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The Last Ten

Saturday, April 27, 2013

What is it about the last ten pounds that sounds so...different?

You hear all the time that the last ten pounds is the hardest to lose. I think that may be true. The weight is definitely taking longer to come off these days. It's taking two or three weeks for a pound to come off now, instead of the pound a week that I had grown accustomed to. My knee-jerk reaction is to cut back on calories and increase my exercise. While I might be able to burn those last ten off quickly that way, I doubt it would STAY off. In fact, I bet it would come back before the end of the Summer.

What I've learned is to be okay with slow progress. I'm not going to say I LIKE slow progress...because I don't. In fact, I hate it. Originally, I wanted to be done by April 24th, my 40th birthday, but that didn't happen and I had to be okay with that. Now, I'm focusing on the end of Summer. If I don't set a deadline for myself, I will feel no sense of urgency. So, I picked an arbitrary date this time, because deadlines with meanings don't really help me much. They just make me feel like a dork when I don't meet them.

I'll be going out of town tomorrow to celebrate my birthday. We'll be staying on the coast at a vegan spa. So, no worries about messing up my goals. I'll be eating good things and walking all over the place...all day...until my feet feel like they're going to fall off. I've scouted out the town for possible food temptations. There are a few steak houses that are definitely not my cup of tea, and then the rest seem to be very health conscious.

But back to those ten pounds. It seems like such a manageable number. At the same time, I think if it takes three weeks per pound...that's 30 weeks...which is more than half a year. Gawd, I hope it's not half a year. I know I said I was okay with a slow journey...but that's just TOO slow. Late October? *Sigh*

At any rate, that's where I stand. I'm happy...and I'm frustrated all at the same time.

Guess I'll just have to keep moving forward.
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    I agree so much with everything you wrote!!!
    I too had set a weight goal for my birthday that I didn't succeed!
    But I had set that goal when I started my effort here! Now I do not think it is so important.
    What is important is doing good things for me everyday!

    But 30 weeks is indeed frustratingly long! I it will be sooner!!

    1758 days ago
    First, Happy Birthday! That is a major one! emoticon

    Next, congratulations of how far you have come in your weight loss journey. The next 10 pounds will feel like they are miles away. Remember, it's not how fast you lose but THAT you lose. Be true to your goals and keep putting one foot in front of the other. You will make it because you are strong.
    1758 days ago
    Difficult, yes. But 30 weeks? I do not think so, given who you are... emoticon emoticon
    1759 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    emoticon emoticon on only ten pounds to go

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    1759 days ago
    Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY! emoticon

    Welcome to the 40's --- it's an awesome decade! It sounds like you've got a wonderful plan in place to celebrate.

    As for that "last 10" --- well, I've never tried to lose weight before, so I have no idea what that's going to feel like. From what I've seen around here, it looks like it might be a good idea to shift from "weight loss" mentality to "maintenance" mentality at about this point. I've seen quite a few folks who say that they started working their way up to maintenance level, and had the last pounds (and sometimes more) drop away without it being the huge final push of drastic calorie dropping and extreme exercise.

    Really, I can see you having no problem with the transition, as you continue the journey with your happy, healthy life!

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    1759 days ago
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