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6/17/09 8:54 A

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Being that you're just starting the diet, you'll drop more, quicker, in the first couple of months. You may lost 4 - 7 pounds the first week. Once the new wears off, I agree with the other post, that you'll lose around 2 pounds a week. The key is to not get discouraged. Sometimes, when you notice that in past weeks you've lost 5 pounds, and now you're only losing 1 or 2, it can really make you want to quit (or it did me anyway) but I just forced myself to stick with it, and I'm glad I did.

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6/17/09 8:39 A

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Thanks to both of you guys. I'm real new to this but I am determined to eat healthy. I used to eat one meal a day and fruit never touched my mouth. I would drink anywhere from a six pack to a 12 pack a day of sprite. Since I've started the program I haven't drank but two diet sodas. Mainly I want to know that I am eating healthy so I can teach my child to do the same. Lead by example. The weight loss will eventually come.

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6/16/09 5:13 P

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I agree with you that it takes time and a commitment to being more active and eating better. I just got my younger sister started on this program and let me tell you her first week she dropped almost 5 pounds just because of the change on her eating habits and elimanating soda from her diet. She's reved about it now but I have to keep reminding her that its not going to be "normal" to lose like that every week. Good luck with you start. Oh and remember to start small. Little goals are much less daunting then huge ones.

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6/16/09 5:06 P

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Well, if you set up your spark people goals, it will ask you how much per week you want to lose. Healthy weight loss is 1-2 lbs. per week (it won't let you do more than 2). So, if you really stick exactly to the calorie ranges that SP gives you, you'll lose an *average* of 2 lbs. per week. So, 20 lbs. would take around 10 weeks or 2.5 months. That's all estimating, sometimes you lose a little faster and sometimes you lose a little slower.

Because of that, it's best to make it more of a goal to eat healthy and exercise, rather than lose weight. It DOES take time to lose weight, which is hard. So if you eat well for the sake of eating well and exercise for the sake of exercising, and tie your goals into that - it helps a lot. If you consistently eat healthy and exercise, you will lose the weight eventually - even if it's faster or slower than you thought. And you will feel great in the process!



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6/16/09 2:20 P

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As I read through the postings I see the lost pounds and am excited. I'm just wondering how long does it take to loose 20 pounds. I have never been on a diet or tried to loose weight and I don't want to set myself up for disappointment. I am currently 310 and have a long way to go. I don't even know what my ideal weight would be. I just know I don't eat healthy and never have. I want to change so I can teach my children a better way to live.

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