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 08-19-2008, 10:00 AM #1 Healthy mommy     Join Date: Jan 2006 Location: North Carolina, USA Posts: 1,418 S/C/G: 246/235/150 Height: 5'8 3/4 Is 10 lbs a month actually unreasonable and unrealistic? I'm asking this because in the past, I thought 10 lbs a month would be easy, nothing to it, but have found that is not actually the case. But I've heard others (not on this forum, but people I know IRL) speak of losing 10-15 lbs in a month. Last month I lost 6 lbs which I was quite happy about it. But for me, to lose 10 lbs in a month would be pretty difficult. After much discussion on this forum and whatnot, I came to the realization that it wasn't right for me to have a goal, such as 'lose x amount of weight by x amount of time.' That's the sort of thinking I used to have and have since realized how unrealistic it was, and how much pressure it put on me, and ultimately I would fail as a result. So, my healthy weight goal is around 150, but when it comes off, it comes off. As long as I keep working at it, I can't complain. I realize I will not lose 6 lbs every month, that it will fluctuate, and some months I may lose hardly anything at all. If I did a calculation using 6lbs a month to see how much I would have lost by Christmas (in the calculation hypothesis, it would be 24 lbs, putting me at 169), it would be inaccurate. So I won't try, because I know from experience I'm only gonna end up dissapointed, and I want to be thrilled with my achievements, no matter how minor. Anyway, so isn't 10 lbs a month a little unrealistic, except for those who are very overweight? __________________ First Goal: 25-40lbs by December 25th Second goal: To be decided when the first goal is obtained Last edited by Fat Melanie; 08-19-2008 at 10:01 AM.
 08-19-2008, 10:02 AM #2 ONEderland here I come!     Join Date: Jan 2005 Location: maryland Posts: 2,967 S/C/G: 286/210/200 (next goal) Height: 5'2.75" some months i lose nothing some months i gain some months i lose 3 or 4 pounds for ME 10 per month is unrealistic. __________________ Nessa -- on the beach since May 1, 2006 added Points August, 2008 Having RNY September 22, 2009
 08-19-2008, 10:18 AM #3 Larry's Angel     Join Date: Jan 2006 Location: NW New Jersey But, My Heart's In Pittsburgh!! GO STEELERS & PENGUINS!!! Posts: 3,060 S/C/G: 245/143/145 I'm not on SB and I had at least 100 lbs to lose. I lost 10 lbs a month for several months but...I believe whats unrealistic is thinking that it will continue indefinitely. The recommended 1-2 lbs a week seems reasonable. __________________ Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart Still Going Strong On Atkins Since April 13, 2004 Before & After Pics: http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2.../Kimatlake.jpg http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...1/IMG_0403.jpg
 08-19-2008, 10:24 AM #4 Healthy mommy     Join Date: Jan 2006 Location: North Carolina, USA Posts: 1,418 S/C/G: 246/235/150 Height: 5'8 3/4 I think 10 lbs is definitely unrealistic for me as well, though *sigh*... it would be nice. Hi JerseyGyrl, I think when one has 100 lbs to lose then they can probably lose 10 lbs a month for awhile, like you said. But my god, WOW... I'm looking at your ticker and I'm really amazed. 102 lbs, that is fantastic and I'm highly jealous right now. Congrats! (oh Dr Phil, I used to despise him and found him to be so arrogant, but now I love watching that show, he tells it like it is) But yeah, before I start going OT, I guess it all depends on the person and the weight they have to lose. I don't understand how these girls I know lost 10-15 lbs in a month though, they never had much to lose to begin with. Starvation diets, maybe? I dunno. __________________ First Goal: 25-40lbs by December 25th Second goal: To be decided when the first goal is obtained
 08-19-2008, 10:58 AM #5 Anne     Join Date: Sep 2005 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 1,631 S/C/G: 407/358-Dec2007/tracker/125 Height: 5'4" My 3FC Diet Blog I looked back and I've lost anywhere from 6.6 to 12 pounds over the last 8 months. 10 pounds would be a very good month, even with a lot to lose. It's hard to maintain enough of a deficit (from food or exercise) to lose more. The exception might be the start of a diet where most people lose a lot of water. Consider any month one where you end up lighter at the end of the month. I avoid 'weigh so much by a certain date' goals because as you said, it's easy to be disappointed with it. __________________ Anne ---> Pictures, pictures, pictures
 08-19-2008, 11:12 AM #6 Come on ONEderland!     Join Date: Mar 2008 Location: California Posts: 367 S/C/G: 254/ticker/175 Height: 5'-7" When i first started with P1, I lost 18lbs pretty quickly. And I did lose 10 lbs in one month once. Now I feel lucky if I lose 5 lbs a month, which is pretty reasonable, but I have to work harder and harder for those 5 pesky pounds. If you really, really worked hard, you could probably lose the 10 lbs, but I don't know if it's a maintanable effort level. Lose 1 to 2 lbs a week, and you know its sustainable. __________________ Life Goal 4th of July Challenge Don't let "Not Perfect" be the enemy of "Good."
 08-19-2008, 11:55 AM #7 Junior Member   Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: CA Posts: 6 S/C/G: 185/185/145 Height: 5'7 I have a new perspective for myself with weight loss. If I am not losing a reasonable amount, (1-2lbs a week) then I will increase my physical activity.
 08-19-2008, 12:01 PM #8 Member     Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: Maine Posts: 42 S/C/G: 222/ticker/150 Height: 5'8" My 3FC Diet Blog From my own experience I think 10lbs/ mo is realistic for the first month or two. After that I tend to plateau and loose more like 5 lbs a month. The first 15-20 lbs are always WAy easier than those that follow, for me anyway. I say try for 10 but don't count on it. That way if you get it you'll be happy, and if you don't you won't have set yourself up for dissapointment.
 08-19-2008, 12:24 PM #9 beachin'     Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: Lafayette, Louisiana Posts: 4,190 S/C/G: 240/125/130 Height: 5'8 As you lose more, it becomes harder and harder to lose weight quickly.....like many have said, healthy weight loss is somewhere in the ballpark of 1-2 lbs. per week. Adjust your calories and exercise accordingly, and you shouldn't have much problem with plateaus.......that being said, some plateaus happen for reasons unknown and only experimentation (with calories and different types of exercise) and time will break them. Be patient. And always, remember that weight loss is not a lateral thing....you can lose a buttload (literally) one month, and the next not lose a thing. Just keep tabs on your diet and the amount of exercise you're getting and adjust accordingly. __________________ Maintenance! 100 lbs. down plus a carrot for every 5 more
 08-19-2008, 12:31 PM #10 Senior Member     Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: Atlanta, Georgia Posts: 118 Height: 5'11 I agree, a 10 lb. weight loss would be doable if you have a lot of weight to lose and only in the beginning.
 08-19-2008, 05:24 PM #12 Shooting for the moon     Join Date: Jul 2008 Location: Hampton Roads Posts: 662 S/C/G: 210/151/140 Height: 5' 5.5" Kaplods - I really need to focus on that myself. I have been SO good as far as eating according to plan and exercising regularly but yesterday when I weighed in I had a gain and I just felt like crying. I mean- I am busting my butt ya know? So I really should just feel great about that and about how much more healthy my and my family's eating has become but instead I have been feeling like crap about the gain. I like the hair analogy because getting mad at yourself for your hair not growing fast enough seems laughable. __________________ Starting Weight 7.22.2008 = 210 1st Mini Goal Met 10.5.2008 = 185 2nd Mini Goal = 170 Met January 9, 2009 3rd Mini Goal = 155 Met March 27, 2009 Progress pics Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. -1 Corinthians 9:24 Last edited by Thin4Good; 08-19-2008 at 05:25 PM.
08-19-2008, 07:12 PM   #13
Choosing with every bite.

