When I did WW all those years ago, they told straight out that it takes as long as it takes. We are all different. Remember those old Cathy cartoons, where Cathy's boyfriend could give up one of his lunch sandwiches and weight would fall off? Some people are like that, it isn't fair, and it is counterproductive to think there is something I can do to have weight control like someone else. I plan my plan one week at a time, live it one day at a time, and the days and weeks go by and it works. The idea of losing a certain amount of weight by a certain time is NOT the WW attitude. We do what we plan to do, and the rest will happen in God's good time. Which is usually not my good time, but then God is God and I'm not.
I wonder what people are really asking? How long it takes to see the magic number? Or how long it takes until I can put this diet thing behind me and just get back to life as usual. That will never happen, ever. Here I am all these decades later planning one week at a time and eating one day at a time.....to stay the same. The difference is that now I have learned how to want the right things, to be patient, and to have faith. It really does work if you work it.
Nell Reston, Virginia
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
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"As long as it takes" I love that. It is so very true. I can so understand "Mary" and the gaining. I can't tell myself this week is one pound. I have joined so many monthy weight loss challenges and had to quit because I just keep gaining.You know what Joan, rosie, blanche, and any and all....i'm going to take this weight off but it will be as long as it takes me to get there. To be honest i'm getting weary of worring about every little bite I take, or maybe I went over just a bit and that will cause another gain, how much fruit and how much veggies, water? So much to worry about..no wonder i'm not losing...i'm forgotten how to live. When I do use my weekly points I worry that i've used too many. I mean come on eating all those points and sometimes AP"s isn't working here so what gives? At what point do you just say enough and begin fresh? Again it goes back to as long as it takes.
Don't Wait! Start on your dreams, your impulses, your longings, your special occasions today. Because this is your moment. - Mary Anne Radmacher
Me, too, Rosie! I can put on 3 lb. in a couple of weeks. It takes 6 weeks to get it back off again. It isn't fair, but that's the way it is! My metabolism slows with age. That doesn't help. But that's the way it is. And I'll get this 3 lb. off again, "as long as it takes".
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Oh I agree I don't give myself a time limit to loss any weight I am just happy to lose even a tiny bit each week I loss weight so slow so I am happy with anything. But the funny thing is I put on weight soooooo fast.
I don't know if any of you have been asked this question when people find out how much weight you've lost. I just bet Chelle has due to the girl has lost over 140 plus pounds and btw, you look AWESOME!!!! With me I did a picture album from my biggest of 327 pounds, down to my lowest weight of 169, the 169 I say for about 30 seconds, but I saw it. Anyway when people would look at that album, which I am not so quick to pull it out to show anymore, but the first thing they would say after they said, ''gosh you look so old when you were heavier" it would be ''how long did it take you?" You could see their hope fall, when I told them, ''it took me 5 years and I had a lot of bumps in the road." I have finally come to this conclusion, and I think it is some of the best FREE advice I can give, so here goes.
IF you have ten pounds to lose.....it will take as long as it takes. If you have 40 pounds to lose.......it will take as long as it takes. If you have 100 pounds to lose....it will take as long as it takes
Let's face it, many times when we put a certain time limit on losing weight, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Back when it was six weeks until Thanksgiving, we were given a challenge ''lose half a pound for the next six week." I so remember hearing my friend Mary who is 70 say after the meeting, ''I can do that," but what has happened is Mary has gained a half of a pound each week. Mary confessed that, ''it seems when I tell myself I am going to lose x amount of weight by a given time, I do just the opposite." I know exactly where Mary was coming from because I do the very same thing. So maybe Mary will lost just a half of a pound this week, the week before Thanksgiving, I say GOOD FOR HER, because she did not give up.
How long will it take???? AS LONG AS IT TAKES.
p.s. Nell, I went to bed again last night un-bloated, I had a good day yesterday.
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