Hey, Stephen, how many women have you come across in your reading who've lost as well as you or better on SLD?
From our last posts, Molly and I are still losing, but it seems slow and uneven. Nowhere near as fast as some of you who happen to be male. I'd love to hear of any women who've lost more than 20-21 pounds (where I am) on SLD.
I've actually been hoping someone could start a thread for women who have lost fifteen or more pounds to report to.
I would note that my weight loss has not been even. I had a three week stretch where I lost only half a pound to a pound a week. That was followed by two weeks at three pounds each. This week looks like a pound and a half. I'm eating close to the same things every day, as I've pretty much quit eating out. My exercise routine is not as stable as I would like, but I can finally run again.
Weight loss seems to be tied to muscle mass over all. I am fairly muscular for my height. While I'm now into 34 inch pants, my chest measures 44" and my calves are at 17" -- though at 184.0 I'm still too heavy for my 5'6" height (I shrank a little when I was heavier, to about 5'5" and I'm slowly expanding back out to my earlier height). When doing stretches I can see and feel the fat.
I'm also lucky in that I've got very tight skin, though the fat is getting pretty loose (I'm much more aware of it now, than when I was heavier).
But exercise and muscle mass put some limits. No exercise, no muscle mass, you are going to lose weight very slowly. Not comfortable with being thinner? You are going to taper off on the weight loss. I've dealt with some people who decided, when they realized the diet was working, that maybe they did not want to be thin after all, for various reasons.
But, I think the key is consistent, continual, weight loss. For most of us, the weight didn't come on in surges, and your body is going to deal with it better if it comes off smoothly. At least I think so. Though as i get closer to September, where I've got a tournament I want to enter at 160, I may very well chicken out and go to a protien modified fast for a month if I'm not on target.
This is getting long, but on exercise, when i started, walking was something I could do for short periods of time and short distances. Now I'm doing walk/runs for much more distance in much shorter periods of time. Judo was out of the question when i started, now I enjoy it and am excited about it. I'm also stretching.
Which, if you get the Wharton's Stretch Book, you can do aerobic stretching. I really need it, since I'm pretty tight (it isn't just the skin that is tight on me).
I've rambled on. My guess is that your loss of twenty pounds is equal to what would be sixty pounds for a guy. Patience and consistency, over time, ought to get you where you are going, and I'm impressed for you.