How Long Does it Take to Lose 10 Pounds {My Story!}

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How long it’s taken me to lose 10 lbs, and the things I’ve learned along the way!

Last November I decided I needed to stop the weight creep before I returned back to my pre-weight loss size.

I hit 117 lbs in the fall (my starting weight). While I know that isn’t alarming in itself, it did make me a little nervous because the scale was increasing, and I didn’t want to have to start all over again where I was 3 years ago. I would really like to be better at maintenance though so I don’t have to get to a point where I have to be so meticulous about my diet. (and I’m only 5’0″ for reference)

But, since November 5th when I wrote this post declaring I would continue to share my food every day until I lost 10 lbs (thinking it would take me 30 days. hahahaha), it has officially taken 24 weeks. 6 months! Losing 1/2 pound per week. But the last 6lbs was in the last 6 weeks. My weigh-in to officially mark the 10lb point was April 27th. (read factors to consider how long it really takes to lose weight here.)

I know I could’ve lost it quicker, but to be honest, I think the restriction necessary to do it faster probably wasn’t worth it. Between November 5th and this week, I had my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, a cruise, etc. So, being 100% all the time, really wasn’t as important to me.

However, it’s important to say, I NEVER gave up. I got right back at it the day after not tracking. I never stopped. I enjoyed my life, and I met my goal.

It also should be noted that while I started off with 1500 calories (probably more due to untracked or unweighed food), I did have to drop to 1200 calories in the last 6 weeks to see the scale start to move.

And at the end of the day, 6 months, while It might seem like a long time to stick with a plan, upon reflection, it’s not that long! On reflection, the time is going to pass anyway, so why not reach your goals once and for all!

10 lbs down

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What I’ve learned about weight loss

What I’ve learned is

  • Unless I’m tracking, when I think I’m in a calorie deficit, I’m really not. Naturally, being a lover of food, I will always push the limits of what I think is the right amount. (SEE THE TIK TOK BELOW! It is me to the nth degree!

I guarantee you aren’t tracking your calories properly. 800 calories added in just this video!! #fatloss #caloriedeficit #caloriecounting

♬ original sound – Bethany Dobson – ONLINE COACH
  • I’ve learned 1 day of overeating can take 3-4 days to recover from. And by recover, I mean, have my weight return to what it was before the ONE indulgent day.
  • I’ve learned that I’m not allowed to say, “This isn’t working”, unless I’m 1000% honest with weighing my food (again, see tiktok above!)
  • I’ve learned that consistency is the key above all else. 6 days of eating in a deficit and 1 day of overeating for me usually equals a 7 day average of no deficit at all.
  • I’ve learned that the less time I spend in the kitchen, the less I think about food.
  • I’ve learned that with the a strong enough “why”, I actually DO have self discipline.
  • I’ve learned that I can still lose weight WHILE eating delicious food.
  • I’ve learned that I love weight training.
  • I’ve learned I really like the feeling of being “full” – Forget those “mini-meals! I like BIG, high volume meals”.
  • Because of my size, I’ve learned I do need to eat pretty low calories to see weight loss. And that’s OK. It’s not “unfair”. It’s just science.
  • I’ve learned the scale can fluctuate a LOT and I shouldn’t let it create drama in my life.
  • I’ve learned, calories between meals can REALLY add up. (see my 3 meals a day diet here)

Anyway, what have you learned about weight loss?

36 days for weight loss left

Full day of eating at 1385 calories!

So, now that I’m VERY close to my goal, and I still have 5 weeks till the bikini show, I’m increasing my calories to around 1300-1400 calories and hopefully I can keep it there for the next 5 weeks, and just really come in looking full and healthy!

𝟏𝟑𝟖𝟓 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬
𝟏𝟓𝟖 𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧, 𝟏𝟎𝟕 𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐬, 𝟑𝟓 𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐭

  • 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭: 1 cup egg whites. 1whole egg, 100 g blueberries, 125 g banana, 45 g mushrooms, 2 slices turkey bacon,
  • 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡:. Salad with 6 ounces chicken breasts, 150 g cucumber, 2 tablespoon bolthouse ranch dressing, 1/2 ounce shredded cheese, 50 g carrots, 5 cherry tomatoes, and croutons!
  • 𝐒𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐤 Blueberry protein waffles! 100 g blueberries, 1/2 cup egg whites, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder.
  • 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 125 g asparagus, 100 g sweet potato, and 6 ounces chicken breasts
How long does it take to lose 10 lbs - my results


  1. Amy, I truly like the way you think and how you keep yourself accountable. You are a true inspiration and such a prolific blogger as well… You inspire me a lot.
    Best wishes

  2. Good morning! I just found you on Pinterest and came to your website. I am so excited. I had weight loss surgery one year ago. I have not lost a pound (and actually have gained 8 pounds from my lowest weight) in six months. I am still not able to eat a lot, but I am so frustrated with the devil in the scale. I have been working with a nutritionist, but I feel she doesn’t understand bariatric patients. I have had a difficult time knowing how to eat balanced or low fat/low carb. My fats have been the struggle. I love your meal plans and pictures. They are simple and don’t have a million ingredients. I am going to follow these plans and will report back. I am very disciplines. I know that I am not far off, but these changes will make a difference. I am looking to lose another 20-25 pounds. Thank you so much for your resources. I am so excited.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story Michelle, and I’m glad you found me! I wish the best of luck to you, and would love to hear how it’s going!! Check in often, will you!?!


  3. Thank you for this post. I am 5’0 (just under 70 yo) and would LOVE to get bk down to your top weight of 117 lbs. LOL
    I am following your 1200 program w/o your level of exercise. In the weeks since I started, I am down 4 lbs…10 to go. BUt after reading your message I understand that what I thought would take 2 months…. will not. Sadly what I also learned is that my goal should be less than the 117. But, one goal at a time! Thank you

    1. This is amazing Lorraine!
      I’m so glad you shared with me.

      You definitely don’t need to get below 117. I was actually *mostly happy there. I was just so afraid of the fact that I had been gaining, and I didn’t want to start from square one again!
      but yes, it takes time, unfortunately. But not too long. It’s not years, so it feels manageable.
      I’m so glad you’ve lost 4 lbs!! You’re amazing.


  4. I admire how you stuck to you goal. I did it twice when training for a figure competition. It seems that I have to have that kind of pressure in order for me to stick with my program. I am now 60 and my husband does not really want to to compete again, so competing again is not an option. I find you blog motivating and inspiring. I won’t give up. I am 5′ 3″ (not as small as you) and have to have my calories from 1500 down to 1200 in order to lose weight. I have had to accept that I don’t need as many calories as I once thought. I love to fill full and I love food as well. I can’t wait to hear about your bikini competition. I am excited for you.

    1. This entire message resonated with me so much!
      I ALSO need that pressure to stick with it.
      That is so great that you competed!! I love hearing from people who have been there too.
      And, unfortunate but true, I also realized I don’t need as many calories as I once thought. Heck, my grandma at 99 years old was down to 4ft 8″ and I think she survived for the last 9 years on sub 1000 calories. Hope I never get there!! haha.

      Thanks for following along! I can’t wait to share the competition in June with you!

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