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Old 02-20-2012, 07:13 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Mymedifastjourney View Post
I am so frustrated, I followed my medifast plan as I have been for a month. Lost 30 lbs so far and this week I was shocked to see that I had lost zero lbs! I am so pissed! I dont cheat on my diet and nothing! This **** happens again and i am out!

This is WHY most weight loss attempts fail. People don't realize that going a week even several WEEKS without weight loss is NORMAL, so they get ticked when the scale doesn't cooperate, and they give up.

So are you really going to blow 30 lbs of weight loss over a week or even two (or even six) of no loss? Because when you give up, you don't just "give up the weight loss" you also accept weight gain, and there's a good chance that you'll gain more than the 30 lbs you've lost.

I'm not trying to be a @#$% about this, just trying to show you what I have FINALLY accepted (after a lifetime of dieting - and I mean 40 years - since kindergarten).

Most of my life, I gave up when the weight loss slowed to less than a pound a week, because I believed I deserved better. But my metabolism doesn't give a damn about what I think I deserve.

What's CRAZY is that I've lost more than 100 lbs, losing SLOWER (for the entire 105 lbs) than I was losing at any of my prior quitting points.

I don't lose weight every week. In fact, it's not been at all uncommon to be "doing everything right" and STILL not experience a loss for two, three, or even more weeks. And during the week of PMS/TOM I gain up to 10 lbs - not matter how close I've stuck to my food plan. I suspect that even if I ate nothing the week leading up to the gain week, I would still gain weight unless I stopped drinking fluids (in which case, I would die, because you can only go a few days without fluids).

You can give up if you want to, but if you want to succeed you can't give up, even when the scale doesn't do what you want it to. That means, even if you don't lose, even if you gain, you have to "stay in the game" in order to win it.

IF ONLY I had understood that 40, 30, or even 20 years ago.

Staying on plan when the weight is coming off quickly, is easy. Staying on plan when the weight isn't coming off quickly, that's the real test, and the only way to get the weight off and keep it off.

It is hard, because we're taught to give up (it's what we see everyone around us doing, if they try at all), but you can do it the way nearly everyone does it, or you can do it successfully.

What kept me motivated was my doctor who gave me a reality check. At the time, I was nearly 400 lbs, and was only losing 1lb a month (I used to be able to do that IN A DAY). I was whining to my doctor that I should be able to lose at least 2 lbs a week like a normal person, and my doctor set me straight - telling me that 1 lb a week was extraordinary even at my size, because most people don't do it. Most people don't lose 1 lb a month, they lost nothing or they gained - or they lost until the weight loss slowed down and then they quit and regained - so just my 1 lb a month put me at the head of the weight loss marathon, not at the back of the pack.

You've lost 30 lbs, that's a feat that most people do not accomplish. Do you want to be a person who lost 30 lbs and gained it back (and maybe more)? Or do you want to be someone who has lost 30 lbs and maintained it?
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