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Hey! Do you guys want to hear all about my new diet in total and excruciating detail! Ok then, moving along.

No wait, we're not moving along. I'm hungry, and I can either sit here and tell you about it or go into the kitchen and snarf the rest of the children's Easter Candy. Guess which one I pick? Yup, settle in people.

Anyway, it's Day 4 of my Hey, I Finally Weaned the Baby/I'm Going to the Beach in Two Months/Oh My God I Happened to Look Down While I Was Driving and Vowed to Never Eat Again Diet, and I haven't gone on a shooting spree yet, so looking good. Except that you already know I am some sort of gun-hating hippie who would like to collect all the guns the whole world over and melt them down and turn them into public art installations and playgrounds, so by "I haven't gone on a shooting spree" I mean "my husband is still speaking to me."

And! I think some guy maybe almost checked me out a little bit at the grocery store today! Which I am officially Opposed to On Principle, but which can also be something of a confidence booster on Day 4 of your new Lifetime Healthy Eating Plan ha ha right stupid fucking diet where the hell did I hide the pudding cups? Oh, and they guy was TOTALLY old too, I mean, probably FIFTY, at least, so does that even count???

Sorry, I crack myself up sometimes. I had a conversation with Sarah a while ago about how hitting the mid-thirties makes forty seem like this totally reasonable and still entirely young age instead of, you know, FORTY. And I find that I am starting to feel the same way about fifty. I mean, I'm quite happy that fifty is still a long way away, but it doesn't seem as ominous as it did ten years ago. Pretty soon, I'll be going man, eighty sounds like a blast, doesn't it?

And wait, weren't we discussing my smokin' fat ass? Why yes, yes I believe we were. And I really did have a point here, or rather, a question. I've never done much dieting, what with being young and genetically lucky in the metabolism department and then pregnant and then nursing and then whoops, pregnant again and whatnot, so I'm a little inexperienced.

How much would you expect to lose in two months of dieting? I mean, everyone is different, of course, and there really is no predicting, but if you personally were on a low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie, Not Starvation But Certainly Rather Hungry diet with moderate daily exercise, what would your goal beach weight be two months hence?

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In two months? Well, it depends on what you want to lose. Body fat? Just weight? I would say you could easily lose 10 lbs in 2 months, but I'm not saying that YOU need to. I'm just saying it's possible. When I started working out 5x week after baby #2, I lost about a lb per week.

I think that between 1-2lbs per week is considered relatively reasonable, but don't be at all discouraged if you are losing less than that, because of how little you have to lose. Just that it's considered unhealthy to be losing faster than that.

My wife does the whole Weight Watchers thing, and it's really worked for her. I think when I asked her about what people in the program with her lose, she said it varies from week to week, but when people are losing weight, it is usually around 0.5-1.5 pounds a week.

Of course, this is after people are well into the program - I think you have a "ramp up" period when you first get serious where you could potentially lose a bit more than that, and you'll occasionally hit plateaus for a bit while your body adjusts and you stay sort of steady w/ no weight loss. It averages out - I think with her efforts, she's lost about 60 lbs in about 1.5 years (since the baby was born).

Heather is right, that 1-2 pounds per week is healthy.

Also, I believe that Weight Watchers has you set a goal that is no more than 10% of your body weight (I had a friend do this, so I'm not absolutely sure that's correct). I think the idea there is that it's good to set a reasonable goal for yourself, and then once you reach it, you could always do it again.

Of course, if you lost more than 10% of your total body weight, we would probably all have an intervention.

Oh, and another Weight Watchers' trick from my friend - get comfortable with the line between hungry and full. Only eat until you're no longer feeling that hungry pang in your tummy, not until you're full. (It helps to eat a handful of nuts about 20 minutes before you eat a meal, because it takes a while for your stomach to signal your brain that you're full and should stop eating.)

Well if it were me, I'd end up weighing five pounds more than when I started.

how much would i EXPECT to lose, or how much would i actually lose?

in two months? um, 10 pounds? how much would i actually lose? probably 1/2 a pound...

Well if it were me, I'd end up weighing five pounds more than when I started.

Your Health Eating Plan better include sushi... or else!

I bet you could eaily lose 10-15+ in 2 mos if you stick w/ it...that's my issue, which is why I still haven't lost the REMAINING 5-7 lbs from baby 2...who is 21 mos old!!! Good luck!!! You can do it!!!

As my bootcamp instructor (aka Bootcamp Barbie) says: if you stop eating flour and sugar, you could lose 15 lbs this month. I am sure it's true, but what would I eat??

I am almost exactly 2 months into my plan and I have lost 18-20 pounds. 10 pounds came off in the first 2 weeks and now it is coming off at 1.5 pounds a week. The first 2 weeks I dieted only - then I started going to the gym 3 days a week and decreased the dieting and started eating more. I have also added running/walking in 2-3 days a week when not at the gym. In that time I have gone from a tight size 16 (I KNOW!!!) to a loose 14/tight 12.

I also have 2 kids so I found finding time to do this very difficult.

If you aren't starving yourself and aren't killing yourself with the working out...the average weight loss in a healthy eating program is going to be between half a pound to 2 pounds per week. So, in 2 months...9 weeks...that's as little as 5 pounds to as much as 18. I'd guess somewhere in the middle...11 pounds.

If you are close to a healthy weight for your height (even if it's not your DESIRED weight), it'll be slower than if you have more to lose, of course. I believe a healthy weigh is a BMI under 25...there are calculators online.

