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Anyone else 5'9" around 160 lbs?

I am pretty happy with how I look, but I would love to lose 10 more lbs.  I am finding this extremely hard to do unless I basically starve myself.  I did get down to 155 about a month ago, but I was living on veggies, cottage cheese, and chicken (VERY BORING). 

If you are 5'9"- what do you weigh and how do you feel about your body?

I know everyone is built differently, but I see some people that are that height and weigh in the 120's and 130's.  I know my body would never get down that low.

TIA!

Re: Anyone else 5'9" around 160 lbs?

  • i'm 5'10" and weigh a little more than that.  the last time i was under 160, i was TOO skinny.  as it is, im pretty bony.  dont get me wrong, i have a little belly id love to get rid of, but im very happy with my current weight, it's sustainable and healthy.  i watch what i eat, but i can still actually eat.  i hover somewhere between sizes 6-8 and at my height and my frame (im basically a medium-sized person) i cant image getting much smaller than that.

    i think people who are in the 120s and 130s at our height have very small frames.  130 wouldnt be sustainable for me and honestly, i dont even know if i could drop that low without literally starving myself, not lifting and having no energy to work out.  i dont want to weight 130 pounds.  im pretty sure i wouldnt be any fun to be around. 

    and fwiw, i didnt weigh myself at all from when i was 16 until about a year ago for this exact reason - i cant compare myself to my friends who are 5'1"-5'4" and models who are 5'10" and 110 are just not really in the same realm of person as i am.  i dont like to get hung up on numbers.  i go by how i look and feel.

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  • Thanks!  I am similiar to you in that I didn't weigh myself for a while either.  I kind of always went by how my clothes fit and how I felt.

    Your response just proves how different body types are- I am shorter and weigh less than you and wear a 10 or 12!  haha

    I think I am big boned.  

    My stomach is where I want to lose weight too- that is always where it ends up.  I would love to wear a 2 piece this year and my stomach looks OK, but I want it to look perfect! 

  • image al320:

    i'm 5'10" and weigh a little more than that.  the last time i was under 160, i was TOO skinny.  as it is, im pretty bony.  dont get me wrong, i have a little belly id love to get rid of, but im very happy with my current weight, it's sustainable and healthy.  i watch what i eat, but i can still actually eat.  i hover somewhere between sizes 6-8 and at my height and my frame (im basically a medium-sized person) i cant image getting much smaller than that.

    i think people who are in the 120s and 130s at our height have very small frames.  130 wouldnt be sustainable for me and honestly, i dont even know if i could drop that low without literally starving myself, not lifting and having no energy to work out.  i dont want to weight 130 pounds.  im pretty sure i wouldnt be any fun to be around. 

    and fwiw, i didnt weigh myself at all from when i was 16 until about a year ago for this exact reason - i cant compare myself to my friends who are 5'1"-5'4" and models who are 5'10" and 110 are just not really in the same realm of person as i am.  i dont like to get hung up on numbers.  i go by how i look and feel.

    I think this is true. I weigh 130 and I am 5'9" the thing is I never ever gain weight in my hips or chest It all goes to my stomach because I do have a small frame. I used to weigh 125 before I got pregnant with my first and I gained 75 lbs during my pregnancy in that 75 lbs I was still barely an A cup. So even though I am in the lower range for weight I do not feel good about my body because proportion wise I never balance out and clothes never fit me right.  If I buy for my waist It is way too big in hips and chest and buy for hips and chest then I can't zip the stomach. Being a lighter weight isn't everything, I would be happy to weigh more if I could gain in my hips and chest.

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  • I am 5'9.5" and am currently 193 with my goal weight being 165-175 (I used to weigh those weights so I know they are attainable).

    There is NO way I could be under 150 or even 160 because I have a large frame. 

    I think 160 is healthy for 5'9". 

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  • yeah, you have to get over ever achieving perfection.  it'll drive you crazy.

    that is funny.  i think im dense - ive always weighed more than i looked like i weigh - if that makes sense.

