my plateau which I guess is 122lbs since that isnt' my goal weight.
I'd like to be around 115lbs.
I'm aiming to eat around 1200 calories a day to lose weight.
February 2, 2012 3:29 PM
bump for later!
February 2, 2012 3:31 PM
I yam~
February 2, 2012 3:37 PM
I am 4'7". My top weight was 209(yuck) I am currently 191 and to be in a healthy range I am to be 95-105. I have a long ways to go but am very determined that I can do it. Right now I am concentrating on changing my eating habits and have started zumba. Always looking for friends if you want to add
February 2, 2012 5:29 PM
BUMP 5'1 here
February 2, 2012 6:02 PM
I'm 4ft 11 and currently weight 112lbs. I have been sticking to 1200 calories a day, usually I am under. I am fairly active and just getting into the 30 day shred, I also use my cross trainer a few times a week. So far I have lost 4lbs, and I want to lose another 10-14. Haven't lost anything this week although my clothes seem a little looser.
February 2, 2012 6:02 PM
Beat you lol
Edited by theshoefairy On February 2, 2012 6:05 PM
February 2, 2012 6:34 PM
WOW...just started using MFP...I am currently 188....YIKES!!! I am 5'3" of 5 children ranging from 13 down to 2. I have always put them first and have finally decided I need to get healthy. I have been using MFP for about a week now. Right now I am doing 1200 calories. Today was a bum day...headache and just plain blah. Looking to add some friends on here to motivate me.....
February 2, 2012 6:40 PM
I'm 5' on the nose and I work out 3-5 times a week (usually 3) and am on a low calorie diet set at 1300 a day. I try to replace my "old" choices with healthier ones. Multigrain bread instead of white, edamame instead of chips, whole wheat tortillas for my quick fix quesadillas, stuff like that. So far, it appears to be working!

I will do 3 different strength training sessions throughout the week, always followed by at least 45 minutes of cardio. On days I don't do strength training, I try to hit an hour. Sometimes I don't but I don't really beat myself up too much for it.

I started at 200 pounds and want to get down to 130. Typically, that's a little heavy for our height, but I'm built pretty curvy and will reevaluate where I am when I hit my goal weight. :> I have a feeling that'll be perfect for me, without losing my butt. Or too much of my boobage. I'd like to get to a D, maybe even a C. They probably won't shrink too much though. :< I was a D cup in high school.
Edited by LolaGotThin On February 2, 2012 6:44 PM
February 2, 2012 6:49 PM
5'0" here. Currently 125.2lbs, trying to get to 110lbs, maybe 105 depending on if I like what I see at 110lbs. My highest weight was 129.5lb on Jan 9, so headed in the right direction. I'm usually between 1200-1300 calories each day. I eat back most of my exercise calories. I work out 5 days a week for 45-60 minutes at a time - lots of variation! Some cardio on equipment (treadmill, bike, stairmaster, rowing), kettlebells, body weight exercises, kickboxing. I like to vary it. I take weekends off to recover though. I usually get around 60 oz of water a day. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, fat free milk, whole wheat bread, peanut butter (such a peanut butter addict). And I make a little room in each day's calories for an ounce or so of some really luscious dark chocolate. Indulge a little each day and it stops me from binging later!

I'm enjoying this healthy lifestyle thing so far.
Benefits besides the scale:
My long-time temperamental skin is a little less blotchy these days. Not perfect, but pretty good.
I have heaps more energy. I sleep better.
I have stopped needing my morning coffee. Probably because I'm sleeping better.
I'm actually looking forward to my work-outs. I'm a student in vet school. We spend 7 hours a day sitting in lectures. Then we go home and sit and study some more. My work-outs are a chance to MOVE. And to let my brain shut down for awhile.
Edited by coquette87 On February 2, 2012 6:53 PM
February 2, 2012 8:10 PM
February 2, 2012 8:12 PM
I'm 5'0 and started at 157.6. My goal is 95 in the morning and 100 at the doctor's office :)
February 2, 2012 8:16 PM
5'00. Starting weight: 154 lbs. Goal weight: 110 lbs.
February 2, 2012 8:22 PM
I'm 4'10ish LOL
My goal is 1000 calories. I went on live strong and it said I should be eating 1030. When I first started using MFP I was eating 1200 and I didn't lose weight until I dropped calories to 1000.
My start weight was 117 my current weight fluctuates between 98-103. I want to get down to 95lbs. 95lbs sounds crazy to me but the reality of it is I'm tiny and I could weight that much and still be healthy.

