Thursday, July 05, 2012
In my last blog I cited some plateau breakers that I had read about and decided to try.
Well, they seemed to have worked. I lost 4 lbs last week!!! Wow! I'm going to keep these in mind for the next time. . .and I know there will be a next time. Although it would be great if we could just follow our nutrition plan, get in the exercise and automatically lose 2 lbs a week. . .but we all know that just doesn't happen, not for the long term anyway.
So, anyone that's having a problem breaking through a plateau, just hang in there, change a few things up and persevere. You really will lose on the scale, keep the faith.
By the way, I'm down a pant size and people I got together with on July 4th, that I hadn't seen for a couple of months, noticed the weight loss and they didn't even know that I was dieting. That was a big positive reinforcement too.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Well, I'm stuck on a plateau and I've been here for 3 weeks+. So in an effort to do all that I can to get back on track, I've gone on line and researched the "experts" methods to break through a plateau.
I have started trying calorie confusion - eating 300 calories a day for a couple of days and then go 200 calories below your range for a few days and then do it all over again. . .okay worth a try, can't hurt right?
Mix up your exercise, do bursts of cardio 15 minutes at a time - higher intensity exercise. Also, I've learned that it will help to do the cardio before the weight training. . .oops I was doing it backward. Okay, started this - check!
De-stress. Easier said than done, but I'm trying to do this, taking time during the day to do some deep breathing and stretching and hopefully this will work. . .check.
Fidget - okay, haven't heard it stated quite like this, but worth a try. I sit at a desk at a computer 9 hours a day, with just a few trips to the printer, the bathroom or to fill up the water glass - so I've started getting up every hour, walking to the end of the office and back. I have also started doing to leg lifts at my chair and some core exercises where you try to suck your belly button back to your backbone. . .now that's a ways for my belly button to go, but I'm trying! Check.
Finally, one of the sites said that a deficiency in Vitamin D could be a problem, so how do I do this without drinking a lot of milk, which I don't like? I'm eating one more yogurt a day and more green vegetables. And, with summer here, I'm taking my lunch break outside. Luckily the building I work in has a great patio area for employees to enjoy. Check.
So, there are the 5 methods I saw the most in my research. I will do those for the next 30 days and I'll blog again to tell you howe well I stuck to the "break the plateau plan" and if I started moving the weight loss ticker again.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I seemed to have hit a small snag. . .I'm hungry all of a sudden! Not sure what that's all about. I've gained back 1 lb and am not too happy about that as I thought I was doing everything right. . .maybe my portions are out of wack, that's about all it could be at this point. I'll add more vegetables and see what happens and exercise a little longer. . .that's hard to do with my knee, I've been doing more exercises that work other parts of the body lately as the arthritis has flared. I also had a change in my medications. . .can blood pressure meds cause a weight gain? Maybe. Just by blogging this I've thought of some things to tweak!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Tomorrow will be 14 days using Spark People programs to lose weight and get healthy. For the most part it has been pretty easy to do. I was going to wait until tomorrow to weigh in, but couldn't wait so got on the scale this morning.
WOW 10 lbs down! I am very happy to say the least! I realize that I can't expect this type of loss as I continue my weight loss journey, but 10 lbs in 2 weeks is a real motivator for me. I have to go back to the cardiologist in 2 weeks and hope to be down 15 lbs since I last weighed in at his office on 4/19/12.
I love Spark People! The trackers, the articles, the blogs, the message boards, you name it, it's all great!
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