Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today Sparks sent this info in one of the emails:
"Question: How do I know if I've reached a plateau? What can I do to jump start my weight loss again?
Expert Answer: If you've been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you're no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you've probably hit a plateau. This occurs when your progress comes to a standstill, and can be described as not making any "gains" (such as improving your fitness level or losing weight), but not necessarily moving backwards (losing endurance or gaining weight). "
The rest of the article directs us to more info re: plateaus.
HOWEVER, it struck me that "no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning" suggests a plateau...but I am seeing EXACTLY the same results....VERY very VERY slow weight loss. Thus, according to the above comment, I am NOT on a plateau...this is just slow going. And I AM seeing gains...slowly..but steadily.
I have been on Sparks for years now. Some folks have done astonishing things in that time. This year, I actually got so frustrated/aggravated, I reset my tracker...higher than when I started! That was an awful feeling. I also have concluded that since I wasn't really losing successfully, I needed to keep changing things till something happened more effectively.
I AM much much much more healthy than when I started. I feel the difference in so many ways. BUT, my blood sugars HbA1c has barely dipped...the pounds cling resisting my efforts to peel them off..though they are going s-l-o-w-l-y. My clothing is fitting differently..but the tape measure belies my success.
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I didn't even realize it was registering another little loss...but one I have been aiming for and wanting for a long time. Official weigh in is Monday..so will wait to see if it is a true loss. Last week's hope was dashed on Monday.
BUT, the conclusion of the matter, all things having been heard...I am NOT on a plateau....just on a very slow moving effort (that seems herculean at times!) I am not discouraged though at times it is frustrating indeed. I know there are so many ways to measure progress.
Best of all, though, is I FEEL GOOD, I am IMPROVING my HEALTH and I know I am saving and protecting my life.