This is so sensible. So, how do I make stair step goals in the tracker? Is there a way? I have lost data in the tracker trying to do it. I don't even know my starting weight anymore from 2008. I'd like to do this, because I realize now that I still have a long term goal, but my skin needs recovery time, and I don't like the crocodile look on my arms and legs. Slowing down seems to be the right thing to do.
Am I weird because my goal is less than 25%? To me, 10% is awesome! If nothing else, it's a step in the right direction! I can't see how losing any weight can be considered "disappointing." I lost one pound and I was ecstatic. Maybe this article wasn't written for people like me, but I just find the first bits hard to swallow...
This is a very helpful article and made me rethink my goals and how to approach it! I also shared with three friends that are on this journey with me. When I look at what I've lost so far I am at 6% - so just a few more pounds to go and I'll be at 10% before I know it!
I think people have to remember (myself included) that the weight didn't come on overnight, so it certainly is not going to come off that quickly!
Very sound and practical advice. I've been going about things the wrong way focusing on my bigger weight goal!
I especially liked the idea that you can "lose that first 10%, regroup and reset your goals, and then pursue another 10% based on your new weight. The added benefit to this approach is that each 10% will get smaller and smaller!"
This is what I've done. I had 150 pounds total to lose but I set my goals at 10% of the current weight. So far I have completed 2 10% goals and have nearly reached my 3rd. And according to my doctor, I am no longer diabetic. Setting the smaller goals has worked for me.
Thank you for the good reminder. I have considered the 10% solution a good way to go in the past but was lucky if I made it to 1/2%. This reminded me that I have reached the first 10% and can now work on the next 10%.
For me, I needed almost instant gratification. Not that I wanted to lose weight fast, I wanted a goal which I could reach quickly, say in 2 weeks. Like I said, instant gratification. So I set up a goal for however much weight the weight calculator said i could do in 2 weeks. I'm up to goals for a 2 month period of time now. That seems to be working well, and allows for some of the daily fluctuations to happen without frustrating me. I tend to get on the scale less, also, as long as I'm following my meal plan. I monitor more if I've gone out to eat, usually drinking more water, until my system is back on track from all the salt, which appears to be virtually unavoidable when eating out.
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