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AMBER0406 SparkPoints: (26,178)
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7/26/13 11:08 A

I started Jan 19th of this year and I've lost 65lbs!

LKENNICOTT SparkPoints: (7,351)
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7/26/13 10:33 A

I started SP in March this year and have lost 30.5 lbs. Nine years ago I weighed 312 lbs. and got down to 204. I had managed to keep it off except for the 10 lbs that came and went and came and went. When I had gained 35 lbs I knew it was time to do something. My son showed me this site and I love it. Losing is so easy with tracking, drinking water, and walking.
My goal is 175 lbs.

ELLIEW4 SparkPoints: (21,340)
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7/26/13 1:08 A

I started December 27 th and have lost 30 pounds, so far with 15 more to go. I've been stalled for about 5 weeks and once school starts again in September, I will be much more dedicated.

BRYONIA Posts: 18
7/25/13 8:15 P

I tried SparkPeople before and gave up because I was not seeing results. This time it's working. The big difference is that I have downloaded the APP to my smart phone. Before I would try to log my foods and exercise at the end of the day or every couple of days. Now as soon as I eat something or exercise, I log it in. I have become far more aware of what I am doing and am less apt to go off track. Having the App on vacation helped so much!

BUNNYLAMB SparkPoints: (52,562)
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7/25/13 2:40 P

I've had a couple of go-'rounds at this. The first time I decided to lose some weight I began by taking a learn-to-run clinic. Although I was suddenly getting a lot of exercise (compared to almost none) it was about 6 weeks before I saw any difference in my body in terms of weight or size (although I felt an improvement in my endurance!).

This time I started losing almost immediately. I think I was at a weight that was much higher than my 'set point' this time (last time I was only a little overweight) and I had been eating almost triple the amount of calories I actually need. Once I started eating within my range (and walking a lot more) the weight started to slowly and steadily come off.

GOLFDAVE43 SparkPoints: (11,093)
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7/25/13 9:59 A

I started this journey in February of this year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

AKDENIZ89 Posts: 89
7/25/13 9:27 A

When I started tracking my food, exercise and weight fluctuation trends.

VSALMERI SparkPoints: (16,957)
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7/25/13 9:01 A

I am 50+, and went from an active job to a sedentary position that has me either at my desk on travelling through airports and hotels. Over the last couple of years the pounds have piled on. I just started with SparkPeople on 7/5/13 because it looked like something I could actually follow. Some of those other diets out there just aren't realistic for a lot of folks, it seems, and I prefer to change my eating habits, not deny myself of everything. I'm at the 5.5 pound loss mark, and hoping to keep going....even if I stumble from time to time.
Each of you posting your successes, and slight setbacks, keeps me thinking I can do this. I'll keep leaning on you all to give me the support I know I'm going to need..!!! :)

7/25/13 12:51 A

I just started losing weight of over af year of trying. I was told by a couple of people that I needed to eat in order to lose so I have. Also got a fitbit that makes me strive for 10,000/steps /day - don't always make it but, it makes me motivated. And praying that I can get to a healthy weight is part of my weight loss too. It all works!

I meant to just post not reply but haven't figired out how to do it emoticon

Keep trying and don't give up........

7/24/13 8:39 P

LINJARVIS I have trouble loosing with the recommended amount of calories that I get. It is because I have done so many fad diets that I have messed up my metabolism. I can work out for hours a day and still need to stay at about 1200 to 1300 calories. I get (according to sparkpeople) 1400 (calories) to 1700 or 1800 depending on how much exercise that I track. If I stay in those ranges (even at the minimum) I never lose a pound. It is frustrating but at this point I also think my body has a high "set point" too. The "set point" is a weight that your body just wants to stay at. The longer you are at a higher weight the more likely that your body will make that its set point. Sparkpeople has an article on the set point. You should check it out. It helped release some of the frustration knowing that I was not crazy when I said that I could not lose weight eating anything more than 1200 to 1300 calories a day. emoticon

Edited by: NOMOREGODDESS at: 7/24/2013 (20:39)
THAGREATONE30 SparkPoints: (2,274)
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7/24/13 6:19 P

Started losing right when I started.Hit a plautau for a few weeks,found this site and discovered I wasnt eating nearly enough calories a day.Since tracking my intake,and hitting my daily goal Ive started losing again.Bottom line is dont give up!Even when it seems like your not getting anywhere just do a little research,change something up,and get back on track.

