How Do You Know You’ve Found Your Feel Great Weight?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Waking up at 4:45 AM to run with Back on My Feet felt really early this morning. It was dark outside when I left my house. The days are definitely starting to get shorter. No more sunny mornings for awhile. Wah.

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As always, I enjoyed a wonderful run with my BOMF friends. We had 13 people this morning. I love that Team Quincy is growing!


On my ride home from Quincy, I had only one thing on my mind: iced coffee. I wanted it in a bad way. It tastes so good when it hits your lips.

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For breakfast, I had a fried egg, Baked Zucchini Fries (leftover from last night’s dinner), and watermelon. I also ate a dark chocolate Adora disk dipped into peanut butter.

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Now, I’m off to run again! I have another three miles on the agenda for today. There’s also another Carrots ”˜N’ Weights workout coming later this morning.

Feel Great Weight

For this week’s Health post, I wrote about what finding my Feel Great Weight means to me: How Do You Know When You’re at Your Feel Great Weight?

Question of the Day

How do you know that you’ve found your Feel Great Weight? What does “Feel Great Weight” mean to you?



  1. I’ve been noticing that about the days too – it’s making me so sad. Having worked at Health, Feel Great Weight was something I thought about many a time – I think it really just means finding the place where you’re happiest. Not stressing over food choices, not over or under doing exercise/eating and just generally feeling comfortable in your own skin. It’s not a number on a scale, an amount of calories you’re consuming, it’s just an overall feeling of health and happiness. At least to me! 🙂

  2. Feeling strong, empowered, healthy, both physically AND mentally, means you’re at the right place. Feeling great means being happy, being at peace, being able to do the things you want to do, and being able to live life to the fullest…both physically and emotionally. Great topic, Tina!

  3. Reading about your runs with BOMF inspired me to join a running group here in Asheville – I went for the first time on Monday night (in the rain) and we did 5.25 miles and it felt like wayyyyy less because everyone was so friendly. I was super proud 🙂

    I don’t really think about weight too much – I know I would like to lose a couple pounds, but I’m not going to do it by spending 10,000 hours in the gym a week or eating diet food, so I don’t stress about it too much. Looking forward to reading your Health piece on it. 🙂

  4. I tend to think my “feel great weight” is when I’m no longer concerned with it. Maybe I’d still like some extra definition, but I’m eating enough food, not depriving myself, exercising regularly, and staying the same size for a long period of time. I love when I’m at that weight, because I don’t need to worry about it one way or the other!

  5. “Feel great weight” to me means I’m fueling my body properly, I”m exercising consistently, my clothes fit and I feel good! It isn’t a number on the scale, it is all in how I feel.

  6. For me, my feel great weight isn’t a number on the scale. It’s when I’m eating clean, exercising, when I’m mentally calm and not stressed, and when my clothes fit well. Like the commenters above have said, it’s a feeling, not a number!

  7. I recently put on a pair of pants that I have had in the back of my bedroom, but haven’t really been testing my weight loss progress with them. I didn’t feel right for a few months. I would tell myself, “Not yet. You’re only going to hurt your feelings.” And then finally I put them on two weeks ago and they fit! It let me know that I’ve closing in on my Feel Great Weight. I don’t want to go by numbers on a scale, but fitting into my clothes and feeling like I can sit, stand, and Cupid Shuffle in them without feeling like a bloated whale.

  8. Like most people have said, my feel great weight is when I am comfortable and can do what I want to physically- lift weights, run 10 + miles etc. I do have to constantly tell myself not to compare myself to others though, because then even when I should be at my “feel great weight” I give myself a hard time because I ate too much for dinner, my stomach isn’t flat enough or I missed a day of exercise. I know that I am my own person and what I can do or look like shouldn’t be compared to others, but it is hard to do sometimes. I definitely flip flop back and forth between saying to myself, “you are great” vs, “you need to try harder”. Thanks for sharing with us everyone!

  9. Getting up that early is tough, but once you finish your workout it feels o so amazing! I just finally got back into early morning yoga classes! I think my feel great weight is when i am eating whole foods and exercising consistently. It makes me feel strong and ready to take on anything!

  10. My FGW is not a number on the scale but instead a weight at which I feel confident when I look in the mirror and am not thinking about calories/food or worrying about indulging 24/7.

  11. After healing from my disordered eating issues I knew I found my feel great weight b/c it was a weight where I could have some indulgences here and there without any deprivation and didn’t have to workout hours on end. Sure that means I’m up a few lbs. than in the past, but I am so much happier and full of energy and I would never trade that in to be a size smaller 🙂

  12. I try not to pay attention to the scale but find my feel great weight by how I feel and look. It doesn’t matter what the number is as long as I’m healthy, happy, confident and strong!

