Weight Loss Support - Will 10 lbs really make a difference?




alexandraT
06-07-2010, 09:57 PM
Hi all,

I'm about 8-10 lbs away from goal (goal of 128/130) and sometimes I look at my stomach and thighs and then I look at other women who weigh 130 and I can't help but think "Will 10 lbs REALLY make me look like that? They're so small!"

So, those with similar weight goals, did you notice a big difference with the last ten?

Thanks!!


ElanaRose
06-07-2010, 10:01 PM
Every pound makes a difference!!!

RoseRR
06-07-2010, 10:47 PM
10 pounds made a huge difference for me I am like wow.


luvja
06-07-2010, 11:24 PM
On me, you don't notice 10 lbs, but on my friend, you notice if she loses 5! It really depends on the person, and your body. I would say go for your goal though, whether it visually makes a difference or not :)

happyveggie
06-08-2010, 12:11 AM
the lower your weight is the more it makes a difference, a ten lb loss on a 300 lb person would not really be very visibly noticeable, but a 10 lb loss on a person weighing 120, would be very noticeable.

Even if you dont see a difference, having a lower body fat percentage makes it easier for muscles to show if you work out and do strength training, plus less fat puts less strain on your joints and bones, so keep going! :)

xMeaganx
06-08-2010, 04:43 AM
Like everyone said those 10 pounds will make a difference. The more you lose the more you are able to tell. If you don't want to lose more weight, or if you are having trouble why don't you try to tone your body? This way you can look small also, and toning is a wonderful thing!

VermontMom
06-08-2010, 05:42 AM
alexandraT, I want to be u! :D we're the same height; I'm at my first goal of 150; and have been wondering what to set my next goal at. I've been imagining how happy I'd be to be in the low 140's and there you are at 138 and trying to get lower, :bravo:

I agree with what the other posters said. As you get smaller the losses will be much more noticable! The 'paper towel theory' :D And all the benefits of a lighter leaner body.

keep up your great work!!

bex
06-08-2010, 06:19 AM
It all makes a difference! x

alexandraT
06-08-2010, 06:23 AM
Thanks everyone! I think I'm just going to keep my head down and keep plugging along and then reevaluate at 130. I think if anything then I'll just want to tone more (although I'm pleasently surprised with all the muscle definition I have now!) Also, I noticed a few small things that I didn't notice about two weeks and three lbs ago.... for example, I felt my tailbone during pilates last night and had to put an extra mat down underneath me, my hip bones were starting to stick out a little bit more, and just yesterday morning while shaving under my arms I realized I had that concave underarm problem that I read about on here months ago but didn't understand until yesterday!

Vermontmom - thank you for your kind words!! I'm sure you look wonderful!! Congrats on what you've accomplished so far :)

mkendrick
06-08-2010, 07:38 AM
I agree that those 10lbs made a difference for me. There's a huge difference between me now (consistantly weighing between 134-136) and me 10lbs ago. It's a MUCH more significant difference than what 183 to 173 made.

However, I still think that after significant weight loss, our perceptions are completely distorted. This is a very real phenomenon (kind of like a phantom limb, where an amputee can still "feel" their arm or leg that they lost). When I look in the mirror, I can kind of see a difference that these 50lbs have made. But really, it doesn't seem that significant to me. I still look chubby. I still see all the same flaws that I saw before (bulgy inner thighs, poochy tummy, back fat, etc).

My very very slim friend is my height exactly. Our friends kept telling me that I was as skinny as her, albeit a different body type (she is muscular and athletic and boyish, I'm much "softer" and squishier to put it nicely, lol), but same size. We wear the same size of clothes. Both 2's in dresses, 4/6's in pants, S/M's in tops. But when I look at her, I see very skinny. She looks tiny, I would feel like a filthy liar if I said I was as small as her. Then I found out that we are the exact same weight, 135lbs. Same height, same weight, same clothing sizes, everyone else says we're the same size. But I still can't see it.

