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StarryEyes86
12-19-2009, 03:07 AM
Okay, I'm about 8.5 pounds in...but yeah, 130 pounds. It just seems so daunting and far away. How do you guys manage to make the goal seem not quite so big?


TempleBody
12-19-2009, 03:14 AM
The time is going to pass....if I lose weight or not ...might as well be losing weight with the time instead of nothing or worse gaining more weight.

I lost 80lbs over a year. It's been sooo slow, but I've learned alot and continue to do so. Other people just started losing and kept on it. I've never gained weight this past year but I had a alot of periods of no weight loss.

hometowngirl
12-19-2009, 03:45 AM
I understand where you are coming from. It may help if you try breaking the weight you need to lose into smaller goals... like taking it 10lbs at a time. It's much easier thinking of it that way (atleast it is for me anyway).


redreine
12-19-2009, 03:54 AM
I'm amazing, that's how. ;)

Really, I look at it quite a few different ways.

First, there is the choice listed above, of breaking it down into smaller goals.
Next, there is the other choice listed above. This time next year if I am no longer on my diet, I'll be regretting it. I always do, so I might as well do it.
Third, and this is fairly morose, but it is what it is:

WOULD YOU RATHER WORK HARD FOR A SEEMINGLY LONG TIME AND BE HEALTHY, OR NOT WORK AT ALL AND BE DEAD?

I feel like being alive, kthnx. :P

Eliana
12-19-2009, 09:34 AM
I just realized this time around that a year from now I could look and feel very different. So instead of trying to lose 100+ lbs, I'm dieting for a year. The year is going to go by linearly and each week when I look at the calendar, another week will have gone by, unlike the scale which is not always a pound down. Heck, I've already "lost a month". Only 11 more to go. :D And just like with weight loss, once I reach goal (one year), I'll probably see that I can do more or at the very least maintain.

That's what I have chosen to do.

It is very daunting. The other thing I have switched to is a digital scale (Wii fit actually). I like seeing that I've lost .2 ounces this week, for instance, which is better than the old way of staring at the dial in the same place for several weeks.

Violet73
12-19-2009, 09:38 AM
someone else here said they break it down like if you have to lose 100 pounds....say to yourself that you are losing 10 pounds 10 times or 20 pounds 5 times. Each pound is an achievement. I try not to look at the 100 pounds I have to lose...I break it down.. It helps, believe it or not :) You can do this. We are all here to support you! :broc:

LizR
12-19-2009, 09:54 AM
I try to think about how every pound I lose makes me healthier. Every week I can be healthier by losing a small amount of weight. Then I don't focus on the big goal because it will happen by itself if I take it one week at a time. Also I am inspired by the ladies here who have lost so much weight and gotten in shape. They are inspirational.

Symmetry
12-19-2009, 10:06 AM
I just realized this time around that a year from now I could look and feel very different. So instead of trying to lose 100+ lbs, I'm dieting for a year. The year is going to go by linearly and each week when I look at the calendar, another week will have gone by, unlike the scale which is not always a pound down. Heck, I've already "lost a month". Only 11 more to go. :D And just like with weight loss, once I reach goal (one year), I'll probably see that I can do more or at the very least maintain.

That's what I have chosen to do.

It is very daunting. The other thing I have switched to is a digital scale (Wii fit actually). I like seeing that I've lost .2 ounces this week, for instance, which is better than the old way of staring at the dial in the same place for several weeks.

Exactly! First I 'accepted' that I'm going to do this for a year, I'm gonna deal with that year first before worrying about anything else weight loss.

I also bought a digital scale, that decimal matters. Analog scale is way too shifty and hard to see for sure. :headache:

Judy Lynn
12-19-2009, 11:00 AM
Welcome StarryEyes86! You don't have to lose 130 pounds, you only have to lose one - the next one! Don't worry about the big picture, just concentrate on the here and the now. What are you going to do today to get closer to being the slim, trim person you were meant to be?

