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Busting the Plateau

Friday, July 08, 2011

I liked today's email that I got about busting plateaus.

I tried something else that seems to be working for me. The last time I hit a plateau I did the May Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge thinking that a month of regular exercise with some new exercises thrown in might bust the plateau. It didn't.

Finally, in June, I decided to focus on maintaining my weight instead of losing weight. Now, in July, I'm back to exercising more regularly and eating a few less calories and the scale seems to be cooperating again.

Maybe when we hit a stubborn plateau we should back off and spend a month eating the calories we'd need to eat to maintain our weight. In June I maintained weight by eating a little more than I had been and exercising a bit less. Perhaps our body sometimes needs a vacation from "dieting."



Monday, July 04, 2011

I got within two pounds of my goal back in mid-April and have never reached that goal. I was at a plateau that I couldn't get past. In June, I decided not to stress over those last two pounds and decided instead to maintain the loss I had achieved.

I've been successful staying at the same weight since mid-April. I still use SparkPeople to log in my exercise and eating habits.

Most days I try to stay within the calorie range for weight loss for most days and occasionally have a splurge day where I go over. I try to exercise every day.

What are others' secrets to maintaining weight loss?


Drinking all that water....

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I've done well with tracking food and staying on an exercise routine. You know what I haven't conquered....Drinking all that water!

Sounds simple--drink 8 glasses of water a day. I have to flavor it to drink very much of it. Then I figure I'm adding those artificial sweeteners, which aren't so good for us.

Maybe we should have a Water Bootcamp Challenge!

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LADNBA 7/3/2011 8:47AM

    Yes but the water is actually more important. My husband has to drink A LOT of water and both his surgeon and our GP said to flavor it. You can try flavoring with some 100%$ fruit juice/nectar unless you are diabetic or really have a sugar problem.

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My six-month anniversary!

Friday, July 01, 2011

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” is a quote from Jim Rohn, who was a motivational speaker and entrepreneur.

I have often neglected myself because I've worked so hard on my job throughout my career.

For the past six months, I've tracked my eating and exercise on SparkPeople, exercised regularly, lost about 15 pounds to get to a healthy BMI, and completed two SparkPeople bootcamp challenges. I am particularly happy that my body is much stronger than it was six months ago.

Today I began another bootcamp challenge and look forward to keeping my health on the forefront for the next six months.

SparkPeople is a wonderful resource for people like me who had a hard time finding time to exercise. I especially appreciate Coach Nicole's strength-training videos. I don't have to go to the gym to get into shape. I log into SparkPeople to complete a strength-training video, pop in a Leslie Sansone or similar video in order to "walk" for two or more miles, hit the shower, and go to work knowing that I've taken care of myself that day. While many would prefer to vary their exercise routine a bit more, my approach is simple and helps me maintain my new exercise habit on hectic days.

My new goal is to be able to say six months from now that I'm still exercising and eating right!

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Last Day of Class--I Made It!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I started this semester of teaching in January with the goal of exercising and eating in a healthier way and feared that the demands of grading and teaching would derail me at some point. I'm happy to report that today was the last day of teaching for me this semester (although I still have a final exam to give and more grading to finish). I stayed on target with my weight loss and exercising.

Normally a semester of teaching results in weight gain, not weight loss. I look forward to maintaining this healthier body through the summer and staying on track again in the fall semester.

Logging in daily to keep track of exercising and my eating habits kept me on target. I've proved that one can make time for exercise despite a hectic daily schedule. My solution was to exercise when I got up and before I hit the morning shower.

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JOYCEE1942 4/28/2011 7:24PM

  Great can do it.

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