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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought

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  • JOMO2010
    Thank you for this article. I am changing my personal goals, right now, to 10% goals - I will concentrate on losing the next 17 lbs; painting one painting; walking 20 minutes and not losing 40 more lbs; painting at least one painting every week; walking 2 miles per day!

    The "dream" goals always loom like doomsday over us, setting us up for failure. - 7/29/2010 6:57:33 AM
  • Another great article from Sparkpeople - if only all the common sense on this site could be heard above the noise and lies generated by the multimillion $ diet industry whose only interest is in failure to keep people spending their $ on those false dreams.
    As for those who have left comments saying 10% isn't enough for them, please, please realise that when you have reached 10% you say hey well done me I succeeded, I am not a failure, I can do this and then sit down reassess and set yourself a new goal for the next 10% - have faith with the Sparkpeople way - it's the only way to this thing properly - and have fun at the same time - go go Sparkpeople people! - 7/29/2010 5:50:25 AM
  • KURATENSHI
    This was important for me to read. I lost 15% of my body weight and was disappointed because I had aimed to lose at least 20% of my initial body weight. But now I feel more proud of myself and feel that I can continue to work on that last 5% - 7/29/2010 4:33:24 AM
  • Thanks for that messge. It made me stop and think. I have lost 10 per cent of my weight. I feel healthier and know I look better but I still felt a failure! I can now tell myslf I am a winner . - 7/29/2010 2:47:11 AM
  • I would be thrilled to lose 10%. For me that is 17 pounds. I lost 11 pounds rather quickly and then the weight loss came to a screeching halt. I am halfway through the 8th week of no change. I have been fighting the urge to be disappointed but the lack of progress has slowly eaten away at my motivation and confidence. Today I felt like I was starving for the first time since I started SP. So I ate and ate. I am disappointed in myself but the past couple of months have been disappointing anyway. - 7/29/2010 1:50:40 AM
  • I learned that in Weight Watchers and it does make me feel more successful as I go along. - 7/17/2010 10:09:13 PM
  • I'm with AliciaC. Ten percent alone isn't enough for someone who is LOTS overweight.

    - 7/17/2010 1:37:41 PM
  • Well. This definitely makes me feel better. I have already lost my first 10%! Woo Hoo!!! Most people haven't noticed my weight loss. I know that's because I was so overweight, it's going to take a big loss before people notice. BUT I already feel better, so I know that the 10% approach is right. And it's cool that as you lose, the 10% gets smaller too. :-) - 7/17/2010 12:26:11 AM
  • 10% got it now lets work - 6/23/2010 8:35:38 PM
  • I just realized I hit my first 10%! Now I'm going to focus on my second 10% over the next few months. - 6/23/2010 10:13:49 AM
  • CATA1112
    After giving birth I lost most of the pregnancy weith, but the last 10lb have been IMPOSIBLE! And is not even 10% ! we all have a comfortable weight and it is hard to change that. - 6/10/2010 1:13:58 PM
  • I'm the 300lb woman who's lost 30 lbs. It's not that I'm disappointed, exactly, but I refuse to get exited about it. As far as the general world is concerned, 10% thinner is still too fat to be allowed out in public. - 6/7/2010 9:03:38 AM
  • DIVASPARK
    10% is less stressful, A mini goal is reachable. - 5/25/2010 11:46:56 PM
  • I think mini goals are a great way to go - so much less daunting and you feel a real sense of achievement when you reach each little goal. In March 2009 l weighed 205lbs, my target weight is 129lbs, so I set losing 7lbs as each mini goal, so far l've achieved that 8 times + 3lbs, ie 59lb lost to date, with another 17lbs to go until l reach my target - 2 mini goals + 3lbs to go! - 5/8/2010 7:55:10 PM
  • This is exactly why my weight loss ticker shows me trying to lose 20 pounds, if I were to say to someone yes I would like to lose 20 pounds I know they would be thinking - Lady you need to lose 20 pounds just off one arm. But I can't lose my 100 pounds without first losing the 20 so 20 is my new goal, - 4/20/2010 5:57:49 PM

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