Weight Loss Support - Opinions on how to pace my journey.




thirti4thirty
01-06-2014, 04:26 PM
When I diet, the first 15 lbs fly away easily but I always hit a plateau after that. However for my current journey I decided to give myself monthly mini goals: 5.5 lbs every month until December.
I started last week at 185 and Iím now down to 178. I want to strictly stick to the 5.5 lbs BUT I have 23 solid days to go. I do interval workouts for one hour on the treadmill every day and I donít want to stop doing that either. As for the food Iím trying to eat healthy but Iím allowing myself a few treats here and there.
Should I leave my body to freely shed the lbs now that itís easier for it to do so or should I relax and maintain the current loss until the end of the month? HELP!


llove
01-06-2014, 04:49 PM
Maybe you should not push yourself hard? Maybe take more time and make goals simpler - yet more permanent?

Losing more in the beginning is expected, so the perceived plateau is just a continuation of your success, so treat it as such.


Good luck!

gardenerjoy
01-07-2014, 08:01 PM
I don't find it that useful to have a time period related to my scale goals. So many things effect what shows up on the scale from when the last time I ate soy sauce to the last time I had a bowel movement.

You might have more fun with a game like "How long will it take me to lose the next 5 pounds?"


seagirl
01-07-2014, 08:30 PM
The only thing you can control is your behavior, the scale and your body will do as they please. You'd be better off having a goal of "track all food every day and stay between xxxx-XXXX calories per dat" and "workout X times per week."
But making your behavior the goal, you are in complete control over whether you meet it or not. If you make 5.5 pounds per month your goal you may have months where nothing comes off, then another where more does, you could have eaten salty food the day before and see a gain on the scale, you could be sick or injured which can cause water retention.

Yes, the scale is where you want to see the results, but focus on your behavior and make adjustments as needed depending on the scale over time.

shcirerf
01-07-2014, 09:44 PM
I set my goals to lose ten pounds, get into the next lower decade. But I did not put a time on it. Setting a time is to iffy. Too many variables.

But, when I made the next lower decade, I gave myself a small reward.

Having done this over and over, I realized I needed a new approach, that leaned towards long term, healthy, and not racing to the end.

The last time, it took me 10 months to lose 30 pounds, to get to goal, but it was worth it, because the good habits I developed along the way have stuck!

kelijpa
01-08-2014, 06:17 AM
For the long term if you feel you have to have that monthly goal make it an average, then your higher loss months will balance your lower loss months and none will feel like a fail.

If you're good with your exercise, food plan stay with it you may need to change it up at some point, as long as you feel what you're doing is healthy, try not to get too obsessive over the scale number, as mentioned above it can be very fickle.

Best of luck to you :sunny:

ILoveVegetables
01-08-2014, 09:18 AM
The only thing you can control is your behavior, the scale and your body will do as they please.

I really like that line. It helps loads for the days when the scale is just being really uncooperative :p

doriluke
01-09-2014, 04:31 PM
I do the same thing with monthly goals. For me its helpful to keep me motivated and on track. This time I plan to do the same, but if I lose more or less - I figure it all averages out in the end, right? I would guess that a lot of the first 15 tends to be water weight, so if you are comfortable with the routine you have started I would stick to it. Good luck!

Dori
205/200/150 (new start)

crispin
01-09-2014, 05:00 PM
But making your behavior the goal, you are in complete control over whether you meet it or not.

I agree with this 100%. Live the way you want to live as a healthy person--exercise as often as you want the healthy you to exercise, etc.--and let the weight do its thing. :)

JohnP
01-09-2014, 05:18 PM
The only thing you can control is your behavior, the scale and your body will do as they please. You'd be better off having a goal of "track all food every day and stay between xxxx-XXXX calories per dat" and "workout X times per week."
But making your behavior the goal, you are in complete control over whether you meet it or not. If you make 5.5 pounds per month your goal you may have months where nothing comes off, then another where more does, you could have eaten salty food the day before and see a gain on the scale, you could be sick or injured which can cause water retention.

Yes, the scale is where you want to see the results, but focus on your behavior and make adjustments as needed depending on the scale over time.

OP should read this post repeatedly until it sinks in.

Mrs Snark
01-09-2014, 05:28 PM
The only thing you can control is your behavior, the scale and your body will do as they please. You'd be better off having a goal of "track all food every day and stay between xxxx-XXXX calories per dat" and "workout X times per week."
But making your behavior the goal, you are in complete control over whether you meet it or not. If you make 5.5 pounds per month your goal you may have months where nothing comes off, then another where more does, you could have eaten salty food the day before and see a gain on the scale, you could be sick or injured which can cause water retention.

