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Losing 100 lbs sounds scary but what about losing 25 lbs? Doable?

Sunday, March 09, 2014

If I am honest, I need to lose 100 lbs. That seems like it would take me about 20 years!
I feel totally overwhelmed and just say , yeah sure, someday.

But if I think of 10 %, 25 lbs. I think maybe I could do that in a reasonable amount of time.

Start at 250

Lose 10% of that....................25 lbs 225

Then think of another 10 %, 22.5 lbs. 203.50

Then think of the next 10 % 20.35 lbs. 183.25

Then think of the next 10 % 18.30 lbs. 165.95

Then think of the next 10 % 16.50lbs. 149.45

I know some spark friends have a plan like this. I have never done that. I was thinking of getting to 199 actually. In the 6 years here on SP I have kept of 25 lbs.

Yeah 6 years. I had to overcome a few things on the way!

I don't want the next 25 lbs. to take so long.



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SQUIRRELMOMMA1 3/12/2014 7:54AM

    I like your 10% chart. It turns it into very manageable, very doable chunks.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/11/2014 1:26PM

    Breaking it down into smaller goals seems less scary. Best wishes in your hour ey

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NEWTINK 3/10/2014 6:27PM

    emoticon I have lost a hundred pounds and yea that is scary but the next 100 is holding on for dear life but i will get there right now just looking for 6 pounds .

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STITCH4EVER 3/10/2014 2:17PM


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SCRAPPER1124 3/9/2014 11:44PM

    one step at a time. It's better than gaining emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 3/9/2014 8:55PM

    emoticon emoticon I too need to lose over 100 pounds. When my late husband got sicker I stopped taking care of me and put all my energy into taking care of him. Now that he has passed I need to start taking care of myself. So I just might do the same thing that you are doing too!! Thanks for that info and you can do it too.

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LADYKOPPER3309 3/9/2014 8:45PM

    Great job on keeping the 25lbs off for six years that is no easy task! This is not a race it is your life and you need to do the best you can! Small hills are much easier to climb and once you get over the first one the next one doesn't look so big anymore! emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 3/9/2014 8:27PM


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DONNABRIGHT 3/9/2014 7:43PM

    Think about 5% at a time to make it a more manageable goal. If you are interested I will invite you to the next 5% challenge which will start in early Spring. Let me know if you might like to try this.

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SIEGRID 3/9/2014 7:04PM

    I think we need to do this at a 'speed' that we are comfortable with. What works for one person doesn't always work for another. It is one step at a time..
Just remember that YOU are WORTH it. We all are.


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FROSTY99 3/9/2014 6:51PM

    Take a small number like - 5 lbs a month or even 3. You would be either 60 or 36 lbs lighter at the end of the year. That is a feasible goal-I too need to get back to it. I went off track in Nov and haven't been able to get the train going again but trying to get to where I move processed food out of the house and eat more "real" foods. That seems to be the key for me.

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CRAFTSFAN1 3/9/2014 4:57PM

    Actually, for me 20# still sounds very scary.

What I focus on in my mind is how I would feel when I see the next -1 number in the scale. I feel very excited every time I reach that number. It doesn't matter if I am only one ounce away to reach that number. For me, is like breaking down a barrier.

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NANCYPAT1 3/9/2014 3:02PM

    It isn't about how FAST we do it, it is about JUST keeping on DOING IT.

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ALIHIKES 3/9/2014 2:57PM

    Much better way to look at it. I think I will do the same! 10% of my weight at a time ... I have about 70 pounds to lose which seems overwhelming but 20 is not so bad.

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SANDRALEET 3/9/2014 2:10PM

    We change slowly

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    It's whatever works for you because you have discovered the truth here on SP... that this is not a "one size fits all" journey we're on.

You have maintained a 25 pound weight loss... that is a huge accomplishment!

I also want to commend you on doing the "rest of the necessary" work... that is, the mental part of the equation. It's as important as the weight loss itself, because once we know why, we can develop tools and strategies to avoid it.

As other Sparkers have commented, it is one step at a time.

You know that if you do what it is you need to do every single day without fail that changes will happen, whether you can see the results right away or not.

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LIS193 3/9/2014 1:09PM

    Baby steps - take it one week at a time. Break it down in small goals so it is not too overwhelming. Even 10% sounds like a lot - how about aiming for 5or 10 pounds at a time? Sounds much more achievable!

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_BABE_ 3/9/2014 12:43PM

    I think losing weight is mastering that little voice in our head and if you say hey I need to lose 100 pounds, it says can we start Monday? lol

If these little tricks are we need to fool ourselves then I am game.

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GARDENCHRIS 3/9/2014 12:35PM

    that IS a great way to look at it even 10 lbs at a time.

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JUSTYNA7 3/9/2014 12:22PM

    I think too that I realized 10% could mean taking 10% less on my plate...
of doing 10% more exercise....

If you do 10 lunges, 10% is only 1 more!

I tend to try and double my efforts and burn out. I was introduced to the 10% rule by my trainer and it was very powerful. Also it challenged me. I don't like change but everything changes. Everything should change. In little bits. Baby steps!

Good blog Chris! And you can do it! emoticon

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DRAGON-CHICK 3/9/2014 11:59AM

    That's me too!!!

I was hoping to drop 10 pounds a month.
I lost 15 pounds last year.
And did not drop a size.

Hey, every step in the right direction is a step forward, right?

We can do this!!

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TWESTEN1 3/9/2014 11:44AM

    I'm in the same boat & I think it's a great way to look at it. Looking at the big number is always overwhelming... but smaller goals are easier to reach & to swallow! You can do this... we WILL do this!

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1BEACHBOUNDMAMA 3/9/2014 11:41AM

  I too have 100 pounds to lose. Infact, I have about 120 pounds to lose. Just the thought of it has allowed me to lose momentum, and get off track many times. However, I have come up with a similar plan which I think will help me reach my long term goal. That plan is to lose 10 pounds 10 times, and of course keep it off.

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