Am I the tortise or the hare?

Monday, October 03, 2011

Well almost 3 weeks are in the books now. I am almost 8 pounds lighter. Great, right? Maybe, maybe not. I mean this isn't meant to be a sprint now is it? I have 50 pounds to lose, that's going to take monthes to come off properly. I have been VERY strict about counting my calories, and some days I have been under my goal for daily calories. I don't want to burn out before I am barely out the blocks! I have a very long road ahead of me. I guess my best option is not to get discouraged when my ultra rapid weight loss slows down, which I know it will at some point. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
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  • ELISELA2011
    Some of the big up front weight loss will be your body clearing out what's been in your guts for a while so it's not too alarming but if it's too fast for too long you might be losing some muscle mass and that's the part I worry about. I learned that for me I have to mostly focus on NOT going under 1300 calories even on days when I don't feel much like eating and wouldn't have gotten enough if I hadn't been paying attention. I had that big burst of pounds up front, then hit my stride around 1pound a week with occasionally 2 pounds here and there, and then I hit the long plateau where my body decided hey, we've lost a considerable amount, time to dig the trenches and batten down the hatches and stay put no matter what for a while! So you're right, it should slow down and that's OK too. It's good you see it coming, it really freaked me out till I looked up articles and learned about weight set points and stuff like that and realized my body is doing what it's programmed to do and it's not me doing something wrong and it WILL go back to letting go of the weight once it feels safe again.
    3282 days ago
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    You are doing great! 8 pounds is awesome!
    3283 days ago
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