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Still On a Plateau

Friday, June 18, 2010


STILL STRUGGLING WITH A PLATEAU WHERE
NOTHING SEEMS TO BE MOVING.

So I looked for some inspirational quotes.

ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING TODAY
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DO IT,
OR BECAUSE IT'S WHAT YOU WERE DOING YESTERDAY? -- Dr. Phil

IF YOU ALWAYS PUT LIMITS ON EVERYTHING YOU DO,
PHYSICAL OR ANYTHING ELSE.
IT WILL SPREAD INTO YOUR WORK AND INTO YOUR LIFE.
THERE ARE NO LIMITS. THERE ARE ONLY PLATEAUS,
AND YOU MUST NOT STAY THERE,
YOU MUST GO BEYOND THEM. -- Bruce Lee

LIKE SUCCESS, FAILURE IS MANY THINGS TO MANY PEOPLE.
WITH POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE,
FAILURE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE, A RUNG ON THE LADDER,
A PLATEAU AT WHICH TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS IN ORDER
AND PREPARE TO TRY AGAIN. Ė W. Clement Stone

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Joke for the Day:
One day, working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I took my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by t he various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. I found her staring at a pair of False Teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'
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Roasted some chicken breasts for the weekend.
It's going to be too hot to cook. I plan on using the time to exercise.
If I'm going to sweat I want it to count for something. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/19/2010 12:28PM

  I agree totally with MEL_UNRAU........Plateaus are great practice for maintenance!!!!!! It's the only way to think of them or I will go completely crazy. I have been on one for awhile too. With the heat and humidity of summer, I know that it shouldn't last too much longer. I always said.......If I lived in a tropical forest, I would be slim and trim!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Should we look for new digs???

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 6/18/2010 11:00PM

    That's too cute! :)

'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'

-VG

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/18/2010 10:13PM

    Love the picture and the joke.

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FLAME42 6/18/2010 9:52PM

    Really like the W.C. Stone quote. Also your statement, if I am going to sweat it better count for something.
Being on a plateau is a real bother, I know because I am on one for a while now. Do think I have to jump start it somehow.
As your picture hints at-once one thing moves a lot of things will change position......

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IPATRICIA 6/18/2010 7:59PM

    Great Blog...Loved it.

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DEBNICU 6/18/2010 4:05PM

    Thanksnfor the inspirational quootes, how true they are. Loved the joke.
Kepp at it, try mixing up your calories, top of the range one day and the lower end the next. Also changing the intensity of your workouts could help too.
Good luck on getting off the plateau.
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ELSEEBEE 6/18/2010 4:03PM

    My doctor said it to me best. Keep on doing the right things and one day your body's computer will "reboot"! That's kept me going. Hang in there- we WILL lose again!

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STRINGS58 6/18/2010 3:42PM

    Sometimes when my weight doesn't move I pull out the tape measure and AHA! something is changing elsewhere! You will find your way off this plateau -- the quotes are my clue. Your pushing until something budges!

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MEL_UNRAU 6/18/2010 3:35PM

    Plateaus are evil. I hate(d) them. In my 3.33 years on this journey, I probably spent 2 of them on a plateau. I know for sure that I had two plateaus... each lasting 6 months and there were weeks and weeks where I didn't lose at all... but not as discouraging as those two 6month experiences! For me, I had to kick start myself with a green diet the first time... an 8 week long detox of no wheat, potatoes, yeast, sugar, caffeine, salt, red meat, dairy, or artificial anything... the second time I snapped a tendon in my leg and was forced to take a break from exercise, when I started up again, my metabolism was reset and ready to work. (On a side note: I really hope that is the case again for me with my foot! Maybe I'll lose these last 5 lbs!)

You are not alone. This WILL pass. Something WILL work. Something WILL kick start your metabolism again and the weight WILL continue to come off.

Cliched as it is... hang in there, my friend. You are doing the right things. It will be worth it. Trust the process... look at it this way, it's practice for maintenance mode!

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An Obstacle Course

Thursday, June 17, 2010


TRYING TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT IS LIKE DOING AN OBSTACLE COURSE.
MOVE TOO FAST AND I WILL WRECK MY METABOLISM.
GO TOO SLOWLY AND I FEEL LIKE I AM NEVER GOING TO GET THERE.