We are always here for support and encouragement. :hug:

flowers99
12-19-2009, 11:25 AM
I think about it as a "time passing" matter too. No matter what happens, that time is going to pass and I'd rather have it pass with me losing weight than gaining weight. I decided that I would take one year and fully commit to that year by eating right and losing weight. So far so good! I don't worry about having to lose 100 lbs, I just think about my commitment and keeping it.

ubergirl
12-19-2009, 11:44 AM
One thing that I did not know, is that you do not need to get all the way to goal to start seeing HUGE benefits.

After ten pounds, I felt much better. After twenty, I had already gone down a size.

The difference between where I was (Morbidly obese, size 24, completely out of shape, BMI of 45) and where I am now (Class I obesity, size 16-18/XL, BMI of 34) is absolutely ENORMOUS. I LOOK better, I FEEL better, I am about 1000x fitter.

I could stop now, not lose another pound and be one hundred per cent better off than I was then. There is NO comparison.

So, just start. Put one foot in front of another.

You will reap enormous awards long before you lose all 130 pounds.

Passionista
12-19-2009, 12:21 PM
Everyone is so inspirational! I'm just starting (again) and am also focusing on today, this week and not trying to think about the year or longer it will take to get to goal. Time WILL pass either way, so I may as well do something positive each day to improve my health, fitness and appearance.

thistoo
12-19-2009, 12:29 PM
Like ubergirl, I try to focus on the tremendous health benefits instead of the actual numbers. Sure, I am as numbers-obsessed as anyone else around here, but my weight loss has been painfully slow (25-35 lbs. a year over the past 3.5 years) so if I don't want to throw in the towel and end up right back where I started, I have to look at the other benefits to changing my lifestyle.

I'm in better physical condition than ever before in my life. I'm stronger and have more muscle tone, I have been endurance and I actually enjoy exercise, which I never, ever thought would happen. I feel better about myself and I am proud of the fact that I've stuck with it in spite of the fact that my body fights me every step of the way. I have gone through so many plateaus, but I never gave up and it's paid off. So the journey has proven to me more about what kind of person I am than just how much weight I can lose quickly.

You can look at it that way, if it helps. Or you can look at it as 'ten pounds 13 times'. Or you can look at it as 'I'll do this for a year', or 'I'll just eat healthier so I feel better and see where that takes me'. The trick is to find the motivation that works for you, then commit to reaching that goal, however long it takes.

It feels daunting in the beginning, sure, but every day you stick to your plan will make it a little less daunting, until finally it's just a habit. Good luck! You're in the right place for support, that's for certain.

VickieLou
12-19-2009, 12:45 PM
I started off having about 132 LBS to lose. I have had some setbacks but plan on doing better this year. I just need to plan better and get my priorties straight. I decided to look at 5 LBS at a time. So I have to lose 5 LBS about 21 more times. There is alot of support on this forum. Good Luck!

CLCSC145
12-19-2009, 01:48 PM
One thing that I did not know, is that you do not need to get all the way to goal to start seeing HUGE benefits.

After ten pounds, I felt much better. After twenty, I had already gone down a size.

The difference between where I was (Morbidly obese, size 24, completely out of shape, BMI of 45) and where I am now (Class I obesity, size 16-18/XL, BMI of 34) is absolutely ENORMOUS. I LOOK better, I FEEL better, I am about 1000x fitter.

I could stop now, not lose another pound and be one hundred per cent better off than I was then. There is NO comparison.

So, just start. Put one foot in front of another.

You will reap enormous awards long before you lose all 130 pounds.

This is the truth! And those small accomplishments help keep you going to even bigger losses.