50 is old??? That hurts! Maybe for a man it!!
I gained a few pounds in the last month and so I am on the same diet.
Good thing we don't live closer, it might be dangerous to have two women on this kind of diet!

I would highly recommend weight watchers...even if just for these two months before your vacation. You don't starve, you will totally lose the weight eating anything you want (within reason) and it's foolproof. The first week you weigh in you can lose up to 4-5lbs because your body is all, WHOAH! And then you can lose 0.5-2 lbs per week after that! You have the potential to lose like 20lbs in two months if you're committed.
I have a good friend who was totally opposed to WW b/c the thought is was an old lady diet. Well...she did it and she FINALLY lost those extra 20 lbs that she has been trying to lose for 3 years. She looks amazing.

1 pound is roughly equivalent to 3500 calories, so if you're eating 500 calories less than you're burning every single day you can expect to lose 1 pound per week of pure, unadulterated fat. Most everything else is that stupid fluctuating water weight.

20 pounds over what I started.

Because when I diet, I immediately crave everything I normally wouldn't give a hoot about. Even potato chips, which I normally abhor.

I have forbidden fruit issues.

I lost 20 pounds in two months by watching what I eat (read: about 1200-1400 calories per day) and moderate exercise (read: walking 2 miles 3x/week at a pace of 4 miles/hour and light weights - about 10 pounds each).

Of course, when I injured my knee and had to quit walking, I put it back on quickly. I'm sure it's just the "quit walking" that did it and not the Dark Chocolate that the darned Easter Bunny left me. I'm sure of it.

**all of this prefaced by the idea that i am not saying you need to lose weight but you asked the question so i am throwing in my 2 cents and typing in lower case because i am tired**
my husband is doing weight watchers (mainly because my insurance+employer essentially pays us back the fees) and he has lost 7lbs in about 4 weeks. So I think about 10lbs for women, slightly more for men is reasonable. BTW, his activity level hasn't changed much--he is just paying attention to what he eats and he has not complained once about hunger. he has even had yummy things like ice cream-just not overdoing it. i think their program makes sense, isn't as restrictive as some and you can do it on your own if necessary. you also don't need to buy special food which works well for daily life.

Ok Beth,
The only thing I've got to go on is the photo of you with Marshall at his book signing a few days ago, but DO NOT look like you need to lose a single pound.
Massage your tummy with mineral oil regularly to get it reshaped and tighten it with isometric exercises.
Drink water,avoid artificial sweeteners because they cause you to crave even SWEETER things and believe it when someone looks at you like you're beautiful. You are.

Two months until beach vacation is exactly my motivation right now, and I have figured that with healthier eating and exercise, 15-20 is completely do-able. But I have to be completely committed.
And step away from the wine...sigh.

Using something to write everything down has been very helpful for me - I use

Remember, the term is PHAT ass :) Totally different meaning.

I have been counting my own weight watcher points for two months now, and I have lost 15 lbs. And that is with plenty of days of cheating. It really works! I don't even feel hungry that often anymore, and I am eating so much less.

Okay, I think you could healthily lose like 15 - 20 lbs. However, I do not think you need to lose weight. You looked great in that pic with Mr. Karp.

Trust me though, if you feel like you want to or need to do it. Whatever makes you happy is what you should do.

I find myself at a horrible weight (348) and size (32-34) and for a 5'3" mid 30 yr. old that is just awful. I also, am having some pretty serious health issues lately. I would like to do lap band but the insurance is making me wait another year. UGGHHH!

Anyway, not to get off subject too far, my point was this did not happen overnight, even if it seems like it to me. I should have been more disciplined and concerned years ago. Now, I have always been heavy, since childhood. But the last couple of years everytime I think diet my brain hears binge.

Sorry to be so long and personal. Good Luck.

I am in my mid 30s, have been working out REALLY hard (hardest ever in my life-classes at the Y are hard!) four times per week for 50 minutes. I eat mostly vegetarian and get a tummy rumble a few times a day. It has taken me 3 months to lose ten pounds. The 1-2 pounds a week people? I have no freakin earthly idea how, unless you start out very heavy, which you are NOT--from your pictures you look considerably thinner than me and I'm 170 and my goal is 155. I'm 5' 9".

I'd say between 1 and 2 pounds a week, depending on how intense you're going at it. And don't weigh everyday. It's normal for your weight to go up and down on a daily basis.

And there will be weeks when you don't lose anything, then you lose 4 pounds the next week. It's wonky, and discouraging if you don't know that happens normally.

I've always read that 1-2 pounds a week is sustainable...that is, you're less likely to gain it back. And I agree with everyone else that you're likely to fluctuate during the week. I only count my weight once a week - on Wednesdays, when all the alcohol and junk food from the weekend has had a chance to be processed.

In case you're still reading comments, I, too, am "dieting." Just trying to eat healthy and move around a bit more.

My husband, the would-be dietitian who instead became a computer programmer, tells me that you should *always* eat when you are hungry. The reason being that if you don't eat when you're hungry, your body will think "Gee, my food supply is slowing down. I'd better store some energy [i.e. FAT] for later." So keep eating filling meals, just better stuff.

I've been doing okay. I'm such a chocoholic, there's really nowhere to go but up. I hope to lose ten pounds before July. I could stand to lose twenty, but I'm being realistic.

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