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10 Percent

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The few times that I tried Weight Watchers (unsuccessfully), my initial goal was set by the woman behind the counter at 10% of my body weight. To me, losing that 25 lbs seemed insurmountable. I always lost five or six pounds, then started roller-coastering. Eventually I would quit.

When I started Sparkpeople, I realized that 25 lbs was WAY too big a goal for me. I set small goals for myself -- just stay on track for today, take the dog for a walk today, lose 1 lb this week, get through the morning without eating a donut from the teacher's lounge, lose 8 pounds this month. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that losing 10% of my body weight was supposed to be good for me, and I set that as a "medium range" goal on my spark page.

Last week, I hit that goal! I should be jumping up and down, but to be honest, when I look in the mirror I don't really see a difference. Today I decided I was going to boost my motivation by finding out WHY losing 10% of your body weight is the gold standard.

I found multiple research studies that show that losing 10% of your body weight has both physical and mental health benefits. One study showed that losing just 7% of your body weight cuts your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58%! Incidentally, most of the researchers recommended losing this weight over a 6-month period rather than trying to lose it quickly.

I particularly liked this poster from the Health Dept in Virginia, and thought I would share it with you. I'm going to print it out and post it on my fridge to remind myself that even though I can't fit into size 10 jeans yet, I am still doing something great for myself. I hope it helps those of you who, like me, sometimes get frustrated because we have not reached our final goal weight yet.
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CHERYLE51 1/6/2014 9:31AM

    Thanks for sharing. I used to go to Weight Watchers and had a hard time losing the weight. I eventually quit and did not lose the weight like I wanted. I did manage to lose the 10% and got the keychain. I am really trying now to lose 10% because I worry about cholesterol.

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A10TIVTRTL 12/27/2013 10:56PM

    It really is true - I've only lost a few pounds, but already my blood pressure has normalized (i.e., NO MORE MEDICINE REQUIRED!) and last time it was checked my sleep apnea had improved so much that my machine pressure setting was lowered from 12 to 8! Others probably can't see the difference in my body, but my clothes fit better and the important thing is that I CAN TELL. Thanks for sharing the link & Congratulations on your success!

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MARINAK3 12/24/2013 11:16PM

    Love this post and really like the poster! Gonna share it on my FB page and my blog too!

You've lost 26 pounds! That's like 3 bowling balls! Imagine! You go girl!


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IXCHEL23 12/21/2013 7:22PM

    emoticon that's emoticon Enjoy the holidays with your family! emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 12/20/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for sharing that.

By the way...Congratulations for losing what you have already. For NOT eating the doughnut in the staff room. For going for your walks.

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ALIALI2013 12/19/2013 12:12PM

    That's amazing, the amount it lowers the risk of getting type 2 Diabetes. I have type 1, there's no way to prevent that of course, but Type 2, I don't know as much about that as I do Type 1. Think I could become a Doctor on that by now after 31+ years. *L*

Thank you for the information, that's really interesting. Have a great day!

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IMREITE 12/19/2013 12:36AM

    thanls for sharing. it is amazing how some healthy living can make you feel better.

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TAMMYAND 12/18/2013 11:04PM

    Another excellent blog! I have heard about the benefits of losing 10% as well, but never has it been explained as well as you did. I also like the link to the VA poster, well worth remembering. I have lost more than my 10% so far and look forward to 20%. I appreciate reading this blog...very motivating and encouraging! Thanks Laura!

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SUEPERWOMAN 12/18/2013 9:58PM

That is absolutely awesome. Thanks for showing me that 10% is actually a very big deal in so many ways. It's easy to get discouraged.
Just three more ounces for me and I have lost my 10%.

Hope your first day of work went well !

Love, Ginger

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QUEENIEBELLE 12/18/2013 2:14PM

    WOW First of all, congratulations on losing 10%!! emoticon I've not managed to do that~ YET. emoticon Even -5% has its benefits, so 'they' say. I once went to a weight loss class at a hospital that said even staying the same is better than what the gaining gaining gaining does. Keep at it and let's kick some rump. emoticon emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/18/2013 2:13PM

    so proud of you!!!!!!

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