And like the others, I also believe in only looking as far as your next milestone. I have a list of milestones a mile long: every 5 pounds, every new "decade" (220's 210's etc.), 10% milestones, BMI categories, percentages of my goal milestones, weights I remember being at thinner times in my life, etc. All sorts of small chunks and I'm never more than 5 pounds away from the next one. I can lose 5 pounds. 5 pounds is a snap. You can do it too! Just don't pay too much attention to the overall number.

duckyyellowfeet
12-19-2009, 02:11 PM
I also try to keep it perspective. I didn't gain my 100lbs. overnight; you didn't gain your 130lbs overnight. I can't expect it to just fall off, no matter how bad I want it to.

I like mini-goals as well. Short-term goals help remind me how far I've come and what I have left. Plus, you get to check those off your list faster :)

Its a journey, to be sure, but worth it. Reminding yourself how much you stand to gain by losing is the biggest reason to just keep going.

beautifulone
12-19-2009, 07:19 PM
I understand how daunting that feels, I started out with a similar amount to lose. It felt very overwhelming, and I'll be honest, occasionally I still feel it. But that feeling also began to significantly diminish for me with the more weight I lost. Especially after the first 40-50 pounds, eventually I hit a point where I felt: "alll right!!! it's downhill from here!!! :D" Because long before you reach your 130lb loss goal, you're going to experience many, MANY amazing rewards. And then once you're on your way, you learn to keep putting one foot in front of the other and it becomes more about a lb or 2 here and there, and before you know it, you've lost another XX lbs.

I *know* how difficult it can feel, but a) you can do this, and b) once you find a different focus, it'll become easier. Find things you look forward to along the way, and focus on those. You can do this and you deserve to do this for yourself. And you'll be so glad you've stuck it out when you begin looking back at this time.

Gracie789
12-19-2009, 07:26 PM
Welcome to the forum. Everyone has their own way of trying to stay motivated, and the key is to figure out what works for you. Before I started my weight loss journey I had to lose 175lbs. Knowing I had to lose so much weight kept me from trying because it seemed impossible. Earlier this year I started my lifestyle change, I avoided the scale completely and strictly focused on my eating habits and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. After a few weeks I began to see results (looser clothes), and after a few months I was down 4 sizes. Once my eating was under control, then I began a more regimented fitness routine and began weighing myself. I have 68lbs to go and at times it seems soooo far away. I've broken it up into more manageable mini-goals (e.g. reach onderland, BMI under 30, ...).

Judy Lynn said it best and you just have to keep the focus small and try to lose one pound at a time so you don't get discouraged. Stay strong! :)

summer91
12-19-2009, 09:48 PM
When I first started I came across a saying in one of the Biggest Loser books. I stored it in my cell phone as a message to myself so I saw it every day. It's just a basic thought and not a new one either, but the way it was worded...it just spoke to me. It said, "Concentrate on what you need to do today and acheiving your end goal will take care of itself" And that's what I did. I just got through each "today".

I sat down and set small goals for myself, yet ones that I knew would have significance to me. I figured out what 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35% etc of my original weight was and I went for each one. There's something about thinking of losing a 10th or a quarter of myself that really inspired me.

TJFitnessDiva
12-20-2009, 05:04 PM
When I started the total weight I had to lose was a bit scary to me so after reading advice here I broke it down to 10lb mini goals and that helped :) Focusing on the smaller amounts and the day to day things you have to do distracted me enough where I wasn't too overwhelmed with things.

FitGirlyGirl
12-20-2009, 10:30 PM
I also started with 130 to lose. It is very daunting, but it is doable.
~break it down into smaller goals
~have goals that have nothing to do with the scale - the number of pushups you can do, how many minutes you can do on whatever exercise equipment you favor, jeans size, how many new healthy recipes you have learned - it can't be all about weight.
~think about the fact that if you do the things you know you should you will be healthier even if you do not lose a single pound
~one day at a time, heck one meal and one workout at a time.

You can do this and we are all here to help.

medinazarley
12-20-2009, 10:58 PM
I have goals in mind, I want to run a 5k in feb, and build up to a full marathon by september.