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  • image K&C2005:
    image al320:

    i'm 5'10" and weigh a little more than that.  the last time i was under 160, i was TOO skinny.  as it is, im pretty bony.  dont get me wrong, i have a little belly id love to get rid of, but im very happy with my current weight, it's sustainable and healthy.  i watch what i eat, but i can still actually eat.  i hover somewhere between sizes 6-8 and at my height and my frame (im basically a medium-sized person) i cant image getting much smaller than that.

    i think people who are in the 120s and 130s at our height have very small frames.  130 wouldnt be sustainable for me and honestly, i dont even know if i could drop that low without literally starving myself, not lifting and having no energy to work out.  i dont want to weight 130 pounds.  im pretty sure i wouldnt be any fun to be around. 

    and fwiw, i didnt weigh myself at all from when i was 16 until about a year ago for this exact reason - i cant compare myself to my friends who are 5'1"-5'4" and models who are 5'10" and 110 are just not really in the same realm of person as i am.  i dont like to get hung up on numbers.  i go by how i look and feel.

    I think this is true. I weigh 130 and I am 5'9" the thing is I never ever gain weight in my hips or chest It all goes to my stomach because I do have a small frame. I used to weigh 125 before I got pregnant with my first and I gained 75 lbs during my pregnancy in that 75 lbs I was still barely an A cup. So even though I am in the lower range for weight I do not feel good about my body because proportion wise I never balance out and clothes never fit me right.  If I buy for my waist It is way too big in hips and chest and buy for hips and chest then I can't zip the stomach. Being a lighter weight isn't everything, I would be happy to weigh more if I could gain in my hips and chest.

    i think that might make for a big difference in weight too - im a DD - they weigh a lot LOL

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  • Im 5'6" and 150. Size 6. I tell people my weight and they look at me like Im crazy. Weight doesn't mean alot, Im a little flabby and Im working on it I would love to wear my 4s again but I can't get lower than 135 or I look sickly thin.
  • I'm 5'9" and right now, about 175 (ugggh... darn kids!), but I'm happiest around 160-165.  I did WW and got down to 157, but could never get lower than that.  At 160, I'm a size 10, maybe an 8 if I suck it all in.  But I'm happy at a 10 and can't wait to get back there... hopefully soon!
  • I'm 5'9 and 150. Overall I am fairly happy with my body but would love to get down closer to 140. My body fat is around 26% and I would like to to be closer to 22-23% I usually wear size 4,6,8 depending on the store/designer.
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  • i am 5'8" an weigh 168 :(  i feel my best when i am about 30 pounds less than that.  i know that it is not very realistic for me to htink i will ever be in the 130s again, but i am working hard at being 145.  like jessie, when i tell people my weight they don't believe me, because i guess i hide it well, but it is really obvious to me and i feel uncomfortable about it.  i am doing WW and it is helping, as is my running.  i just need to add more strength training to really get things moving.
  • I'm 5'9" and 160 is my goal weight.  I look unhealthy if I weigh less than that, and it's really not sustainable for me. 
  • I am 6 foot tall and my goal weight is 168-173. I am about 10 more pounds away from that. I was about 159 at one point and I was told I was getting too thin. I think at 5'9" 160 is a perfectly acceptable weight.  

  • I am 5'8", so close to 5'9" and I've been at a similar weight so I can relate. My lowest weight since high school was 155 and I was happy at that weight. Not super-skinny, but I looked good and I was in great shape. I think my ideal weight would be 145. I would look really thin at that weight and I could get there w/ a lot hard work and a strict diet, but I don't know how easy it would be to maintain it realistically, you know? There is absolutely no way I could get below 145 and maintain it without starving myself. I got down to 143 in college and everyone told me I looked too thin.I just don't have the build. I am big-boned.

    I would be comfortable and happy at 160 if I was you. That's a weight I could maintain. Let's face it, I like to eat. I like to eat bad things. I think at 160 if I exercised, I could eat anything I wanted.

     

    (Currently I'm 177, my heaviest weight since I gave birth to my kids. I am miserable at this weight, but I'm trying to start exercising and eating better. Hitting the late 30s really did a number on me and my metobolism.)

    I'm not crazy, I've just been a very bad mood for the last 40 years!
  • I'm 5'8" and about 143. I felt best about myself about a year ago when I was around 135, 137.

    I wouldn't care about the 143 number if my clothes were fitting the same, but they weren't for a couple of weeks, there, so I started paying attention Wink

    I don't care so much if I lose pounds, but I would like my clothes to fit the way they should. There's one particular pair of jeans that I sort of gauge by. If I can't fit in them, I know there's work to do; if I can, I'm fine. Ha!

