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10/25/17 8:48 P

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People will notice your weight loss, your clothes will be looser, you'll be healthier, look better, and be happier.



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15 lbs. x 4,500 calories in one lb. = 67,500 calories you've killed off. Yes, it makes a difference!

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Yes.



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10/15/17 1:26 A

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it will help you feel better and if you are a runner, it will help you run better.

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10/14/17 10:24 P

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Any 15 lbs will make a big difference in how you feel about yourself, whether you can see it in the mirror or not.

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it depends on which 15 lbs that it is, but if you do not reach it, then you can not reach your goal

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In how you look and especially in how you feel

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9/19/17 9:35 P

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It took me a while to really notice a visual difference - maybe 25 pounds or so. But over time, the losses really add up. And photos showed more difference than I was noticing in the mirror. Do take progress pictures, even if you never show them to anyone -- just so you can see that you really are changing.

15 pounds is a good start! Your body is already getting healthier, and soon you'll start to notice real changes as your clothes get looser, etc. Don't give up just as you are getting the ball rolling!

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9/16/17 7:54 A

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Time will pass anyway - you might as well be losing weight while it passes. It's far better than the alternative! The visible changes will come with time. The important thing is to take care of yourself and do what you know is right for your body for life.

Honestly that 'changes for life' mindset is the hardest to get into. It's hard to conceptualize the rest of your lifetime. What's working for me this time is not pushing myself, eating foods I don't like, or going to the gym twice a day and forcing myself to do jogging. These are all things I've done in the past. They're just not sustainable. I am not going to do those things regularly for the rest of my life.

What I AM able to do for the rest of my life:

*Track what I eat (honestly with the app it's not even annoying like it used to be);
*Understand that some foods are meant to be treats and not eaten daily or even weekly;
*Take a walk when I can;
*Do some yoga before work;
*Understand that I am not a big huge person - I'm a little (5'2") person carrying extra weight. I have to eat like a petite woman, not like a big one, if I want to be a petite woman!
*Recognize when I am stress eating or eating because I'm emotional;
*Love myself. I've tried 'shaming myself' into losing weight. It doesn't work. I am my own best friend right now. And finally;
*Be grateful for the fact that I have no health problems or limitations other than what I have put on myself by becoming overweight. I can't believe I wasted that incredible gift for nearly 20 years.

So try some introspection, and gradually introduce changes that you know you can make for the rest of your life. They'll be different than mine - everyone is different and that's a good thing! The most important thing is to be loving and forgiving (of YOURSELF), and patient. The time is going to pass. There's no rush. Any deadline is in your own head. Just relax and take care of yourself. emoticon



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It has for me....my clothes fit better



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9/14/17 2:26 P

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"a size or two will be lost with 15 lbs "

Lucky you! I lost 40 pounds and have yet to go down a size.
I did go from a tight size 16 to a loose size 16... but still a 16!

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9/14/17 2:15 P

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The more weight we have to lose the longer it takes to show. My highest wt was 374 and it took 50 pounds for me to SEE the difference but my sizes changed and my waist measurement changed before the mirror changed. Hang in there. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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yes...a big difference.....a size or two will be lost with 15 lbs



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9/7/17 1:59 P

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15 lbs will make a big difference to me. I am in a 12 right now, and the next size down is 10 so I'll be in them 15 lbs later. The thing is that I have so many clothes in the 10's and the mediums that I really want to get this last weight off. I am doing everything I can think of to make it happen: Eating earlier, eating carbs in the morning, drinking more water, eating six small meals instead of 3, doing yoga, aerobics, strength training, and sit ups and leg lifts.

Thank you all for being here and doing this wonderful job of losing weight with me.
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8/31/17 4:20 A

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I'm tall (5'10) so it takes more than 15lbs for me to notice any difference. (Slight) benefit of that is that it also takes more than 15lbs of weight gain for anyone to notice the difference. I can lose 20lbs and still be wearing the same size clothes.
The key is just to keep going. One day you will notice. But only if you keep going.



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8/25/17 6:57 P

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It's usually at least 25 pounds for me. It doesn't keep me from stopping though.

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absolutely



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8/22/17 7:13 A

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it definitely will, try carrying around a 15 pound weight all day. it gets heavy. even one pound will eventually start to get annoying to lug around



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8/22/17 5:57 A

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I think so. My problem is accepting the weight I am now and buying clothes that actually fit. I am always squeezing myself into clothes that will fit after I lose some weight...Which means, when I do lose some weight, I now barely have clothes that fit...My goal is to buy a pair of pants that actually fits and doesn't have elastic waist band. That way when I lose weight, I will be able to tell...and be happy about it.

I am losing weight 10% at a time. I can do this!
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8/21/17 11:20 P

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yes....it starts to show then



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8/21/17 2:06 P

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I feel like with weight loss, it's like you feel as though nothing happens and your body doesn't look different at all, and then all of a sudden, your pants fall off LOL. You've gotten a lot of great advice, but I also wanted to say -- 15 pounds in a month (and per your tracker, you lost another 2.6 pounds since?) is a lot! You are doing great, especially with your mobility limitations. Keep up the good work!

