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My magical plateau is kicking my butt!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I brought the scale out of the closet to have a look see. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Jokes on me! I discovered I've maintained my weight loss of 89.5 - hold your applause please. I take little comfort in this because I've been maintaining for the past three years while on this magical plateau of mine.

My first reaction - anger. My second - to have a fall down, scream out loud, little girl tantrum in the living room. My third - anger. My fourth - take thee arse to the gym. Admittedly, I reacted on all levels but in the moment I had to hustle to make Zumba class and my quarter mile run so I was too distracted to have my little girl tantrum or to stay angry for too long. No, no that came later.

Yes, I did suck it up and go to the gym that day. I couldn't miss Zumba, my favorite instructor was in the house and I just couldn't miss her class. Class was absolutely amazing and I earned every drop of sweat that dripped and flung from me. After that I had just enough time to get in my quarter mile run. I ran slow logging a 3:34 instead of a 3:30. *GASP*

I log nearly 3,000 fitness minutes a month. I eat within my calorie range 99% of the time. I sleep 8 hours a night. I stay positive and have reduced my stress levels significantly. I take my supplements. I stopped drinking soda. I even monitor my sugar intake. All this and I'm lucky enough to just maintain. What else must I do? Oh yeah, wait. Wait for my metabolism to fix itself. Wait for my inner bits to decide I won't damage them any more. Wait. Just wait says Doc. A new four letter word in my vocabulary . . . "WAIT!" It's like a prison sentence.

Sure, non scale victories are fantastic! Feeling better is priceless! Yet, it feels a little hollow when the same number pops up on the screen of the scale week after week; year after year. Why keep going? I fight because I don't quit. But know this . . . MY MAGICAL PLATEAU IS KICKING MY BUTT!

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KINSBAILE 9/7/2011 4:34PM

    You're the most patient person I know!!!! *HUGS*

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ENDUROVET 9/7/2011 10:30AM

    Hmmm... So this may be telling me to quit whining about MY 18-mo plateau?!?

(which may be the "New Normal" for me, unless my endocrinologist has any great ideas for me tomorrow) Time to go blog it out for myself, but if I am eating healthy, training for my half-marathons, yet continue to maintain this weight...???

There's only so far I'm prepared to go; chronic semi-starvation is not my answer!

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PJH2028 9/7/2011 9:57AM

    You have changed your Life Style. THAT my friend is the biggest IT of all!!!!! I've done it for one year and (tis autumn) I am beginning a second. I have decided to utilize September back-to-school vibes in the world as my talisman for LifeStyle rewards and consciousness now and in future.

I'm there with you. I celebrate all I've accomplished. AND... I am asking my self "What is it that I can or may want to do differently this season?".

WAITing and inviting Change is a key part of it, I agree.
Change-it-up some. Whether it's "calorie cycling" or changing the cardio/st regime...
Adding and subtracting AND
Keeping it New.

I'm with you. Celebrating the day to day.
"It isn't fitness; It's LIFE"

The scale will move. It will.
Right? Yes. It will.
For today, I'm not on a clock.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/7/2011 12:30AM

    Waiting is the hardest part of anything. Hopefully you don't have to wait long.

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WILD22 9/6/2011 9:10PM

keep at it! you will beat it. Your body will soon see who is boss. I was told I was doing too much exercise and not eating enough. love ya

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/6/2011 8:04PM

    WOW! You deserve an award for hanging on that long, seriously! That's so awesome! I've been on plateaus before and I wish I could give you some "magical" advice, but I have none. One day, I just started losing weight again. Just keep going girlfriend, and it looks like you've gotten some great advice from other sparkies!

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JENJESS48 9/6/2011 7:48PM

    Wow, that's rough, KT. I was frustrated with an 8-month plateau; I can't even imagine 3 years. Honestly, I would have given up already. You're a stronger woman than I am. But I already knew that - your workouts would kill me. The only idea I have is to try eating more calories. Healthy ones, obviously. But maybe, just maybe, the extra food will convince your body that your monster workouts are not depriving you of much-needed nutrition.

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ESHERRILL3 9/6/2011 7:45PM

    I am in awe of your weight loss. I find you an inspiration when it comes to butt kicking cardio! I think your body has become very good at what you throw at it. Maybe too good.

This website, http://www.wikihow.com/Break-a-Weig
ht-Loss-Plateau, talks about that. It offers some suggestions. I hope they help.


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MANLEYSANDY 9/6/2011 7:18PM

    I feel so helpless for you!!! You work SOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard! But I am so glad you will not give up! Keep fighting the good fight, and I will keep cheering for you, so you can keep kicking butt!!!