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    Good grief!
  • I'm 5'10" and 165ish.  I actually have no idea what my "ideal" weight should be, nor if I am big boned, small boned, etc.  I guess it depends what the definitions of those descriptions would be :-)  I am currently doing WW and have probably set my goal weight much too low...but that's because I really have no idea what it ought to be. 
  • image TamponMary:

    I am 5'8", so close to 5'9" and I've been at a similar weight so I can relate. My lowest weight since high school was 155 and I was happy at that weight. Not super-skinny, but I looked good and I was in great shape. I think my ideal weight would be 145. I would look really thin at that weight and I could get there w/ a lot hard work and a strict diet, but I don't know how easy it would be to maintain it realistically, you know? There is absolutely no way I could get below 145 and maintain it without starving myself. I got down to 143 in college and everyone told me I looked too thin.I just don't have the build. I am big-boned.

    I would be comfortable and happy at 160 if I was you. That's a weight I could maintain. Let's face it, I like to eat. I like to eat bad things. I think at 160 if I exercised, I could eat anything I wanted.

     

    (Currently I'm 177, my heaviest weight since I gave birth to my kids. I am miserable at this weight, but I'm trying to start exercising and eating better. Hitting the late 30s really did a number on me and my metobolism.)

    You sound just like me!  I like to eat bad stuff too and I can usually maintain 160-165 with working out, but to get below that 160 I really need to diet a lot and it's not fun.  I know I would feel better in a bathing suit at 150.  I am 36 (no kids though) and can relate to the metabolism comment!

  • Wow, I'm surprised there are so many of us in a similar range!

    I'm 5'9" and currently 160 with a goal of 150.  I'm one year post-baby after my second and just got back to a regular routine a few weeks ago, thanks to 1/2 marathon deadline push!  More then the number, I have a lot of toning to get back.  I actually weighed less and was more fit after my first child then I did before, her so that gives a big confidence boost to not let kids be an excuse! 

    If you aren't sure, just take each day at a time and evaluate how you feel versus the number.  5 pounds can make a difference.  While I would love to be 140-145, 150 is a much more sustainable number for me personally. 

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  • I am about 5'8 and weight 179ish. 160 is my goal weight.  In high school I weighed about 145 and was very athletic, but had zero chest.  Like AA maybe.  I now am rather large (apparently I was a late bloomer,) so I don't think I'll ever get rid of that and be that low again.  Also, as I work out I build muscle very quickly, and get rather bulky.  I will never have the long lean runner's body I envy very much.  I mostly just want to get rid of the fat in the belly from a twin and then a bonus baby....I think 5'9 is reasonable for your height depending on build!  

     

    Random side note, I have fraternal twin boys and they have always weight 2-5 pounds differently.  It would be difficult to tell, but it is like one of them has heavier bones or something.  The lighter one must have hollow bones like a bird Smile  Guess we're all just built differently!

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  • image NaturalBeauty:
    image TamponMary:

    I am 5'8", so close to 5'9" and I've been at a similar weight so I can relate. My lowest weight since high school was 155 and I was happy at that weight. Not super-skinny, but I looked good and I was in great shape. I think my ideal weight would be 145. I would look really thin at that weight and I could get there w/ a lot hard work and a strict diet, but I don't know how easy it would be to maintain it realistically, you know? There is absolutely no way I could get below 145 and maintain it without starving myself. I got down to 143 in college and everyone told me I looked too thin.I just don't have the build. I am big-boned.

    I would be comfortable and happy at 160 if I was you. That's a weight I could maintain. Let's face it, I like to eat. I like to eat bad things. I think at 160 if I exercised, I could eat anything I wanted.

     

    (Currently I'm 177, my heaviest weight since I gave birth to my kids. I am miserable at this weight, but I'm trying to start exercising and eating better. Hitting the late 30s really did a number on me and my metobolism.)

    You sound just like me!  I like to eat bad stuff too and I can usually maintain 160-165 with working out, but to get below that 160 I really need to diet a lot and it's not fun.  I know I would feel better in a bathing suit at 150.  I am 36 (no kids though) and can relate to the metabolism comment!

