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Women who are 5'8"... or around there and under 160.. how did you get there?

I'm 5'8" and weigh around 160... I've lost about 15 lbs. already but have been struggling to get under 160 for several months now... if you have any advice, dieting habits, or exercise suggestions that helped you get below the 150 or 160 mark, I would love to hear them!

Thu. Aug 3, 10:37am

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I'm 31 years old, 5'8" and I weigh 152. It's a struggle to stay there, believe me. I basically run 2-3 miles 5 days a week plus do aerobics 3 days a week. (I was 160 a year ago and I lost weight by getting serious about running/jogging most days of the week.) The good news is that I have learned to enjoy running because I don't get the side cramp anymore from it.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 10:57 AM

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I'm 5'9 and struggling to stay under 170. I think the problem is that I worked really hard to lose 30lbs and then got lax. I didn't realize that I was going to have to work just as hard to maintain it and even harder to keep losing. Those extra snacks here and there and 5 less minutes walking, etc... really add up at this point to no loss or slight gains:(

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:20 AM

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There's a team for people who are 5'8" and up...come join us if you aren't already members!

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:22 AM

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I'm 5'7" and 155 pounds. My starting weight was 178 pounds. I fairly easily got down to 168 pounds by just eating 1200-1500 calories a day, not even exercising. Then I plateaued for 5 months and finally joined a gym. I circuit-train 5-6 days a week, continuing to keep the calories around an average of 1200 calories or so. Plateaus have been much less of a problem since I found a gym I like.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 12:07 PM

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I don't know if this helps... I read something a guy wrote about his weight loss experience, He said that he noticed that his body seemed to settle into a certain weight after he lost quite a bit but he wasn't happy there so he cut his calorie intake (again) and noticed it start to drop again. He stayed at that calorie range until he again noticed his body seemed resistant to drop any more weight, then he cut his calories again and again his body responded by letting go of the weight. When he reached the weight he felt happy with he was able to maintain (within 5lbs).

I'm right at 5'7" and my sticking point has been around 150lbs. I've been able to stay above it... but not below it. I felt encouraged to read about that fellow's experience. I believe I can change my "set point" now!

BTW, he also said eating less was not fun or easy but necessary for the weight loss! I believe it! :)

Friday, August 04, 2006, 9:05 AM

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Not much under

I'm 5'8, I started this at 180 and I'm now 156. Basically diet and excercise. I'm riding my elliptical machine for 30-45 minutes each day, trying to do some Pilates and really watching what I eat. I'm trying to count my calories and limit myself to 1400 per day. Also I've cut out things like white rice, white bread etc and switched to whole grain breads. I also have a major sweet tooth so cutting out candy and sugary snacks as well.

Friday, August 04, 2006, 10:52 AM

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to the 9:05

Your exactly right. Basically if your body needs 1500 calories to maintain 160lbs and you start out at 170 your going to lose weight, but when you hit 160 then you'll need to cut back more to say 1400 calories if you want to lose anymore. As you lose weight you need to keep adjusting the number of calories down to maintain losing weight.

Friday, August 04, 2006, 10:55 AM

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OP here - I'm really appreciating all of your helpful thoughts ladies! Please keep 'em coming. Hearing your stories is not only helpful but very motivational as well. Thank you.

Friday, August 04, 2006, 10:55 AM

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I'm 5'9" and started at ~170. I am 145 now and moving towards 135. I walk 3-4 miles a day, stretch and keep my calorie consumption at 1200. I've tried having it a bit higher, but that doesn't really get me the steady progress I want. I simply consume low-calorie, low-glycemic foods that have a lot of bulk and fill me up. The means lots and lots of veggies, lean cuts of meat, low-fat dairy and very few processed carbs or grains. I've also cut out most alcohol, soda and anything that is sugary or fatty and not 'worth it'. I consume things like that in moderation and make sure they are a treat - not an entitlement.

Now that I write it down it sounds a bit restrictive, but I don't whine about the things I can't have - instead I make a point to prepare my food well so I that I enjoy the things I can have. I research new recipes and visit the farmer's markets for fresh produce and fruits at their peak. I have some beloved seasoning mixtures and light sauces that really bring out the flavor without adding more than a few calories.

Friday, August 04, 2006, 12:08 PM

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12:08 poster

How long have you been eating this way? How long from 170 to 145? YOU think that 135 will be a good weight?
I ask that because at 135, people who have known me very long constantly comment about it being too much weight loss/too skinny. Do you find that to be true even at 145?

Friday, August 04, 2006, 3:11 PM

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