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Busting Through Those Plateaus.

Monday, August 04, 2014

My weightloss progress was steady for the first weeks. And then I hit a plateau. It took over a week to bust through (not too bad).... and then I hit another. Almost 3 weeks later, I finally saw a loss of 2 lbs and some inches. And now, here I am again.... 2 weeks in to a plateau with weight loss and inches lost... and I am sure it will be 3 come friday.

My question is....what do I do to avoid these or break through them? I am staying in my calorie count. I tried upping my calories... I work out consistently and I have tried to vary what I am doing so that my body doesn't get used to anything. What is the next step to try?

13-14 weeks into this now and I don't want to lose my motivation...but I must admit, its getting harder and harder to keep going when I am not seeing any kind of results.

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    I hear you about plateaus. They suck. Two things that I have found helpful are make sure you really are being consistent, things like ensure you are weighing portions. And the other thing is to change something, try a different style of working out ( a new class at the gym or a new workout video.

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Picking Myself Up, and Brushing Off the Disappointment

Thursday, January 02, 2014


I have fallen so hard off of the wagon, it's amazing I am still here.
The last year has been such a hard and stressful one. And apparently I turned to food to cope.
In May, I was down to 150.
And I ended the year at 171.6.

21.6 pounds gained in 7 months. This is exactly how much I weighed 6 weeks after having my son.

I do not have any clothes that fit. I am sore and achy all of the time. And of course, I feel terrible.

I already posted my ranty/whiney post about this, so I won't do it again now.

Instead, I am refocusing my energy and motivation and trying to climb out of the dirt and back onto the wagon again. I am tired of looking in the mirror everyday, hating my own reflection. God gave me this body to live in and to care for, and I need to be doing just that.

I've gained the weight and the inches. Now, I have to lose them... again.
One. Baby. Step. At. A. Time.

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SOUL2SHINE79 6/13/2014 3:12PM

    I know this is an older blog post...but just wanted to tell can do it girl! When I joined Spark the second were my inspiration, because I remember how you said that you walked and walked and walked with your little one.. and before you knew it the pounds were gone. Sometimes it's hard to find the time to sneak in exercise with babies, but I just keep up my walking, because that's what I am able to do with them in tow...thank you for inspiring me! I hope you're having a great start to your summer! Your little guy is adorable! :)

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SWEETZMIX 1/4/2014 2:31PM

    Just surfing around spark...I am a long time member who had a baby in July and just looking for some motivation to get back on it. Good luck on your continued journey.

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MRS.DOYLE 1/3/2014 2:36AM

    Baby steips are the best way. You will lose that extra weight because you are doing the right things.

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KTLASERS 1/3/2014 1:34AM

    I'm in the same boat. After I had my third, I got down to my prep regnant weight before my first. Then I got PPD and gained back almost 15lbs. I've lost almost 8 again, though.


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MERRYMARY42 1/2/2014 9:25PM

    and you can do it, with help from your Sparks friends, and motivation, it will happen

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TWESTEN1 1/2/2014 6:27PM

    You can do it. You did it before and you'll do it again ~ baby steps are the best! Keep a positive attitude and don't forget to love yourself. Don't put yourself down - that seems to do more damage than the food we put in our mouths. Good luck on your journey!

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MINDYHGP 1/2/2014 6:15PM

    You are correct! One step at a time. So, did you take physical steps today? Did you exercise at all? If so, AWESOME! If not, there is still time! Run up and down the stairs a few times, get some sit ups in, jumping jacks, push ups...even a few little things will make you feel so much better like you accomplished something today and it wasn't a "wasted" day! You can do it! Chase down that wagon!

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What the HE** is wrong with me?

Monday, December 16, 2013

I have pretty much avoided the scale since my last weigh in at the end of October. I had a lot of issues that I was trying to deal with that did not involve weight loss and so it became the FURTHEST thing from my mind. Plus, DH and I also started TTC baby #2 and that has become a big focus as well.

I knew I had put some weight back on. My jeans are too snug. My wedding rings are digging in to my fingers. But I still refused to step on the scale.

Until today.

And I realized I had gained 15 lbs in less than 2 months. WHAT? The scale had to be wrong! So I weighed again. Nope. Not wrong.

How in the WORLD did this happen?

I weigh 170 lbs. 170. After I had my son in 2010, I weighed 172 at the 6 week postpartum appt. Now I am right back there, without having popped out at a small child.

And now I am wondering if we haven't conceived so quickly because of this mass amount of quick weight gain. (It only took me 2 months to get pregnant the first time- and while I know it can take 1 year for a healthy person to get pregnant, the women in my family are super fertile and it has never really been a problem).

I am devastated. There are no words. I seriously don't even know where to go from here.

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SWEETZMIX 12/29/2013 9:30AM

    I don't really know you or your story. But pick yourself back up!! Say you know what I gained this weight, it is what it is & what am I going to do about it! I know it sounds more simple that it really is, but that's what you have to do. The second baby will come. I believe it happens when it's supposed to happen. Just look at this as extra time to healthify your life....I just made that word up I think lol

Take care!

