Very sound and practical advice. I've been going about things the wrong way focusing on my bigger weight goal!
I especially liked the idea that you can "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!"
This is what I've done. I had 150 pounds total to lose but I set my goals at 10% of the current weight. So far I have completed 2 10% goals and have nearly reached my 3rd. And according to my doctor, I am no longer diabetic. Setting the smaller goals has worked for me.
Thank you for the good reminder. I have considered the 10% solution a good way to go in the past but was lucky if I made it to 1/2%. This reminded me that I have reached the first 10% and can now work on the next 10%.
For me, I needed almost instant gratification. Not that I wanted to lose weight fast, I wanted a goal which I could reach quickly, say in 2 weeks. Like I said, instant gratification. So I set up a goal for however much weight the weight calculator said i could do in 2 weeks. I'm up to goals for a 2 month period of time now. That seems to be working well, and allows for some of the daily fluctuations to happen without frustrating me. I tend to get on the scale less, also, as long as I'm following my meal plan. I monitor more if I've gone out to eat, usually drinking more water, until my system is back on track from all the salt, which appears to be virtually unavoidable when eating out.
Oh why didn't I read this article BEFORE I re-gained twenty pounds! I was "there" and I didn't even know it! Weighing in at 170 pounds and so frustrated as to why I just didn't seem to be able to drop below it, fitting into size 10 jeans. Hmmmm. Won't make that mistake again when I get back there in the next few months. I found out at a recent official health check that I have a LARGE frame (per my wrist measurement) and could be considered within a healthy weight range at 165 to 170. Mike, your articles are always such an inspiration. No exception here! I'm in! Ten percent loss puts me right back where I should be. :-)
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