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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/2/13 1:50 P

Let the doubters doubt and the haters hate. Don't let it get to you. As the rest on this board, 14 pounds is aggressive even if you believe that most of it is water retention. I retain quite a bit myself. Just don't let it get you down if it doesn't happen the way that you think it should. my body surprises me constantly.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,010
1/2/13 11:26 A

The slower you lose weight, the less sagging skin you will have.
The slower you lose weight, the greater the chance you will keep it off.

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1/2/13 11:15 A

The question is what happens when you DON'T take that 14 pounds off? Will you feel as if you failed? Although your thoughts are on the right track, I personally find it better to set a small goal and reach it, then set another....I learned this from Weight Watchers when a woman there met her goal weight at a meeting I attended. She came in needing to lose 120 pounds, and she said everytime she had tried before, the amount of weight she had to lose was so much that she gave up after a short time. She decided to join WW and lose 10 pounds. That was her only goal, and she did not set a time limit to do it. She lost that 10 pounds fairly quickly, then said "I will lose another 10 pounds." She lost 120 pounds only 10 pounds at a time.

Like others say, you know your body but trust me, the female body likes to screw around even with the person who knows it best. When I do the Wii Fit, I set a goal of losing 2 pounds in 2 weeks...often, I meet the goal long before the two weeks, but there are times I don't....even when I am doing everything right.

I guess I am saying two things...maybe set a smaller goal and celebrate when you meet it early OR use those "doubters" to motivate you to do the best you can to meet your goal...and remember if you DON'T meet it, life will not come to an just adjust the following month!

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1/2/13 9:27 A

The main things I considered when setting this goal are:

1. MAJOR water retention...which will drop off as soon as my period starts. Trust me, its like a ten pound drop typically! It is in sane.

2. When I get toward the end of the year and way less, my goals will definitely be smaller. If I start with 14 and take a pound off of my goal each month then December's goal will be only 2 pounds and if I'm down as far as I think I will be, 2 pounds could be a struggle...

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
1/1/13 2:39 P

I agree with DRAGONCHILDE. No, I don't doubt your ability in general to lose weight (I don't even know you), but in general, 14 pounds in a month is a huge expectation. I managed myself to lose 15 pounds my first month, but I was 330 pounds, and the following month, I only lost 8 pounds, I guess if you do this with the expectation that it probably won't remain consistent throughout your loss, then that's a bit different...
And those who do completely doubt you...well, you can't change them. You can only smile as you show them you are making progress.

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1/1/13 12:23 P

14 lbs is a very aggressive goal, yes; it's important to challenge yourself, but remember that losing weight at a reasonable rate is safer, easier, and doesn't set yourself up for failure. 14 lbs in one month is 3.5 lbs per week. That's not safe nor healthy for most people. If you weigh over 300 lbs, it may be possible, and okay, but it exceeds Sparkpeople's safety recommendations. You might lose that much the first week or two, but don't expect it to be consistent. At 244 lbs, a much safer weight loss goal would be 2-2.4 lbs per week. That's still huge! Remember this isn't the biggest loser, and those kinds of results simply aren't typical.

It may be fluid retention, it may not; I can fluctuate as much as 10 lbs in a single day, myself! Did you weigh yourself at the same time of day, same day each week, under the same conditions, on the same scale?

However, it's better to set a reasonable, safe goal for *fat* loss, since you don't know how much of that is actual water weight, and how much is fat, and then surprise yourself by exceeding it if it is all water weight. :)

As for the doubters, no matter what the situation, there will always be those. I always smile, and tell them, "Thanks for your concern!"

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1/1/13 12:16 P

I have already lost almost 60 pounds but am retaining a LOT of water due to pms. I am starting off my year with the goal of losing 100 pounds this year, which is VERY possible.

However, I set a goal for January of losing 14 pounds BECAUSE of the water retention. I have several people telling me I am setting myself up for failure and that its not possible.

What do I tell these people who doubt when I KNOW that it is possible as I was 230 a week ago and now the scale is showing me at 244?

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