Right now I am stuck in a loop, playing with the same 3 pounds. I have a mental block with exercise. I know itís the only answer to my dilemma but I keep fighting myself. And I anticipate things are just going to get tougher as the sultry heat of summer moves in. The only answer is pushing my tush out of bed at dawn and getting it over with. I feel like a broken record. But then again the last time I was whining about the loop, was six pounds ago. At least thatís progress.

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Joke for the day:
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old Leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out.
'What have you got there, dear?'
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered,
'I think it's Adam's underwear!'

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FLAME42 6/17/2010 10:59PM

    Loved the joke for the day, sounds like a child that has been to church and heard things his own way...
I do find it best to get as much exercise as possible in the morning, later in the day just seems to get interupted.
So you need a wake up call each day? Set an alarm that then starts some very lively music!!
You are making great progress, just keep going!!!!!

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FLAME42 6/17/2010 10:59PM

    Loved the joke for the day, sounds like a child that has been to church and heard things his own way...
I do find it best to get as much exercise as possible in the morning, later in the day just seems to get interupted.
So you need a wake up call each day? Set an alarm that then starts some very lively music!!
You are making great progress, just keep going!!!!!

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ANNIE924 6/17/2010 7:24PM

    I really have to drive myself to exercise also. If I don't do it in the morning it doesn't get done. I know I have to up the exercise though, so I guess I'll just put on my big girl panties and do it.

Love the joke, by the way.
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FRENCHTOSD 6/17/2010 6:12PM

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However you can get the exercise in!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/17/2010 2:52PM

    Sometimes it's hard to get the scale to move. It shouldn't take this much work. LOL.

Loved the joke!!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/17/2010 1:34PM

  Loved your "Underwear Joke"..........
I have been on a plateau for the past 2 weeks while my husband is literally disappearing before my eyes. It just isn't fair!!! I am so jealous of his "faster than a speeding bullet" weight-loss that I can hardly feign enthusiasm when he jumps off the scale and yells that he is down another pound or 10!!! I am a horrible wife emoticon

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Rear View Mirror

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
MAY APPEAR CLOSER THAN THEY ARE

These days I make every effort to put the past behind me. I canít do anything to change history; I can only use that knowledge to build a better future. But every now and then something happens to bring it all back, and I feel like the beast is standing right outside my door. Thatís usually when I start doing my Igor impression and hobble toward my MasterÖ.The Kitchen.

I need to switch the story line from Hansel and Gretel, eating the house down, to a wizardís magic potion that will soothe the savage beast, counteract the poison, and make me stronger going forward.

I need to make that a pot of tea.

I hope the image sticks.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/16/2010 3:56PM

    I love tea. It really is a magical potion. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/16/2010 2:00PM

  STRINGS58 is absolutely correct!!!!! You do make more good than bad choices. My bad choices are definitely stress-related!!! I wish that I could be like my friend from the SW, who, when stressed CAN'T EAT, instead of me, who EATS EVERYTHING I CAN GET MY HANDS ON. I am taking your advice re: Not Being So Hard On Myself........now, you have to take it too. When you find what works on your beast, please share. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/16/2010 11:56AM

    I loved the pix! Yep - we all fight that "I'm bored, gotta eat" or whatever our triggers are. Sigh

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FLAME42 6/16/2010 8:33AM

    Your blog could have had my name on it! I so relate to what you said. Heading to the kitchen to make some Honey Lemon Tea....
Think STRINGS58 gave a great comment, food for thought. Hey, that food comes without calories!!

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STRINGS58 6/16/2010 8:16AM

    I did some "stinkin' thinkin'" the other day, having had more carbs and telling myself "left to my own devices, I don't make good choices" == then I got MAD -- I made good choices 8 out of 10 days, and I was assessing myself based on the 2 days, of eating more than those 8, but still not gorging or doing the old habits.

You make many good choices too -- and the kitchen isn't the master as much as the comfort zone. When the feelings you are having no longer consume you, you may not have to bite back!

Sorry if that's a little directive, but I've been there and it is NOT about you being weak or insufficient in some way. This is not a competence issue -- look at how many, many times you have chosen according to your goals! uh, huh!

Pleez enjoy your pot o' tea and all of your choices -- all of them! If you are making choices you don't like, then make a different choice.

