02/15/2014 09:13 am ET Updated Feb 15, 2014

7 Things Only People Who Are Trying To Lose Weight Understand

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Trying to lose weight -- whether it's to boost heart health, keep sleep apnea at bay or have more energy -- has unique challenges in our super-sized society.

That doesn't mean shedding pounds is impossible: As participants in our I Lost Weight series constantly remind us, a nutritious diet, physical activity, sound sleep and other lifestyle tweaks can result in big changes.

Along the way, many weight-loss journeyers learn valuable lessons they may not have known otherwise. We asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers who are trying to shed a few pounds to chime in with some of those truths. Here are a few of our favorites.

If you're in the midst of a weight-loss journey, you know...

1. That we are being careful with what we choose to eat and don't want to be pressured to go off the wagon. --Maureen Lyons-Brennan

2. Trying to resist candy and food at the office. Such a challenge. --Stephanie Weingart
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3. It's as much an emotional battle as a physical one. --Brandy Bender

4. Every choice, big or small, with regards to food and lifestyle is magnified. --C Kelly Skoczdopole

5. The crankiness!! LOL --A Yoga Movement

6. That not everyone's body is the same and it may take longer for you to see results. --Cari Olea
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7. Temptation to smells and other people eating food we need to avoid. --Bobbin Bergstrom


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