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5/22/19 6:09 P

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I'm glad you felt you could reach out to vent. It is frustrating this losing weight game! We all have a myriad of factors working for or against us making our weight loss journey different. I'm glad you are making healthy decisions and just think, by Christmas 2019 you will be down maybe 20 lbs! YAY!
Share frustrations anytime. We all have those moments, I promise.



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5/22/19 3:16 P

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Mine has been moving downward to the tune of 17# off and my husband has lost lots too! emoticon This is all since starting keto end of March '19.

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5/22/19 3:13 P

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This is a great Thread. I, too, am having trouble getting the scale to move in the right direction. Lots of motivation here!

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5/20/19 12:26 P

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Good motivation!



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5/6/19 3:46 P

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Also, I remember at my highest weight (190 exactly), I didn't get any comments from people noticing that I lost weight, until I was at around 175-178...basically I had to lose 6-8% of my bodyweight before anyone noticed. So 8% for you would be around 227...that might be the number where others start to notice...and their positive comments then might be the motivation and encouragement you need to continue on. So don't be discouraged if no one else notices your weight loss except you, at this time. It takes time!!

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5/6/19 3:44 P

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247 to 238 is amazing!!! Congrats on the hard work you have put in so far! You are doing better than like 99% of America right now, so don't be so hard on yourself! It is frustrating when we do the right things ... we want to see results right away. And I know that seeing results is extremely motivating for me...it is hard to keep going when I don't see the results happening, and its easy for me to keep going when I see results (its like a ball rolling down a hill, gaining momentum).

Celebrate your non-weight-loss related victories-- celebrate the actions you have been taking and the positive habits you have been forming! Did you eat a healthy breakfast 7 days this week? Did you get a workout in 4 times this week? Etc etc...celebrate those moments. I promise over time you'll see more results if you jus keep up the positive healthy habits. Consistency is everything.

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5/6/19 12:04 P

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Oh I TOTALLY agree with the post below about those who try this/that diet,,, the latest of course is the KETO diet!!

I've been on SPARKS for 8 years. Yes, 8 years, but just reached my body's happy point. Why? I TOO cut out EVERYTHING I LOVED/REALLY LOVED and you know what? An injury sidelined me. I was forbidden to exercise (bone infection they were worried it'd travel around) for a YEAR!! I had started at 288 and was at 174, well I ate the THINGS I WASN'T eating, but WANTED TO!!

BINGO weight back to 215!! Than I finally was able to exercise (agreed to keep foot off the ground, used a knee scooter,, best invention as of YET as far as I am concerned!) because I had been a full blown diabetic, and with the weight coming back on my numbers were getting SCARY plus my eating habits. Calling my spade card and as that! Even playing SPADES!! I DID it, I earned it.

So LEARNED!! I learned really well!! In Jan 2016 I started to eat in the ranges SPARKS has for me. In June of 2018 I hit my happy spot of 163, and here's the NEAT thing,,,, because I DO EAT things I really LOVE/REALLY LIKE daily, but in their correct portion AND as I have the calories available while eating healthy I've NOT GAINED IT BACK!! This morning on the scale 164!! WOOHOO!!

Everyone is RIGHT!! The 1 to 2 lbs a week is PERFECT!! And when it doesn't come off,,,,, keep on doing it any ways. I am so glad I didn't quit... It took me 8 years to get here. I am FAR from young, but golly I do WAY MORE now than I did in my 40s and 50s!! Life is AWESOME!!

DON'T give up. Just reshake your mind, your doing WELL!!

As for others noticing while it DOES feel nice,,, as it comes off you'll hear as I do now "DON'T LOSE ANY MORE!! Your TO THIN!!" But, I am still 20 lbs overweight. They just got used to my being big. Sometimes I wish no one who say anything. Two sides to every coin.

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5/4/19 3:06 P

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Whatever you do, don't give up. As for people noticing or not---do it for you. When we have a "Lot" to lose, it will be awhile before someone notices. Also--do you have an incentive to keep you motivated on a daily basis? ... For instance, I have a cute top that I am excited to wear, but it is just 'slightly' snug but once I lose a few more pounds, it will fit well. Always have to have something to keep you stirred and moving forward. Don't give up. Where could you be one year from now ...........Or six months? .... Try taking one month at a time and see what kind of changes you could make in that time.. May is still new... so this can be a good month for you!

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4/12/19 11:50 A

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Usually takes me about 15 to 20 lbs to notice a loss. As for others noticing, ha, I lost 47 lbs before one coworker years back said " gee you look like you lost a little weight". I don't care who notices. You have lost 1 to 2 lbs a week. I will lose maybe 2 for a month. However, if I let the slowness get to me and eat again I risk feeling all depressed, like a failure, bloated, etc. I like how I FEEL when I have a good day and I am concentrating on that , not the number on that dreadful scale. You can and will do this if you focus on all the good feelings getting through the day will give you.

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4/12/19 8:03 A

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Hang in there! That's all we can do!

I'm having problems as well! But I refuse to give up!

One day! Surely! I will get slimmer!

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I think you are being too hard on yourself. You've made amazing progress.
If you fall off the horse, get back on. We all do that sometimes.

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4/9/19 8:51 A

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1-2 pounds a week is actually amazing and if you keep this up, think of how much will be gone in one short year.
My weight loss is also "slow" but I'm at the 2 pounds a month rate. I have about 15 pounds left and I CAN get those off by next Christmas. If I keep what I am doing, it WILL be off. It just isn't going to be gone by Easter as I had hoped. Are there things I can do differently? Yes. I have not kept my goal of working out 4 times a week. But, right now I am motivated because there is SOME difference and I know what the outcome is if I do not keep up better habits.