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Best Friends

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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"MY BEST FRIEND IS THE ONE WHO BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME."
~ Henry Ford

I'm not shy. And when I look at my friends, I recognize that most of us have similar tastes, habits, virtures, and flaws. Birds of a feather. Luckily, I consider my flock a pretty nice group. So I am content. But among them is one who touches my heart in a special way. We have very different personalities but we share similar family 'baggage'. We connect in ways that other people might miss. And there are things we understand that most people can't.

There is something special about hearing a constructive suggestion from someone who has been there, knows how YOU feel, respects you, and cares about you. She's better than MY 'mirror' because she can see my image from most of the angles and she tells me about the parts I miss in my reflection. She knows how to be frank without being cruel. When she tells me her opinion, I take it with a grain of salt, but I'm on a low sodium diet. Because the truth is, she's usually right on target. I trust her. So I use the information to guide me along my journey. And I see myself getting better and stronger every day.

And when she isn't there, I ask myself, what would she say in this situation.

That's a world of difference from where I've been, where people would use 'constructive criticism' to tear you down, or not say anything at all, only to be ambushed later. Maybe it's waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I've been beaten up enough times and almost expect negative intentions. And I try hard not to do it to other people, but every once in a while ... I trip... and I deeply regret it later. So now I distance myself from those people. I call it my 'detox' diet.

Well ... I'm off for a walk. I know she'll be calling this afternoon to check up on my exercise.

Chiao

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/16/2010 3:54PM

    It's great to have a friend like that who always tells you the truth even if you won't like it. You know that they really love you.

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STRINGS58 6/15/2010 11:01PM

    I have a friend that gets too negative sometimes, and I have to take a break from her "stuff" -- hence I love the concept of needing to take something with a grain of salt, but being on a low sodium diet. It's hard to be supportive when you need to take a break!

My daughter has been the one to coach me to hang in there when I'm hurt, insulted, or at odds with a friend, and she's right that things can even out.

I watch people -- especially people in recovery-- who drop their baggage, and then realize that they need a makeover of their friendships. Some people go with you through everything and some are with you for this part of the journey.

Some of my spark buddies know this part of what has been a very long journey for me.

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FLAME42 6/15/2010 9:39PM

    Friends are sooooo important. They are the people you can share your thoughts with and know they understand and don't judge. I feel blessed to have more than one friend that I feel this way about. Treasure the friendship you develop over the years, they are priceless.

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FRENCHTOSD 6/15/2010 9:35PM

    I feel that way about my Spark Buddies. When I have a question or problem to post here, I get lots of feedback quickly from perspectives different than my own. It's wonderful support for me.

How lucky you are to have this friend you've described.

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GRAMMIE1959 6/15/2010 7:51PM

    Sad but true-I don't have any "friends" just acquaintances so I am so thankful for my Spark Friends. I don't know what I would do w/o all of you.
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FAIRYFANTASY 6/15/2010 6:43PM

    good friends a hard to come by i love my friends who lend an ear and a laugh as needed, thanks for being here to give me a laugh.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/15/2010 1:05PM

  I also have a friend like this. We have known each other since BIRTH and have gone through so many things together. Unfortunately, she lives in the Southwest which is very far away from me distance-wise, but we keep in touch daily via email and phone. She is in very poor health and pretty much confined to her home. What amazes me about her is her positive outlook given what she has had to go through!!!
Like your friend, she is REAL with me. I can always count on total honesty. I don't know what I would do without her.
I am so glad that you have your friend close by. You are very lucky.

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EARTHSEAME 6/15/2010 12:18PM

    Loved your reflections on friendship!

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KATIEJO5 6/15/2010 11:59AM

    Love this! Those friends are few and far between, but what would we do without them?

So glad you have your "better than a mirror" friend!

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LIS193 6/15/2010 10:36AM

    Good friends are precious
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PWKAFED 6/15/2010 10:26AM

    how fortunate you are to have such a good friend! I have a similar friend that I know always has by best interest at heart and I feel blessed to have her in my life.

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Women's Clothing

Monday, June 14, 2010


EVERY TIME I GO SHOPPING WITH MY 'NORMAL' FRIENDS
I FEEL TOTALLY OUT OF PLACE.
IF OBESITY IS SUCH AN OVERWHELMING PROBLEM,
HOW COME SO MANY CLOTHING STORES
DONíT CARRY WOMENíS SIZES?
WHY IS THE WOMENíS SECTION SO TINY?
AND WHY DO THEY ALWAYS USE THE MOST HIDEOUS PRINTS
FOR THE LARGE WOMENS SIZES.

