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Plateau or not to Plateau?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I've been at the same weight for a week now. I had wanted to lose 10 pounds by my Birthday on May 10th and thought "no problem". I probably shouldn't set arbitrary goals like that. I should just keep on eating healthfully and keeping active because as soon as I set that goal, I stopped losing. At first I was a little discouraged. But now I am more accepting. I have noticed that sometimes when I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror or look at a recent picture I think "Wow! You look great!" Other times, I think "Oh my, you have so far to go!". I just don't have a realistic picture of my physical self. I think this plateau is giving me a chance to become comfortable with the evolving me!


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ENUFF81020 3/14/2010 1:53AM

    Hi there,
You can still make your goal by your birthday--a healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week and slow and steady really wins this race. If it is a plateau, do some things to shake your system up a bit. Start by closely monitoring what you eat--double check your portion sizes by measuring and weighing your food for a few days. Add in some new items and change your meal times a bit. Finally do the same with your exercise--try something new at a different intensity. One of the best ways to get past a plateau is to stir up your metabolism after you have checked to make sure that you are still doing what you mean to be doing with portions. I have seen this work time and time again to solve plateaus for friends. If it doesn't, there are some other things to consider, but these are the "easiest" ones.
I think you will get there with time to spare. Don't let it get you down, plateaus can really get to us all when we are working so hard. emoticon

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MTNGRL 3/13/2010 12:54PM

    emoticon Day by day, emoticon

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SHOAPIE 3/13/2010 12:39PM

    I found that once I quit setting goals of how much to lose per week or month, there was a lot less pressure on me. I now take a loss whenever I get one and I'm satisfied with that.. I still have a long term goal and when I reach it, I reach it. So much happier with this mindset.. We must eliminate unnecessary stress.

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RURAL3 3/13/2010 11:36AM

    You will still struggle with those thoughts when you get to your goal too. I sometimes look in the mirror and think I should be losing more. But then I give myself a reality check and think about the foolishness of it. But it doesn't always come quickly. Have a great time with those girls.
We had somewhat of a breakthrough with our daughter this week that could have only come from God.

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ANNE403 3/13/2010 9:15AM

    Very good blog. I agree with you 100%. I have been there many times. I know I want to get back to my goal weight & it seems so difficult this time! We are on vacation in Fl. for 4 months usually I have in past years been able to lose more there than I can at home. But this year has been different & I have not been able to lose but gaining more than I want to. So this has got to stop & I must get hold of myself.
I really enjoy this group & reading the blogs. Let us keep up fighting the battle & give us a pat on the back for keeping to fight the battle. Anne

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GABY1948 3/13/2010 8:19AM

    Nancy, I agree with you totally...and you actually mirrored my thoughts this morning. I have been "dancing around" with the last 15 pounds of my journey for far too long and I did it just a few months ago but then gained 15 back. You always seem to say so many things that fit me. Thank!!!

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THERAPIST2 3/13/2010 7:58AM

    I understand! While I was losing, I would laugh once in a while because I would feel like I was looking pretty good. Then I would remember how fat I felt when I was at the same weight -going the other way! It is all relative! I agree about the plateau and getting to feel comfortable with the "new you" along the way!

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Busy Day

Friday, March 12, 2010

I'm going to spinning class at 6am. emoticon

We go to the Hand Surgeon at 7:30 for the first post op check on DH's wrist.

We have to take my car to the shop.

Clean the house emoticon

Go shopping emoticon emoticon emoticon

Then get ready to pick up the DGD's for the week! emoticon

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RURAL3 3/12/2010 6:10PM

    you have it all together Nancy. Have a great week.

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DROBLROB 3/12/2010 8:39AM

    Have a great day. Love the visuals. Never saw those before...

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GABY1948 3/12/2010 8:23AM

    You have a wonderful weekend planned! Have fun with the dgds...and hope the doctor appointment goes well!

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MTNGRL 3/12/2010 7:42AM

    Nice Blog! Loved the visual aids!!!

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/12/2010 7:24AM

    Busy day for today, but what a fun week you'll have with your DGD.

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Give me More! Activity that is!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Can't wait to go swimming tonight! emoticon

I haven't gotten much exercise in this week and my body feels sluggish. I've found the more active I am, the more energetic I feel.

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RURAL3 3/12/2010 6:11PM

    I would agree normally but I have been working out almost 3 hours a day for this contest and have no time to be energized about anything else. Glad it ends on Sunday. emoticon

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SHER000 3/12/2010 8:09AM

    I agree and I feel better, if I have done at least some kind of exercise every day! I don't kill myself, because of my Osteoarthritis and if I overdo, I will have a "flare". Happy Friday!!! emoticon

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MTNGRL 3/12/2010 7:46AM

    I agree, the more I do the better I feel!

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/12/2010 7:22AM

    emoticonIs so good for you...Maybe I'll join you!!!!

