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I have lost 27lbs so far in my goal of 40. I keep hearing all the time how good I look and questions about how much weight I've lost which I gladly answer. But I normally say I've lost 25lbs my goal is to lose another 15... of which everyone says no no no you don't need to lose another lb you look great. Now thank you for the compliment but why do people feel the need to say that. I'm a size 10 now I'm not a waive I will not look sick or disgusting sans another 15 lbs so why can't people just say good luck or well your doing great instead of trying to talk me out of my current diet? These last 15lbs are hard I need more motivation not people telling me to quit...

Sorry this is more of a vent then asking for a suggestion I guess.


Thu. Sep 14, 1:21pm

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Are they a little overweight themselves? Maybe they are saying you shouldn't lose anymore because they already feel bad enough about themselves and don't want to feel even worse!
Or maybe it's just their way of giving you what they think is a compliment.
I have had people tell me "but you're so skinny". I usually end up thinking to myself "compared to you maybe".
I HATE when they say that because I want my weight to be what I AM most comfortable with --- not what might be acceptable for them.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:34 PM

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stay strong-and try not to read into their comments! most people do mean well i believe-and they probably think you look great! your personal goals are more important than how others view your weight loss! from now on when someone asks about it, maybe let them know how much you've lost but keep mum about the weight you are looking to lose? that way they can't advise you on it!

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:39 PM

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you could also just tell them how much you have lost and leave it at that. Why give them more info than they need?

I usually just say "thanks, I've been working on it!" When people comment on my weight loss. If they ask for a number, I'll give it to them. But my goal is pretty personal (though it is posted on my PT profile) and I don't need to give everyone that sort of detail.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:58 PM

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Yep - I used to get that all the time too and now I give a response more like 1:58 poster does. I do think most folks mean it as a compliment, but quite frankly they are not going to dissuade me from my goal, so I don't give them the opening. If for some reason it comes up I point out that I will still be 15 pounds heavier than I used to weigh throughout my teens and 20's. That usually really gets them protesting and then 10 pounds doesn't seem like so much.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:35 PM

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just say thanks. if someone probes you for more info, let them know that it is something of a personal journey for you, but you appreciate their nterest. if they ask more questions, direct them to this website.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 3:09 PM

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