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    WOW! When I read your blog you sounded just like me! So here's some ideas from my strategy this morning... Set some time aside to investigate Sparkpeople further to see if the answer is there... I am in Stage Two... but what is "Stage Two"? Was stage one the weight loss one and stage two the maintaining one? Then it's time to hit the Sparkpeople panic button... that's helped before... then the web... But make sure this only takes one hour, because it's too easy to sit still for longer. Then there's things to help to burn a few more calories and to make sure the kitchen's out-of-bounds... perhaps some gardening ... or perhaps clean out the garage or some long-forgotten cupboard... They're pretty feeble scraps of advice... but I'm hoping that we both find the answer in them! Have an excellent week! xxx

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Workouts & Naughty Words

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Yesterday I developed another dull headache and by the middle of the afternoon I was so tired I wanted to crawl under my desk and take a nappy-poo. Instead I popped Tylenol, using the recommended dosage as a mere suggestion, and drank down four glasses of water. Within an hour I felt better. I didn't want a repeat of Monday night where after 90 minutes of working out I ended up in the fetal position in bed with the covers over my head praying for sleep or death.

After work I walked myself over to the gym determined to get my full workout in - mission accomplished!

As I walked home I reflected on my night at the gym with mixed emotion. My status on FB last night says it all . . . "I almost used my naughty words in Zumba class tonight and I almost kicked a bimbo's ass in boxing - ALMOST! Lucky for them I'm a lady so I didn't."

Note to world: It's not so much that I'm too much of a lady that I won't use my naughty words in public, because I will, it's more the fear of being banned from class AND the gym that keeps me in line.

I love my Zumba classes but I don't love all the people who attend. One lady is a floater which means she can't stay in her space and floats around the room displacing many people during class. Another lady has the ability to suck the air out of the room with her downer attitude and general crankiness. And still, others come to class late and insist on squeezing in instead of staying in the back where there's ample room. How am I adjusting without using my naughty words or throwing an elbow or two? I'm exploring other areas of the studio and I won't compromise my spot no matter how sweetly those tardy individuals are.

The woman with the bimbo type personality attended boxing. I generally will steer clear of her because I don't like the flighty, twirl your hair around your finger, pop your gum, stare off into space attitude all the while singing, la la la approach to life. Boxing is a controlled sport and this class requires everyone to pay attention or someone will get hurt. Well, as luck would have it I got paired with her - Boo! She thought I was new to boxing which clearly tells me she doesn't pay attention because we've been in class together; plus, she stated that she ALWAYS gets paired with new people. I just smiled and asked, "shall we get started?" Immediately after I landed my first few kicks she realized I was not new and meant business. I guess it's okay to envision pulverizing your sparring partner into dust, as long as you don't do it! *EVIL LAUGH* After 90 minutes with her I can only image she is paired with newbies due to her lack of focus and drive. I know from others she's been coming for quit sometime but she has not progressed in the slightest - the instructor still views her as a newbie. By the end of class she was completely exhausted and I was walking on cloud 9. I had energy to burn.

A sample of one of our kicks -

For my next trick . . .
I need to figure out a way to come down off the high I get from boxing after I get home. I am never hungry - even after working out for 3.5 hours - and I now buzz around like a hummingbird. I try to read and relax in a dimly lit room but the electric energy just keeps moving through me. That makes it hard to get beauty sleep.

Tonight I will run my quarter mile and attend Zumba.

Question: How do you decompress after a hard, energizing session, at the gym?

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HDHAWK 9/4/2011 8:47PM

    Way to go!

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ENDUROVET 9/3/2011 3:14PM

    Yeah, if I work out in the evenings I'm too wound up to sleep...

But I recommend yoga - it might help! or simple meditation. I bought myself a fancy cushion, stuffed w/tranquility-inducing herbs & all, but have rarely used it. My bad.

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TRENTDREAMER 9/2/2011 8:31AM

    when im done exercising, im usually tired. try 10 minutes of stretching or a basic set of cooldown moves that don't really energize you. something rote and plain, not boxing or zumba related.

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ABB698 9/2/2011 2:53AM

    Oh I love how she tried to act like you were a newbie and you showed her that KT is bad ass!!! :)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/2/2011 12:26AM

    Reading spark blogs :). It's what I'm doing right now. Not from a workout, but from Back 2 School where, as PTA pres, I was VERY busy and ended the evening amped to the max. Could almost literally feel my skin buzzing with energy. So, now, I'm sitting on my bed with the lap top and reading blogs. I'm getting drowsy and will be ready for a good night's rest after a couple more blogs :). And, truthfully, reading just about anything, except the newspaper, will calm me down.

