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Speak Up: Do You Have a Red-Flag Weight?

When I was in college, I gained well over the Freshman 15, and when I had my annual doctor's appointment, I was shocked at the numbers on the scale. From that point on, I made a little pact with myself to lose the extra weight, and to keep it off, and to never let myself get past that amount again. All these years since college this is one life lesson that has stuck.

So I was wondering, do you too have a red-flag weight? Does it work for you? Tell us all about it in the comment section below.


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miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Well, I have never had a problem with being overweight. It's just not in my genes. I've never weighed more than 125 lbs. in my life. But, like others, I have one for being underweight. I would start to get nervous around 110. I was 98 at my smallest however. But, I eat a good diet and everything and don't see myself losing any drastic weight anymore.
ritokitax ritokitax 8 years
I'm 5' 6'' my highest weight was a little over 165 lbs. I'm promising myself not to let myself go over 150 again (I'm now 132), but the red flag is up at 145, or actually, from the moment I notice that I'm gaining weight.
omega2 omega2 9 years
I'm at my red flag weight now! I'm 5'2" and currently 135 lbs. I started a new medication and I "magically" gained 20 pounds. I went off that medication and now I'm starting to eat better and work out more to lose it.
random00b random00b 9 years
170lbs. Have fluctuated anywhere between 155-166lbs. over the past two years, but if I ever hit 170lbs. all hell would break loose.
joanna-shue joanna-shue 9 years
I'm at my flag weight right now. Freshman 15! I'm working on it and trying to lose weight again. ideal weight is 115.
fredonica fredonica 9 years
Every few weeks or so I weigh myself at the gym...if I weigh more than 117 lbs, I get nervous. Currently I'm at 113 but I'd like to be at 105 and a size 3/4. Don't freak, I'm barely 5'1" and a size 5/6.
sugarrr sugarrr 9 years
my weight currently is 130, that is the red flag. i want to get to 110
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
@gigill: i find that really interesting. I am 5'5.5" too! I try to keep my weight at 120lbs. I get really nervous if I get to 115 and the one time I hit 110 about six years ago, i just looked disgusting. But even at my current weight of 120lbs I definitely don't see any flab!! I think the "flab" you're seeing on your stomach is just natural! But I also find this interesting, that we're the same height yet our weight distribution is so different. just funny to realize how different people are and how numbers are useless. anyway, if i weighed 103.5 I would look extremely emaciated and gross! i get told i'm "too thin" as it is :)
gigill gigill 9 years
I'm 5'5.5" and I sorta have a range I like to keep within 100-105 lbs. (as you can guess I'm naturally petite). I'm at around 103.5 but am feeling quite flabby these days due to an increased consumption of beer + lack of exercise. Weight is showing up on my tummy and under my chin a bit and it's driving me nuts! I don't want to return to my high school skinny minnie days but I don't like the squishiness AT ALL. I used to attend fitness classes 3 times a week in Canada and had a really nice, toned body that was around the same weight actually, so the fact that all my hard work has turned into mush is really upsetting me. :(
vilevanilla vilevanilla 9 years
I am 5'1 and I have been over weight before. The healthy range for my body type is 98lbs-132lbs. I was 135 when I got pregnant and I gained 40. I got down to 108 two months ago, now I am 111 since working out and gaining muscle but I would still like to loose about 3 lbs of fat and make 110 my red flag weight. My jeans still fit though which I feel good about.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
usually i go by how my clothes fit... i know that i've gained weight if my bra size goes up. usually, 145 is the weight where i start feeling uncomfortable in my skin. 138 is normal, and 135 is when i have to work to put on a couple pounds, or my period goes out of whack.
CanadianKate CanadianKate 9 years
Well. I am at my red flag weight now I guess. Reading these posts makes me feel so damn fat. I am 5'7 and around 135 at this point. My "good weight" is 127, which isn't hard for me to get to or maintain, I am just a pig addicted to eating! Last year I got down to 123 and I was pretty thin, and I don't know how good that looked on me. Anyways, I'm working on it.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Here is my weight story.... I'm 6'1... In high school I was 240lbs, lost twenty pounds in two years. In college, I lost another 50lbs and got down to 170lbs. Yay.... BUT... I met my boyfriend and went back up to 212lbs. Now I'm down to 179lbs. My red flag weight is 180lbs.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I got the freshman 15 -- twice, when I switched programs after a year. Yeah, when I hit 160 and was about to buy size 14 pants, that's when I said "enough is enough" and started losing weight. Now I'm trying to keep it below 140, and my eventual goal weight is 130. I hope to keep it in that neighborhood for the rest of my life.
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
My red flag weight is 100 lbs (well, minimum). I usually weigh in around 110 (I've always been naturally petite), and I've been trying to gain. Instead of eating a bunch (which seems to fuel my metabolism), I do alot of resistance and toning workouts to gain muscle weight to balance my normally low bmi (mind you, I'm nearly 5'6"). Trust me, its actually somewhat of a pain to be this small (after all, American retailers pretty much discontinued my size...)
