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When will they notice???

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

When I lost 25 pounds last year (before gaining it back), I had made it clear to my family that I didn't want them telling anyone outside of our home (including extended family that we see every week) about my journey that I was starting ONCE AGAIN. I didn't want to hear the "here we go again" or "yay, good luck... one more time" as it would just make me feel like I was setting myself up for failure (which is the way I was feeling already). Therefore, I was feeling good about myself after I started eating right, working out and losing 25 pounds.

One day, my father-in-law, God love him, said "Shelley, there's something different about you. You look good." I remember how excited I was that he was going to say that he could tell that I had lost a few pounds, great job, keep it up... and then he said it "oh, that's it, I think you've done something different with your make up." emoticon I just wanted to tell him that I had lost, but I think, at that point, it was too late. What he thought was a compliment, I took as being just short of one.

This time, I'm trying to be a little different with my journey. I'm not keeping to myself, but I'm not shouting it from the rooftops either (I will definitely do that after I become successful with my weight loss and healthier eating again).

It's funny because it's only been about 5 pounds and it's only my first week back on track, but I feel GREAT!!! I have been wondering though ... how long will it take for someone to notice a weight loss? Will I have to wait for 50 pounds for someone to notice or will someone catch a clue by my happier and more radiant self at 30 pounds? I wonder how it is for other people that have lost weight (and started with a bit more to lose such as myself)?

I think this time, I'll start telling people after I lose 20 pounds so I can get the feedback and encouragement that it seems as though I need. Then again, I don't know... this is ALL FOR ME!!!
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    I agree with the others, it varies from person to person. It took me about 30-35 pounds before anyone really noticed. Those that see you more frequently are less likely to notice or to say anything. If you really want to know if it's noticeable, go visit someone or go some place you hadn't been in a while and see what happens (that's if you're strong enough to handle the outcome if no one says anything). Sometimes I think those that we see more often don't want to say anything because their not quite sure like your father-in-law what has changed. Being sensitive your feelings and not wanting to say the wrong thing. Rejoice in your accomplishments and when they notice they notice. I've had strangers (see on walking paths) notice before people I know say something.
    2529 days ago
    I am going to tell you a story about the last time I lost! I had lost just over 20 lbs and we went to a family dinner with my fiances family not one person noticed or said anything but when my sil who is bigger then me who they see more came they all went on about how great she looked and how she had lost weight (5 lbs) I wanted to yell at them all "hello look at me, what about me" I also don't tell everyone for the same reasons as you but it is nice to have people notice. Im starting again and also am wondering how much I will have to loose before anyone will notice.
    2530 days ago
    Sosaystara is right. When you see someone often, you don't notice the changes. After all, you don't look that much different today then you did yesterday! And you should let people know, and let them know your progess. Besides, this may encourage them to get going on their own healthy life style.

    Besides, if you already lost 25 last year, gained it back and then lost it again, it may not seem that much different than what is normal for you. As you continue to lose weight, people will notice! Just hang in there and keep up the good work. emoticon
    2530 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/12/2011 3:01:31 PM
    I've found that it really varies. The biggest thing is that people who see you every day or even every week will NOT notice right away (unless they are looking for it). It's hard to notice gradual changes.

    I'm a teacher, and people usually notice the most over breaks.. like over summer when I'm apart from all my coworkers for 3 months or after Christmas break when I'm gone for a month, those types of things.

    Although, when I went through a really fast period of weight loss (minus 15 pounds in about 2-3 weeks), people took notice then too.

    Or, I had a friend who I hadn't seen in months, and I had lost 25-30 pounds and she was blown away.

    So try to judge based on people you DON'T see all the time. It's hard to notice the little things, does that make sense?


    You CAN do this!
    2530 days ago
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