I realize that most of our manufacturing has gone overseas, but we still have the store buyers making the deals. So can someone tell me why, with such a huge target market, we larger size women get such small interest?

Now, don't get me wrong. I consider fitting into Missy Clothing sizes yet another incentive for losing the weight, but I think feeling good about how you look along the way, encourages people to work even harder.

My other issue is BLACK. When I look at my closets, I see a dark cloud of black clothing. Almost everything I own has black on it as a predominant color. Black may be easier to coordinate, and may make me look slimmer, but it doesn't make me invisible. I'm going to make an effort to re-introduce some color into my wardrobe. I'm not going for fushia or neon green, but I think some softer shades will show off the new me and make me look younger.

Hey, what can I say, I'd like to take off some of the years as well as the pounds.

  
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FLAME42 6/14/2010 9:54PM

    I guess most of us just feel "safer" in black. I have quite a lot of it in my closet too. Being able to wear a new brighter color does give your mood a lift. Have to agree that so many of the prints for plus sizes are awful.
Just have to let KATIEJO5 know that the petite section may be large however they rarely carry 16 or above sizes in petite. And if you go to the misses or plus sizes they are WAY TOO LONG and really make you look bad.
To GRAMMIE1959- it is amazing how someone could say something so hurtful and not realize how dreadful it was. Those type of comments do stick in our minds, shouldn't but do.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/14/2010 7:03PM

    I agree about the hideous plus size clothes.

I actually like black and prefer it. I'm a winter and it's my color regardless of my size.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/14/2010 6:34PM

  I don't know how many times I have questioned WHO does the designing for Plus-Size clothing!!!!! I know the colors and patterns I would make this clothing in, but I need a partner who could actually draw the designs. Anyone interested??? It is a business waiting to happen!!!
I took a group of students to a fashion seminar once and on the way home, we stopped at a woman's clothing store so that they could end the day with a short shopping experience. In the store window, there was display of one of the latest fashions. On the way into the store, the bus driver said to me, "There should be a warning label on that outfit for we who are of the Plus Size persuasion." "And, it should read, WARNING: YOU MAY NOT LOOK AS GOOD AS THIS MANNEQUIN!!!"

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SUNSHINEART 6/14/2010 2:15PM

    I hear you my friend.

I guess people think because we are overweight that we are also blind and have no taste.

I don't know anyone that can pull off the flowered moomoo look!!!! emoticon

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KATIEJO5 6/14/2010 12:19PM

    The hideous prints are my hot button! Who would voluntarily put those things on their body?

When you couple being overweight with being 6ft tall, the choices are non-existent! I get really, really irritated by the size of the petite section of the store. Where is the tall section?

I am finally able to wear tall misses sizes. I have to order them online, but the styles are much, much improved!

Someone needs to see this opportunity for a business!

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KMICHA 6/14/2010 11:05AM

    I think they absolutely could design better clothing for larger women. Being overweight does not mean a woman doesn't crave a little style and class. Aren't there any over weight women who design clothing??? Or do they just design with dreams of being a smaller size?

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GRAMMIE1959 6/14/2010 11:01AM

    My family had decided to take a current family picture. Mom, Dad and all 7 kids. As we were preparing for the photo shoot someone asked what color were the others wearing (avoiding color clashes I imagine). My oldest brother said it didn't really matter just so it looked good with Army green...it needed to match the tent Vivian would have to wear....I have never gotten over the hurt of that comment. I refuse to wear green to this day! that was about 150 lbs ago. Now I am wearing size 22-24 and have been able to find some clothes at the Ross stores. So nice to be able to actually shop for clothes! I'm still very large but able to find something that's not sold by the number of people it "sleeps"!

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THEATRE1SM 6/14/2010 9:45AM

    Or when you finally find something "normal" - meaning not a tent or with some god-awful print or color combination - the store promptly stops carrying it! I finally found jeans that complimented my body style, fit nicely and that I could move in - 2 weeks later had saved the money to get another pair and BAM! They are gone. Store associate said they didn't sell well and were pulled to be shipped back emoticon

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KRISTAJOAN 6/14/2010 9:37AM

  Not only that, but why do most stores make you ride the escalator of shame in order to get to the plus-size section? Oh, girl, don't even get me started on socio-economic status and who is really spending their money because department stores just. don't. get. it.

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