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I may have found the culprit...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

So...as some of you may know I've been in and out of a plateau. I've been doing everything right, exercising, tracking, etc.

I am actually an avid food tracker, but for some reason when I track my popcorn I've just been using SparkPeople's nutrition information for "oil-popped popcorn". Probably because I was too lazy to measure and figure out how many calories my homemade popcorn is.

Well...I have a sneaky feeling that perhaps THIS may be the culprit (or one of them) that is keeping me from moving lower on the scale. So tonight I measured and calculated, and....

SparkPeople's is 55 calories a cup.

Mine is DOUBLE that at 95 calories a cup.

I have popcorn twice a week. Ok, sometimes three times a week.

It's my guilty pleasure!

I always track it, but now I see that I'm hurting myself by calculating it as less than what it is.

Plus I add salt. Which holds onto weight.


From now on, I will only have popcorn ONCE a week. And I will track it accordingly.

I may try for only TWICE a month. We'll see how it goes and if I suffer from withdrawal.

And I'm going to look for recipes for lower calorie popcorn. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them!

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    Air popper sounds good--I think you're right about the salt stuff though. I'm dealing with lowering my salt intake b/c I think it's causing me to hold onto weight as well. Good luck with figuring out a solution!

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    Good job Detective Lotusflower; finding the calorie culprit. I did a search in Spark's recipe section and a lot of options came up. Plus this section has a calorie analyzer so you can key in your ingredients and know exactly what the totals are.

Salt is quite the demon as well. I'm learning more about sodium as my Mom struggles with heart issues right now. Sodium is so overused and of course, is in every packaged product as a preservative.

Maybe a switch to one of the salt alternatives. We are exploring those. If I find a great one that might enhance your popcorn, I will let you know.

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YATMAMA 7/9/2010 4:00PM

    An air popper is the way to go to lose the oil that makes popcorn less diet friendly.

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/9/2010 11:53AM

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions!!! I may have for an air popper for my bday!

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STARINTHESKY 7/9/2010 9:49AM

    emoticon Good job being thorough on your calorie tracking!! Hope this helps you get out of that plateau!!!

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WYND10 7/9/2010 9:16AM

    An air popper is a wonderful thing, and the "butter" spray works wonders. You should give it a try. :)

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MOMFAN 7/9/2010 1:56AM

    I use the fat free Orville's from Costco!

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GOGOMAMA 7/8/2010 10:25PM

    I recently started popping my own in a heavy pan with 1 tbsp. of Olive oil. This makes 5 or six cups. But I like to sprinkle it with Kernel Season's Kettle Corn Popcorn seasonings. It has 5 cals per 1/4 tsp. serving and it says it doesn't have any sodium. It's sweet though, so I don't know if you like sweet popcorn. Well, best wishes for you and I'm sure you will break through that p thingy! I can relate though!

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TEMPEST272002 7/8/2010 9:47PM

    OR... you could continue having them, but budget your calories accordingly... says the woman who budgeted 265 cal for 26 really delicious chips. emoticon The salt, OTOH, is more of a problem. What about trying herb seasonings instead of salt, like maybe curry or an italian blend? Or would that just not be the same?

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    i love airpopping mine, but the light butter spray colt suggested sounds good

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COLT2008 7/8/2010 9:31PM

    we use a air popper and while I still butter mine I know that using a light butter spray is better. Good luck!

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June Progress Report

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Start weight: 236
End weight: 234
Weight lost: 2 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 23.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 64 lbs.

Fitness minutes: 1,050 – I reached the 1,000 minutes mark again this month!! emoticon

Miles: 48 miles, up from 43 miles last month. emoticon

Plateau – I broke through my “siesta”! emoticon


2 inches off my hips! emoticon

Grade for the month: B+. My goal was to lose 4-6 lbs., and I only lost 2 due to my “siesta”. I couldn’t give myself an A for that, although my non-scale victories and fitness accomplishments do outweigh the weight.

