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If anyone can give me the answer to that question about eating all the WW treats in one sitting I would love that. I do that sort of thing myself which does not help any weight loss fast or slow. I usually won't buy anything like that because of that reason. I ate almost a whole box of Kelloggs protein snack bars and I bought them with the idea of adding a bit more protein in my daily food intake. Guess I won't do that again either. ACCCKKK!!! emoticon

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8/24/10 7:11 P

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has anyone here noticed if slower weight loss stays off easier than fast weight loss? just curious. Maybe theres more to this turtle weight loss than the just time.

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8/24/10 1:33 P

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YELLOWDAHLIA, just remember that the lower your weight gets, the slower the weight will come off. This especially true when you get closer to your ultimate goal. Keep working at it, it'll go eventually.

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I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.

Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!

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8/24/10 10:15 A

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Yep, it's taken me a awhile to get the weight off. 50 lbs the first year and then I slowed way down.
Seems like I take 5 steps forward, get derailed and take 3 steps back and so and so on.....I'm refocused now because I'm close to goal and I want it in a BIG way, BUT I leave for a trip to Ireland on Sept 9. I usually gain about 8-10 lbs on vacation because I eat what ever I want. I'm hoping I will have a little more control this time.

**LINDA**

Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.


A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?






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8/24/10 10:02 A

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Another SLT poster stated that we may choose to be a slow loser while another said slow losers have no choice.

I feel that I am caught in the middle of the two explanations. I make poor choices (eating 4! Weight Watcher frozen treaats @ one sitting) which then mean I have no choice but to slow down my loss!!

When will I learn that the overeating never feels good for very long and yet the results are around for a long time.

Physicians, physical therapist, and other health care providers will come and go, BUT only you can serve as your body's CEO


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8/24/10 12:43 A

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When I reach a plateau, I pitch a tent, curl up and live there for weeks. In 2002-04 I lost 75 pounds. Then I bounced around in a 20 pound arena.Last year I dropped that 20 pounds and figured God was telling me it was time to buckle down. So I bought some exercise DVD's and joined Spark People. I still have 60 pounds to go and I know it will be slow. Bought each positive step os pure joy.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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8/23/10 9:47 P

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It's a step that you can build on. A few months from now you'll be thinking why didn't I start this sooner.

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I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.

Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!

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8/23/10 3:02 P

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the last couple of days I have been exercising everyday, even if its been only 5 or 10 min, I'm noticing a pretty big difference. Of course. my day is salvaged better with the more I exercise. but its good.

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8/22/10 1:42 P

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Oh, to add to my previous post ... I don't have a choice in the matter anymore either. I'm trying to contol diabetes without meds so it doesn't control me.

We can all do this. It's a totally different way of looking at everything.
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8/21/10 9:09 P

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lol yes, that is teh truth. oh well. I think my problem is I eat without thinking when I'm tired. I think I'll have to take out my eft cd and start tapping on it. at least no one is alone on this.

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Tell me about "Slow!" I go forward slowly and then go back "FAST!" Story of my life!

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8/20/10 1:36 P

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yeah, I would love to get in 30 min a day, but with my exhaustion - I'm not so sure. I think I might have a goal to get in 10min a day right now. thats where I'm at. of course when i do exercise more, its usually when the kids are in school (4 more days) so, maybe it'll come soon.

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8/20/10 8:21 A

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True, for some of us it isn't a choice. Others though may have tried different diets. Only two years ago I tried the South Beach "just one more time" and I did lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks. With the usual long term result of course. emoticon

Now losing slowly is a conscious decision, and it's great to have a group of like-minded folks supporting each other.


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8/20/10 6:49 A

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I love this group!!! And I was just thinking...sometimes we discuss the advantages of slow weight loss as though we had a choice. I don't think I have a choice. I wouldn't know how to loose fast any more. I have to work on a healthier life style and do what my body will do. If I give up because I loose slowly, then I loose out altogether. Does that make sense?

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8/20/10 6:20 A

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It's taken me 2 years to lose 59 pounds with the 1st 15 being in a total yoyo state. I think I finally got the grasp of healthier eating/lifestyle. I now know that I have to exercise at least 30 minutes daily. My journey has been an eye opening experience.

I've always been told and totally believe that losing it slowly creates a better lifestyle to keep the weight off.

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It's all about taking small steps and building onto them.

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I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.

Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!

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TONTO65 Posts: 107
8/19/10 5:45 P

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Don't give up. Don't compare yourself to your husband. I have the same thing going on at my house. Men lose faster and don't seem to have the same food issues as women. Some of it is they are not usually the cooks.

Anyway once your mind is made up you will conquer your weight.

The tracking really really helps. I was at a brunch today and ate more during the day than usual so I am having a salad for supper. If I hadn't tracked I wouldn't know where I stand calorie wise and would be over my calorie allotment.

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8/19/10 5:32 P

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I had gained about 100 lbs since getting married in 1970 and I was considered overweight back then. I have lost (going up and down within a 6 or 7lbs range) 24lbs since late Oct 2009. I usually would be happy with having a time that I did not gain as I had gained almost continuously for several years BUT I am hit with jealousy. During this same time frame, my husband has lost 70 lbs. He has lost steadily and does not try to "cheat" and does not have emotional eating concerns. I need to not campare myself to him but (1) give myself credit for what I have done and (2)own up to my own behavior that slows down my wt loss. Of course, easier said than done.