KSGAMMA Posts: 2,460
7/24/13 5:56 P

Hi - new to this forum - saw it in the margin of my Today information. I am only 5'1" (lost an inch somewhere, lol) and I am on a lot of prescription medication, some of which causes you to gain weight.

I started dieting on my own and didn't lose anything about a year ago. I joined SparkPeople earlier this year and again I didn't lose anything. On my own I started dieting at 1500 cals a day. My nurse practitioner told me that was too much for me because of my low metabolism and I should have 1200 cals. When I still didn't lose anything, I dropped it to 1000 but still didn't lose.

I have been doing 60-70 mins. of Aquafit exercises up to 4 times a week for a couple of years and this time of year I spend a lot of hours doing hard labour in my gardens - so I was getting exercise. My heart only functions at about 33% right now so I do things a lot slower than I used to and take that into account when tallying my exercise but I do get things done and I definitely feel the burn. Today, for eg., I burned 1543 more calories than I ate with working in my garden and yesterday with both the Aquafit and the gardening, I burned 2591 more.

I have been logging my intake for several years now. I have several chronic health conditions and have to monitor my cals, fat, protein, carbs, sodium and fibre. Now that I am part of SparkPeople, that chore is much more easy than the hand notebooks I used to have to keep.

Finally, the end of April, my husband and I went to a natural health clinic and signed up for one of their diets that you can only stay on for so many weeks, you are monitored, you have drops and supplements you must take, and are given lists of foods you can eat (what, how much, and when) and you are tested before and after, etc. For the first 42 days, you eat between 500-600 cals a day and the last 3 weeks you increase your intake and the kinds of foods you can have. In 10 weeks he lost 52 lbs. (the show-off) and I lost 26.

I intend to continue watching what I eat and monitoring, etc. through SparkPeople and I hope to continue to lose. I'd like to lose another 25 lbs.

I know all the articles say you have to have about 1500 cals or you go into starvation mode but I just cannot lose. If I keep to my sodium max. of 1200 mg a day I can usually only eat about 1000 cals because any more than that and my sodium levels go up as well and I go into heart failure. In the last few weeks I have been eating between 700-1000 cals a day and I have been fighting to just keep the 26 lbs. off let alone lose more.

Does anyone else in this forum have difficulty losing when consuming the recommended number of calories? Are any of you on medications that cause you to gain weight? I'd love to hear how you might have been successful in your weight loss. thanks, Lin

FITNESSGONNABE SparkPoints: (10,580)
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7/24/13 11:57 A

I started losing when I started tracking my food and staying within my calorie range every day.

MGIBS25 SparkPoints: (10,896)
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7/24/13 9:02 A

I joined a gym the 2nd week in January and SparkPeople about 2 weeks after that. I started with a trainer who was also great at giving nutritional advice. I started losing weight right away. By the time our 8 sessions were over I was down 12 pounds and several inches. I have been at it on my own since and have lost a total of 26 pounds so far. I am in the middle of a plateau and am soooo frustrated. Just trying to keep on keeping on, but it gets hard sometimes when the numbers stop dropping.

AMOS1111 SparkPoints: (1,938)
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7/24/13 8:52 A

You know, I worked out, moderately, without changing my food intake, for TWO MONTHS and did not lose a pound. Then, all of the sudden, I lost five pounds in two weeks. I then started tracking/reducing my caloric intake with SparkPeople two weeks ago and have proceeded to lose another 5 pounds. I think the exercise slowly changed my body's muscle-to-fat ratio and that, all of the sudden, my metabolism kicked into high-gear. So, glad that I'm finally losing.

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (0)
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7/23/13 10:35 P

I had probably been a Spark member off and on, in many different incarnations, from about 2007 onward. Finally, in 2010 - and with this SparkName - I finally got things in gear. In my case, it was bad blood-lipid numbers which really prompted me to buckle down and get very serious...and unrelenting in my efforts.

It can and does happen...I'd just encourage anyone in a position similar to the one I was in to never lose hope and keep on striving, no matter how many times you feel like you're "failing". We always "fail" our way forward to success, after all...

ITSABSURD SparkPoints: (18,393)
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7/23/13 4:28 P

I tried a challenge to only eat PB&J for a month. I ended up losing weight without trying, and that's what kicked off my intentional weight loss.

FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (0)
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7/23/13 3:57 P

I'd say I was losing weight within the first month or two but it was especially noticeable by the end of the year (started at the end of January 2011). The pounds and inches were coming off until June 2012. Then I found out about sparkpeople and I started tracking my workouts here. I had already tracked my workouts in an excel spreadsheet (still do). I lost a few more pounds but not much. When I started tracking what I ate, I lost a few more pounds. I have been at that weight now since September 2012. Of course, people keep telling me that I look like I've lost more weight. I'm sure I have lost some inches by the way my clothes fit (jeans that won't stay on my hips, t-shirts that just hang on me and make me look like I'm pregnant, having to find bra's that actually fit - lost around the ribcage but not on the chest & have spend loads of $).

The one issue that I struggle with to this day, is food. I am particular about what I eat, but that is a story for another day.

HISWAYONLY SparkPoints: (21,670)
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7/23/13 3:03 P

I started attempting to lose weight after I lost my job. Being at home all of a sudden, I became an emotional eater. I was eating anything that was quick and fast.
I had already heard about SparkPeople, but never put much time into tracking my calories or exercises.

~I now have my motivation back, and look forward to learning new habits.

FLUFFYBUNNY81 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/23/13 2:06 P

I started losing when I saw other new moms looking pretty good right after giving birth. I did reasonably well throughout my pregnancy - a 30 lb weight gain....but I started at 195 on my 5'8 frame. Overweight.

So, I stuck to my reasonable eating habits and was back to prepregancy weight 6 months post-pregnancy. I joined Sparkpeople in May and am down 15 lbs+ in the past three months. Pretty good for a clingy baby and always hungry from still nursing.

The weight started coming off right away, in the first few days. When I work out I see a gain, which dampens my spirit. But then I see my measurements and I rock. I'm wearing clothes that fit three years ago, even with my new mommy pooch lol

Life is hard, but it's Good. I have lots of "downs", but posting like this gives me awesome perspective :)

7/23/13 10:35 A

I lost amazing amounts of weight in the first few weeks. But then, I was around 285 and had a lot to lose. I would lose 9 pounds in one week, then no pounds for 10 days, etc. It was crazy; I'd get so emotional with every change of the scale. Now the scale hardly moves at all and I'd like to get a little of that craziness back.....

LDION2005 SparkPoints: (18,565)
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7/23/13 10:03 A

I started my diet adventure April 2012 at 238 after my Dr. gave me a scare. Started loosing right away but then....large plateau. I eventually found Spark people and with the education here started loosing again once I started eating MORE. It has been over a year and three surgeries later I still am loosing slowly. I have never had a 'big' back slide. My goal of being under 200 was realized and I kept going. I am loosing in fits and starts. I loose and plateau, and loose again one pound at a time. 54 pounds to date! No end in sight. No final goal in mind. I feel fit and healthy so I am going to keep this up for a long time. It is no longer a diet but a life style.

SEASIDER1 Posts: 106
7/23/13 9:31 A

I started losing in January of this year, making progress 25lbs to date. Thanks SparkPeople!

7/23/13 9:09 A

I started losing immediately, BUT it was because my eating and exercise habits were so terrible. Once I figured out how to eat and exercise things slowed down quite a bit.

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
7/23/13 7:40 A

@SNIC23, I have not a good waist hip ratio, above .8 - even now at 119 pounds on my scale at home (never wanted to be THIS low!) ... I console myself that - for the first time in 53 years, it's a lot of hanging skin over my upper and lower abs (the last to go, which never HAD gone, sorry - until Spring '13) ...

Watch out for the Glycemic Index .... keep those low on your foods ... oh, and major in cardiovascular exercise, moderate to vigorous ...

No, a lot of this is NOT diabetic wasting (my doctor has reassured me of this fact)

The placement of fat depots on your body is hereditary ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 7/23/2013 (07:44)
LEANJEAN6 Posts: 18,704
7/23/13 6:48 A

emoticon took a couple weeks

SNIC23 SparkPoints: (23,697)
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7/22/13 11:40 P

I started losing in March, right after I found SP. I lost 7 pounds in the first month, but since then I have just been maintaining. emoticon

I have tried eating more calories, eating less, more protein, more cardio... I'm not sure what the key is, but I do feel better and I'm happy I did go down a size in pants. I had my hormone levels checked a month ago and was told everything was in the normal range.

I won't give up exercising and eating healthy just because I'm not losing weight, but it doesn't make any sense to that I don't lose anything. I have a feeling that my metabolism is far slower than SP accounts for.

My weight is considered healthy for my height, but I have a lot of flab on my stomach that I need to wittle down since my waist to hip ratio is .86. This hasn't improved since I started SP, my tummy has been bloated since I was a kid. I've tried GF diets to see if this was the reason but the bloat remained. So not sexy!