Way to show bimbo what you are made of, maybe she'll remember you now :).

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ESHERRILL3 9/1/2011 5:33PM

    Have you thought about yoga or tai chi?

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DESERTFLOWER8 9/1/2011 5:18PM

    About 750ml of pinot noir?!? (OK-not helpful, I know!). No good suggestions from me my fierce, funny, fightin', gal, but I HAD to comment simply because you made me laugh so much!!!! XOOXOXOXXOXOXOXO

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KINSBAILE 9/1/2011 3:37PM

    That would require more naughty words ;)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/1/2011 3:23PM

    No worries about the multiple posts GR82BMOMOF3, I've deleted all but one!

Also, my workout schedule is set. I workout in the evenings. Generally between 5:30 & 7:30 and two days a week I'm at the gym from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. I take hot showers to relax and ease my muscles.

Comment edited on: 9/1/2011 3:34:17 PM

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GR82BMOMOF3 9/1/2011 3:20PM

    OMG so sorry!!!!! How do I delete?????

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GR82BMOMOF3 9/1/2011 3:19PM

    Ha! Fun reading.

This is a toughy because I can't working out too late at night. I have a lot of energy too and it takes me forever to unwind.

The only thing that works for me is getting up early in the morning. Or you could try during a lunch hour at work. Other than that if you work a 9-5 you'll have to find things to relax. Have you tried a hot bath?

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3 minutes, 30 seconds of Joy

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It takes me 3 minutes, 30 seconds to run a quarter of a mile. When my mind turns to the dark side and I don't want to run I just remind myself that it ONLY takes me three minutes and thirty seconds. That's it, so suck it up and run! It's a great motivator. So much so that last night between classes I ran my first quarter mile, walked for a few minutes and then powered back up and ran a second quarter mile. Plus, on Saturday, just for the fun of it, I ran for five minutes before I cooled down. *SHOCKING, I KNOW!* I've been experimenting with speed too. I increase and decrease my speed and run like I'm mad. At the end of my second quarter mile last night I was sucking some serious wind and smiling when I finished. Ya, I did that! Dare I admit now that I am enjoying my quarter mile runs? It's 3 minutes, 30 seconds of Joy. There I said it.

Once I master my quarter mile I will increase my time and efforts. For now, for the love of boxing and the joy of running I'm sticking with my quarters. I look forward to my quarters, every damn day. Push me to far, to fast and I'll just stop dead in my tracks. I'm stubborn that way.

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WILD22 9/1/2011 12:55AM

    :) :D :D :D :) you are awesome!!

simply the best...
Keep up that great determination!!!

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ESHERRILL3 8/31/2011 1:51PM

    A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.....Chinese proverb?

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TRENTDREAMER 8/31/2011 7:48AM

    glad that ur running and that it's going to help with boxing :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/30/2011 8:00PM

    That's fantastic, good for you! I have to get back to running... I want to, I'm just not sure I can. We shall see!

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ABB698 8/30/2011 7:15PM

    You really know how to work your program to work for you! I so admire that, it's so inspiring! Go Girl!!! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 8/30/2011 5:33PM

    I can hardly wait - in just a couple more hrs we will get to see how this new martial arts school fits for my boy (& I get to be his sparring partner, yee haw!)

Hopefully I'll get a chance to post all about it tomorrow - so far I have only jogged a few mi, but so far, so good on the ol' feet!


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MICRAELIE 8/30/2011 5:02PM

    Love your manageable and attainable goals. I am going to adopt this practice. I also love how much joy you get out of exercising. I can feel that too, now. I actually look forward to it. What a miracle! Have a good night.


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REVSERENA 8/30/2011 1:47PM

    Woo Hoo! Awesome! We are runners! Who'd have ever guessed?

You go girl!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/30/2011 1:40PM

    hehehe we runners are drawing you to the dark side :). Glad you are enjoying your quarter mile runs now. There is a strange type of satisfaction in reaching a finish line no matter if it is under a sign that says "Finish", a clock, or your own mind.

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KINSBAILE 8/30/2011 1:31PM

    I agree with you! I do the same thing. I love to run but still when I get to the 3rd K -- it's the hardest for me. So I have to say, you only have so many more minutes and then you can slow down a bit. Then I get to the next K and do that exact same thing and eventually I just get through all 5 without slowing down!

