1/2 pound weekly loss is too slow!

When you really, really, really want to lose weight, losing just a 1/2 pound a week is too slow!

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What’s worse than busting your butt to lose weight and seeing a measly half pound loss on the scale? You try even harder the next week, eating less and exercising even more for what? Yeah, another half pound. This is ridiculous. You’re hungry all the time and every muscle in your body is in extreme pain and all you get to show for it is a stupid half pound.

When this happens, there’s only one thing to do. Quit! Losing a half pound a week is too slow, especially when you have 30 or 40 or 50 or more pounds to lose. Who’s going to be stupid enough to kill themselves to lose a crummy, little half pound? It’s time to quit!

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I have a question: “How will quitting make you lose weight faster?” It won’t and quitting won’t change your desire to lose weight. Quitting only ensures you won’t lose weight. Don’t quit, recommit!

To recommit start by asking yourself, “why do I want to lose weight? What will I get by weight loss? Here is a list of 7 possible winning outcomes you can get from weight loss. Feel free to add all the winning outcomes that are yours.

  1. More energy
  2. Pain relief
  3. Self-satisfaction by achieving a goal that’s important to me
  4. Ability to get back into the clothes in my closet
  5. More confidence
  6. Pleasure when I look in the mirror
  7. Better health

Once you have re-established your “why I want to lose weight,” it’s time to analyze your “how I’m going to lose weight.” Put your attention on “how” and if you find your mind trying to dwell on thoughts about being “unable to lose,” reset it immediately back to “how.”

Analyze your “how.” What have you been doing to lose weight?  

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  • How well have you stuck to your plan?
  • How well has your plan fit your life?
  • How often does your plan leave you feeling deprived?
  • How could you change your plan to be a better fit with your life?
  • How can you make room to enjoy the foods you love within the limits of your plan?
  • How can you make your plan more satisfying? 

Instead of spending your time trying to speed up how fast you lose and probably making yourself completely miserable in the process, think of ways to make the process more enjoyable.

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Losing a half pound a week may be slow, but quitting is slower.

“This took too long to be worth it!” said Nobody stepping onto the scale that reads GOAL WEIGHT!

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.