Fitness accomplishments:

• I ran my first 5K! (details in blog)
• I am on week 7 of C25K and can run for 25 minutes straight!
• Incorporated strength training into my program and feel stronger!
• I actually want to work out and run, and FIGHT to do it. I make sure I leave work on time, and am firm w/ my husband. Of course I want to go home to my family, but 2-3 days a week doesn’t kill them to lose me for an hour.

Non-scale victories:

• We had Totino’s Pizza one night because it was just “that” kind of night and I only had half, and I added broccoli and carrots to the top of it to make it healthier!
• My husband told me that my legs were getting “boney”
• The t-shirt size I requested at the 5k was sold out (2x, the size I was when I registered for it), so I was given an XL – and it fit PERFECTly!
• I won’t eat a sandwich unless it has spinach on it – lots of spinach!
• I was able to fit back into a size MEDIUM shirt that my best friend gave me over 10 yrs. ago!
• I broke through a plateau, ahem, I mean PARTY, SIESTA, FOREVER!
• Have had numerous compliments! My husband said to me one morning “Man, you are lookin’ skinny!”
• I realized I hadn’t updated my heart rate monitor since I purchased it and went to update my weight and I had lost 20 lbs. since purchasing the monitor (for my 40 lbs. lost reward) at the beginning of 2010.
• There was sweat on my shirt after working out – I’m not an easy “sweater”, so to me this is a victory!
• I am putting myself first. I can’t be there for my family if I am obese and unhealthy. The reward will pay off later.
• But I am learning to savor all of the small moments, holding my daughter, dancing the baby, it all counts and it’s all good!
• I realized that I’ve lost the equivalent of two of my 3 yr. old daughter! 64 lbs., baby!
• I’m starting to lose my double chin and see “chin bones”
• My feet are getting a smaller! I don’t need a wide width anymore and have gone down ˝ a size.
• Better sex
• I bought a size Large dress because it was on sale, didn’t try it on until I got home, and it FITS! I could wear it now!
• Started the Shred by Jillian Michaels. I bought it before I got pregnant with my second daughter and have been too intimidated to start them back up again.
• I wore a sleeveless shirt to work on casual Friday, and I brought a shrug to wear over my shirt – now usually I would have worn the shrug IN the car, coming OUT of the car and through the lobby, into the elevator, going to work because I don’t like showing my arms, despite the fact that it is 90 degrees and humid out. But this day I left my shrug in my purse and didn’t put it on until after I was at my desk, I walked to the kitchen, put my lunch away, my co-workers saw me and I was NOT embarrassed, insecure or in any way uncomfortable!
• I had to return a dress that was a size 18 and get the 16 instead.
• I packed a “healthy bag” for my vacation and snacked only on healthy foods and also worked out while on vacation.
• I bought the most comfortable, cutest dress and on a 92 degree day, I wore it to work. (I never wear dresses or skirts for that matter to work). One of my co-workers and good friend was gushing about how great I looked and even snapped a picture of me. She, who is a fitness trainer and very fit, said she was jealous of me and wanted to go home and change!

A picture of me in the green dress that my co-worker and friend took of me.

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PELESJEWEL 7/10/2010 12:25PM

    Look at you in your awesome green dress! You look so cute & proud! Yay you! emoticon

Ok - how great did I just feel when I read your bog? Several of the same things happened to me - my first 5k shirt turned out as an XL and I was like, uh who's shirt is this? But guess what, it fit perfectly. I love that shirt!! I also wore a sleeveless top for the first time ever & rocked it. Yay for us!! emoticon

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DELPHYNE 7/6/2010 10:24PM

    Wow. It sounds like you are doing awesome! Way to go!


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    You make me so absolutely happy and thrilled for you. emoticon You are simply delightful and I love, just love, that you "get this" healthy lifestyle frame of mind. You are not waiting 10 or 20 years to try to bring about change, you are doing in RIGHT NOW and you will enjoy the next 10 or 20 years in so many ways by not being self conscious, or sitting on the sidelines, or not wanting to speak up at the PTA meeting or not thinking of yourself as a leader, or wishing you could look like that, or wear that, or knowing your hubby loves you but wishing you felt more desirable.