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A quarter mile at a time

Friday, August 26, 2011

Determined to find my stride in running again I vowed to start tonight. I dusted off my running shoes and pulled my running pants off the bottom of the pile. I warmed up with a brisk quarter mile walk and the cranked up the treadmill. I was off to a good start! I felt strong in my legs and lungs and accomplished my first quarter mile run. I finished out the rest of the mile by walking briskly and noted I finished a mile in 14:30. I was pleased! For the love of boxing I will return to running but I'll do it on my terms - a quarter mile at a time.

A friend of mine at the gym snapped these two pictures of me before Zumba. Thankfully I see the progress, especially in my stomach.

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WILD22 9/1/2011 1:09AM

    looking fabulous! I'm glad you are starting to see the difference. It all starts there. Once we see what we are doing is making a difference we are more determined than ever to do that activity. Although I don't think you needed the inspiration as you are everyone else's inspiration!! You are aw inspiring!! Love you lady ;)

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ACORALSEA 8/26/2011 7:51PM

    Good job!

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ENDUROVET 8/26/2011 11:17AM

    Great photos! A big smackaroo & belated birthday wishes too!

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TRENTDREAMER 8/26/2011 7:45AM

    "For the love of boxing I will return to running but I'll do it on my terms - a quarter mile at a time. "
* best way to do it. ur totally on the right track.

im starting to be/feel the same way about kettlebells as u talk about boxing/zumba. i need to start getting into kickboxing or mma.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/26/2011 6:36AM

    You look great in the pics! I need to get back to running too. The desire is getting strong, and I should probably take advantage of it! Congratulations!

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ESHERRILL3 8/26/2011 5:56AM

    emoticon Wonderful! You are looking really good!

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ABB698 8/26/2011 2:59AM

    Looking good! I am so inspired by your dedication, and love that its on YOUR terms. Spark on girlie!

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DAV128 8/26/2011 2:35AM

    As I love to say; It's not the speed, it's the DIRECTION. Every step (or quarter mile for that matter) forward is a step closer to you goals.

Continued success and stay motivated (on your terms).

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/26/2011 2:31AM

    Hehe...makes me think you are kind of revising the old proverb. Instead of it being the journey that matters not the destination, it is almost that for you right now it is the destination, not the journey. I know the two actually share a much closer bond than we like to imagine, but I LOVE how you are doing something you don't love in order to get better at something you do love. Cool!! Keep it up-there is definitely some change going on---in a good way :).

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/26/2011 1:28AM

    I so like how you are "doing it on your terms"!
P.S. I can see the diff in the pix too! emoticon

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How to achieve a powerful kick . . .

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I can throw a hard punch from the left or the right. I'm powerful. My kicks aren't quit as powerful so I inquired what I can do outside the classes to strength myself. In a word - RUN. Well, damn it! Wasn't it just a week ago that I stated I didn't like running so I was giving it up? Ya, that was me. I'm going to have to rethink my strategy due to my love of boxing. Yes, if running helps me in boxing I'll find a way to make it work.

I spared with a new partner tonight, it went well. She was new to me but not to boxing so that helped a great deal.

EDIT: I have researched this on-line and find that yes, running helps along with two other moves Squats and lifts - leg lifts (front & side) and dead lifts. The squat and lifts I can do while at home while hanging out. The running I'll incorporate into my workouts at the gym. I'm starting off with a quarter mile and building up from there.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/25/2011 11:55PM

    Awesome plan!! I can't kick. Period. Lol-I admire what you are accomplishing and your plan to make it work.

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ABB698 8/25/2011 10:59PM

    You are such a rock! It was just last week how you mentioned your dislike of running, and the fact that you're willing to take on something not really your thing to improve on something that IS your thing, shows some serious dedication. I love that about you!
Have a Fab Friday!

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/25/2011 10:52PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you have found this passsion for boxing! What an empowering sport, not to mention how your love of it fuels your desire for more fitness to better serve it..AWESOME!

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TRENTDREAMER 8/25/2011 5:57PM

    a good motivator. hope that you can start to enjoy running again.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/25/2011 12:12PM

    Elliptical and stair climbing does help, I use the elliptical two days a week. I don't know the science behind it all but I do know runners have powerful legs. Those powerful legs translate into kicking power and speed. I equate it to the effects jumping rope has on a boxer - it's helps greatly with foot work.

I will indeed be back running / jogging, starting tonight before Zumba. I'm going to start off slow, easy and with very short distances. I'll build up from there. I think I was going to big to fast before and I burned out.

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KINSBAILE 8/25/2011 9:38AM

    Well what about elliptical or stair climbing? I don't understand how running is going to give you a powerful kick??

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TEDDYBABE 8/25/2011 6:28AM

    Makes sense to me, I guess you will be hitting the trails again! Good Luck!

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