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FORBIDDENFUN344 12/19/2013 4:51PM

    I used to focus so much on my weight also. I would belittle myself for not losing weight or for gaining weight or maintaining weight. I would start and stop working out because I would feel discouraged and felt like I needed to work out more or something. I never really thought about congratulating myself on the little things. And I was so busy that it was no wonder I didn't think about my health. Last week I measured myself and weighed myself and found that I was the biggest in waist size I had ever been. Plus I couldn't even go up a short flight of stairs without having my heart beat fast and having myself panting for air. I finally realized that my problem wasn't the weight itself, but it was my view about my own health and my unrealistic expectations of my body. Since then I have started to just focus on eating better, exercising regularly, and measuring how I feel. I ask myself, can I now do this 20 minute workout without feeling exhausted? Is it time to move on to a longer and more challenging work out? Am I drinking enough water? Am I getting enough nutrients from my foods or do I need to change something I'm eating? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I really stressed and need to relax? As you can see, I don't ask myself about my weight at all. It's not really about the weight and more about how healthy you feel. It also is about if you are able to do tasks and workouts easier than before. Once I stopped making the focus about my weight, and more about my health, losing weight became a byproduct of my new healthy routine. I hope this helps! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 12/17/2013 8:31AM

    Your anxiety could very well be contributing to things. I know it's easier said than done, but don't concentrate on "weight" right now. Just eat healthier and make sure you get exercise. It is a proven stress buster. Meditate. Journal. Do anything you can to relax. Then it will happen - in the baby's time. Each person has a purpose in life and a timeframe. Give your worries to God - he's up all night anyway.

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SUNSET09 12/17/2013 2:14AM

  emoticon One day at a time as your blog says a lot about what has been happening. You can start today, right now! One day at a time, one step at a time. Time will reveal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 12/16/2013 3:28PM

    You can start from today and make small changes. I hope you have a great #2 baby experience. emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 12/16/2013 1:51PM

    What's done is done. Start again today.
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HLTHAPPINESS4C 12/16/2013 1:11PM

    emoticon I have gained a lot of weight in short periods myself so I understand to a point your frustration. The thing is try not to dwell on the number and beat yourself up. You can restart now making one healthy choice at a time. Do something nice for yourself (nonfood) and nurture yourself. Hang in there and know that the emoticon does NOT define who you are as a person. You are beautiful and loved by God and by your friends and family. Best wishes!

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CANES4EVER63 12/16/2013 11:38AM

    It sucks, I've been there before, gaining about 18 pounds in the same amount of time. But what's done is done, all you can do is get back on track. Going backwards happens, it's all part of the journey. But hey, it's just a number. You knew that you had gained weight since the jeans were tighter, etc, does seeing a number actually confirm that though? It's just one aspect of your body. Get back on track and don't get too discouraged. What's done is done :/

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DR1939 12/16/2013 10:02AM

    I know it is discouraging, but the thing to do is to get back on. Just don't get to overboard. You need a good, healthy routine and a crash diet.

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Weigh In Day.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My weigh in day was Monday. I was hoping to hit my goal of 10 pounds down before my birthday (which was Tuesday). I didn't have a loss this week. Just .2, which is a bathroom visit for all I am concerned lol. But I didn't gain anything, so I will celebrate that.

I am setting my sights on my new goal of Thanksgiving. I want to lose 5 lbs before this day. It will put me at 150. I definitely like making these smaller goals, over a larger, farther away goal. Its very motivating.

Alright, its time to start killing those 5 pounds! Only 36 days to go!

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SHELL1400_85 10/23/2013 10:53AM

    Good luck! 5 pounds in 36 days isn't a whole to lose, I'm sure you can do it!!!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/23/2013 8:29AM

    Best wishes!!

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Going Low Carb?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I don't usually believe in fad diets. They only serve as a short term solution. But, as some of you know, I have been struggling to get rid of my "mom apron" or "donut belly" since I had my son 3 years ago. Everything I am researching online suggests lots of cardio and a low carb/low sugar diet to help with this issue.

If you know me, you know I am a carb-a-holic. We eat pasta 2-3 times a week, i love mashed potatoes (and potatoes in general), and bread....oh bread. I can forsee this being a problem lol.

So, for those of you who have adopted this low carb lifestyle, how have you made it work? Any tips/suggestions to make this a little easier?

Edit: I want to throw in that I have no intention of cutting them out all together. Also, I love fruits and veggies, so even though most of those contain carbs, I won't cut them out either. I guess I am just looking at a serious reduction in consumption. My body doesn't really like sugar anymore. I can no longer drink sweet tea because it makes me sick to my stomach (I lived on it for 20+ years). I also can't eat a lot of sweets/candy/etc. for the same reason. This has just started within the last year...

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PRINCESS_SOFI 10/16/2013 11:23AM

    To replace pasta eat spaghetti squash. Mashed potatoes can be made using cauliflower. Bread can be mimicked with Revolution Rolls. Google it. emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/16/2013 9:30AM

    Best wishes!!

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DR1939 10/15/2013 6:01PM

    Take a look at a diet for diabetics. These are low carb without losing the nutrients you need. Perhaps your provider would prescribe a visit with a nutritionist.

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EBERKSHIRE86 10/15/2013 4:52PM

    switch to whole grains you can still eat bread ect just go for the less processed versions also try experimenting with things like spaghetti squash noodles or mashed cauliflower in place of potatoes if you have a pinterest account check there for a lot of lower carb options. I find what helps the most to drop the pounds and the bloat is to just try not to eat foods that have more than 3-6 ingredients listed then you really don't have to worry about the amount of carbs in it because really its not the carbs its all the processed junk in the food that's giving you a little extra padding ;) good luck!

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PATTIEMCD 10/15/2013 3:39PM

    I have one suggestion.....Eggplant in place of Pasta

This past weekend my husband and I tried eggplant for the first time. The dinner came out really good ( happily surprised ). It reminded us of lasagna but without the cheese.
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