Also i set my mini goals at 10% less from each goal, so i'm coming up to my first goal soon. Also, since it's calculated each time a goal is reached the goals get close together. this is nice because as you get smaller, so does the amount you lose.

dgramie
12-21-2009, 09:54 AM
Time is going to pass whether your eating everything bad for you or eating healthy. I decided I dont want to be the fat mom anymore.I didnt set goals at first...just try and see how many ON PLAN days I could string together. I have hit some bumps in the road but I can tell you this..i look and feel so much better even though I still have some more weight to lose.

kuhrisuh
12-21-2009, 08:12 PM
Such good advice in this thread!!!

I have at the very least 100 lbs to lose. What has helped me not feel so overwhelmed is to break up that 100 lbs into 4 mini goals. Each time I lose 25 lbs, I give myself a reward :^:. It really does help! I've already passed my 1st 25 lb goal, so I KNOW that I can reach the next one, because I've already lost 25 lbs once :].

Stay strong!! You WILL get there!

want2bdgl
12-21-2009, 11:59 PM
you are all soo right! I have just about the same goal as you! I just look at every monday (when I weigh myself) My goal is 2-3 pounds....more than that YAY...less then that...try harder next week!

ALH289
12-22-2009, 01:40 PM
There is so much good advice in this thread. Mini goals have become really important for me. Celebrating hitting a new "decade" on the scale. Recognizing when I finally got to the point where I officially have less than 100 lbs to lose to reach my ultimate goal. Acknowledging when my BMI dropped me from the category of morbidly obese to obese.

But all the mini goals put together still doesn't compare with how much better I feel overall. That's not to say I still don't have my days where it seems impossible and like I'll never get anywhere near my ultimate goal....but that's where a quick look back on what I have already accomplished helps alot.

Start with that first pound and then keep going. You can do it.

Eliana
12-22-2009, 01:42 PM
There is so much good advice in this thread. Mini goals have become really important for me. Celebrating hitting a new "decade" on the scale. Recognizing when I finally got to the point where I officially have less than 100 lbs to lose to reach my ultimate goal. Acknowledging when my BMI dropped me from the category of morbidly obese to obese.

But all the mini goals put together still doesn't compare with how much better I feel overall. That's not to say I still don't have my days where it seems impossible and like I'll never get anywhere near my ultimate goal....but that's where a quick look back on what I have already accomplished helps alot.

Start with that first pound and then keep going. You can do it.
Yep, I'm loving my new signature. I keep looking at all those mini goals which are all within about 10 lbs of each other, some less. Each one looks totally doable from the one before it. I'm looking forward to ticking these puppies off one by one.

cathydoe
12-22-2009, 03:27 PM
When I first started I came across a saying in one of the Biggest Loser books. I stored it in my cell phone as a message to myself so I saw it every day. It's just a basic thought and not a new one either, but the way it was worded...it just spoke to me. It said, "Concentrate on what you need to do today and acheiving your end goal will take care of itself" And that's what I did. I just got through each "today".

Thank you for that quote! I have gone past this thread a couple of times because I didn't want to read about how much weight I have to loose. I too have a lot to loose and the idea of getting board or burn out scares me.

I am really trying to stay in the focus of how good the 19 lbs feels. How great I feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. The reply's to this post have been a Godsend...thank you!

greentara
12-22-2009, 03:35 PM
1 have 160 lbs to lose, which is very daunting, but I am finding that breaking it up into mini goals as the experts say here really helps. I have lost quite a bit of that weight before, only to put it back on, so I know I can do it. I find 10lbs is a good mini goal for me. I have already reached my first 10lb mini goal. (I started my journey in mid November, and only just joined this forum.)

