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adjusting expectations


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In December 2010, 6 months after having my second child, I resolved to lose weight and get back my body by my 30th birthday, September 2011.  I started out at 195 and wanted to get back to my "ideal weight" (it's that magic number in my head, you know what I am talking about!).  So I set a goal to lose 70 lbs and joined Calorie count.  I did very well, but plateaued around 145-150 range. 

My birthday came and went and I lost momentum and gained a few pounds back.  Of course I resolved in January to get back on track but I had a hard time getting started.  At the end of February, I was back to logging my foods and getting back to my workout routine.  I am now back to 150 lbs and decided to set a goal to run a 5k race which requires a bit of training for me since I do not run long distances (yet!).

Anyway, Long story short, I felt like my running goal was going to take me further than any magic number in my head and I adjusted my ultimate weight loss goal in CC by 10 lbs.  When I logged my weight this morning, I showed that I only needed to lose 16 lbs to get to my goal and I felt more energized.  When I make it to the new goal, I can decide if I feel like I want to go further at that point. 

I feel like adjusting my goals and expectations has given me new energy to take care of business and I feel renewed!  I would advise others struggling (especially with a plateau) to maybe adjust focus and goals to take some of the pressure off and keep a positive momentum.

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I think that's a great Idea...When I struggle to get to 140 or 145 all at once I fail to maintain that weight...now my goal is to just get under 149 and maintain that for a few months ( I have 4# to go)...

I read somewhere and think it is my experience when trying to loose more than 10% body weight at one time your body sort of freaks out and thinks your are in starvation mode and for me I then regain the weight....

So losing more that 15 # at one time is not a good plan for me...(of course it depends on your starting weight and BMI)...

plus I think we all have the ideal college or high school weight in our head which is not easy to maintain as a working adult...

In college I biked around at least an hour a day, swam an hour and walked an hour...every day... (plus some weight training) there is no way I have the time for that now...but I was about 130# and very fit!

Original Post by kmstearns:

"I read somewhere and think it is my experience when trying to loose more than 10% body weight at one time your body sort of freaks out and thinks your are in starvation mode and for me I then regain the weight...."

That's really interesting, I've been bouncing up and down 10% of my body weight for ages. Always manage to loose the weight without too much difficulty, hit alomst exectly 10% and ping back up. I'll be more conscious of this now

When I have stalled, I take a break from eating "under" for 5-7 days, I don't go crazy, just eat up at maintain. It may seem crazy but has totally worked, kicked me out of a few stalls faster than anything else. I also think you are wise to not hold yourself so to a number, if you get more "fit" you may shedd inches but not pounds and it can be frustrating if you are beholden to a number on the scale.
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It's not crazy, it's called a re-feed or diet break and has been shown to psychologically and physically aid you in dieting.

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