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
7/22/13 10:26 P

@MJLUVS ... it took me, by degrees about 3 weeks ... I went from maintaining a "happy, healthy weight" to actually crossing the threshhold into gauntness and the real skinny weight for the first time in my long life ... certainly not the first time I ever lost a major amount of weight, but by far the fastest ...

Diabetes Type 2 - IF you pay attention to your glucose meter readings ...

Low carbing - little chance to exercise - not needing major amounts of supplementation (can't afford it) ... plus the oral meds ...

Low carbing works ...!

RUTHBLACK3 SparkPoints: (4,661)
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7/22/13 1:02 P

I started my weight loss journey on Jan 15,2013. I have been on a weight yo-yo for many years and decided this was going to be the last time I was going to lose weight and then gain it back. At 66 years old and having had both knees scoped in the last 3 years, the time was definitely right. I have lost 28# thus far and my knees are just thrilled. I found SP online and joined in April. I have 12# to go to reach my first goal of 140# and will decide from there. This website provides me with the accountability I need to reach and maintain my goals. Thank you. emoticon

7/22/13 10:52 A

Three weeks after started consistently eating correclty- even though I exercised prior to and during this time frame.

JWASHINGT1 SparkPoints: (9,839)
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7/22/13 10:43 A

I started losing 6 months ago right after being told that I had type 2 diabetes. It was a big wake up call. I thought I would have a difficult time but I didn't because one of my very strong motivations was the thought of never seeing my now grown children have families of their own.
"I WANT GRAND CHILDREN"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
That part is for my kids. emoticon

LILLITH32 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/22/13 4:05 A

I was very slowly losing pounds once I cut out gluten and dairy; once I tightened up my diet to include processed sugar, limited my fruits, and cranked up my workouts to 90+ minutes 5 times a week (plus yoga and stretching), the weight started to really come off. This happened about three weeks to a month from the start of the program. I am planning to stick with it until I'm at my goal weight, then see if I can scale my workout down to only an hour per day for maintenance.

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,867)
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7/21/13 5:12 P

Within the first week of having 7-9 veggies in my diet, I was having to safety pin my waistbands.
And people started commenting.

I don't use a scale, so both these things really made me feel like this path was working!

MJLUVSANIMALS SparkPoints: (92,432)
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7/21/13 5:07 P

The day I was told I had diabetes 2. I started eating strictly healthy, and started walking.

7/21/13 3:20 P

When I decided to make my fitness and health a priority - watching what I eat and doing exercise every day. I am and will especially drop the pounds now that I have added running to my fitness program. I am new - so slow but sure. If I get an injury it will certainly slow things down. Not going there.

MRSAND Posts: 1,612
7/21/13 1:06 P

When I cut out processed foods and started walking daily & tracking nutrition.

GOALWTIN7 SparkPoints: (2,121)
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7/21/13 11:15 A

I took up healthy cooking and stopped eating most meals out. That was a big difference in calories. I make a commitment to at least 45 minutes of exercise a day (usually a walk in spring, Zumba in winter when it's raining or swimming in summer) When I stopped eating out and starting cooking my meals, I saw the weight come off.

EIRENA SparkPoints: (13,172)
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7/21/13 6:42 A

For me I started losing 5 and a half months ago and the inches started coming off right away, it actually scared me and I thought I was doing harm to my body. The weight followed, a little slower than inches, and lastly it was the clothes.. simply because when you're overweight (especially if obese, like myself) you can wear a size for quite a long time before you have to go down. Currently I'm a size 20 (was a size 26-28) and I can still wear my old clothes without problems. They look a little big, but there still plenty of fat to hold them in place. It actually aggravates me sometimes and makes me feel as if i hadn't lost anything, but I recover fast because the facts, numbers and measuring tape are speaking for themselves. I have yet to reach a point where I'm forced to size down and buy new clothes.

MOINSDEMOI Posts: 2,416
7/20/13 3:04 P

As soon as I started tracking everything I ate and stayed within my calorie range. Exercising also helps significantly - both cardio and weights.

JFTAYLOR79 Posts: 6
7/20/13 1:17 P

Just within the last two weeks. Cut back to 1200 calories. Watching my carbs and fat.

JUULEE SparkPoints: (7,178)
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7/20/13 1:04 P

Started losing weight a few days after I cut back calories to 1200 a day.

