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The last 10 pounds...

You often hear that you didn't gain that weight it in a week, why would the expectation to be to lose it in a week? Life is really all about expectations and one thing I've discovered is this:

You lose weight quickly at the beginning so that you "expect" a certain outcome. But everything changes when it's the last 8 - 10 pounds. I had to reset my expectations, which is sometimes hard. But necessary, because if you become dissapointed with the results weekly, you're less likely to stick with the great habits you've adopted.

Sat. Aug 12, 1:46pm

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Something my WW leader once said also really sticks with me on this topic -- if you get discouraged by how slow your progress is, remember: That time is going to pass anyway! So why not make it pass while doing something good for your body?

Besides, once you've reached your goal (I hate to say it) you're going to have to keep your good habits up, anyway. So there's no real need to sprint to the finish line, I would say.

Saturday, August 12, 2006, 3:09 PM

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It's all about the journey!

Whether you are just starting, on your way, almost there, or maintaining - it's about what you do every day. So you need to learn how to be good to yourself every day, no matter waht the scale says each morning. The scale will eventually show you what you want if you stay on the path.

Saturday, August 12, 2006, 3:57 PM

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I'm wondering if the last 8-10 pounds really need to be lost? ( I haven't been the ideal weight for my height in so long, being within 10 pounds sounds like a pipe dream!) Is it a goal you set for yourself, or is it a goal someone else set for you? Do you feel really good about where you are now? Like you could maintain at that weight forever without too much effort? Also, this may sound silly, but have you tried lifting weights? Now that you've lost all kinds of body fat, any muscle you build will really show, and also might be the push you need to shave off those last few pounds! Anyway, good luck, and congratulations! I've got at least 40 pounds to go!

Saturday, August 12, 2006, 4:28 PM

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3:57 poster

You make a very excellent point. Your comment really hit home.

Saturday, August 12, 2006, 5:11 PM

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It just takes a while because the number of calories you need to maintain is falling as you lose weight, but the minimum you can healthily eat doesn't fall. So one can't maintain a 2-pound-a-week calorie deficit.

A couple of months ago I wrote this out for one of my friends using PeerTrainer: "I get to eat about 11200/week to "break even." In the last v. well-behaved week my intake is 9746, and the difference is less than half a pound of calories."

It doesn't mean you don't need or shouldn't want to lose the "last 10 pounds," it just means that you need to be patient, as people have said above.


Monday, August 14, 2006, 8:19 AM

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that makes a lot of sense! thanks for pointing that out

Monday, August 14, 2006, 10:58 AM

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