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The championship rounds. (Or, "Why you should give SCD at least a month"))

Looking at the front page, I see a lot of posts that are from people who are less than one week in. To all of you, congratulations! Starting this lifestyle change was one of the most important things I've ever done and I'm sure you'll feel similarly soon enough.

It's not going to be easy. You'll be hyper-strict your first week and will be impressed with the first week of weight loss. Then the next 2-3 weeks will be relatively frustrating as your first week commitment might lag and the weight loss slows down. I'd say it gets the hardest right at the 3 week zone. You've lost maybe 6-8 pounds since you started and it's becoming harder and harder to stick to the script. And you look at yourself in the mirror and it just doesn't look like much. You look the same, despite all of the missed snacks and meals over the last three weeks.

In boxing, there's something called the "championship rounds." The "championship rounds" are the rounds at the end of the fight that is only fought by champion-level fighters. It's when the accumulated fatigue and blows of the past ten rounds have added up but the two fighters are still there. Someone needs to win and someone needs to lose and that is what the championship rounds are for. It's the line that separates the contenders from the champs. For us SCD-ers, that third week is the beginning of our championship rounds.

And if you make it past that third week in spite of your frustration, you'll see that everything you've done for the past month has been worth it. Your clothes will start feeling looser and people will remark on the difference in your looks. Avoiding domino foods will be easier and your appetite would have shrunk. And most importantly, you'll know that you did it all. You made it to the championship rounds and blew past them. Since you've gotten that far, you'll only want to go further. And you will.

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Love it! I am into my 4th week and this post made me smile! Thank you for the encouragement.

I plan to post my 4 week results very soon - after I get the data on cheat day morning.

This lifestyle is so awesome!

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Just stumbled upon this, thought it should be bumped for people to see. This is key.

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This is awesome! I was using scd as I rough guide but as its gone on iv started to become full scd, iv done 3 weeks and am getting stricter and stricter!! Top tip

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Thank you!

This came to me just about right time. I've have also my 4th week going on and the weightloss hasn't been impressive at all (due to too much exercise, but by my own choise). BUT why I continue is the loss of appetite and my addiction to sweets has vanished.

So there is light end of the tunnel. :)

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This is an awesome post!

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just started and this is basically exactly what I need to hear. I have a habit of not sticking to things if I don't see progress, and I'm very much trying not to do that here.

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nice to hear these words of encouragement. i've started my third week today and even though my wieight loss is not impressive at all (2kg and about 15cm all in all), i'm sticking to this because i know i'm doing something good for myself and i don't get the cravings for sweets and carbs (much to my surprise).

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