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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought


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  • This makes sense.
  • Great article. I have long been a proponent of a series of smaller goals rather than one big goal. Rather than having to lose 80 pounds, I only have to lose 10. I do have to do it eight times but each time is an accomplishment in and of itself!

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    "Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit."
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    This makes total sense.
    What a great number base, I can handle that.
    Yes, following reading this article,, I am going to be setting myself a 10% loss goal.... I'm currently 200lb, so to be 180 would be delightful! BTW, as that 200lb woman in the article, I will not be disappointed if I manage to lose 15% ie 30lb,!!!! I would consider that to be success x
  • And here I thought I'd made up the "10%" strategy on my own. Either way, it really seems to work.
    This is very practical advice.
  • This seams so much more attainable! And Maintainable! I need to reset my goal with an intention of relooking at it when I get to the 10%. Great article.
  • This is a great suggestion. This is one I think I can handle. Thanks SP
  • I can indeed confirm when I lost the 1st 10% of my weight I went off high blood pressure med, high cholesteral meds, and no longer pre diabetic not to mention my sleep pattern was much better as well. What a motivation it was to take to me 100 pound loss so far. And that was 10 years ago when I started SP so THANK YOU with all I have.
  • great article! this is what i am doing and ive lost over 30#.
    it has worjed for me to go at 10# intervals. if i look at the BIG number i become easily overwhelmed.

    thanks SPARKland! jeep SPARKING!
  • I think I'll look into this idea further.
  • I have never used the 10% theory. I have lost 23% body weight since February first and my goal was to get from 191 pounds to 140 pounds by the end of this year. I had no concern of how many pounds I lost each week.My weight is now 146 and I have 5% of my current weight to lose to reach my goal of 140 pounds by the end of December.!! I only gained weight because I got a blood clot and had I.V treatment at the hospital everyday for 8 months. I could not cook properly or exercise by walking for even 2 blocks a day,so I gained 30 pounds and lost 45 pounds. I went from a size 16 to a size 10,the same size i was in high school and am 53 years old.5 years ,after high school I was a size 12 till recently when I gained and lost weight.

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