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Old 05-16-2006, 09:13 AM   #16  
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That's why you need to come to 3fc and read as often as you can folks!
1 1/2 or 2 lbs a week is awesome! Come here and read often to remember that and get the well deserved pat on the back you'll get for achieving it.
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:20 AM   #17  
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I agree 900 calories is not enough; all you will do is crank down your metabolism and not lose any more than you would if you hate a more reasonable amount of food. And my weight loss fluctuates too... occasionally I will lose up to 3 pounds per week... now it has been over a week since I have lost anything at all. I really hope another pound is gone this morning!! About the time I start thinking it probably won't be, there goes one LOL. But I am sticking with a healthful "livable" plan even though it is tempting to "starve myself" to try to get the weight off faster!!

Unfortunately the real solution is keep eating right and keep on moving that butt!
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:23 AM   #18  
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Originally Posted by aphil
A diet has a beginning and an end, and what is the point of losing 10 or 20 or 30 pounds, if you are just going to be back at that weight next year when you gain it back from "stopping" the diet?
Making lifestyle changes is the only way to go. It may be discouraging-but I would rather lose 1 pound a MONTH and keep it off for life, then to lose 5 in a week and have them back next month.
I absolutely agree! The reason many of us get stuck losing weight over and over is we don't learn how to eat differently.
The fact is, it's our LIFESTYLE (that's diet PLUS exercise or lack thereof) which made most of us obese. Temporarily changing our diet with the goal of returning to our lifestyle when we reach our desired weight is simply a recipe for failure. Only PERMANENT lifestyle changes will result in PERMANENT weight loss.
I shed 50 pounds in 5 months. LOTS in the beginning and weeks here or there with no loss at all. Looking back, however, I averaged 4 pounds per week and I've kept it off for over 2 years precisely BECAUSE I completely changed my lifestyle.
Similar success can be yours ONLY if you are willing to make permanent changes in your diet and exercise regimens. Don't focus so much on the scale - and put LOTS of energy into changing yourself from the inside out. You'll be happier AND skinnier.
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Old 05-17-2006, 06:38 PM   #19  
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That's a nice thought, but it doesn't do much for the frustration those of us who were out for coffee when they passed out the patience suffer.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:00 PM   #20  
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Originally Posted by geekess
That's a nice thought, but it doesn't do much for the frustration those of us who were out for coffee when they passed out the patience suffer.
Awww I hear what you're saying, sweetie. You know all the stuff about "healthy lifestyle" and "changing habits forever" and "slow and steady" and "don't rely on the scale" and all that. And for the big picture, it makes sense. Yep.

But every now and then, wouldn't it be nice to get a little bonus drop? I mean, if you work day in and day out at minimum wage, you know you're going to collect that same check... week in and week out. But every now and then, it's nice for the boss to slip in a little bonus, just to say, "Yeah, we recognize and appreciate all your hard work and effort". Who wouldn't like that?

It would be nice if the Boss (your body) gave you a little incentive bonus every now and then ("You've done well this week, so here ya go, 5 pound drop! Wheeee!"). The Boss is certainly quick enough to deal out punishment when you're not performing up to standard ("You ate a cookie -- 5 pound gain as of tomorrow -- and it'll take you two weeks pennance to work it off, Missy!").

My Boss is such a hard taskmaster I didn't even get a signing on bonus (you know, the big drop so many folks get when they start out ). But I'll show her, you bet I will!
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:23 PM   #21  
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Lena I love your post!!!!!!!
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:39 PM   #22  
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The healthy thing is especially important because in the year after the wedding we hope to be starting a family. Yeah there goes what's left of the figure, heh, but I just want to be an ok size for the wedding pictures... you know?
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:19 PM   #23  
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Pregnancy doesn't have to totally destroy your figure forever. I didn't start dancing professionally until right after I had my second child. I am currently still doing so while expecting my third-and teaching dance class as well.

Yes, there are some changes that happen-I have a few stretch marks and the like, but I exercise and keep a decent shape. I actually got bigger in the chest area after having kids (froma C before kids, to a D/DD after I was done nursing) so there have actually been a couple of figure improvements to counter act the flaws having kids can give you.

Pregnancy will only destroy your figure if you use it as an excuse to eat mountains of whatever you want, and to sit on your behind. I exercise for a few hours a week besides the dancing-and I am currently 5 1/2 months pregnant. I always have some to lose after I have a child, but I need to watch what I eat and exercise regularly regardless.

I am not saying that I don't get impatient now and then wanting to lose weight quicker...but I am not out to get skinny for a class reunion or other event. My goal is to be fitter and healthier for the rest of my life. You don't get quite as discouraged when you haven't set a "date" for wanting to be a certain weight. (I want to lose 20 pounds before our cruise/my wedding/class reunion/etc.)
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:51 PM   #24  
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LOL Lena, your post gave me the first laugh I've had all day. Thank you! What you said was true: It would be so nice to have the "boss" slip a little incentive in every now and again.

I know when my husband and I had started on the insulin resistance diabetes diet last year, I was dropping weight SUPER fast...averaging a pound a day, sometimes even more. I could still kick myself for quitting. Oh well, this is a new year and a new start to make things go for the better - permanently.

Two pounds a week might not sound like a lot now, but it really is. I'm sorry that it's not coming off faster but I think the struggle will make the final results even more meaningful and you'll be even more satisfied, in the long run.
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