Anyways, your blog is great. I had to work to choose my favorite parts.

1. Your husband saying your legs are bony. How much fun is that???
2. That you saved a shirt for 10 years until it fit.... It's nice to know that I'm not the only person who will save a piece of clothing for years because I love it and want it to fit.
3. I like your move over to the unselfconscious side of the room.

Oh yes, I think there might be one correction; "I am putting myself first. I can’t be there for my family if I am obese and unhealthy. The reward will pay off later. " I think they are benefiting NOW. Look at how great you feel, how playful you are, how much you laugh and feel so positive. Don't forget the side benefit they get from exposure to good food and good choices. unhealthy. The reward will pay off later. -

I'm looking forward to reading July's summary. emoticon

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IPATRICIA 7/6/2010 6:50PM

    Your working it. emoticon

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IPATRICIA 7/6/2010 6:22PM

    Well, what can I say to that. emoticon emoticon emoticonYou rock!

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TAZIAH 7/6/2010 3:07PM

    emoticon You are just rockin it!!! emoticon

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LITTLEBUTTON09 7/6/2010 3:03PM

    How awesome!!!

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SERENITY44 7/6/2010 3:03PM

    Congrats on all your magnificent progress! Fantastic work!! ^_^


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SKFEREBEE 7/6/2010 2:28PM

    emoticon on breaking through your siesta! emoticon

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WYND10 7/6/2010 2:22PM

    Woo hoo!! You go girl! :)

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YATMAMA 7/6/2010 2:19PM

    You rock, you little dynamo!! God is so good!!!



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    You are doing awesome!!!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 7/6/2010 1:37PM

    You are a true inspiration!

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KITHKINCAID 7/6/2010 1:35PM

    I love your "Non-Weight" victories. You're amazing! :)

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CECE0330 7/6/2010 1:25PM

    Wow! What am amazing month! I've celebrated many of those little victories myself lately (in fact I'm set to run W6D3 today of the C25K) and I just recently decided it's OK to leave the house in a sleeveless shirt. emoticon I like how you did a recap at the end of the month, because sometimes those little victories are easy to overlook. Here's to an equally fabulous July!

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STARINTHESKY 7/6/2010 1:23PM

    WOW! GREAT BLOG!!!! You are doing emoticon!!

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KAN2124 7/6/2010 1:19PM

    You're doing great and having amazing breakthroughs! Keep up the great work and attitude! emoticon

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You'd better be running...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My sister shared this quote with me and I love it SO MUCH. It inspires me as I'm in my 7th week of C25K, with no more intervals, just straight running.

If I can do it, YOU can do it!


Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle...

when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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PEPPERLEAH 7/2/2010 9:22PM

    That's great! I am going to print that out and kep it close by. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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YATMAMA 7/2/2010 12:52PM

    I love that!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2010 8:40PM

    I'm going to remember this quote when I slog through my week 2 of C25K! Tell your sister, THANKS for sharing!!

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COLT2008 7/1/2010 12:24AM

    emoticon I love this!! What a motivating way to keep moving.

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THINWITHIN18 7/1/2010 12:21AM

    Love it! Thanks for the reminder to just keep moving.

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SGRAY478 6/30/2010 9:40PM

    Haha. Great quote!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 6/30/2010 7:23PM

    Love it! Great quote!!

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STARINTHESKY 6/30/2010 3:47PM

    Yay! Need to put this on my wall somewhere!!

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ADYLEIGH 6/30/2010 1:32PM

    Fantastic Notion!

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KITHKINCAID 6/30/2010 1:21PM

    That is a GREAT quote :)

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WYND10 6/30/2010 12:38PM

    Love this.

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SARACSJ 6/30/2010 11:18AM

    I love that quote too! Good job on the C25K program!