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Interval Walking

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I've been really excited to be able to get out and walk the dog in daylight at 6 am for the last few mornings. I've even been jogging for 30 - 60 sec intervals and walking 2 - 4 min to rest. I really didn't believe I could ever jog, but I did. I did feel a little down however when I realized that daylight savings is coming and I wont be able to walk at 6 am for a while : (


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ASPENHUGGER 3/11/2010 11:43AM

    I'm on the other end of the clock, and am so thrilled that now it will be light enough to go do water aerobics after work! emoticon

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GABY1948 3/11/2010 8:11AM

    As I read your post, I was thinking about DST but wasn't gonna remind you but before you know it it will be light again for your walk.

Have a great day!

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MTNGRL 3/11/2010 8:09AM

    I love how the days are getting longer! I forgot that the mornings will not be so light as early. It has been beautiful here and I am walking outside too. Bet the dog is happy for the walks!!

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LINDACHRISTIE 3/11/2010 7:55AM

    It will only be for 4 weeks. Then you will get out at 6 am again. In the meantime you can play in the garden with your pooch to get your work out.
It is great to see the daylight at that time of morning.

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KGIEBLER 3/10/2010 10:19PM

    I don't know your schedule but could you do an afternoon walk or perhaps evenings? If not, I dont know how big your backyard is but when I don't get home from work until late and since I am a single woman, i don't like walking in the dark at night. So, I will take my dog out in the backyard and play chase or fetch. I find that i get a workout in from chasing my dog around the backyard:)

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RURAL3 3/10/2010 10:08PM

    It will soon be light again in the morning. Don't fret. At least the warm weather is coming

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DAISYBELL6 3/10/2010 9:04PM

    It will be too dark with daylight savings. emoticon

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JEMPOWER 3/10/2010 8:49PM

    That's pretty exciting. The only place I have jogged is in the swimming pool. I have not jogged on terra firma yet. So, congratulations. Why won't you be able to walk at 6 a.m. for a while?


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One of those Hungry Days!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Yesterday was one of my hungry days. I just felt out of sorts and hungry all day. I didn't want to be at work. I had gotten used to being at home from last week when I was home with DH after his surgery and work just seemed intolerable. I was like a pouty child. I didn't drink enough water, I ate cookies, I ate large portions....I bet you know the things I did.

Well, yesterday's passed. Today is here and today is back to normal. I don't know why I still do that every so often, but the frequency is definitely less than it used to be and the recovery takes less time than it used to. My lifestyle now is a healthful one and I choose to move on.


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RURAL3 3/9/2010 2:15PM

    You go girl. You have the right attitude. Today is a new day and you are a new woman.

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ASPENHUGGER 3/9/2010 11:02AM

    I am going back to work today for the first time in 3 weeks. emoticonLike you, I got used to the retired lifestyle, & really like it! I feel like I'm 3 years old, & ready to throw a tantrum. Which won't get me out of going to work, of course. I'm trying to plan so it doesn't turn into an eating free-for-all, which will only make it worse ...

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SHER000 3/9/2010 10:26AM

    Don't beat yourself up!! We all have those days!!! You will get back on track!! Good Luck!!! emoticon

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MTNGRL 3/9/2010 10:22AM

    I have never wished I was working since I retired! You will so enjoy it. So you had a "bad day" eating, think about all the good parts of the day like having a job, coming home to your DH, and the healthy lifestyle and choices that you can be making. No day is a bad day, they are all a gift. We all make bad choices now and then and like you we just get back on track the next day! Hugs!!

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/9/2010 10:10AM

    The past is past, your back on top of it now. Seems to me like your really looking forward to retirement. It's coming up soon, then I bet you'll wish you were working! Ahhhhh, No, You won't!!!!!
1 day slip up won't hurt you, it's when you don't pay attention to it, or learn from it, that's what hurts. Matter of fact as someone on here said, it might even help you. Just don't do it to often.
Love Ya.

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RESIPSA99 3/9/2010 9:10AM

    Sounds like you're not beating yourself up about it too much, which is a good thing. I have this theory that it's actually good to have an "up" day every once in a while as it fools your body into thinking that it's not starving. Maybe there's no science in that, but it helps me forgive myself for the inevitable days that I feel like I was less than perfect!

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GABY1948 3/9/2010 9:06AM

    Nancy, we do have those days but I always think of it like, EVERY "naturally thin" person I know over eats on some days and always feels that way too...so I try not to think of it as other than "normal". But the kep is getting right back to healthy (normal for us now) eating and you have already done that! Good going!

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PEGGYMAS1 3/9/2010 8:38AM

    your doing great, we all have our bad days but are better if the good days out number the bad days. emoticon

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CAT5599 3/9/2010 7:51AM

    Ok, it must be a full moon or something bcz I had that day yesterday, too! My friend and I walked 4 miles in the morning and then I was just starving the rest of the day. Seems like that always happens when I have a good workout: I can't get enough food the rest of the day. Most of what I ate was ok for me but it was just the quantity.

But like you said, today is a new day and we are back to making healthy choices again. So here's to a great day today. Make most of your choices be healthy ones!

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