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yes.... and carrying a 15 pound purse makes a difference, too!



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I can fluctuate by a good 20 pounds and still be in the same clothes. Sure, they'll fit better and looser at the lower end, but they're falling off me, either. Some of that is how and where I put on weight, some of it is probably just my general size.

15 pounds in a month is great! I like the paper towel analogy. Measuring is good too. And pick some non-scale goals so that, when your body goes through weigh plateaus (which may be more of a transition than a true plateau) you have other things you are measuring and can see your progress on.

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it will help you be a lot more healthy



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8/17/17 10:57 A

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I think it depends on your size. With me it was about 25 lbs.

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8/17/17 10:33 A

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They say 6% can make a big difference, losing that amount. Did you lose 6% yet of your starting weight?

The Benefits of Losing 5%
www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.
aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=99741


What Losing 10% Can Do
www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.
aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=41231


Benefits of 5-10 Percent Weight Loss
www.obesityaction.org/wp-content/uploads/B
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So if you read those, you'll see that a lot of good things are happening on the inside for you. You're already making a difference, even if you can't see it yet!

I've only lost 10 lbs so far. I can tell, but someone else might not. My calves are really thin! Too thin, actually. I need to up my protein, so that I can build more muscle there. My forearms look thinner too, but they look fine. I've lost a pants size, so there is that.

It sounds like you are doing all the right things! If you just wait it out, you'll be dropping sizes left and right. It takes time, and you'll hit plateaus now and then. The trick is not to get bored when you hit one, and completely give up. Just keep doing all the right things, you can do it!

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Get out the tape measurer. I lost about 20 pounds before I could see evidence in the mirror, but I could tell that I was losing because my clothes were starting to fit differently.

As for where you lose first, it really differs from person to person, but the first time I measured myself after losing about 15 pounds, I had lost an entire inch from my neck, and two inches off my hips but nothing off my waist.

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8/12/17 11:07 P

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I'm not sure I have much to add to the great advice you have received already, but I do want to say that I understand completely. It took about 25 pounds before I noticed a difference myself. I can't say where on my body I lost weight first because I honestly have no idea.

The 15 pounds you have lost is a great achievement. Keep up your hard work and trust that you will see a difference in time. emoticon

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You have used a roll of paper towels before, right? When you take the first sheet off, it doesn't really look smaller, does it? Over time and as you take off more and more sheets the size of the roll diminishes. The sheets are the same size at the beginning of the roll as they are at the end, but one sheet at the end makes a much bigger visual impact than one sheet at the beginning.

Take measurements now (bust, waist, hips, thighs, individual thigh, individual arm). Find an outfit that fits well and take pictures in it. Time how long you can stand before your leg goes numb (really, do try and see a doctor about that one, in particular to find out if there are any exercises that you can do around it). Walk five minutes out your front door, then make a note of how far you get and how long it takes you to get back home from there. If there is something physical that you want to do or that it is difficult to do, measure it somehow and note it down.

You might not see weekly results. You might not see monthly results. But if you keep taking those same measurements over and over again then one day you're going to compare to that first measurement and be shocked at how you have gradually changed, bit by bit. It's not going to feel like much on the small scale, but it's going to make a big impact over time. And while you might not be able to see what you are doing, your joints and your bones know what a difference fifteen pounds can be. So keep track of a variety of things while you're at that start of the paper towel roll stage.

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I'd agree that maybe you (and other folks) can see a 15lb difference, and maybe not. It took me what seemed like forever, before I dropped a size in clothes, and that was really discouraging. It feels like you're working so hard, with so little to show for it.

The thought that kept me going was-- if I went back to my old habits, I KNEW exactly what would happen-- I'd gain back the weight, plus more. I've yo-yo dieted enough over the years, to know that. But if I kept going-- I was pretty sure I'd lose more, and then it WOULD be noticeable. But the only way to get there, was one day at a time.

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It will make a very big difference



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It depends on how much you have to lose. Exercise and strength training will help too.



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8/11/17 2:00 P

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That varies.
Some people see the difference right away. some people lose 100 pounds and still can't see a difference.
IMHO, the difference should be noticeable when you get smaller sized clothing. I lost 40# and was still in the same size, so it was tough for others to notice (even though I did).

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So I was writing on my Spark Page about this... I have been on this journey for about a month now and I am a pretty big girl and I guess my frame is heavier on the bottom half of my body. I have only been able to lose roughly 15lbs in the past month. Now I have gotten myself into a pattern of keeping track of all my calories and writing everything down. The only problem I have is being physically active and that is because of lower back pain and the fact I am pretty sure I have a serious pinched nerve to where parts of my right leg go completely numb if I am standing for too long. I try to do what I can at home to keep myself moving such as just house cleaning and I try to use my resistance bands for arm strength etc. Anyway, to get to my point. I took a photo of myself when I first started and 15lbs later I don't see any difference anywhere... so where did it go? Where is the first place you started losing weight and did you notice it at 15lbs or at what amount did you have to lose in order to make a difference emoticon



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