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Houston, We Have a Problem...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I was PMSing SO badly last night and ate the following:

1 triangle of brie cheese and a few crackers –OK, HEALTHY SNACK emoticon
1 babyel cheese wedge – OK, I’VE HAD ENOUGH CHEESE emoticon
1 mini Dove chocolate ice cream bar – WHAT AM I DOING? emoticon
1 container of Skinny Cow Strawberry ice cream – MORE ICE CREAM? emoticon


I actually put a tablespoon of chunky peanut butter INTO my ice cream AND added strawberry sundae sauce. emoticon

And to top all of that goodness off, I had 2 glasses of wine. emoticon

What is going on?

Today was my weigh in day and somehow all of this mess hasn’t made it to the scale – yet.

The only good thing was that I worked out and walked 3 miles w/ weights, so I actually had a calorie deficit of about 100 calories after all was said and done.

But I wanted to blog about it to remind myself, and others, that we all have our "off" days, "bad" days, whatever you call them, you have two choices.

1. Let it defeat you.

2. Go on as if nothing has happened, and continue along the path to health.

It all evens out in the end. If we let days or nights like this sabotage our efforts, then we really are taking 3 steps back. But if we continue on, one foot in front of the other, we will truly reach our goals.

Oh, and remember to drink lots of water along the way.

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And ok, a little coffee can't hurt things.


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TEMPEST272002 6/25/2010 3:17PM

    I'm so glad you liked them! Very satisfying when you're craving cold, gooey, peanuty, chocolaty yumminess!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/25/2010 11:00AM

    TEMPEST I made the frozen peanut butter balls and they are FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you for passing that information on!!!

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YATMAMA 6/24/2010 12:05PM

    Keep on keepin on, sis. We all stumble. It's when we wallow instead of moving on that get us in trouble.


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WCATAP 6/24/2010 5:58AM

    Great blog. Sorry it's that tom. I can't wait until that blessed day when this curse is gone. To add insult to injury, all my friends were early birds and have been curse free for years. I am 50 and still going strong. How old are you? I'm glad you posted your eating habit last night. It helps us to know we are all the same.

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ANHUDAK 6/23/2010 10:19PM

    This just put me back in the right mind set. I try too hard to be perfect and then feel as though I am constantly letting myself down. This reminded me that it is ok to have those days and that the important thing is not let it discourage me from reaching my goals. I am very inspired by by what you have achieved already. I wish you the very best and I will be following along your journey hoping to maybe have some of my own successes along the way.

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TEMPEST272002 6/23/2010 5:22PM

    Sounds like we crave the same things during PMS week. I have a note on my calendar to make Frozen Peanut Butter Treats (see sparkrecipes.com)for PMS week - kind of a preemptive strike, so to speak. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare & 50 cal/serving means I can budget for 4 or 5 servings if need be! So yummy my hubby is always asking me to make it! Given your binge list, I think you'd find it really satisfying too. Sometimes I add a tbsp of no-sugar strawberry jam if I want it super sweet.

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LOOZINITNOW 6/23/2010 3:34PM

    Don't forget the 80/20 rule! You are doing great!

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    For whatever reasons sometimes these things just sneak up on us and a wild hair gets grown.....Maybe that water can help flush it all away. You are right in how much progress we have all made in this area though; it has to be put into the past and we move ahead. On that note, good JOB Lotusflower.

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ADYLEIGH 6/23/2010 2:31PM

    There must have been something about yesterday. I went to dinner with a friend intending on having a salad and ended up splitting half-price nachos and a margarita to wash it down with. I have a hard time passing up a deal. But I will heed your wise words of wisdom and move forward, my water bottle is at the ready. Thanks for the motivation/inspiration.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/23/2010 2:17PM

    Great attitude!

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KITHKINCAID 6/23/2010 1:50PM

    We've all had 'em sister - glad to see you came out the next morning on the right side of the binge!