Edited by: PENGUINROSS at: 8/19/2010 (17:34)
Physicians, physical therapist, and other health care providers will come and go, BUT only you can serve as your body's CEO


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TONTO65 Posts: 107
8/19/10 3:47 P

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So I lost a couple of pounds and put some back on. I weighed myself this morning and have lost a couple of pounds by eating enough and exercising. I know it is going to take most of the year at the slow rate to lose what I want to, but I am determined to keep at it. Glad I found this group too since we all seem to be in the same boat so to speak. So keep on keeping for all of us.

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8/19/10 2:01 P

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THANX all for the messages. the dr put me on a diet suppressant, and I almost lost 10 pounds in 1 month, and after my supply ran out = you know what happened. so, yes, I'm looking for natural weight loss, not using gimmicks, pills, etc.

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8/19/10 12:47 P

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I see nothing wrong with a little progress day by day. Just think of how you'll feel in 365 of those days.

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8/19/10 10:57 A

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The tortoise in the fable "won the race" because he/she kept on going in the right direction until the goal was attained. Jack-rabbits often finish last!

Healthy decisions - just for TODAY (which is always what day it is!)- will mean success!



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8/19/10 10:41 A

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Slow is a good thing, and as others have said, it took a while to get to your current weight so it's gonna take a while to bring it back down. I also am not a fan of the work-til-you-drop variety of losing weight, and yeah I saw the article where the 10-minute blocks of exercised were loudly denounced as not being worth anything...but for those of us who simply do not or can not make bigger blocks of time available, I look at it as 'at least I am getting some exercise'....
Keep on keeping on, slow and steady, and so long as you don't gain weight, then sitting steady is a good thing....

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My thought is that it took me 38 years to gain 305 lbs. SO even if I lost 50% as fast it would take me 19 years to get to 152 lbs - that is a bout 3/4 lb a month. Pfiffle! I can do this!

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8/19/10 9:56 A

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I have found that too much exercise is counter-productive: it interferes with my sleep and that leads to overeating and other problems. Slow and consistent is key for me, and though I'm not always consistent I'm definitely slow! And I'm not giving up! Hang in there and know that slow is the way to go! Ooh, my new motto!


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8/19/10 9:47 A

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I'm another one that's taken literally years to loose a good amount of weight. It's taken me almost 4 years to loose 70 lbs. Yes, it's not easy, and sometimes the weight loss is way too slow (or non- existsnet, as it has been for me in recent months). But it's sooo much better than where I was 4 years ago!!

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A slow weight loss can be frustrating but it sounds as if you're quite comfortable with going slow and enjoying the other health benefits along the way. Our society is geared towards instant gratification and short attention spans, but you can't fool Mother Nature, or your own body. A slow loss is definitely better than to keep on gaining!

Regarding the advice to exercise until you drop, why would anybody want to do that? Yes, I like to challenge myself, but I want to feel better after I exercise, not worse. Again, that kind of thinking is driven by wanting instant results, and fighting with your body instead of working with it.



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I'm a very slow turtle myself. I started getting rid of weight when I was 545 lbs back in 1984 and now I'm at 279 lbs so I'd say I'm one of the Slowest Losers here : )

It's staying off too. And I'm toning as I'm going. I like slow it prevents saggy skin so far here. So no fear on being "the slowest loser" because at a slow speed you're doing fine. Take care !

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I think it has taken years for many of us to lose the weight. I know I've started and stopped many, many times. Unfortunately everytime I stop, I put on more pounds to lose the next time. Because of health issues, I'm hoping this time I'll be successful.

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Hi CHAMBY and Everyone,

I know I have a much harder time loosing weight now than when I was younger. I don't even loose the pound a week. I have to work really hard for every tiny loss. If I am not gaining, I consider that good. And that's just the way it is with me.
I compare my work out level to myself and no one else. As I get older, that kind of thinking is easier for me too! I add on a little at a time, and if I am consistent, eventually I am able to do more and I want to do more.
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I agree, the older I get the slower the weight comes off. Another thing that is on my mind this morning is this. It seems that the more I exercise I read some article or have some well meaning person to tell that I am not working hard enough. Why does everyone seem to think that unless you are ready to drop dead in the floor you have not worked out!!!!!

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Wise words KATRIONAH... decades to put it on, a year or two to take it off and the rest of our lives to enjoy a healthier life emoticon


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Tired of starting over? Stop giving up!!

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Hi....well, I figure it took YEARS for me to get this heavy and it will take Years to make it go away. The healthy way to lose is slow... they say 1 - 2 pounds a week is good. Just track your food, drink your water and get some exercise in. And...slow but sure it does come off. I like to journal too. Helps me to put things down. emoticon

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I was wondering if anyone here has taken years to permanently lose their weight? I know I have lots to lose but I know I wouldn't be comfortable with fast weight loss even if I tried. any advice for the super slow turtles?

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