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Real Women Discuss What Body Weight Makes Them Happy

Need Motivation? Get to Your Happy Weight

I recently came across this great little slide show on about real women and how they got to their "happy weights" — a weight that they were finally happy with themselves about. I loved it because it's just one of those things that you read and it makes you feel good. It's not about being rail thin; it's about being healthy. It's refreshing to see that these women had found happiness in their body images, giving hope for all of us who are not quite there yet. Here's an exerpt:

My Happy Weight: 140 pounds
“Last spring, I changed my diet and started working out five times a week. It was a personal victory—I’ve never felt stronger.” —Jocelyn Cooley, 38, 5’2”

Scroll through all the slides — if you're like me, you'll get that "Hey, I can do that too" attitude, which is a fabulous way to start the new year.

Do you have a "happy weight"? If so, feel free to share it in the comments section below.


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SoChan SoChan 7 years
I'm 5"2, my happy weight would be 125, I'm currently 149.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
My "happy weight" is probably about 145, I'm 5'7" and not really meant to be rail thin.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
Nice. Very motivating.
chynablue chynablue 9 years
My happy weight is 125-130, depending on muscle mass. I'm rebounding from illness right now and it just feels so great to be reaching my happy weight again! I'm even running in a 5k race this weekend!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm 5'3" and my happy weight is 115-120, but right now I'm about 20 lbs under that. I know what my happy weight is because it's what I weigh when I'm eating right and exercising a normal amount of time without obsessing over it too much. I used to think my "happy weight" was 100 lbs, but I've found that I look too thin at that weight and I really do look a lot better with some added curves.
kristenglitz kristenglitz 9 years
my happy weight is 110 due to im short... but right now im 115 :(
Alannah Alannah 9 years
I'm 5'4" and joined WW almost a year ago. My goal weight was 125, but my body kind of settled into a weight of 118 and I really feel like that's where it wants to be. I've been there since last June or so and it's been perfect! I will never be skinny--I have a large chest and am short so I always look kind of squat/chunky--but I feel good & healthy at this weight. I wouldn't want to lose my curves!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
I'm 5'11" and feel that my happy weight is probably about 170-175. Yes, that's on the upper end of the normal BMI scale (I'm needing to drop some weight to get there), but my body was meant to be curvy and toned, not rail thin.
onesong onesong 9 years
my happy weight is between 140-145 on my 5'7" frame. i have broad shoulders and wide hips with a little waist and big boobs, and if i go any lower than that i go flat chested!
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
My happy weight would be 115-118...i am at 124 after losing 7 lbs...i plan to lose another 7 lbs to get to my happy weight...i hv been doin cardio, yoga and weight trainin and of course try to eat healthy balanced meals most times.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
My happy weight is a range between 113-117 (have to allow for little fluctuations). However, I've had a kid since I've been at that weight and am (here goes) 138 at 5'3". I'm getting there though!
jessytastic jessytastic 9 years
I think that was a great article because it showed woman not only losing weight, but gaining weight as well. I know me and my friend Al, are total opposites in the fact that I have to lose, she has to gain. It's really nice seeing an article support healthy weight gain!
CessC79 CessC79 9 years
I don't think my happy weight has a number. It is when I am working out consistently and eating pretty well but not obsessing. My happy weight is when I feel like I look HOT! (curvy and feminine)
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
I like to think that 130 is my happy weight, but like some others, it's about how I look and feel. I am trying not to focus on a number, but on how my clothes fit.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I'm 6'1, and got down to 170, but I kept getting sick (since I wasn't eating enough =/), so I my happy weight is 175, but I have a lot to lose to get there!!!!
kelsee kelsee 9 years
My happy weight would be 110 pounds, I'm 118 5'2. Right now I feel cramed in my clothes.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I am 5'4 and a half, and weight 115 with clothes on. I think I gained weight from muscle because I still look good. I am not sure how much I weigh now, because that as in November, and I have been working out and eating less so maybe I lost some weight or toned up.
ruby-soho ruby-soho 9 years
My goal weight is 121 pounds. It's where I feel good about myself!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Isn't 140 lbs at 5'2 considered to be overweight? Anyways my happy weight would be 130 lbs. I am 5'10 and 130 is like the perfect weight for my height.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I look great at 135 and feel good at 145. I would be happy to weigh 145 but my goal weight is 135. I am currently 156 lbs and 5'6 (eek!)
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I've aimed lower than I should as far as my happy weight goes...I wanted it to be 117 but I couldn't maintain 122! So I guess anywhere in between 125 and 130 is just right for me. Now that I'm 25, I try not to kid myself in trying to weigh what I weighed nearly a whole decade ago in high school.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Happy weight: 105. I feel great about myself at that weight. However, I also am working on being more toned, so the number might change.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I wish those weight loss stories were inspiring. They just depress me and make me want to eat a bag of chips. My happy weight is around 105-110. It's been a while since I've been there unfortunately.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I don't think I have a happy weight either. I have a "happy condition," which is fit, curvy, and feminine. I like to strike that balance. Right now, my body is in that happy condition. I eat low-fat, balanced meals. I work-out three times a week. I do yoga, dance, cardio machines, and weight training.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 9 years
I think "My Happy Weight" would be 115. I haven't weighed that since I was 18. Dare I say it but I weigh 130.
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