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 Originally Posted by Fat Melanie After much discussion on this forum and whatnot, I came to the realization that it wasn't right for me to have a goal, such as 'lose x amount of weight by x amount of time.' That's the sort of thinking I used to have and have since realized how unrealistic it was, and how much pressure it put on me, and ultimately I would fail as a result. . . .As long as I keep working at it, I can't complain.
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 Originally Posted by kaplods My personal belief is that goals should not be result-oriented, but behavior oriented. What I can control is what I eat and what I do, so those are my goals. The weight is an indirect goal.
This shift in thinking appears to be one of the critical measures of weight loss and weight maintenance success based on what I've observed here. It's part of the change from "diet" thinking to "Way of Life" thinking. It allows you to eat on plan and keep on keeping on without requiring the scale to give you the results on a schedule.

We'd all like to lose 10 pounds a month. Shoot, we'd all like to lose all the weight overnight. Getting yourself to a place where you don't have to live up to a hastily devised unattainable schedule but are willing to keep putting in the effort because it's forever really makes a difference.

I like being able to set goals that I know are within my grasp instead of arbitrary goals that I have only partial control over. I can stay on plan. I can't use my crystal ball to determine what the result of "on plan" will be for an arbitrary date in the future. Now that I know that, I'm enjoying the journey.
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08-19-2008, 11:13 PM   #15
beachin'

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 Shoot, we'd all like to lose all the weight overnight.
So....this isn't something I should strive for?

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