I lost most my weight through running at least 30 mins 4 times a week.
February 2, 2012 8:27 PM
5ft here, gosh I think I might have the highest starting weight! Started at about 193-196, with my highest ever at 199. Currently 160. Looking to reach healthy BMI status at about 128, and then reevaluate once I get there. It's so crazy to hear people say they want to be under 100, though. I understand that is still in our healthy BMI, but a lb or too less and we will reach underweight, ladies!
February 2, 2012 8:38 PM
I'm 5'1" and my highest weight was 214 two years ago (thank you freshman 30, sophomore 30, and another 30 after moving back home!), I lost about 30 pounds on weight watchers when I finally saw how much I'd really gained (I'd been in denial), and then got totally stuck and went back to school and got lazy and have kind of yo-yoed between 185 and 195 since. I'm 190ish right now. But I'm starting to realize I'm not getting any younger and the longer I put it off the worse it will get, and I want to start having kids in the next couple years, and to be able to keep up with them and encourage them to have healthy habits.

So, yeah, I know you didn't ask about all that, but my goal is to get somewhere around 110-120 by the end of the year for BMI reasons (which I know are inaccurate if you have a lot of muscle, but I don't want to be "cut" or anything). I'm aiming for a 2lb a week loss through counting my calories (aiming between 1000 and 1400 a day), and exercising. My goal is to work up to a 45 minute workout 5 times a week until I lose about 20 pounds and then start running again.
February 2, 2012 8:47 PM

5'2" - I personally do not aim for a "scale" weight, as that is really inaccurate measure of true size, shape , composition. Muscle is dense, so you can have alot of muscle, look smaller, tighter, and leaner - but weigh heavier on the scale.

See this example:

Skinny fat vs fit: (heavy lifting)

Heavier scale weight - tighter and smaller body:

Both Size 2, one fit, one fat

Stacy, heavier weight, but tighetr. leaner and smaller: (heavier lifting)

Body Fat percentage images:

How to find Goal Weight based on Body fat desired:

Why women should lift Heavier for best results, not light with many reps.

So with all that, I actually weigh much heavier then I look. But I am smaller, clothing wise. I am aiming for a roughly 19%-20% bodyfat range. For me thats probably about 120-130 lbs. Will know more when I get closer to that point. :)

I actually weigh More now, then I did a while back - but I am at least two sizes smaller in clothing, tighter all over, and leaner, with some cut abs starting to show. (yay) Many times I loss inches, but not scale weight.

I Lift heavy weights 3 times a week. I eat about 1600 cals a day right now doing the Olivia Method of MFP.

I was eating 1200, lost weight then stalled. Moved upto 1400, lost a lb or two, then stalled. So now upto 1600 and looks like I am losing again.

For me, I want to loss fat, and keep my lean muscle. So to low a calorie count is a concern for me. I need to keep my muscle, that I work so hard for.

I eat 1 gram or protein per lb of lean body weight most days.

I have a free food/ no cal count day once a week. (lost 60 lbs doing that)

I do a P90X doubles program with heavy weights using P90x and Rushfit.

Thats fast heavier Weights circuits three days a week, cardio 3 days, with rushfit in the PM (cardio on some days, lighter weight circuits others)

When I lift heavy, I have much better, much faster results then lifting light with many reps, and or cardio only.