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I definitely do have a red flag weight. In high school I thought, if I am ever 180, I will stop eating. And so I got there after a few rough years... the bar exam exhausted me and I ate like crap, and then I hurt my foot, and, and, and... But when I hit it I shut down the excuses dropped 10 immediately (through January) and decided to make life changes that are healthy choices. Still working on the rest... I'm not ever going to be 'thin,' it isn't my body (curves, not svelte), but when I'm around 145 to 155 I know I am working out and eating well and feel healthy.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
Yes! I went to the doctor earlier this week and and got weighed. I have never weighed this much in my life, and it was a real slap in the face. That very day I started working out and eating properly. I'm only a couple days into my new regime, but it's about time I did it. It was embarrassing telling my doctor about my eating and (nonexistent) exercising habits.
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
hmm...the most I ever weighed was 126....I was in middle school and I used to eat A LOT. I mean a lot...think....3 HUGE plates of spaghetti at one sitting..... But I dropped all that weight during highschool and remained an almost steady 107-109. Not I'm in my 20s and I've been actively going to the gym for a couple years and eating very healthy (lots of fruits and veggies, less sugary foods, NO soda).....and I've remained pretty much a constant 103-105....(fluctuates with PMS usually).... Since I've gotten used to this weight, my red flag weight is 106-107...usually this happens if I've slacked at the gym during the week or let myself "go" (food-wise) during the weekend. I'm 5'3 of asian-mixed ethnicity so my structure is pretty petite... once about a year and a half ago, I hit 97 lbs and that scared the crap outta me...I was overworking myself (long hours at work) and exercising a crapload (to make up for the time I missed working so much) I cut myself some slack, eased up the gym and relaxed more. Now I'm happy with routine =)
Lynne Lynne 9 years
BMI is BS. When muscled athletes calculate theirs, it tells them they are obese!! What!?!?!?! So I agree you can't always go off of charts. I am guilty of looking mine up and I typically fall just under 'overweight' and again, I'm not. I could stand to lose a few pounds, but in my earlier post I said I'm diabetic and it's unhealthy for me to fluctuate drastically. I just hope everyone, whether you feel overweight or underweight, pays attention to thier HEALTH, not just their weight. True, I was overweight before my diagnosis, but I was unhealthy in many other ways, too. Most people look at me and don't think of me as overweight or would think I was diabetic because I'm "too thin" to have diabetes...go figure. Here's an article I think is relevant to this post titled "Even a Thin Person Can Get Diabetes":
bigsee bigsee 9 years
at 5'9, my red flag weight is 145....i've been 155 before! (first year of college....of course) and felt really unhealthy...especially since it was all from beer and went straight to my face and belly (and i've got a pretty round face anyway). my current weight is 138...i'd like to be 130 but i'm still working exercise around my new job (at a bar). hard to get up early every day for a run when you get home at 3. :( on the plus side, it's a fast paced environment, so it's not like i sit all day. i do like the idea of the red flag pants! scales change (think about all the scales you step on...the gym, your own, the doctors') but pants pretty much stay the same.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
@familyfitness: Regarding medical charts, that is so true!! When I was a size 6 the chart said I was overweight and my BMI was borderline overweight. HUH?! It really bothered me that I was "supposed" to weigh so much less, even though it shouldn't have. Now I'm a size 4, but the charts still say I'm barely within range! There's no way I'm dropping down to a two. I've got a booty and 32DDD boobs, not to mention muscle tone from lifting weights five days a week. My goal is strong and toned, not scrawny and weak. The medical charts are ridiculous and they should all be thrown into a massive bonfire.
inertia inertia 9 years
I don't own a scale. If my clothes start to fit badly, I use a measuring tape to double-check and then make the appropriate changes to my diet and exercise habits.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
Like most here, I have a red-flag high and low, both of which I've hit before. In high school, I clocked in around 145 (I'm 5'3")--not fat, but definitely a little pudgy. College made some weight come off and I spent most of my 20s around 130, still a little high for my tastes. Then a divorce and subsequent depression killed my appetite, and I plunged down to 110, which was *way* too thin. Now I'm happy again and hovering around my red flag of 125, but I definitely don't want to go under 115.
duffy duffy 9 years
Before saying this, I want to give really huge props to all the people who have lost significant amounts of weight. It's amazing. Losing two pounds is a massive achievement - I can't even imagine how much work goes into losing 50. My red flag weight is 148. I'm 5'9" and I think I should be about 135 to look good, and I'm at about 142-5 right now. I'm trying to lose the last seven pounds, but if I could get down to 130 I would be psyched. That said, I am all about the Red Flag Pants. That's the best idea I've heard all week.
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