Depending on when in August, that could be more like 27 pounds in ONE month. Regardless, we're talking somewhere between about 2.5 and 5 pounds per week -- that is not slow at all. It's honestly far too fast for just about anyone who isn't severely obese or under a doctor's supervision, and I'm concerned as much about the fact that you're finding it too slow as I am about what you might be doing to get there. It doesn't sound from your description that you're doing anything extreme, but the results show that something somewhere may well be off kilter. You should almost certainly be eating more than you are right now, to slow that down to 2 pounds per week or less. You may be able to tolerate a faster rate of weight loss for now, but your body is likely to start fighting you eventually if you try to keep it up for long. The only exception might be if you lost a large fraction of that in the first week, sort of thing, which could have been water weight if you changed your diet to vastly less sodium or something.
(For reference I averaged about 1.5 pounds per week while losing and found that plenty fast -- it was almost more than my mind could handle, changing that fast, never mind my body.)
Your perception that after losing 27 pounds you haven't really changed -- that could be perfectly normal, depending how heavy you are now. I "only" had 45 to lose total and could barely feel a change in my clothes after 5, could see a significant change in the mirror after about 15, other people started commenting after 25 ... it was only after that that it started feeling like a train about to run off the track half the time. (I think part of the cause might be the tendency to try to hang onto your too-small clothes while gaining weight, so it takes forever to "shrink out of" that first set, but then the ones you buy after that seem like they're falling off you before you can blink.) If you have more to lose than I did, all those numbers will be correspondingly higher. But it happens, there's no way it can't. You just need to focus on the day to day, and suddenly it sneaks up on you.
Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 10/2/2013 (16:39)
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GW: Originally 150. Maintaining at about 146 since June 2013.
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