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SKFEREBEE 6/23/2010 11:29AM

    What's important is to have a higher average of good days emoticon than bad days emoticon. No one is perfect and if they say they are they're lying! emoticon And I definitely agree w/ you about the coffee emoticon...one cup a day is necessary to my well being, followed by water the rest of the day. emoticon

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STARINTHESKY 6/23/2010 11:17AM

    Awesome! That's the key. Just move forward! emoticon

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DUSTEDTWIN 6/23/2010 11:07AM

    LOVE IT!!! I too had a "problem" day yesterday... I ate 3 servings of vanilla wafers, a whole snack bag of popcorn, and had my first Coca-Cola in 3 months. The whole time I was eating the vanilla wafers I was having the same internal dialog. But fortunately yesterday was VERY heavy on the exercise :)
Good job admitting it and not beating yourself up over it! You are FABULOUS, lady!!!
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Turning a Plateau into a PARTY!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Ok, so I am stuck. In a dreaded plateau, the very word plateau sounds defeating to me. It is a negative word. I looked it up in the dictionary, and the definition is:

1. Period during training when no observable progress is being made.
2. A relatively flat highland.
3. A temporary or more permanent leveling off in the recovery or rehabilitation process.

Wait, there was one word of hope there. TEMPORARY. Yes, perhaps I can't see the progress being made, but it is there, somewhere, hiding and lurking, waiting for me to have the strength to endure this dreaded valley and come out a slimmer me.

I think what has really made me so mad and frustrated is that these past weeks have been the BEST weeks of my program. I mean, if someone was handing out gold stars for performance, I would have gotten several. I stayed within my calorie range and tracked it - even on the weekends! I worked out above my typical level AND I ran a 5k. I mean, what else do I have to do??

SO I am going to stop. Take a deep breath. And regroup.

I am officially renaming the Plateau. It is now called A Break, A Party, A Siesta. This is a perfectly normal thing and my body has to adjust. I am going to have a little party with my body, I am going to work out, I am going to eat right, I am going to have a little healthy party while my body decides to accept these changes I am putting it through. I think it will come around to my side, eventually.

Perhaps a little glass of wine will help. emoticon emoticon emoticon

And I'm also going to make a few tweaks during this happy, healthy party. From what I've read about these, ahem, BREAKS, is that the best single word of advice is to make a change. Not to make the mistake of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result (Ben Franklin's definition of insanity).

Here are the changes I am going to make in the next few weeks:

1. Zig-Zag Calorie Intake (or Calorie Cycling) emoticon emoticon
Zig-zagging, or calorie cycling is the process of varying daily calorie intake, while maintaining the same weekly intake. Instead of consuming (for example) precisely 1800 calories each day - you can mix it up. Eat 1500 calories one day, and 2100 calories the next. This can be as simple as halving then doubling a portion size, or adding a post-workout shake into the plan. Just keep your body guessing.

2. Strength Training - 3x per week. emoticon emoticon
If you are not doing this as part of your program or lifestyle, then it's time to start. Working your muscles will help to strengthen bone tissue, increase lean mass, and ultimately boost metabolic rate.

3. Change Your Exercise Routine - Adding a gym class and maybe swim emoticon
So you go walking a lot? Then try jogging, or swimming, or cycling -- anything that will change the way your body is working. If you are doing low intensity cardio work, then try some high intensity exercise.

4. Alter Macro-nutrient Intake - I am going to try less carbs. emoticon
Although it sounds complicated, once again, the idea is to change what you are eating. If (for example) you are eating a moderate diet that is higher in carbs - try eating less carbs and more protein. There is no need to get super-technical over the whole thing. If you have a carbohydrate snack every day at morning tea time - change it to a protein snack. Whatever you are doing consistently - try mixing it up a bit.

5. Change Meal Frequency - Plan snacks, no unplanned eating. emoticon
If you are eating three square meals a day - start adding snacks in between (which may mean reducing the portion size of the main meals). Eating often is an old and common style of eating - once again, you are trying to boost your metabolic rate.

