I guess that means I am in my second cycle. That's a new way to look at things. I am definitely one that is hard on themselves, so this helps a lot. I get weighed every two weeks, but I get so excited when I drop 3 pounds, I can't wait to start the next two weeks all over again!
This is a very old topic, I know, but I am now into my 3rd 10% Cycle, and am only 5 lbs away from this cycle's goal of 219 lbs.
I have had to move the goal date for each cycle so far, but that has never felt like a failure of any sort. Reaching the goal weight itself is the success, not reaching it on time (... as long as the "time" is only a week or two and not a month or 3).
The 10% Plan has broken my journey to my goal weight into 6 cycles of about 20 lbs each, and 20 lbs is a clear, achieveable goal which is not overwhelming.
My total goal of 170 lbs IS a bit intimidating, but by focusing on 8-10 weeks at a time, I know I can succeed!
My 10% Plan:
20 lbs by 11/31/11 (9 lbs to go!) 18 lbs by 1/31/12 16 lbs by 3/30/12 13 lbs by 6/30/12 8/30/12 - infinity! Maintain my goal weight
I've made My Plan. I'll work My Plan. I will SUCCEED!
As anyone can see from my ticker, my first small goal is to reach 200 pounds. It is by no means the final goal I wish to reach, but a step towards it. Every pound I lose is success toward that goal. So I celebrate for each loss, no matter how small. I also celebrate those moments when I might reach a plateau, since I am not gaining in those moments. If I do gain, I tell myself to measure and see how my clothes fit because it just might be muscle gained.
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Thanks for posting this Elle. I have kind of stalled on my losing and feeling like I have failed. I have already lost more than 10% so I've already accomplished more than I gave myself credit for. Ok, here we go! On to the next 10%!
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I will not eat or feed my family the typical American Diet. Period.
I do not consider my weight loss effort as a failure even though I technically have failed to lose any weight. I know part of the problem is that I have not been as strict with myself as I need to be. I also know that the past few weeks have been a roller coaster for me so I have found myself emotionally eating. Starting now, I NEED to get serious otherwise I am in huge trouble for the holidays... I do not want to pack on weight over the holidays. I also am becoming aware of the emotional triggers for me and trying to find other creative things to do.... Wish me luck. :)
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When I set my weight loss goal I was at 205 pounds (not my heaviest by any means) and aimed for 140 pounds....that is a huge %age, but I told myself that I would take as long as it took to get there and also not aim for more than 2 pounds per week...so far that is working for me and not once have I considered that my expectations versus my success has equaled failure in any way. I know that I am not the norm, but I have always been unique and am not about to stop now. I have a great support group here on Spark and also at the clinic I go to for weigh ins. My doctor is on board and is thrilled that I have a goal and that I am losing sensibly...my rewards are that I feel better, look better and am slowly getting off some of my medications...my friends are amazed at the new me, both looks and attitude...I am doing this for ME and what others say does not really affect my overall plan for health, lifestyle and fitness.
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You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer SparkPeople
Are you a weight loss failure?
Before you answer that question, let’s talk about what failure means.
A recent study found that, in the nonsensical weight loss world, most failure has more to do with failing to meet faulty expectations than with failing to lose weight. This may not seem like a big difference, but in reality, it’s HUGE.
In other words, you may be experiencing success, but still feel like you’re failing. So, we must find a way to use our expectations to motivate rather than to berate.
According to the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the average "Dream" weight loss is 38% of the dieter’s current weight. Also:
* a 31% weight loss would make the average dieter "Happy" * a 25% weight loss would be "Acceptable".
And most disturbing of all,
* a 15.7% weight loss would be "Disappointing".
So the 200-pound woman who loses 30 pounds would actually be disappointed in her results!
No wonder there are so many frustrated dieters out there. They may be frustrated even when their programs are working!
The 10% Solution:
To bring expectations more in line with reality, many health professionals are beginning to suggest setting a 10% weight loss goal instead. Losing just 10% of your current weight can boost your energy and performance, lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, lower your cholesterol, and build some much-needed momentum. On top of that, 10% may be a better goal than 15%, 25% or even 38% for many reasons: 10% is Under Your Control In all frankness, you can’t do a darned thing about that 38% weight loss goal you might have—not one thing—until you first deal with the 10% you have right in front of you. In other words, you can’t lose 80 pounds in a short amount of time, but you might be able to lose 15. The key is to focus on the 10% you can do something about right now and go from there.
10% is Realistic Research is showing that a lump 38% dream weight loss simply doesn’t happen for most people. In reality, it’s less of a goal and more of a pipe dream. But research is also showing that 10% can happen for just about anyone. Does this mean you’re doomed no matter what you try and you should give up on the bigger goal? Nope. Simply lose that first 10%, regroup and reset your goals, and then pursue another 10% based on your new weight. The added benefit to this approach is that each 10% will get smaller and smaller!
10% is More Effective Not only are gradual goals healthier in the long run, but they’re also more powerful in reaching your ultimate goals. You’ll be much more successful by setting and reaching a series of 10% goals than riding a wild weight loss roller coaster in pursuit of a huge goal all at once. One of the great weight loss ironies is that you’ll be more likely to lose that big number by ignoring it for now in favor of the smaller 10% goal.
Traditionally, weight loss programs have encouraged impatience and coconut-cream-pie-in-the-sky expectations. This approach also results in feelings of failure. Let’s try to turn it around and use the 10% strategy to do it right this time.
Edited by: ELLE299 at: 11/11/2008 (02:25)
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