    Headed over to read your article now …

    Winks & Smiles,

  13. I agree I feel best when I’m exercising and eating clean, but I also can’t kidd myself that there isn’t a weight range that makes me feel most comfortable in my skin. A number on the scale does influence how I feel about my ‘feel great weight’. But the best way to keep me there is good eating and running fartleks – it’s a circular pattern for sure.

  14. Feel great weight.. is not a number.. but a feeling. When you love your body – feel strong and confident. There is a lot that comes along with the feel great weight – many things that you need to “get over” .. like body checks and fat thoughts. Once you over come those things.. feel great weight is awesome!

  15. Don’t talk about food the way you do! It makes me drool on my keyboard…

    My feel great weight is the weight that my body has naturally without either dieting or stress-eating involved. I notice that my body has this natural range where it stays when I’m relaxed and this also feels good! But when I’m stressed I often eat too much and move to little and sometimes when I’m stressed I think I “need to lose a few pounds” and these few pounds less are definitely not what my body likes.

    I try to stay relaxed and cool about it because it means not having to think and stress about my food choices and feeling great in my body.

    So… maybe it’s better you keep talking about food like that! it makes my appreciate the privileged choices I can make even more! I love it when people talk as enthusiastically about ther food as I do 🙂

  16. Those zucchini fries look AWESOME, you are really giving me a lot of cooking ideas this week!

    My feel great weight is the one where I looked great, felt great, and wasn’t in the overweight BMI range. I miss that weight. But apparently not bad enough!

  17. I know what a happy weight is but I’m having trouble finding it. I know that my body is where I’d like it to be (I could always go for a little more definition) and I’m happy with it overall, but as far as eating is concerned – it’s still a struggle for me. I think I tend to over think it all (amount of carbs, protein, fats, fiber, etc.) and how it will make me feel, even though what I’m eating is clean and healthy. I’m coming around though, and learning so much – especially from all these great blogs. Slowly but surely 🙂

  18. HEY! I have been reading your blog for awhile and I really enjoy it. This is my first time commenting, since I dont have my own blog I sometimes feel out of place by commenting…
    anyway–just curious, if you ran with BOMF, why do you run again once you get home? Or am i missing something about what BOMF does/is?

    1. @HP: I’m training for a marathon, so often times my schedule calls for more miles than I do with BOMF. I only did about 2 miles with them this morning.

  19. I loved your article! I don’t think its at all about a number but how you feel. I think it’s a point when you can live your life to the fullest and not be concerned that it’s affecting your weight or body… going out, being social, cooking, baking, eating, experiencing life, over eating sometimes, exercising when your body needs and wants to….

  20. I love how your “feel great weight” isn’t a number on the scale, and it’s different for everyone. It just sounds so specific (calling it a feel great weight) but it’s actually as broad as can be. I love it. I love thinking about life not being seen through a microscope. It’s refreshing, for sure!

  21. Great post at! I have a question about your marathon-weight gain. Were you measuring yourself? I bet you put on a lot of muscle weight in your legs.

  22. Everyone has been saying that FGW is not a number, but a feeling. How do you become comfortable with yourself in order to feel great about your weight?

    Working out 5-6 times a week and still continuously feeling bad about what I eat is killing me!

    Any words of wisdom?

    1. @Bridget: For me, it was choosing nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. I think knowing that I was doing the best I could to be healthy helped me feel good about my weight too.

      1. @Tina: Thanks so much Tina! No one has ever told me that advice before! It makes so much sense! If I’m doing the best I can, I SHOULD be feeling good about my weight!

  23. I have yet to find my “Feel Great Weight”. I have always tried to attain a number that has been up to this point, unattainable, so I guess I am still working on it. Hopefully one day I will come to a point where I am comfortable in my own skin and not constantly finding something about my body that I overly obsess about and feel that I should work on.

  24. It’s weird that the longest day peaks in mid June because true summer feels like July and August yet the days are getting shorter. 🙁
    When I feel strong and my clothes fit how I want. When I eat properly it’s where my body naturally settles.

  25. i dont know if its a number really…but its definitely how clothes fit and how strong i feel. obviously when clothes start to feel tighter that feels terrible..but when you notice how loose they are, its like success!! that being said, i like to feel and look strong too..not too skinny!

