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Old 08-20-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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So... I haven't been able to get back on track... after losing almost 50 pounds, I hit some bad times where my husband was in the hospital and then I was nursing him back to health and eating HORRIBLY... and I've tried to re-start several times but keep veering off track.

I vowed yesterday that I WILL get back on track!!!!!!

However... I keep getting overwhelmed by my original goal to get to 215 by Near Years... I know that's not going to happen now...

So I'm upping the goal to be 230lbs by New Years... that's attainable if I lose 2 pounds a week starting NOW.

So something to WORK for, but not something so large where I just feel overwhelmed all the time.

It SUCKS... but it's better than dropping a goal altogether, right? :sigh:
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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Jen, you mention getting overwhelmed by your weight loss goal. The thing is, your goal is do-able, but I find that maintaining a 2lb/wk loss every week is very difficult. You don't know if you will hit a plateau in there somewhere. Will it frustrate you or will you feel like you have failed if you don't make the New Year's goal? What if you have lost a significant amount of weight but just not quite what you'd hoped for? If it might turn out to be a negative thing in the end, I'm not sure that it is better than dropping the weight goal altogether.
Since you are feeling overwhelmed, what about setting some smaller, behavior-related goals instead? To start with, maybe shoot for just one perfectly on-plan day. Once you have that under your belt, then try for a full week on-plan. See how many on-plan days you can string together, and plan a reward for when you reach 10. Maybe an exercise goal, xx minutes per week, or xx minutes in a month. If you meet these goals, of which you are in total control, the weight loss will follow. You will still be working towards your end goal, but without so much pressure.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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Especially since you've got Thanksgiving and Christmas in there, too!
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I know how you're feeling Jen!

I had set a goal to be at 240lbs for a family reunion that was last weekend. But, I hit a plateau and I (obviously) didn't make my goal and therefore had to move back all my other goals that were based off of making that one! I think it's very commendable that you're getting back on track and readjusting your goals instead of doing an unhealthy diet to make that pre-set goal.

I agree with Schmoodle and quiddkidd though....beware of plateaus and holidays! Starting off with small goals might not be a bad idea and I think I'll even take that advice myself.

You can do it though! I think that committing and getting back on track is half the battle! Good luck!
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:00 PM   #5
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Way to go on the weight-loss! That's awesome. You will get there in time--- you sound like a smart girl. It is definately better to make reachable adjustments than to throw in the towel. Good work!
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone---- I guess for me 2 pounds a week is DEFINATELY do-able... I was losing more than that and having slip up days in the first 6 months of my journey... so I know that 2 pounds is certainly possible, even with holiday or two thrown in...

But, will I be devastated? No... I'd be exceptionally proud if I DO it... but I'm not gonna quit if I don't. Cutting 15 pounds off my goal was a big step... because I realize it wasn't attainable.

I COULD make it to 230 by new years... and it's a nice goal that will keep me working hard and make me proud... but if I don't... then I realize that's a possibility and I keep going forward. But 215 was overwhelming, 230 seems more do-able. and it is. Especially if I lose the customary 5 pounds that I usually do the first week of truly re-sticking with the plan.
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:35 PM   #7
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Congrats for getting back on plan! You really should feel good about doing it NOW rather than after you gained back ALL that weight you've lost already. That's one thing I think people who are trying to lose weight have to do (and something I'm slowly learning) - you have to keep trying, even when you "mess up". I used to give up if I had a bad week, even a bad day, but I see now that those moments just slow my weight loss, they don't destroy it.

You've made A LOT of progress so far and I'm sure you can keep it going!
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I think if you can not do your last goal it is okay to go for another. Hope all is well. You can do it.
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:09 PM   #9
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I wish you all the luck! I too am going to try to lose about 30-40lbs by New Years or my birthday which is January 16th. If I don't lose 30-40lbs by then I am okay with it too. So if you are like me (which sounds like you are) you will continue to be determined to lose weight even if the goal isn't met.
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