I never, ever try to lose any more than five pounds...no more. Just 5 crappy pounds; it's doable, who can't lose five crappy pounds? So who's to say if once I'm there, I just might decide to start all over again to lose five crappy pounds--it's doable...who can't lose five crappy pounds?
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I had a really tough time losing weight when I first started and almost gave up. Then I discovered the "Go Slow" process. I re-set my goal to focus on short-term (one month) goal of losing 1.5 pounds a MONTH! Anyone can do that. In six months I've not only lost the nine pounds of my goal, but
I've lost an additional five pounds, for a total of 14 pounds in six months. At this rate, I will have gone from 210 pounds to 182 pounds in a year. I will obtain my ultimate goal of 172 pounds in the first half of next year.
I am one of those people who needs something more concrete than a number on a scale to get excited about. So I remind myself that every 8 pounds I lose is equal to a gallon of milk. Now, knowing how bulky and heavy a gallon of milk is, makes an 8 pound loss feel much more substantial and more emotionally satisfying that just a small movement on a scale. Small losses are significant, when you think about them in concrete terms.
2 pounds = 1 quart of milk 4 pounds = 1/2 gallon of milk 8 pounds = 1 gallon of milk 20 pounds = 1 very large turkey
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