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BRITOMART Posts: 8,157
1/7/13 6:15 P

As everyone has said--you're doing great. My question for you is: are you living a lifestyle you can stick with? I ask because your subject is 26 days on a "diet" and that sounds to this old timer like you have short-term mentality! Better lose more slowly on a plan you can see yourself enjoying for years. Do you like low-carb? if not, and if there's no medical reason for it, don't do it. Yes, you'll need some restraint for all your life long, BUT the basic content of your life has to be bearable, with really enjoyable moments lived without guilt. That's my 2-cents' worth.

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1/1/13 6:44 P

Stop beating yourself up or panicking - you are doing REALLY WELL, and I truly mean that! What you have achieved in a short time is great and at a recommended speed. Others may well lose more weight and faster, but odds are it won't last them a life-time which YOUR one just well may, so long as you go about this sensibly.

It took me 16 months to lose just over 50lb, and I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I have since reached my (Dietitian's) goal and have been there for quite a long time. I still weigh all my food and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker to ensure that I stay there, too!

Take care, and remember - you are doing real good :-)


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1/1/13 2:53 P

Hi, Kim !

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

So, don't beat yourself up because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. It really does take time to change habits learned over a life time.

Don't worry ! a 7 pound loss in a month really IS spot on. Let me tell you something I learned from my own years of yo yo dieting and it's this,"the faster a person takes off the weight, the faster it packs back on. Take the weight off slowly and it will stay off".

As the Coaches all say,"trust the process".

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1/1/13 2:04 P


Think of this journey as one you will be on for the rest of your life. Healthy living does not cease once we reach our weight loss goal. It is most definitely going to have to be your way of living from now on which is why the longer it takes one to lose, the more time you have to incorporate life-long healthy habits. It took me a solid 3 1/2 years to lose 80 pounds (50 came off within the year) however, that was almost 4 1/2 years ago and I am proud to say I have not regained the weight...the first time ever since I started my first diet almost 40 years ago at age 12. Diets are bound to fail, but healthy living remains with us forever.


Coach Nancy

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1/1/13 12:02 P

your doing great consistency is key!!! it will fall off in no time!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,027
1/1/13 11:43 A

7 pounds in less than four weeks is great... congratulations!

Spark recommends 1-2 pounds a week... which is 4-8 pounds in four weeks.

KANDOLAKER Posts: 1,902
1/1/13 11:40 A

You are making progress and congrats on that! Try not to compare yourself to others, and as long as you are staying in your calorie range and getting some exercise - it will all add up. Try not to be disappointed and know that you will get there. All the best to you!!

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1/1/13 11:16 A

I know it can be tough when you don't see the results you want on the scale. Just know, that each positive choice will show up eventually -- give your body time. One other thing to try if you are not already is to take your measurements once a month -- often you may lose inches when the number on the scale is not actually moving.
Good luck -- you can do this! emoticon

KIM2260 Posts: 61
1/1/13 11:03 A

felling a little down, only lost 7 pounds and counting everyday,compared to other peoples weight lose seems a little slow, I'm exercising daily, low carbs, and watching my calorie intake, what else is left to do.

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