I reached my diet goal!!! Yippee!!!

@mentalward (14695)
United States
June 8, 2008 10:30am CST
Anyone else here experience that euphoric feeling of reaching that long-awaited diet goal? It's wonderful! I think I've discovered the secret. Honest! I just set a goal of losing 15% of my original weight. It didn't happen overnight, for sure, but I didn't put it on overnight, either. Instead of setting an ultimate goal of your ideal weight, start by calculating 15% of your current weight. It's a much easier goal to reach. Then, set another goal of 15% weight loss... this time you won't have to lose as much! Then, another 15% until you've reached your ultimate dieting goal. If that's too hard, try 10%. I had to share this because I know that so many others are trying to do the same thing. I tried for years, believe me! Then I set the 15% goal, and it worked!!!
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
Congratulations on reaching your goal. That is awesome. I have to take some pounds off but I am a little restricted on many aspects. I have a back injury and most days the back and left hip hurt a little too much even for a walk. I do try but ultimatly I fail on this. What kind of diet are you doing? What kind of exercises etc? Did you use an aid like diet pills to help you out? All the adivce right now I can use. I need to take some weight off as my surgeon said it as well.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I have fibromyalgia, lupus and arthritis, so I know about pain! I cannot exercise much, either. Sip on ice water. It helps to speed up your metabolism. Eat apples and celery. You actually burn more calories eating them than they contain! Grapefruit is the same, but I always have to add sugar to offset it's tangy taste, so I avoid grapefruit. (Splenda is good, zero calories, but it's just not the same as sugar.) I started eating more fruit, snacking on applesauce and salads with low calorie dressing. (Salad Spritzers is great! One or two calories per spray... you control how much you eat!) No diet pills for me! There have been too many adverse things said about them in the past few years. I don't trust them. Don't stop moving! Do what you can, when you can. Rest often, but get back up and do something even if it's only a few minutes. I have my really bad days when I don't move around much at all, but I force myself to take short walks, even if it's only around the house. I'm so sorry to hear about your back injury and hope it is better soon. I also hope that some of my suggestions helps you lose weight. It helped me! Good luck to you!
• Canada
8 Jun 08
Thank you very much for all your great tips. I will try them out and see if they help me out. They were great and I really appreciate you sharing them with me.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Congratulations! I am very happy for you. How did you do it? I need to lose some weight and it is just so hard to lose anything. I gained all my weight with my 4 pregnancies and now I am over 40 and it is just so hard to lose anything. Any advice would be great! Congratulations again! :D
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Read the other replies in this post. I've mentioned so many things that I used for my weight loss that it would take me an hour just to write them all again. LOL I try to add one more thing every time I answer someone, so here's yours: If you aren't sure about the nutritional content of what you eat, go to a nutritionist, or even your doctor, to make sure that the things you DO eat are well-balanced. Also, there is a sad but very true fact about pregnancy. It stretches our abdominal muscles outward and they are never the same again, unless we have plastic surgery (tummy tuck). I've lost the weight I wanted to lose, but my waistline is nowhere near what it used to be! This is the sort of stuff they don't tell you about in all the books about pregnancy and motherhood.
@gamgee (116)
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
CONGRATULATIONS!!! That was really something there, being overweight, I know how hard it is to lose those extra pounds, and when you think you're winning the battle, they would surely creep right back in. Thanks for all tips, I'll keep them in mind. By the way, how long did it take you to lose the first 10% of your weight? I dont think 15% is something I can manage. Thanks!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I honestly couldn't tell you how long it took for the first 10%. I wasn't keeping tabs. Maybe that's one reason I succeeded... I didn't get frustrated by weighing myself every day. I think the time it takes is going to be different for everyone. There are so many factors involved: metabolism, amount of exercise, how often you cheat (yeah, I did my share of cheating... I just didn't go overboard), medications, things like that. One important thing to remember is that you must maintain a well-balanced diet. Don't skimp on vitamins! If you aren't sure you're getting enough, take a vitamin pill each day. There are some on the market now that are specifically for weight control. Just don't give up. That's the main thing. Even if you slip and gain a few pounds back, just keep moving forward with your diet and exercise. If even 10% seems like a long way to go, aim for 5%; then another 5%. Remember, each time you reach 5%, the next 5% will be less weight to lose, and the next, even less. Good luck to you! You know you can always count on the good folks here at myLot for moral support!
@wisnuneh (47)
• Indonesia
9 Jun 08
wow amazing.. how to do that? my weight 145 pound, i want to get ideal weight like you (or become 120 pounds). but i still can't reach that. i always do exercise every afternoon, do diet, etc. and it's been 5 month.it's hard for me and i'm getting desperate with it. lol ..
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Look at my previous responses and you'll see all the tips I used. (Too many to list again.) I didn't mention above that, if you are on some types of medications, like anti-depressants, it will be extra hard to get rid of extra weight. I was one like that. If you are on any medications, read all you can about them to see if they will cause weight gain. Sometimes, that is the culprit. You should see your doctor to see if there are any medical reasons why you cannot lose weight, like thyroid problems. I guess that's why I was so happy to have finally reached my goal. It took a long time! But if you don't give up, you'll get there. Good luck!
@Nana530 (286)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Wow, congratulations, I know you must really feel good about this. It's always nice to reach a goal that you have set for yourself. I know how hard it is to lose weight so you really have something to be proud of. Great tip, I'll give that a try. Just taking it one step at a time. You go girl!!!!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Thanks so much! Compliments like yours are always a great boost to not give up. I'm on a medication that causes weight gain, so I'll have to keep passing up the bakery section of the grocery stores, and it's people like you who are an inspiration to keep going. Thanks again and good luck!
@Tianna2 (1273)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Congrats on reaching your goals!! I'm so happy for you and I hope that you reach all of your future goals too!! Hugs, Tianna
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments! I'll keep on truckin! Hugs to you, too, Tianna!
@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Congratulations on reaching your goal! That sounds like a really good way to set weight smaller weight loss goals. I think people often try to set huge goals, and then it is so much harder to reach since it feels so impossible. I am trying to lose some weight this summer for my wedding in the fall, so maybe I will try out your approach now. Thanks for the tip!!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
8 Jun 08
You're quite welcome! I hope what worked for me will work for you as well. Yeah, the smaller goals are SO much easier to attain, just keep setting new ones. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I wish you all the best with many, many years of happiness.
@Erratic (724)
• Australia
8 Jun 08
Hello my Friend. I am so happy for you. It's a big deal to be able to lose weight and keep it off. The way you achieved it is very interesting and a very practical way to do it. Great work!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Thanks so much! It's always good to share dieting successes with others. They help you to keep going. Friends are wonderful support! Thanks again!