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Another Positive Function of Plateaus

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Yesterday as I was riding my bike, I began thinking about the weight loss plateau I've been on for several weeks now. Well, I suppose in my case it's more of a slow down in weight loss because I did lose 3 lbs in June, but before that I was losing 7-10 lbs per month and I guess I kind of got used to that!

Anyhow, as I was riding it occurred to me that one positive function of a plateau is that it tests our will and motives. It's like the body is saying, "Will you still pursue health if I do not return the particular benefits that you want to see? Are you in this for health or are you in this for a quick fix, for particular tangible results without which you will quit?"

Pursuing health is fun, and even easy, when the pounds are flying off. But in the end, the pursuit of health is about so much more than that and I think plateaus help us by forcing us to think seriously about why we're doing what we're doing.

  
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GUISBROGAL 7/1/2009 7:10PM

    You know I think you are right. I have just made a blog about the small frustration i have in not losing weight as quickly as I would like. I am losing but only tiny amounts at a time which I find a little irritating when I am doing my very very best.

I will not be detered though as I am adament that this time I will lose the weight and keep it off. I really need more than anything to preserve my health and feel better about myself which I do already :)

I take my hat off to you in completing your long bike ride! emoticon My hubby and I rode our tandem over 210 miles for our honeymoon in 1984. We took four days to do it though and that was hard enough!

I hope you get out of your plateau soon. Well done on sticking with it.
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Amanda

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It's actually chilly in Minnesota today

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I live in the northwest suburbs of Mpls and I'll tell you it's actually chilly today--63 degrees with cloud cover and a 10-20 mph wind. We actually had to close up the doors and windows because we were getting cold!

Wow, Minnesota is an unpredictable place, year around!

  
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CHRYS13 6/30/2009 10:14PM

    You're so right....unpredictable, for certain! I'm enjoying the cool weather far more than last week's 90 degree plus temperatures! emoticon

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I Love Smoothies

Monday, June 29, 2009

Yeah so they're high in cals, but homemade smoothies are such an awesome way to get your fruits in for the day. it's like having a milkshake or something, and yet it's all good!

My favorites?

1. Blueberry-Banana
2. Strawberry-Banana
3. Apple-Orange-Banana

I always put a little honey and juice in mine as well which brings them to about 350-400 cals each. A little high, I know, but so delicious and healthy too!

  


Buffalo Wild Wings

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Went to BWW for lunch after church today. I really enjoyed what I got, but now I should probably fast for the rest of the day. The awesome thing is that, though I enjoyed a meal out today, I so crave fruits and veggies and health now that I don't fear falling back into that on a regular basis.

If you're ever there, try the Asian Zing sauce--yummy!

  
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MISSCHIFF 6/28/2009 9:29PM

    Best not to fast just because you overdid it by eating the wrong foods. Your body doesn't like going into starvation mode... it triggers your body to hold on to fat even more.

Instead, just choose a leaner healther choice of meals the following day. Better yet, ad a workout!

Nutritionists and fitness experts that I have consulted with personally, say that one planned cheat day a week is actually beneficial.

Just get back on track -- I'm sure you will -- and don't worry about it :)

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LAURAK1993 6/28/2009 4:34PM

    I love hot wings. Have never been to BWW , but hope to get there soon. We live about 45 minutes from the city, and they just got one not to long ago. I will probably have to fast for a week when I do get there.

Seen you posted a blog about having your first bike wreck, but didn't read it. Hope you didn't get hurt, and keep up all the good work your doing.

Laura

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Maybe a Plateau is a Good Thing

Saturday, June 27, 2009

After loosing 25 lbs, I've been hovering around the same weight for several weeks now. I am seeing progress in other areas, like overall strength and speed on my bike, so I'm not too concerned about this. But given the fact that I'm still 30 lbs or more overweight I'd like to keep losing.

But as I was thinking about this yesterday I wondered if a plateau is this the body's way of saying, 'Hey, that was a lot of change all at once; for the sake of our health, I need a break. Then when the time is right we'll lose some more, so keep it up, but just know I need a break."

I don't know, just a thought. What do you think?

  
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KAT7457 6/27/2009 5:04PM

    Hi, Do you think you are pushing yourself way to much?? dont want to see you feel that way. emoticonon your weight loss already.thats awesome. i think if you would take a break you may start gaining again and you dont want to do that!! good luck and keep trying I am here for you if you need to talk.or on the team. emoticon emoticon

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