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You had a goal of 20 lbs in 2 months and you only lost 15?? I have a goal coming up in a week and I am not seeing the 5 lbs coming off that quick. This is my first goal, so I want to be successful, but I can't help but feel like my other goals will not be fulfilled if I don't hit this first "bench mark".

(BTW I am VERY overweight so 20 may seem extreme but when you weigh almost 300 lbs, 20 lbs may not be a drop in the bucket, but it definately isn't losing 20lbs weighing only 120lbs.)

Thu. Feb 21, 12:10pm

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It is ABSOLUTELY a success! You stuck with a program that worked for 2 months, and that's really hard to do. I'd consider you a success if you'd only lost half that...we don't have as much control over the rate of weight loss as we'd like. If only it really was all about the math.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:16 PM

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By far it's a success!!! Way to go!

OP - do you count calories? If not, I highly suggest counting calories. It makes you really accountable. If you're interrested in learning more about this, please email me

Take care and keep up the good work!

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 12:48 PM

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Be reasonable.

A reasonable weight loss goal is 1-2lbs a week if you assume your 2 months is really 8 weeks then the most you should have lost is around 16lbs. I lost 45lbs to get to my goal weight but I only lost a little less that 1/2 lb a week. Any loss is a success and 15lbs is 2 months is not easy and not slacking.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 1:00 PM

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OP here

I psuedo count calories and points (WW online)... I know I could do SO GOOD if I could consistently count either, but mostly my success is attributed to smart choices and portion control.

Over all I started at 297 and my last weigh in (last Friday) I was 269.5

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 1:00 PM

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Of course! You have obviously made a lot of changes - celebrate those! Use those numbers on the scale to assess your strategy, and so far, your strategy is working!

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 2:43 PM

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Consider every pound a success...they come off one by one. Don't get too married to the goal projections....just mark the progress and things will happen in their good time.

YAY for you 15 pounds gone is really quite wonderful....and I agree with above posters. You hang in there for the long run when you lose a pound a week. You dont want to burn out. (also, some weeks you may not lose a pound...just hang through those times and appreciate what you have accomplished).

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3:02 PM

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Don't let yourself get discouraged. You have done a great job. Just the fact that you made the commitment to lose the weight is a success in itself. Now the tricky part is to stick with it and not let yourself get discouraged. Focus on your long term goal when the short term goal gets a little stubborn & remember that as long as you are truthful with yourself about your diet and exercise the weight will come off. When I was losing weight I just looked at like this "I'm in no hurry. I have nothing but time". That was 7 years and 75lbs ago. Keep it up!

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3:41 PM

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I am going to reitterate what the others said. You definately have been successful. Don't judge yourself by whether or not you reached a specific goal. If I don't reach them I get so depressed and either beat myself up mentally or lower my calorie count to a dangerous place.
When all the time progress has been made. That is the most important thing.
That having been said I do think that it is good to have goals. Maybe just not in time periods. Then we can celebrate the little steps.

I say good for you and just stay with it, it will come off.
And as you said it would make a difference if you were more careful in counting points and/or calories. It is amazing to me how quickly they add up.

Good luck to you and be proud of yourself. You've done good.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:30 PM

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I think a goal met is any weight lost, or any exercise done. Really! I have seen very few pounds move since I joined PT almost a year ago, but by being accountable, and projecting goals, I am just so much more aware of what I am doing. It has really made lots of lifestyle changes in me. So, if you have lost 15, that sounds totally awesome. And smart choices like portion control have a way of sticking around.

Its a journey, for me, with an (eventual) end in sight. And any move toward the goal is good. You might try setting smaller goals, such as a 5 lb in a month goal, or something like that. I started with very aggressive goals and have really had to retool my thinking, which is why I think the way I do, at least for today.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:35 PM

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I say bravo, I would take that lose and be very happy ,Baby steps, besides everything, I ever read and hear suggests that the slower you lose the better as long as it is consistent, this is one of the reasons I am not a fan of the big loser shoes they are not realistic and frankly do not sound are living in the real world w/ daily schedules and people to be accountable to so just continue to carry on you will get there and all your hard work will be worth it and every pound will count, congrats on your to date success

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 10:02 PM

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