Don't you dare give up hope and don't even think about stopping your progress.
Three weeks is HUGE! You should be proud of yourself - not stressing because of some family members decree that you must lose weight. Allow me to give you a pat on the back right now! ((pat)) ((pat))
Everything Archi and Nancy said is 100% correct. I gently ask that you go back and re-read their suggestions.
Only when I began to listen to what these experts said and put it into practice did I succeed.
When Archi speaks about eating 6-9 servings of fruit and veggies a day, heed it! That is what made all the difference for me. I cannot overstate how important that has been and continues to be for me. It has allowed me to quit dieting forever (!!) and to finally *get* this lifestyle thing.
I just had a two day baking session for Christmas. Did I eat Christmas cookies? You bet! I ate more than a few but not like what I would have done pre-Spark. And I made SURE to eat my 9 servings of veggies as well. I'm telling you: they act as an insurance and seem to allow me the freedom to "go off plan" on occasion and not suffer the consequences.
What's more: I didn't fret or stress about the cookies! I enjoyed them and then just got back to my now normal healthy way of eating. And guess what - having treats is a part of that!
If the last three weeks have been tortuous for you, please rethink "dieting" and opt for lifestyle instead. You'll be much happier, you'll see steady progress and you'll never "diet" again.
One last thing: consider ditching the scale. I don't use one at all nor do a lot of members. Imagine - no scale stress! Some people do use a scale but if that's a source of drama for you, why put yourself through that? Your clothes will tell you what you need to know. You could always tell yourself you'll weigh in a month. When the month is up, decide if that's still what you want to do.
I haven't weighed since I started and only then to get a calorie range.
Please don't give up. Spend a lot of time on the success pages and Woo-Hoo board. I want you to imagine the person succeeding is YOU because it can be and will be if you don't give up. So many of us are living proof.
You can do this!