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4/5/19 6:12 A

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You already know this probably. One to two pounds a week is very healthy. Great job!
My one suggestion would be it may be time to switch up your fitness program. After 4-6 weeks the body becomes accustomed to the same routine and compensates. Some great articles here on Spark about how to switch up. Choose what works for you and what is sustainable.
Meanwhile cut yourself a break and for God's sake give yourself some well deserved credit!!
Keep up the great work and kudos to you for being brave and sharing.

This time is THE time!


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3/31/19 7:27 P

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Keep up the hard work. It will payoff



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3/27/19 3:02 P

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I'm sure I'm going to repeat other thoughts already written in reply to you, but here goes anyway.

You have lost weight, like a pound or two per week. That is a fantastic achievement. From a CICO (Calories In, Calories Out) point of view that is burning 3500 more per week than you eat (a pound of body fat holds 3500 calories in storage). So a week with "only" one pound of body fat loss means eating 500 fewer calories than you burn each day. Since most of us eat around 2000 calories a day, that is a cut from 2500 to 2000. That is amazing. Some weeks 2 pounds down!

Do you personally know (yup, lets not go for someone on the internet), who has lost more that in a week?

.... more later... life calls, ... I have more to write.

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3/27/19 7:22 A

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You've already gotten some good responses, so I'll just share my personal experience. It took a lot longer than I'd hoped, before I could fit into a smaller size clothes or see a difference the weight loss made. What kept me going? Just the thought that I knew exactly what would happen if I quit-- I'd gain the weight back (plus maybe more). But if I trusted the process, if I kept tracking my food and tweaking what/ how much I ate, kept getting some exercise-- well maybe it'd be slow, but the weight would come off.

I'd agree that it's best to not compare yourself to other people. I've known lots of folks who did all kinds of things-- low carb, some "pink drink" thing, this or that cleanse, the latest new diet book, or whatever-- and dropped a bunch of weight really fast. But you know what? Every one of them has since gained all the weight back. I lost the weight slowly, and have kept it off for several years, by finding a way of eating that I could sustain long term.

I think a lot of us, once we decide to "do something" about our weight, really want to see some results (a lot of results) as fast as possible. Seems like an awful lot of effort, for the relatively small amount of reward when the scale moves slowly. I'm a big fan of using other rewards, for non scale victories. Like-- stay within my calorie range all week, and I'll buy myself (some small thing like a new nail color or a scented votive candle). Stick to my exercise plan for a couple weeks, and I'll get myself a resistance band so I can try some new exercises. (I would strongly suggest that rewards should not be food.)

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3/26/19 8:11 P

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Holy moly! You've lost 10 pounds. You've quit smoking. You're raising a toddler. You're sticking to a budget. You're walking.

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I am so impressed.

I have a very few suggestions.
1) Don't compare yourself to other people. Your metabolism is different. Your starting point is different. Your needs are different. If you cut calories, over the long term, you will lose weight. You won't lose weight at the same rate as anyone else, but YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT.
2) Make sure that you are getting enough nutrients (lots of vegetables, for example,and enough fats, proteins, and fiber). This will help you to feel less hungry.
3) You have a lot going on in your life. Give yourself a break. You will have bad days as well as good days. That's perfectly normal. If you go off plan for a meal or snack, it's okay. Don't start over the next day. Start over the next minute. Get a drink of water or get the stroller and go for a walk.

You are doing really well. Reach out if you need help.





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EDSUNSHINE,

How do you know you're not seeing any results since December ?

How's your blood pressure ? Blood sugar ? cholesterol ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped in the past two months, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose a pound. Lowering your blood pressure is a HUGE health benefit.

Just because the scale isn't moving does it mean you're not making a difference.

Since we really don't know anything about you or what you've been eating the past 2-3 months, we're just taking educated guesses as to why you might not be losing pounds or inches.

There is an assumption that when a person starts exercising, the inches or pounds start coming off, but that's not true. Some times, it can take 6-8 weeks for a person to start seeing the scale move.

The fact is, most people who decide they need to lose weight are in a panic and want to know what's the fastest way to get it off. When they don't see immediate results, they assume something is wrong, when there isn't anything wrong.

If it took you years to pack on the weight, you can't expect the weight to come off in a couple of months. Losing weight takes time.

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you.




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3/26/19 3:50 A

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Do you weigh and measure all you eat? (no eyeballing) Are you staying within your Spark-generated calorie range?

Do you really require that people "notices all the hard work I'm putting in"? You need to be doing this for you, not for the accolades.

"There are people sharing 30lbs weight loss pictures for the same amount of time I have lost ten!! "
Never ever compare your journey to someone else's! We are all different, with our own problems, stressors, and health issues.

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3/25/19 9:46 P

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I have been making all the right choices since December I cut sugar, I've started working out and no results...I shouldn't say that, the weight was coming off like a pound or two a week, but I don't see it. Clothes don't fit differently, no one notices all the hard work I'm putting in and it has me stuck in a "what am I doing this for" mind set! There are people sharing 30lbs weight loss pictures for the same amount of time I have lost ten!!
I was feeling great about the weather and was feeling very accomplished with what I was doing around the yard but I skipped two work outs slept in more than I should have, and made horrible food choices! If we're being honest I really would like to get a pack of cigarettes right now. Why is it so hard? Why can't I just stick with it? I hate to sound all whiny and baby-ish here because I know what's gonna come back...tomorrow is a new day, just stick with it, are you getting your water in? lol
I guess I'm not giving up maybe I just needed a break. My lunch bag is packed with my measured meal and healthy snacks and my water jug is full and ready.
I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and why I can't do right more of the time. Thanks for reading and not judging and just letting me vent! I hope everyone is having a better day!



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