    My metabolism sucks now! I used to be able to eat anything I wanted and maintain a steady weight without exercising. Whenever I wanted to lose weight, all I'd have to do was hit the gym for a few months and I'd lose it and get back into awesome shape quickly. Now two years after my baby was born, quickly approaching 40, my entire body has changed. I've found that I can't just hit the gym and run 5 miles with no problem and lose 20 pounds in a couple of months. Nor can I eat whatever I want and not gain weight. I also have absolutely no upper-body strength.  It's been shot to hell in the past 5 years. It's been quite an eye-opener. Crying

    I'm not crazy, I've just been a very bad mood for the last 40 years!
  • I am 5'8 and 150,   I am the most fit I have been in my life ( minus the post pregnancy stomach that will never go away)   i got down to 142 not too long ago and it was very hard to maintain and  I can even say I may have looked too skinny. 

    I would say 5'9 and 160 is a healthy weight,  you probably look great. 

  • I am 5'10" and weight 160.  I am OK with it.  I would like to lose some weight.  Maybe be 150. 

    In high school I only weighed 115 lb at 5'9", and in college I was 130 at 5'10".  I ran track, so it has been very hard to adjust to a desk job where I just can't work out for 5 hours everyday and eat anything and everything in sight. 

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  • I am 5'9" and currently weigh 177 and I wear 12/14 bottoms, 10/12/L tops. I look heavy at that weight because I have a thin frame and all of the weight is in my stomach and thighs.
    Ideally, I would love to get down to 155 again. Thats what I weighed at my wedding 2.5 years ago and I looked/felt fantastic. I weighed 135 in college and looked sick. I think 160 and 5'9" is great!
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  • I am 5'9," and I weigh 160 after having worked pretty hard to lose 20 pounds.  160 seems to be my base weight - the weight where my body is comfortable, and can be maintained without too much effort.  In an ideal world I would be 150.  I weighed that in college and had no desire to drop any further.  I may try to get there eventually, but I needed a break from the diet.

    Seeing everyone's clothing size differences at the same height/weight is really interesting.  It truly can be distributed differently depending on your frame. 

    I wear size 8 bottoms and 10/12 tops... sometimes I need a 14 in jackets.  I have broad shoulders and no butt.  After dropping the weight I'm between a 36C and 38D. It's good to have a waist again, but I have to think about how I dress now or I look much bigger.  It's weird - last time I weighed 160 I wore a B cup and size 10 pants... apparently when I gained the 20 pounds most of them went to the boobies.  And stayed there. 

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    I'm 5'10 and weigh 140.  It's weird.  I'm a bit too skinny, but I've been skinnier and I'm not actively trying to lose weight.  I started in December at 170 and was chunky for me.  As long as I stay under 150, I'm happy.
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  • image Starryfish:

    I am 5'9.5" and am currently 193 with my goal weight being 165-175 (I used to weigh those weights so I know they are attainable).

    There is NO way I could be under 150 or even 160 because I have a large frame. 

    I think 160 is healthy for 5'9". 

    Ditto - to the pound! and to the .5"

  • I'm 5'10"/167. This is on the high end of my weight range. I had been hovering around 160, then packed on a few pounds last year that are soooo hard to lose! I was in my best shape at 155, but I like to eat too much to maintain that weight.
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  • Well, I'm currently on the same boat 5'9'' /160 lbs. My issue has always been the imense fluctuations my weight has gone through ever since I reached my max height. I've ranged from 130 lbs -190lbs in the last 7 years! Up and down.... Freshmen year of college 135, sophomore year 190...and slowly have made my way to sort of "stability weight"at 160. Its hard though. I always feel like any emotional trigger...and who knows what way I'm heading? Back up or back down. 160 lbs feels comfortable, not much effort, I eat anything I want... Excersise with no problems, ran my first marathon at this weight and felt really good!

    Yet there's a part of me that knows I can do better. That I can be more disciplined and strive to be stronger, leaner, and overall healthier. Plus I feel more confident when I can whear a size 6 or 8 again. I know it's not about the numbers, but how you feel in your own skin. And I still don't feel fully myself at 160. Wish it wasn't such a concern in my day to day life. So much energy spent thinking about this number rather than doing something else... more productive and less self-distructive and critiquing. There have been times when I don't think about my weight and don't overthink about food...and those are the times I've been the happiest. No idea how much I weighed or what size pants I was wearing. Just pure self love. It's not easy to be there unless I disconnect myself completely from media and family members' constant opinions about my physical appearance. I hope for this obsession to fade away one day. I'm so over it. I want my brain to replace some neurons and let me move on. The fact that I even found this forum proves how much I worry about it. It's so pathetic and I want to be free from my crazy critical self. 
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