So much of the reason I put the weight on was due to stress, emotional eating, and negative thinking, and I want to take the weight off by having a long term healthy outlook. Dieting is not going to take 160 lbs off so much as changing the way I cope with my life long term is. :)

H8cake
12-22-2009, 04:22 PM
I was very overwhelmed by the thought of having over 100 pounds to lose. The suggestion to think of it in decades of weight helped me so much. Then as I got closer to goal I got excited over every single pound that came off. Every pound down gets you closer to where you want to be.
I felt so much better after losing 20 pounds, it truely amazed me. I wanted to feel better and better. That kept me going, along with looking better. I was surprised to find out that most of my aches and pains and exhaustion were from the weight. Those benefits come pretty quickly.
It took me about 18 months to lose the weight and when I look back it seems like the time went pretty fast. I'm so glad that I commited to the journey and enjoyed all the amazing changes along the way.

matt_H
12-22-2009, 04:25 PM
We all get overwhelmed sometimes. I'm a big fan of setting achievable mini-goals and working towards that. Every step is a step close to your destination :)

ladyrider72472
12-22-2009, 04:44 PM
Starryeyes86,
Just imagine how good it will feel next Christmas to be able to say, "yep, this time last year I was __ pounds heavier". Who says you have a time limit..... just take one pound at a time.
And the bonus is, next year after Christmas you can hit the after Christmas sales and get some awesome clothes! I traded in my 20/22 for a 12! I am sooo hitting the sales!

summer91
12-22-2009, 06:48 PM
Thank you for that quote! I have gone past this thread a couple of times because I didn't want to read about how much weight I have to loose. I too have a lot to loose and the idea of getting board or burn out scares me.

I am really trying to stay in the focus of how good the 19 lbs feels. How great I feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. The reply's to this post have been a Godsend...thank you!


Cathy,

You are very welcome. :-) I was hoping it would help somebody! It's funny how sometimes you can see/read something a million times and just kind of go, "uh huh" and nod your head. Then once it's worded in just a bit of a different way... it just HITS you and sinks in.

You have pretty much the same starting weight as I did. You're doing great, 19 lbs is wonderful! Before you know it, you'll be at goal. :-)

lalique
12-23-2009, 06:15 PM
good luck :)

StarryEyes86
12-28-2009, 06:15 PM
Wow...these are such GREAT words of advice!!! I feel so much better after reading these replies. I'm looking at it this way: I just need to lose 10 pounds...13 times! I figured, 10 pounds at a time, and it makes the stress diminish greatly.

I'm loving these replies, especially taking it one day at a time. This is amazing! :carrot:

bluebutterfly
12-30-2009, 01:00 AM
I haven't set a "final" goal. That way there isn't this huge number of pounds I need to lose overwhelming me all the time. I only set small, interim goals. So, I have some kind of success very frequently.

When I started this journey, my orthopedic surgeon explained to me that every one pound of weight lost, equals 8-10 pounds of pressure off my poor, overworked knees. That helped immensely in the beginning! After losing just 2 pounds, I thought of it as my knees being 20 pounds happier :dance:

cfmama
12-30-2009, 01:04 AM
You know what? I started with 227 pounds to lose. 227 POUNDS TO LOSE. I said to myself that time would go by... it was what I chose to do with it! I could be the same weight, MORE or less by this time the next year.

So what did I do with that year? I lost 155 lbs in ONE FREAKING YEAR.

Make the most of this year friend. You will never regret the decision to take charge of your health. I broke mine down into mini goals but never took my eye off the prize. I now only have 63 pounds left to reach goal. THAT'S IT! You can do this... let's do it together!

redreine
12-30-2009, 02:43 AM
I am so excited. I just calculated losing 10% of my body weight 6 times almost gets me directly at goal! It seems so much more attainable that way!

I'm going to lose:
28.4 lbs.
25.6 lbs.
23.0 lbs.
20.7 lbs.
18.6 lbs.
16.4 lbs.

After that, I will have 1.3 lbs to lose! (Which by then, I will most DEFINITELY be able to handle!)