14 lbs is a very aggressive goal, yes; it's important to challenge yourself, but remember that losing weight at a reasonable rate is safer, easier, and doesn't set yourself up for failure. 14 lbs in one month is 3.5 lbs per week. That's not safe nor healthy for most people. If you weigh over 300 lbs, it may be possible, and okay, but it exceeds Sparkpeople's safety recommendations. You might lose that much the first week or two, but don't expect it to be consistent. At 244 lbs, a much safer weight loss goal would be 2-2.4 lbs per week. That's still huge! Remember this isn't the biggest loser, and those kinds of results simply aren't typical.
It may be fluid retention, it may not; I can fluctuate as much as 10 lbs in a single day, myself! Did you weigh yourself at the same time of day, same day each week, under the same conditions, on the same scale?
However, it's better to set a reasonable, safe goal for *fat* loss, since you don't know how much of that is actual water weight, and how much is fat, and then surprise yourself by exceeding it if it is all water weight. :)
As for the doubters, no matter what the situation, there will always be those. I always smile, and tell them, "Thanks for your concern!"
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| current weight: 185.0