My point for all of that is...even though your last 10lbs will make a huge difference, don't be surprised if 10lbs from now you still see your same self in the mirror. People keep telling me my eyes will eventually catch up with my new body, I'm still waiting for it to happen.

motivated chickie
06-08-2010, 10:39 AM
I'm struggling with the same issue right now. I tell myself that 8 pounds is not going to make a difference. I know what parts of my body are going to have extra fat and which parts are lean. But truthfully, I know 8 pounds will make a difference in how I look. I will look more toned if I get to goal.

Honestly, I think I'm scared about ending my weight loss journey and facing maintenance. So I've stalled with my weight loss. But I know I have farther to go in my journey, especially in terms of integrating daily exercise in my life.

AnnieDrews
06-08-2010, 12:14 PM
Go with a goal you are comfortable with and that is healthy for your body type.

But...the next time you are in the grocery store....pick up a 10 pound bag of potatoes (or sugar or flour) and see how much difference you think it would make to lose that much weight.;)

Good luck!

ennay
06-08-2010, 12:49 PM
I think the closer you are to goal the more difference 10 lbs make.

mkendrick - I have somewhat of the same phenomenon but skewed. I always look the same size but everyone else changes size. My mind perceives relative size fairly accurately. But I am the "norm standard" so when I gain weight everyone else shrinks and when I lose weight everyone else gets bigger. Bizarre.

ncuneo
06-08-2010, 01:25 PM
Thank you for this post, I'm in you're same situation, but my goal is a littler higher. I'm 10lbs away from 145 where I'm hoping I'm happy. If not I'm ok with going as low as maybe in the high 130s, but it's hard to image that 10lbs is going to make that much of a difference. I just have to keep reminding myself what a difference the last 10 have made.

BreathingSpace
06-08-2010, 02:11 PM
However, I still think that after significant weight loss, our perceptions are completely distorted. This is a very real phenomenon (kind of like a phantom limb, where an amputee can still "feel" their arm or leg that they lost). When I look in the mirror, I can kind of see a difference that these 50lbs have made. But really, it doesn't seem that significant to me. I still look chubby. I still see all the same flaws that I saw before (bulgy inner thighs, poochy tummy, back fat, etc).

That's such a good point.

I also think that we have a vision of what we will look like if we can "only get down to goal". And when we get to goal and don't look like that, it's a feeling of being let down.

There's two parts to weight loss, the physical and the emotional/mental. You could lose another 10 lb physically and look different, but you have to lose the 10 lb emotionally/mentally too!

~BreathingSpace~

poetiqfitness
10-15-2012, 05:57 PM
I think it also depends on your height how much of a difference 10 pounds makes.

JossFit
10-15-2012, 07:22 PM
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT0BPy50x99EooAmndKVrPi19iUxI5yd-rRb8oQcHkm75_EQaM2

Look at how big a chunk of fat that is only 5 pounds is! poetiqfitness is right, your height plays a big part, as well as how much fat you have to begin with (its much more noticable on someone who is a size 2 versus a size 22 when they gain or lose 10 pounds).

Regardless, sometimes it's good to have a visual.

Here are some photos I found of women who lost 10 pounds;

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR5Dy1grC2uGI7OieOONV7mngu-QOHKPflOUuHg3p1pXuQrMCoS

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSfHhW3Hhlps0iLQoNKxijZDawgPee9D vKpiwkQ4vw85ohFZhJS

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQURtz5EQVw1-qV5IyqrMjsCmg9vMF2BY_FYuWIrRoI8YHKTKJC

Hope that helps!

DisappearingActs
10-16-2012, 10:09 AM
I so feel this way! My husband keeps telling me I'm tiny and that 130-135 will be good for me, but I feel like NO WAY. but 10 pounds does make quite a difference. 10 pounds ago I wore a different size and had much more fat on me so I can only imagine what 10 more pounds will do. Plus once you really get serious about toning, I imagine things will change a bunch. Muscle makes a big difference.

http://i49.tinypic.com/107kvgp.jpg

juliastl27
10-16-2012, 01:05 PM
the lower your weight is the more it makes a difference


yep! last time i got to goal the last ten REALLY came off my belly and arms. those last pounds make a way bigger difference than the first 10 lbs you lost did.