  26. Like many of you, my ‘Feel Great Weight’ has nothing to do with a number. I battled with myself for years over numbers. I obsessed to the point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I was very thin, but I felt awful and alienated. I was so consumed with numbers (weight, calories… all the associated numbers!) that I lost track of how I was truly feeling. Long story short, I stopped thinking about numbers and more about myself and how I really felt. Listening to your body is not so easy sometimes! I exercise and eat well and feel like a real, strong woman now. I don’t ever want to have to be consumed like that again because it took so much away from me. If I continue to eat well, exercise and my clothes fit well… AND I’m not obsessing over numbers but focusing on my happiness then hey I’m on the right track 🙂

  27. So great to see you run with BOMF. My sister works for them in Indianapolis so I ‘m a huge supporter!

    Okay, great weight. I know I’m there when I’m simply eating what I want (generally that’s healthy) and working out about five days a week. If I keep up the workouts and vary them, I don’t ever have to worry about it and my clothes fit great.

    I’ve been enjoying your posts, btw…new reader!

  28. Cait nailed it – it’s that weight/size that is maintainable through eating to satisfy physical hunger & enjoyable exercise…no extremes. I think the body confidence can come regardless of size, but to really internalize it and keep it you also need to give your body what it wants in terms or nutrition & movement.

  29. The only upside to shorter days (to me anyways) is that Fall is on it’s way and thats my favorite season 🙂
    Do I spy my zucchini?? THat recipes sounds delish, I need to try it out.

  30. I’ve actually given a lot of thought to my “feel great” weight. Right now, I consider it to be wherever the scale happens to fall when I’m eating well and exercising often. As long as my clothes fit, I have energy, and I feel comfortable, that’s good enough for me!

  31. I’ve never had the baked zucchini fries for breakfast, but why not? Glad you liked them:) I am 8 months pregnant and not feeling the greatest-I am hot and uncomfortable, but it is amazing what pregnancy does to your overall body image. I have a new love for my body and how amazing it is!

  32. Great article, Tina!

    It took me quite awhile to discover my Feel Great Weight. I struggled with disordered eating (frankly, bordering on anorexia) since I was 19. By the age of 25, I was simply tired of depriving my body of what it needed to be healthy. I sought help for my ED, and had completely changed my mindset about food and weight within a year.

    I realized only once I got well that my Feel Great Weight has almost nothing to do with the number I see reflected on the scale. It’s connected to how I feel about myself. Do I feel strong and empowered? Do I know that I could go out and run 10 miles, and have confidence in my body to carry me through the workout? And, just as importantly, do I eat what I want, when I want, and trust that my body will tell me when it’s full?

    I’ve been at my Feel Great Weight for over three years, and can honestly say that I’ve never before been so happy, calm, and fulfilled. It was wonderfully empowering to entrust faith in my body and its inherent strength and potential.

  33. For the longest time I thought I knew what my FGW would be. I even just about got there, but maintaining it was a beast. My metabolism just would not allow me to maintain that low-for-me weight. Since then I’ve gained 5-10 lbs, and while for the longest time I felt that this gain was due to unhealthy habits, I have since realized that through *enjoying life* with others, I have settled to this weight. Through chosing to eat healthily where I can (because I really do like healthy food and the way it makes me feel), staying active in what I love, and enjoying treats, big dinners, and chances to skip workouts with friends, I’ve maintained the same weight for almost a year with little-to-no manipulation of calories. I have since realized that I was following the 80/20 rule. Living ideally healthily for 80% of the time, I simply enjoying myself regardless of nutritive value for the other 20% of the time.

    While I miss my abdominal definition and fitting comfortably into my size 8s, I think sometimes it’s just worth it to buy bigger jeans and go enjoy that ice cream with my friends, without guilt.

  34. First of all, I always love your beautiful placemats. I don’t have my own place right now but once I move, its on the top of my list of new house stuff I am getting!

    I think your Feel Great Weight is when you are able to maintain your weight/size/shape/whatever without being obsessed. You can eat healthy, in moderation always, but not feel restricted. You are active and do the things you love without feeling held back by your body. You are happy in your own skin!

    For me, I think I am really close to my FGW but not quite there yet. I have been maintaining but still feel a little restricted sometimes. The good thing is though that I’m not letting it bother me! I just keep eating healthy and keep my body moving and wherever my body settles is where I’m meant to be!

  35. Feel great weight just means I feel great in my own skin. I feel comfortable with my weight right now. It fluctuates a pound or two every so often but for the most part stays consistent. That’s with me eating healthy the majority of the time and splurging every few days on something I love. I feel very lucky that I’m able to maintain this weight and still splurge and skip the gym if I want to. I know it can be very difficult for some people!

  36. I know when it feels effortless and I”m not constantly trying to skimp on some cals or exercise too much. I’m happy when I don’t have to think about it and can indulge, eat healthy, work out as I please!

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