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  • MODVIX389
    I was diagnosed back in March with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. I have lost a total of 25 pounds, but I feel my efforts are for nothing (even though I am still trying). For insurance reasons, I have been sent to a new doctor and he basically told me that I had to get back down to what I weighed when I was 16, and I would feel better. Now, I have had 2 children. They say you grow until you are 21 so not only am I totally frustrated and feel that no matter what I do, my new doctor will chew me out when I go back, but I don't know what to do now. I feel he looks at me like I'm just fat! To top it all off, I lost my job over a month ago because of my illnesses. I just started on this site today hoping this will give me some help. I feel hopeless.
  • Interesting article. I'm diabetic and trying my best to exercise and lose weight. I have to take insulin to regulate my blood sugar. The side effects on taking insulin is weight gain. I'm doing everything in my power to lose this weight. But, I'm still on square one. I have to work harder. This article help me refocus on my long term goals.
  • My cholesterol dropped 40 points when I dropped 20 pounds. Small changes can make a big difference.
  • I´ve lost 10% at least 2 times so far, and will work for another 10% by June as suggested. Then it will be only 10% two more times to reach my healthy BMI. I´m psyched!
  • Wow! All that! I just realized that since starting SP in Aug '11, I HAVE lost 10% of my previous body weight and a little more. How encouraging to realize what good things I've done for myself!
  • I have to say I never though that losing what amounts to such a small portion of my overall wieght would be so beneficial...great article and thanks for the motivation...i've also been making a habit of the doggie bag approach when we go out to eat, i've gotten a couple wierd looks but some of them are getting used to it by now lol and another good thing to do when eating out is always get your dressing for a salad ON THE SIDE and dip your fork in it before stabbing a bite of sald
  • I thought I had read everything there is on losing weight, but this article proved me wrong. Great tip on dropping one responsiblity and treating weight loss like going back to school. You do have to educate yourself and practice too! Thanks,
  • Article could use a parenthetical caveat that some people who are looking to lose a bit of weight and are starting at a lower level than "BMI overweight" should not seek to drop as much as 10% of their body weight, as they may risk becoming underweight.
  • I have had an aha! moment reading this article this morning! I'm setting a 10% weight loss goal as my next achievable weight loss for 2010. As I am in a wheelchair, it will take as much effort for this as it used to take me to lose much more weight. I am committing to using my travel chair more, so I can "walk" myself from a sitting position and therefore, get in more exercise. 10% is such a do-able goal that I know I can do it, and will do it, by the grace of God! Amen!!
    I thought Becky's article was great.
    I think SparkPeople should be commended for having such helpful information available to us. I love this web site.
  • Was very glad to hear that I am approaching my problem in a correct manner. I had a Doctor's Office visit and mentioned that I had started this program and she was very pleased.

    On my own, I had lost 20 lbs in a year. I thought that was not really very good. She was very happy with it. After reading the article, I know why she was pleased. I told her I had just decided "diets" just don't work for me and I had decided to have a life change instead.

    It's working, thanks to the Good Lord!
  • This was helpful
  • This is a good article and I am hoping to achieve the top 10 with the help of SP!!
  • I have lost more than the top 10 but I still found this article extremely helpful. Losong it is only the beginning. I have lost that 10% many times only to put it right back plus more. BUT this time I am really seriously looking at the hunger issue. Eating when I am not hungry is something I am working with every day. If I am not truly HUNGRY and not just wanting to eat I control the issue and do other things that won't sabotage me.
  • The points made in this article are so true! I have lost 10% of my body weight since January (I started losing weight before I joined SP). The difference between how I feel now and how I felt then is like day and night. My BP is much better; heartburn that used to keep me awake all night is gone; and I am so much happier.

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