Yes, the scale is where you want to see the results, but focus on your behavior and make adjustments as needed depending on the scale over time.

Such a Great Post! True true true true!

EasySpirit
01-09-2014, 07:25 PM
I love that line! I am one who needs to internalize it as I always got very upset, off track, blew the diet, threw the scales out, if I controlled my behavior and do not see a loss.

I am now doing the "two and a half pounds a month would mean a 30 pound loss in one year." I am actually charting it. I would love to be 30 pounds less next December for my next annual physical.

Koshka
01-11-2014, 12:21 PM
I don't really like to track my weight loss goals as so many pounds in X amount of time. I do have a modest goal for the year, but otherwise I find it real demotivating to set a goal to lose so many pounds in a month (or whatever), then do everything I need to do to make it and not get there. It can cause me to go totally off track.

This past week on Thursday morning I had lost .5 a pound for the week. Thursday I had a great day with eating and activity. I was up .3 of a pound on Friday morning! I am sure it is a temporary thing and will go away. But, I handle it much better when my goals are related to what I do and control directly.

thirti4thirty
02-11-2014, 11:33 AM
I've heard you all and I understand your viewpoint. I believe in my method though (knowing myself, my personality, my problems and my reasoning). Time will tell.
Thanks for the great advice though.

ainslie
02-11-2014, 11:55 AM
I too set weekly monthly weight loss goals. If I beat it bonus. I also have an app that graphs my losses over time. As long as I see it going down, the little (or big) spikes up I can deal with.

thirti4thirty
02-11-2014, 12:02 PM
I think it all depends on how you are. That works better for me too. I keep myself on the track knowing that I have ONLY 6 pounds to lose for a WHOLE MONTH!

carter
02-12-2014, 07:22 AM
I think it all depends on how you are. That works better for me too. I keep myself on the track knowing that I have ONLY 6 pounds to lose for a WHOLE MONTH!

And what happens when that whole month goes by and you "only" lose 4 pounds? The first month is going gangbusters but what about that "plateau" you always hit at 15 pounds? (I'm willing to bet this isn't a plateau at all but the normal slowing and adjusting of weight loss rates that happens to nearly everyone.) How will sticking to this numerical goal help you through that time when it comes?

I am sure you do know yourself but you are also here asking for advice, so please don't dismiss it because it is somehow not what you wanted to hear.
You are here asking for ways to keep your focus after you lose a little weight. Listen to what the folks here are telling you. They are telling you that perhaps you have lost focus in the past by setting unrealistic goals based upon things that are not within your control.

You cannot control how much weight you lose in a month. Setting a goal of losing 6 pounds every month is like setting a goal of the sun shining next Thursday. Base your goals things that you do or do not do. That way whether you achieve them or not is entirely within your control. Please, reconsider that goal before it derails you again.

thirti4thirty
02-12-2014, 02:51 PM
And what happens when that whole month goes by and you "only" lose 4 pounds? The first month is going gangbusters but what about that "plateau" you always hit at 15 pounds? (I'm willing to bet this isn't a plateau at all but the normal slowing and adjusting of weight loss rates that happens to nearly everyone.) How will sticking to this numerical goal help you through that time when it comes?

I am sure you do know yourself but you are also here asking for advice, so please don't dismiss it because it is somehow not what you wanted to hear.
You are here asking for ways to keep your focus after you lose a little weight. Listen to what the folks here are telling you. They are telling you that perhaps you have lost focus in the past by setting unrealistic goals based upon things that are not within your control.

You cannot control how much weight you lose in a month. Setting a goal of losing 6 pounds every month is like setting a goal of the sun shining next Thursday. Base your goals things that you do or do not do. That way whether you achieve them or not is entirely within your control. Please, reconsider that goal before it derails you again.
YES DADDY/MOMMY!!!

Radiojane
02-12-2014, 03:39 PM
I'm going to be difficult and disagree. I'm good at it :)

I set goals for each week/month/wedding/friend having a baby etc. They're all a certain number of pounds. Do I always get there? Are you kidding me? I plateaued for 6 months! Am I still at it? Yes. Did I string myself up because I lost 11 pounds in January and not 15? No.

I totally agree that learning how to live and eat are HUGE accomplishments and should be targets. I have a lot of mini goals along these lines. But I think that as a human race, we've become so afraid to fail that we don't compete with ourselves or anyone else any more.

By all means, set a goal. You're a grown up, you know that weight fluctuates and it's not fully in your control. But you're working towards something. And as you learn your body, you'll learn what's an attainable goal and what isn't.

"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for".

carter
02-12-2014, 03:43 PM
YES DADDY/MOMMY!!!

:rolleyes:

Best of luck with your weight-loss efforts.