I am also going to chill out and stop obsessing. My body just needs to realize that it is the guest of honor at this party, and gladly accept the gift of a thinner me.

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LINIS_THIN 6/12/2010 5:53PM


I think the prob with your awesome week is that you are replacing weight in fat with weight in muscle... hence no change!

Do you have clothing that was tight but now loose?? Best way to prove something is happening!

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WCATAP 6/10/2010 2:47PM

    Wow congrats on the break/party. Good idea. Our bodies respond so funny at the very times we think they should show progress. Keep the good progress and mindset.

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LYNNA7499 6/10/2010 9:46AM

  What a great way to look at your plateau!!! I think you have such a great attitude. Most people just throw in the towl. But not you - you take a plateau and turn it into a party :).

Good luck and hopefully you can bust through this plateau full steam ahead!

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    Oh woe!! Body siestas just don't seem right when you've had one of your best ever weeks.I am the Queen of Plateau so I can truly empathize. All and any of your approaches will kick things up a bit, you know your stuff. There are some great articles to read on SL if you que up Plateau. We already know the stuff but it really does help if you can't help but be down a bit.

Strength training is excellent of course but also Sparks 10 minute videos work more than one muscle group and I found them to be very effective and not time consuming. When you do lose, your reward will be exhilarating. You are 1/2 way there. That's why you are in a siesta mode, you are soon over 50% to your goal.

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GLITTERGIRL69 6/9/2010 8:05PM

This party is great! I love your blog. Full of wonderfu;l advice. You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MS_MANDA 6/9/2010 5:14PM

    It's all about your attitude... loving this confidence!

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SKFEREBEE 6/9/2010 3:39PM

    I think I'm going to join your party. My body is telling me I'm working out too much & it is not having the desired affect on the scale. Your suggestions fall right in line on what I've been pondering the last couple of weeks. Let's Party the Summer away...and the pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 6/9/2010 3:14PM

    Great blog! Good for you changing it up and celebrating the inevitable! Have a great party I am there with you!

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TEMPEST272002 6/9/2010 2:36PM

    Great blog! This is why you inspire me!

emoticon Let's celebrate how far we've come and how healthy we feel!

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HAMMLIN 6/9/2010 2:28PM

    Ive read about the zig-zag calorie idea too! Way to go for celebrating in the midst of a hard time!!! Its a good illustration of still having joy in the middle of a hard time!

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4ME_4LIFE 6/9/2010 2:14PM

    Very impressed with your ability to push through this. I've been there and it is rough, but let's celebrate healthiness with a party! I love it!

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HHILDE99 6/9/2010 2:10PM

    You have a wonderful attitude and plan for this break! You will be off this break in no time! I'm so inspired by your positivity in this difficult break time. Keep up the great work!

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KARVY09 6/9/2010 2:08PM

    This is a great example of the attitude to have during a plateau! Awesome tips!

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KITHKINCAID 6/9/2010 2:00PM

    Yes, yes, yes. Perfect solution to the "Siesta" :) Like I said in my blog about the dreaded P word - once my brain has had time to catch up with my body, we will move as one again in the downward direction. You just have to be patient with it, let it sink in and sink into it, and then voila! - you start moving again.

Congratulations on all your MAJOR accomplishments over the past few weeks. You are doing SPLENDIDLY!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/9/2010 1:46PM

    I like your attitude toward this little (ahem) break--look at it as a party, use it as an opportunity to change things up and before you know it, your body will get the message and let go of that weight it is holding onto.

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YATMAMA 6/9/2010 1:28PM

    Sounds like your plans are all effective ones!! Allow your body time to adjust to the changes you've been making.

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LOOZINITNOW 6/9/2010 1:28PM

    I'm going to part with you! Say no to the plateau!!!! I love the changes you have laid out. Great plan!
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STARINTHESKY 6/9/2010 1:26PM

    Love your enthusiasm!! What a great way of turning what you feel as negative into a positive! emoticon emoticon

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