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Is my goal realistic?

I would like to lose 5 pounds by december 13th . Is it possible? thats about 20 days....And I'm ready to work hard and push on through them! But I dont want to set an unattainable goal. 500 calories cut from food daily and 250 added for exercise daily plus added cardio on the weekends gets me to about 5 pound loss in 20 days. Is this healthy and doable?

Sat. Nov 25, 2:54am

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feasable and quiet safe. 1-2 pounds per week is the max recommended otherwise you would be probably shredding lean mass which will make you fatter (ie more fat in your body compared to lean mass which is actually your bodyfat %). Good luck.

Saturday, November 25, 2006, 3:20 AM

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I'm just looking at other new threads started around 3am on Saturday and I'm wondering if you are also the person thinking of drinking skim milk in coffee (horrors) and running up 10 flights of stairs and trying to do 40-60 minutes of cardio a day and trying to keep going with work and school. If so, then what is so important about 5 pounds? You sound as if you are going to run yourself into the ground and burn yourself out with exhaustion. Perhaps you could give yourself a goal of losing 5 pounds by February instead of December 13??? I mean, quality of life (and the taste of coffee) is important. But if you've got to fit into a new outfit or some other important goal by December 13, then maybe you can burn the candle at both ends for a little while and be okay. I'm just concerned that you are exhausting yourself.

Saturday, November 25, 2006, 7:49 AM

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Oh fun fun - trying to figure out who's who by the strange time they post!

Anyway, I think it's feasible if you have over 30 lbs to lose OR are under 30 years old OR you just started losing weight...AND if you don't have any social eating/drinking occasions on your calendar between now and then. Sorry to sound so negative, but as someone who has applied that kind of math to weight loss very unsuccessfully...well, you just need to know that it doesn't all add up -- or subtract off, as the case may be.

Good luck with you plan, I truly hope you succeed!

Saturday, November 25, 2006, 6:18 PM

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LOL OP here. Yes I am the half and half poster. But I only wish I were the one who was running up 10 flights of stairs and doing 40-60 minutes of cardio a day!


Sunday, November 26, 2006, 1:52 AM

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I say yes!

Sunday, November 26, 2006, 1:52 AM

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Yes but why set yourself up for disappointment? Maybe you could make a long term realistic goal and then you could deal with the ups and downs.

Monday, November 27, 2006, 11:05 AM

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