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It Takes So Long...

Friday, January 25, 2013

One of the biggest complaints I hear about weight loss is "it takes so long to lose weight!" Yes. It does. I wish it didn't but it's not a quick process.

Think about it. Chance are it took some time to add that weight to your body. It only makes sense that it will take a while for it to come back off. While there are surgeries and pills that might accelerate the process a bit, the most successful people are those that lose at a steady, somewhat slower, pace.

My answer to those people that say they don't want to wait 6 (or 9, 12, 24, 36, etc) months to reach their goal weight? What difference does it make how long it takes? In six months, you will be six months older, the date will have changed, life will have gone on. The difference is, do you want to be the same person you are today or do you want to be pushing towards your goal of a new you? It's your time. Choose wisely how to use it!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MICKEYH 1/27/2013 7:35PM

    Well said. I vote for start working today. No more complaining. emoticon

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BLUEFISH1881 1/26/2013 2:15AM

    Great advice...

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KARENLEIGH32 1/25/2013 10:43PM

    I think by taking it off as I put it on...slow not only helps me to keep it off but also teaches me patience and to savor life.

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/25/2013 3:09PM

    When someone says that I'd ask them if they thought that weight they've gained got on their body in 6 months?? I don't think so. So why would you expect for it to come off in that amount of time too? Most people know that losing weight at a slower rate is better if you want to keep it off permanently. You are right, what difference does it make how long it takes? Unfortunately, because society is so fast paced and almost anything is available at your fingertips, they want the same to happen with weight loss.

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TURTLESLOW14 1/25/2013 10:29AM

    Love this blog, thanks for sharing

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NEWMEN2013 1/25/2013 10:14AM

    A friend once told me "If you start today, 6 months from now you'll be 6 months closer to your goal; if you wait 6 months to start, you'll be in the same sad place you are today and still have at least 6 months to go." Measure your successes not by how close you are to the goal but by how far you've come from the start.

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MS_ZENZI 1/25/2013 9:05AM

    For me, it only feels "slow" when I am not working at it. During days (months or years) when I stay at a weight that is not ideal or gain weight, the thought of how long and hard the road to ideal is keeps me from getting started. If I worked instead of procrastinating, I'd be "there" right now!

For today, I will appreciate where I am. SP is a great resource and it's a blessing to have SparkFriends with me on my journey.

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DBELLE39 1/25/2013 8:20AM

    When it comes to weight loss, slower is better at keeping it off!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/25/2013 7:44AM

    Patience is the toughest part of this journey, for sure!

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ADZY86 1/25/2013 7:41AM

    So very true.

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CANDOK1260 1/25/2013 7:21AM

    Nice blog nd I rather be the tortoise than the hare

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/25/2013 5:36AM

    great bog slow and steady does win the race. thanks for the reminder that it wont happen overnight but the rewards when it does is so worth the wait, plus you want the weight you lost to stay lost lose to fast and chances are it will come back

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NMSUSTUDENT 1/25/2013 4:04AM

    Quote: "Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success."─Bo Bennett

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SISSIE21 1/25/2013 3:23AM

    I agree! Every time I get frustrated about how long it takes, I envision myself a year from now having not taken the steps to healthy eating and exercising. When I see that alternative, it helps me to keep going no matter what! A bit of backwards envisioning, but it works in the times when weight loss seems so slow. I mean, what is the alternative? emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 1/25/2013 3:23AM

    Yes. I always enjoy reading The Slowest Loser's blog entries, even though I wouldn't wat to go quite that slow. Glenn

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