At 5'2", age 47 I am very strong for my size, many people are shocked. LOL

Great links!! Thank you!
February 2, 2012 8:48 PM

im 4'10" and started at 124 down to 112 or so and then started ive lost more than my ticker says :D

i began eating less than maybe 3,000 calories per day <.< then got stuck at 112 and went to around 1,200...

then got stuck at around 100-105 ( would take 2 weeks for a 1 pound loss) so i dropped my calories i eat between 600-1,200...usually 800-1,000 though ^^ i am losing much more quickly now...just want to hit my goal weight and maintain xD

i sometimes ride my bike to and from school etc...lately i have been walking instead as i bought a bus pass *too cold*

i am on an orange diet though...i mainly just eat oranges xD i love them and the man i buy them from has awesome prices and is right next to my school (i buy so many today he gave me around 20 free cuties XD)...that is my secret to not feeling hungry and not binging on too many sweets :)

Orange diet? Are you for real? That is so unhealthy. You are missing some vital nutrients that your body needs to function properly. I think you need to do some serious research before you continue.

As for the OP, I'm at my maintenance now..95 lbs, but I'm not scrawny. I have muscles (way more than my profile pic which is from the summer. MFP has me set to 1550 cal/day, but I usually eat closer to 1600-1700. I'm 4'11" (well, 4'10.5" but I round up to 4'11", I'm sure you can sympathize). I'm actually 7 pounds heavier than I was this summer, but I look hella better. I do calisthenic type stuff, acro/gymnastics and circuit training and was running until my knee flared up last week.
February 2, 2012 9:39 PM
i smiled from ear to ear when i saw this... i am 5'0 starting weight was 150 lbs current weight 145.8 lbs. will finish reading the rest of this thread in the am. about to go to sleep... but i did not know that mfp had this forum i just downloaded the calorie counter and journalapp to my phone... will be back though.....
February 6, 2012 3:17 PM
I'm 5'0" - heaviest weight 158, starting mfp weight on 1/3/12 148.5, I am now 136.6. I eat at least 1200 calories and then eat back about 50% of my work out calories. In January, I did cardio about 5 times a week and treadmill for 20-35 minutes everyday. For February, I started 30 day shred and am continuing with the treadmill. I have went from a size 11 jean to a 7. My goal weight is 125, but I may lower this when I get closer.
My weight has fluctuated over the years, I have done adkins and weight watchers. I have to say that MFP has been the best decision by far. I can't wait to hit my goal!

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February 6, 2012 4:37 PM
Hello all. I'm 5'0 as well. And i'm getting a lil discouraged here. I have been on this site for 30days now. And have only lost 9 lbs. I weight myself every sunday. i walk 5 times a week. and the scale is showing me 0.2 weekly. My calorie intake is 1200, i'm wondering am i eating to little or do i need to up my calorie intake. I have it set at loosing 2lbs a week. please help.
February 6, 2012 4:45 PM
I'm 5ft tall and I weigh 196.2
I net calorie usually around 1200-1900 calories
I try to do cardio at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes
circuit train for 10-30 minutes 2-4 days week
i also up my calories for TOM by 500-300
Oh and I am set at lightly active and i have my cal goal at 1 lb a week I have lost 6 lbs so far and ive been hear for a about a month
my mfp goal is 140 my dream goal is 128 -132 ive been there before and i think my body looks pretty awesome at that weight
February 6, 2012 4:52 PM
I'm 5 feet tall. In Oct 2010 I weighed 198 pounds and found the determination for change. I am "eating right for my blood type", mostly veggie/whole/raw foods. I got down to 171 before the holidays, then back up to 177 before turning to MFP to keep me in check and focused. My goal weight... 120 would be nice but I"m think 130 is more realistic (age and having given birth 4 times) I know my BMI says 105 (which I was 1993, but i bet my bones alone weigh that much, lol. ) - 125 is a good weight, but honestly I think someone very twisted came up that figure! I like hiking/walking, yoga and tai chi, but this is where I struggle, getting the exercise in. But mostly I want to be fit and well. :O)
February 6, 2012 4:54 PM
5'!" here-curently at 155# -trying to get to 120 and will re-eval from there. Doing 1200 cal/day although I find it very difficult on some days and go over. Last two weeks I've stayed the same. I try to fit in at least 3 days per week of some form of exercise-usually walking or dancing. I'm 55 years old so the high impact it a bit much for me-for now at least-hoping I can eventually take it up a notch.


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