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BMPARK123 SparkPoints: (1,568)
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11/21/12 1:08 A

Thanks everyone. I just ordered some multivitamins and sugar free protein bars. Im hoping my work schedule stabilizes soon so I can get back to actually taking a real lunch, and eating real food! lol

BARB0863 SparkPoints: (9,738)
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11/21/12 12:44 A

You've gotten some great suggestions already. Personally I would look into protein bars, when I started I found I wasn't getting near enough protein. I also work outside on the weekends so regular meals didn't fit but having a protein bar did. If I'm in a snacking mood (which some days is all day) I'll eat smaller, healthy meals and then alternate between fresh mandarin oranges, bananas and rice cakes (for the crunch). I also keep my protein bars in the fridge at home so when I do have one it takes me longer and I enjoy the chocolate/peanut butter taste.

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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,035)
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11/20/12 12:22 P

BMPARK123,

Plateaus are a normal part of the weight loss process. Don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like. Put a positive spin on these last 3-4 weeks, you haven't regained any weight. That says you are doing something right.

What to do ? One thing you should consider doing is changing your routine. If you've been doing the same exercise routine day after day after day, it's time to shake things up. the human body thrives on change and challenge. So, try mixing up your exercise. The same is true of what you've been eating. If you've been eating the same foods day after day, try some new meals. Try some new veggies.

Our bodies can get stuck in ruts. That's why it's important to mix things up. You can also read more about breaking a plateau here.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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Also, do make sure you're eating enough. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Eating too little for too long can hinder a person's weight loss. Eating more doesn't mean you'll gain weight. It's a matter of choosing the right foods. Increasing the amount of fresh fruit and veggies will increase your calories without adding the pounds. So, if you need snack ideas, bring along some fruit for you to snack on through the day. Eating 2-3 apples or pears a day will not cause you to gain weight.

Just a few thoughts.



KRICKET57 SparkPoints: (157,648)
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11/20/12 9:33 A

I agree with SLIMMERKIWI. The problem could be you are not eating at regular intervals. You have already indicated you are not eating enough. Others have suggested having nutritious snacks available and that may be a good strategy. Try tracking what you eat when to give yourself a better idea of how you can work a fix into your lifestyle.

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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,138)
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11/20/12 3:35 A

It COULD be that part of the problem is that you aren't eating regularly. Are you able to take some portable, healthy snacks to work so that you can have them even when you can't stop for a proper meal?

Do you use the Nutrition Tracker? A lot of people guess and find out when they start using the tracker that they were eating a lot more than they thought. THEN when they start to WEIGH their food, they discovered that their guess work re weights was way off base, and they will STILL eating too much.

Then again, it might be that you aren't actually eating as much as you think, and could be below your recommended range!

I know exercise helps a lot, but I'm certainly no expert on this - I don't do anywhere near as much as is normally recommended because of skeletal issues, but I have still managed to drop a fair bit after having been overweight for about 30 years. For me the important thing was weighing my food and using the tracker! You might find the link below quite helpful:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1605


After having looked at your SparkPage I see that you are a diabetic. This makes it even MORE important that you eat regularly and NOT have those big breaks between meals.

Good luck,
Kris


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JBINAUSTIN SparkPoints: (48,930)
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11/20/12 2:35 A

It sounds like you've tried lots of good strategies for plateau-busting. But if you're not eating enough, your weight loss will stall because your body thinks it's being starved. Find a way to take healthy quick snacks with you to work. A protein bar or single-serving yogurt or a banana doesn't take time to prepare and can often be eaten while you're working.

A friend of mine has a job that makes it hard to sit down for a snack, so she cuts a protein bar into bite-sized pieces and keeps it in her purse in a snack size ziplock bag. Every 45 minutes or so, she pops one in while switching tasks. It even works while commuting.
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BMPARK123 SparkPoints: (1,568)
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11/20/12 12:21 A

So, for the last 3-4 weeks, I have been stuck bouncing between 210 and 218 lbs. I know I am not eating enough, but work really doesn't allow much time for me to eat as often as I would like. Any tips to get over yet another annoying plateau? The workouts are there. I know some of the bouncing is just water and muscle mass build up. Usually, when I hit a plateau I am still losing pants sizes, but lately it is staying static. I tried a cheat day. I tried to mix up my workouts. Ive even tried different supplements. The only thing left is to try a full multivitamin. Animal pack, or something similar. 10-15 pounds to get to what I weighed in high school, 30 to get to my goal. BBBBAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! It's driving me crazy!!! lol

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