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My Early Weight Loss: Shot Out of a Cannon (too much of a good thing?)

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I started on Spark right after Christmas with my weight at an all-time high. Waiting until New Year's simply was unconscionable. I spent that holiday week learning some about the web site and easing into the lifestyle change that this really is. Because I was somewhat sloppy at calorie counting and less than diligent about what seemed like oceans of water to drink, I lost a paltry three pounds and change between the holidays. I was intrigued...

For the last week I have followed everything here as a religion. NOTHING passes my lips without being counted. 64 ounces of water are my life. I have learned to land within the appropriately recommended ranges for calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates and (usually) cholesterol and sodium too.

So this morning I stepped on the scale for my first official weigh-in since the morning of January 1. A week of Spark religion begot me a loss of (drum-roll please): 6.8 pounds. I have not been starving myself. I also have not been killing myself with workouts (25 to 30 minutes a day brisk walk on the treadmill is typical).

So I am happy beyond words, but also wondering just what gives. Is this a guy thing? Was my portion control that much out-of-control (the major tangible thing that has changed for me)? Has anyone else experienced a Warp-speed launch hereabouts?

At this pace, and assuming linearity (ha!), I will weigh zero by Thanksgiving '12.
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    HEY BOSS! First of all, emoticon to the This is Birdland! Baltimore Orioles Fans Spark Team. Second, You're doing great! Your other Spark Friends are telling you true; let this first great success settle into a more grandual but consistent weight loss. You're on your way to becoming a Spark Success emoticon
    3218 days ago

    Size matters.

    Portion size, that is! How great that you got such a motivational start towards your goals. Of course, it doesn't always go that way--SparkPeople has lots of info on non-scale success indicators, and plateau-busting strategies. Be sure to turn to them *if* the progress slows!
    3218 days ago
    Once I figured out my portions were about twice what they should be and way too many carbs and not near enough veggies.... It's made a difference! The trick is keeping my backside moving too...burn off some of that extra baggage! Keep up the good work!
    3218 days ago
    It happened to me too. It was a great boost to keep me focused and interested. My weight loss has slowed but I haven't hit a plateau yet which I am grateful for. I figure I'm in for the long haul so slow weight loss, though not as exciting, is taking me in the direction I am aiming for. I may be the turtle arriving at the goal post but I'll have a smile on my face when I do! Welcome to the spark people community. Join some of the SP teams. There is great support out there and some really helpful people. Best of luck on your journey.
    3219 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    This happened to me right out the gate too (4 lbs). I've slowed down to 0.5-1.0 lbs a week, although some weeks I lose more and some weeks I lose less. Might be the sodium adjustment? One thing I have definitely realized is that the changes I'm experiencing are long term, and may change week to week, but the most important thing to do is stay positive and realize that every good decision will pay off, even if you don't immediately see it in the scale.

    Good decision to start when you were inspired, not waiting until new years. Welcome!
    3219 days ago
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