juliastl27
10-16-2012, 01:09 PM
However, I still think that after significant weight loss, our perceptions are completely distorted. This is a very real phenomenon (kind of like a phantom limb, where an amputee can still "feel" their arm or leg that they lost). When I look in the mirror, I can kind of see a difference that these 50lbs have made. But really, it doesn't seem that significant to me. I still look chubby. I still see all the same flaws that I saw before (bulgy inner thighs, poochy tummy, back fat, etc).


very true. this is true of almost all our flaws. whatever you're noticing in the mirror (clogged pores, arm fat, etc) is about 20 times more obvious to you than to others. when we look at ourselves our eyes ZOOM right to our flaws. just remember that A. we are our own harshest critics, and B. other people see us as an entire package, their eyes don't go straight to the parts of our body that we're obsessed with and those flaws are probably exaggerated in our heads anyway.

LockItUp
10-16-2012, 01:20 PM
WOW old thread! But very interesting topic. I agree, 10 lbs depends on your size.

This is 163 vs 153 at 5'6". There's a several inch difference in my stomach, bust, legs, hips. Basically a whole clothing size. That's a big difference.

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/stephanie1133/Untitled.jpg

krampus
10-16-2012, 01:46 PM
135 vs 125

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/299497_600842015705_31322_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/320453_927537185965_689378456_n.jpg

Bayzee
10-16-2012, 03:55 PM
So....what are you all doing to lose that last 10lbs:?:
That's where I'm stuck now!

dstalksalot
10-16-2012, 05:07 PM
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/320453_927537185965_689378456_n.jpg

You've lost 10 pounds AND you have your own collection of Hobbits! Can I borrow one?;-)

LAgreeneyes
10-16-2012, 05:21 PM
YEP. It definitely makes a difference. I"m feeling those 10 lbs that I gained over the last 3 weeks and I am miserable. I could whip my own butt!

JossFit
10-16-2012, 07:25 PM
Well LockItUp and Krampus were brave enough to post pictures of themselves as examples, so here are mine!

Me at 125 lbs in the white bikini, and 115 pounds in the pink bikini. Big difference in overall size and leanness!

That 10 pounds took me from a size 6 to a size 0/2. (Oh, and my avatar was at like 117 pounds I believe)

dstalksalot
10-16-2012, 07:44 PM
Curious as to what 10 pounds will look like for me at a higher weight... 170 to 160.....I have been looking at my body gallery and it is hard to tell....

sumire
10-16-2012, 08:20 PM
Me. 5'6", 132 lbs to 121 lbs.

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o559/sumirepictures/0806comp-6-anon.jpg

So....what are you all doing to lose that last 10lbs:?:
That's where I'm stuck now!

Heavy weight training and calorie counting mostly. Brief flirtations with running.

youngnstrong7
10-17-2012, 02:22 AM
wow!! amazing results. I have arms like u did in your first picture. The second one looks amazing!! how long did it take u??


Me. 5'6", 132 lbs to 121 lbs.


Heavy weight training and calorie counting mostly. Brief flirtations with running.

carpediem
10-17-2012, 07:41 AM
I would like to add a different perspective on this topic. Losing the last ten pounds is not always the solution to all problems regarding your body. I'm speaking from personal experience. I went as low as around 118 pounds which is the low end of the healthy BMI for me and I still did not have the body I wanted. I was basically doing lots of cardio and some body pump lessons at that time.

I have changed my focus now into more strength training with heavy
weights, less long steady cardio, and more LISS and some HIIT sessions and I have increased my proteins and I try to eat as healthy as I can 90% of the time and I prefer my body now even though I weight more.

At the end of the day you are the person seeing the number on the scale but what everybody sees is your body. For me focusing on my body composition instead of the number in the scale works better.

This is a link that gives the same perspective:
http://gokaleo.com/?p=666

sumire
10-17-2012, 08:37 AM
wow!! amazing results. I have arms like u did in your first picture. The second one looks amazing!! how long did it take u??

That was actually a pretty long-term transformation (March 2011 to August 2012). From 3/11-8/11, I upped my strength training and went from 132 to 125. Then I maintained. Starting 1/12 I heavied up my weight training some more. Then from 6/12-8/12, I went from 125 to the 121 you see in the pic.