My hubby's the first to spot physical changes in me and is quick to point them out. Love him to bits for it :-)


ASANCHEZ56 SparkPoints: (327)
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7/20/13 11:16 A

i recently started excercizing again, but Im limited due to mulitple health issues, and I read that some people really have to up their routines to burn any calories, as they say their bodies get "used" to it, or some people just retain water, and that could be my issue, as I drink plenty, but pee little. Anyways, I've only been doing this a wk. and I havent lost but Im going to keep trying. Some might say I look great, but its about feeling great. When your clothes and rings are too tight, and you havent been the current weight in 10 yrs, and your way past menopause, and you have illness, its more important to me to FEEL well and to have days where I feel accomplished. I want to fit in my clothes, and I hope that excercizing (dance aerobics and total gym) will be enough, because I am in pain, and want to feel like I see results in like a month or so :) Thank you for all your support.

LEANJEAN6 Posts: 18,704
7/20/13 7:23 A


7/19/13 7:42 P

I have been losing consistently since the second I discovered that carbs are the devil lol, for me anyway. Keeping them at under 60 NET per day (gross carb grams less gross fiber grams) has me losing a pound or two a week since mid-February with no plateaus, and I am now down the 39 lbs I had set as my original goal to lose by September. Yes, I am very pleased :)

LADYCROFT7 Posts: 92
7/19/13 4:03 P

Three or four weeks in. The weight came (is coming) off slowly at about a lb or so a week but now six weeks in I have been down a size for about two weeks and I have a belt that was almost to small at onset and is now to big. I have been strength training from jump street so I'm sure that is affecting both the speed of weight loss (since muscleweighs more than fat) and the speed that my body is changing

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,540
7/19/13 12:46 P

It was about six weeks.

Right now I am on a plateau

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
7/19/13 11:36 A

I'm not that close yet. I'm getting there though (which is so exciting!!!!)

I would say to ignore your scale, especially at that stage. focus on how things fit, and measurements. Especially since depending on your routine, you could be gaining muscle and losing fat.

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (72,336)
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7/19/13 11:13 A

I'm in the same boat as you are right now, about ten pounds above my ideal maintenance weight. It's irritating, because you really do have to work that much harder to see a small amount of weight loss (I just tell myself that the up side is that the current start point is probably a lot healthier than most people are living).

This is the first time since reaching maintenance that I've actively tried to lose weight instead of just making small adjustments to keep myself in line. After a week of a reduced calorie range, I'm down about two pounds (part of that will be initial water weight loss), targeting about a pound a week for the next five weeks or so to bring me within five pounds of my goal. After about a week and a half of better eating, I was able to tighten my belt an extra notch this morning, so the belly is definitely tightening up a bit more.

The problem with only losing ten pounds is that the 'noise' of daily fluctuation can easily be more than your average weekly loss. A single pound is 10% of your goal, but you can also gain or lose that overnight just due to water weight. It takes a few weeks to really see progress in fat loss - not because it's not happening, but because it takes that long to move your average weight down enough for it to be noticeable through the fluctuation. I think the best way to deal with that is to either ignore the scale (monitor, but don't use it as your only indication of success) or get really detailed with the number tracking (I weigh myself daily and take a weekly average). I also focus on broader fitness goals - how's my heart rate when I run a known distance, etc. I find that 5-10 pounds doesn't make a huge difference to how my clothes fit, but I feel every pound of it when I'm running. That's why fitness level is a much better measuring tool for me, even if it's a little trickier than the scale.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 7/19/2013 (11:18)
7/19/13 10:09 A

I keep consistent with my eating/exercising and slowly but surely I see my body changing. I try not to focus on the scale so much because my "weight" fluctuates like crazy. Just today I'm down 1.2 lbs overnight...yet last week I went up 3.2 in 2 days. Whatever, scale. So, being that I don't want to lose too many pounds anyway, I want to see my body change shape, tone up, and look better. Exercise through resistance and strength training have been working for me. My advice is to not look at the scale as your judge. I'm sorry I can't give you a length of time before I started seeing my body change...I've been working on this current goal of mine since Nov 2012. The best reward is passing by a mirror and, for example, seeing my butt in my jeans and thinking "now I KNOW it didn't look THAT good before". Keep at it!!

ASANCHEZ56 SparkPoints: (327)
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7/19/13 9:47 A

Since my original morning weight was 136 (maintenence weight after starting at 212 10 yrs ago), I got up to 142 morning weight. Now Im down to 139, and wondered how long b4 you first noticed the inches, or the clothes, or the actual weight coming off? I just started changing my diet by taking sugar off the menu little by little. Its my biggest down fall. Have a gr8 wknd!

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