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New pledge

I've just weighed myself after not having any chocolate or sweets for a week and am disappointed to see that my weight is just the same! How can this be?

Anyway, because of this I have decided to make a new pledge to eat smaller portions. I know this is going to be very difficult but my pledge is to do it just for today.

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Hi Corrine1,

Sometimes the scales are a little slow in catching up with our changes, so please don't be put off by the fact you made changes this week, but haven't noticed weight change yet. It will probably show up next week.

I know your pledging to eat smaller portions, just for today, but please do ensure that you're eating sufficient nutrients to provide your body with the sustenance it needs - because an important part of a healthy weight loss plan is to ensure that you give your body the things it needs, and sometimes people can end up restricting themselves too much, and that doesn't necessarily lead to healthy weight loss.

I don't want to appear critical in this response, only cautionary to advise you against restricting things too much.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, and good luck with your pledge.

Lowcal :-)

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Thanks for your encouragement Lowcal

Its easy to feel disheartened when nothing seems to be happening despite making changes.

Thank you also for your advice about healthy eating as well. It has helped to put things into perspective for me as I was feeling a bit downhearted.

I hope you have a lovely weekend as well.

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Don't feel down lovely.

You gave up chocolates and sweets! What a success!

How many people (ignoring the great and good on here of course!!) do you know who could do that? Did you honestly think you could at the start? I bet you didn't. But a- ha! Look what you achieved!

My weight is always a week behind my effort so keep going and I am sure it will come! 😊

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Are you still going to keep off chocolate and sweets?

My weight has gone up this week (maybe period on horizon or the fact I have appetite back) despite being off alcohol and sugar.

However I have to keep telling myself that I am in this for the habit change not the weight loss. Weight loss will hopefully follow. I am hopeful that my body is just confused right now and hanging onto or storing because it's usual sugar supply has stopped.

No idea if this is a reality but I have to keep thinking that to keep up the healthy habits!! I know I haven't lost so far this week but I know one thing for sure, I certainly will not lose if I go back to sugar and alcohol.

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Yes, I am still off chocolates and sweets but today went out for lunch and had a bakewell pudding with clotted cream for desert which was really nice but I did feel a bit guilty (only a bit mind).

I think what Lowcal and others have said about healthy eating is the important thing and I'm trying to concentrate on that for the time being and not to get too hung up on sticking too rigidly to anything.

Eat healthily, keep portions in control, occasional treat. I think I can continue to leave out the sweets and chocolates as I don't actually miss them for some reason.

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Absolutely.My plan this time round is just to concentrate on healthy habits one at a time which includes healthy eating...but again just changing one thing at a time.

Not missing choc and sweets is a great, great achievement.

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Maintaining is great, although if it happens in the early stages of your journey it can be disappointing. Keep going though because nothing stays the same and your new pledge to eat smaller portions should hopefully make all the difference. That takes some getting used to, but it's definitely doable. I eat smaller portions all the time now and have got used to it. Good luck at your next weigh in and wishing you many successes :-)

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Thanks trafford1. I think I was disappointed because its generally known that you tend to lose most when you first start out and as this hasn't happened for me I feel a bit stuck and was wondering if there was something wrong with me, why I haven't lost anything.

Anyway, back on track now and will have to see how I do next week. No one said it was going to be easy!

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sounds like you have a really good plan - eventually the scales will catch up with the effort you are making. Even without weight loss it was definitely worth giving up sweets and chocolate.

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Just to add make sure you drink Plenty of water based drinks, which I'd important, check out calorie cycling too

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Hey Corrine1, I have found a couple of things that work on the portion size: 1. Use a smaller plate. 2. Cover your plate with salad or veg, it will look full and seem like you're eating a lot, but the calories will be well down.

You can do it babe, stick with the plan.

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Thanks for the tips, really helpful.

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