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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/10/13 9:15 A

you're losing
that's positive

don't set unrealistic goals for yourself
or, don't beat yourself up if you don't achieve what you think you should

this should be a lifestyle; not a short-term fix

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
3/10/13 6:43 A

If you have been losing 1 lb per week I think you are doing great. Don't put a sad face after that accomplishment.
I really don't think you should stress about the date you reach your goal as long as you are continuing to make progress and making permanent healthy lifestyle changes that will help you maintain your weight loss.


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3/10/13 5:49 A

It COULD be doable, but is very highly unlikely, and not recommended. Weight fluctuates up/down constantly, and the gain doesn't necessarily mean that anything is wrong with what you are doing. There are many other ways of judging success. How your clothes fit (and you can gain weight while getting smaller!", the condition of your hair/skin, the quality of your sleep, your BP, your blood results (healthier Cholesterol/Blood Sugars/Iron) are far better indicators of success than any scales!

I have to question why you have such a goal in the first place? Often this sort of goal is a very good way of giving yourself ammunition to beat yourself up when you don't make it. Rather than saying "I want to lose "X" amount of weight by such and such a date," why not say "I want to lose weight by such and such a date!" After-all, any weight-loss is better than none.

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,979
3/9/13 11:03 P

It's probably not doable. Aim for 16lb in 16 weeks, and if you lose more then that's just a bonus!

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KIMBERLY19732 Posts: 286
3/9/13 8:16 P

I've given up setting goals like that, instead I set goals to beat my best time, get SparkPoints, and so on. Even when we follow our plan perfectly for a week it may not translate at weigh in. Hormones, fluid retention ect are not variables we can control.

I started SP about 2 months ago, as well.My weight loss averages 1 pound per week. When I created my profile I set a low goal weight, with a deadline in October. I feel certain that I will NOT hit that weight at that time. I've considered changing the goal on my profile but -at the moment the ranges from SP are working.

So to answer your question-if it were me I would adjust my goals away from the scale and focus on areas that you have more control over--workouts, water intake, reducing sugar ect.

You can do this!

ANARIE Posts: 12,574
3/9/13 5:50 P

No, it really, honestly isn't do-able. Think about weight loss in percentages; you can't safely lose more than about 1% of your body weight per week, max. That's why people always talk about 2 pounds as a safe amount, because people starting here tend to weigh around 200. There's something about the number 200 that makes people (well, women) decide to get it in gear and do something about their weight.

You're talking about losing 16 pounds in 6 weeks. That's more than one and a half times the safe amount.

Another way to think about it is to ask yourself how long it took to GAIN the extra weight. I bet it was a whole lot longer than a month and a half! You can lose weight somewhat faster than you gained it, but not 10 or 20 times faster! And if you're not so obese that your health is at risk, it's not unreasonable to allow yourelf almost as much time to lose as you did to gain. If you don't rush it, losing all but the last 10 can be almost as easy as gaining it was. (That's another thing-- no matter what you do, the last 10 pounds will be *extremely* slow, because your body doesn't think you need to lose them.)

Edited by: ANARIE at: 3/9/2013 (17:52)
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3/9/13 3:50 P

1-2 lbs a week is safe and healthy. Any more than that and you run the risk of plateauing and of not keeping the loss off. I think your self-doubt may interfere more with your ability to succeed than anything else though. Try changing how you feel about your expectations.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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3/9/13 3:04 P

1 lb per week is a safe, sustainable weight loss for your current weight. To be honest, you're not fat enough to lose weight faster.

Steady weight loss is better than fast weight loss; it's more sustainable long-term and doesn't leave your skin sagging and bagging from the speedy loss. ;) You're not really going to be able to speed things u p. This is a marathon... not a sprint!

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3/9/13 2:30 P

My goal that I started about 2 months ago was to weigh 182 by April 15th, I am at 198 now. That would be 16 pounds in a mont and a half. I personally don't think i'm going to get there especially at the pace im losing weight, about 1 pound per week :(

What steps can i take to meet or get extremely close to this goal?

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