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How My Plateau Nearly Did Me In (But I Didn't Let It)

Monday, January 18, 2010

At this time last year, I'd lost most of my current weight loss (34 lbs.). I'd begun the healthier lifestyle on October 13, 2008. Came to SP in January '09 with a loss of approx. 31 and then lost a few more. Spent most of '09 whining about what I've termed my forever plateau.

No matter how I've changed up exercise, food intake, combinations of food, etc. - NOTHING - no other pounds fled my body. Around August of '09, I read the Beck Diet Solution. Great book by Dr. Judith Beck. It's not a diet per se, but cognitive therapy tools to deal with making healthier changes.

I got to the part where she said that your long- lasting plateau may be your goal weight. I read that part over and over again and somewhere in my psyche I interpreted that to mean - give up trying. Around October, I started to do the "just a little" routine. Which of course, snowballed into more than just a little of the not-so-great food choices. Still, scale didn't budge. Hey, I figured, if I'm at a plateau and this is my goal weight, who cares?

Well, after that silliness for a couple of months (including taking a short break from SP), I got back on-track and screwed my head back on correctly. I know that the scale will eventually move. And meanwhile? I'm keeping my body and mind healthy, exercise is great therapy for stress management, and there's really no way I feel comfortable going back to my old ways.

Yes, even though my plateau nearly killed my motivation, I didn't let it nor will I EVER let it. It's a turning point where my relationship to health and fitness became stronger.

Wishing all a fun day.

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FLORIDASUN 1/19/2010 7:57AM

    Hey heart sista! If you want to see that needle move in the downward direction take on a 7 day RAW challenge...I was LITERALLY losing a pound a lie! I started October 1st recording the journey in my blogs..I'm telling you it works and the energy that you receive is just a side benefit..start reading'll give me a big fat hug for the 'heads up'..when you feed your body REAL knows what to do with can process can break it down for will lose the nasty weight that it stores from junk..junk is anything processed..anything that you can't recognize as a real food..anything with a pretty picture in a box, or on a frozen concoction...I'm just sayin'...what do you have to lose...other than FAT? emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/19/2010 5:19AM

    Oh, thank you for this blog. Yesterday dawned bright & sunny (and snowy), but went out gray and so did my mood. I was suddenly feeling just what is the point -- but you summed it up so nicely!

I know that I am not at my healthy GW. I know that I am continuing to make healthy choices, and I know I will continue to exercise because it makes me feel good & gives me energy. And thanks to you, I know that my choices matter, no matter what the scale says. Hey, I think I just got my blog title for the day!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/18/2010 6:35PM

    good blog. love that you are not letting a plateau stop you. when i hit one or don't lose i think of every couple seconds your body makes new cells, ones you need to nurture by eating healthy and exercise . exercise helps your mental and spiritual self. it makes you stronger and less apt to get a disease.exercise will make you more limber etc. have you checked if you are not sleeping well, eating enough or are too stressed you will not lose. relax it will happen. emoticon

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    Wow, we are on the same page. Forever and ever I lost .5 each week. It was very unexciting to lose that but I learned to be grateful that it was .5 per week, every week. I didn't gain so I came to accept it. : )

So now I have plateaued. What I wouldn't give to lose that .5 per week now!
I am sticking to my guns and waiting for the fat cells to shift, give up and start the meltdown. Until then I am keeping my chin up and sticking with the things that I know are RIGHT.

Hang in there and keep doing all those things that are so goof for you.

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/18/2010 3:43PM

    Ok, Jesse, now youve dropped unhealthy habits, right? You've taken up GOOD ones, right? Youve weighed yourself, very RIGHT! Have you measured your progress using a measuring tape? Or are your clothes fitting differently? HMM. Something to think about! Hugs Laurie

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HAPPYMOM8 1/18/2010 11:18AM

    Wow- I could have written your blog word for word on the plateau part! Thank you for expressing it! Pat

Oh and your beautiful kitty looks very much like our Kitty Kat we had for 19 years! She is sadly misssed.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/18/2010 10:48AM

    Funny how a sentence or a word no matter how well intentioned can change our minds once it get rooted. I'm in the same boat only losing what I gained over the holidays this is my stuck place. Sometimes I want to settle..but I've have this number in my head like forever. We just keep doing our best( where Iike you really wasn't giving my best) but have cranked it up..even if I don't lose I tell myself I'm going for a firmer rather than cream puff look( of course the doesn't count the doughnut I ate yesterday. LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I Don't Like Some of the "Good" Stuff I Used to Like Anymore

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Never thought I'd start to dislike the taste of things that had been my favorites prior to starting this healthy journey in October 08. I'd bought a small container of potato salad, which I was going to allow myself, keeping within my calorie range. Last night, I dished some out with great anticipation, but after a couple of bites - YIKES! I didn't even want it anymore. Gave the rest away and now it's one less favorite food item.

This morning, doing an early round of errands, I picked up one of those dollar boxes they have at Target of Mrs. Fields chocolate caramels. I thought I would buy it to bring to the theater with me as a special treat during intermission later today. I looked at it and really, really didn't want it. Back it went. Wow, what is happening to me??? (smiling) I had no sense of deprivation at all.

If you have a few minutes to watch the following NatlGeo video on the hound and orangutan, you will see one of the sweetest situations you've ever experienced. Cute and paste the link below. You won't be sorry. (Hound & Orangutan video:

Oh, and one more thing... I previously blogged about divorcing my scale a few weeks ago. Haven't been on since then, so this morning I said, okay I'll check in to see where all this exercise and good eating has gotten me. I feel lighter. Got on, and NOPE! Still plateauing. However, I know that my body is shifting and that I feel better, I'm staying healthy (except for this cold), etc. So, the scale can go fly a kite. (smiling)

Have a good day, friends.

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SKYEFYR 1/21/2010 11:20AM

  If only those silly cadbury eggs didn't still look and taste as good as they used to. *sigh* Although, like you, I've noticed this happening with a lot of things. And things I wasn't particularly fond of before are yummy now. For example, I was never a big angel food cake fan. Now, it's one of my favorite desserts. I've even figured out how to make it myself. (Getting the eggwhites whipped enough used to be a big challenge for me.) I also have tried natural peanut butter and wow, I'm never going back to the other kind. Funny how eating healthier makes you want to eat healthier. Like you're body is saying, "Hey, I recognize this stuff, it's good for me, give me more!"

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ZUZUBEE 1/18/2010 8:31AM

    Congrats on your changes and realizations! Me, I'm waiting to lose the taste for sweets- a lifelong love of mine :)

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JLITT62 1/17/2010 3:32PM

    Good for you for getting on the scale & not letting it get you down! It WILL change. I just know it will.

Yeah, my tastes have really been shifting in the last few months. They've been really shifting in the last 20 years, but I'm really noticing it more & more now. I really look at stuff so much more from the perspective will this satisfy me? Rather than will it satisfy my sweet stuff. And score when it satisfies both!

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AMELIEJUDE 1/17/2010 2:51PM

    Love your attitude. I'm going to take a leaf out of your book! Thanks for the motivation and keep enjoying all these wonderful changes that you're noticing. x

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    Congratulations in so many ways. This also means you are eating slowly and mindfully. Plateaus stink but are a fact of life. You are doing the right thing by not letting it get you down. Less calories in and more calories expended just have to = weight loss eventually. Enjoy Jesus Christ Superstar, I loved it.

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MOCNVW23 1/17/2010 2:11PM

    It's amazing how much our bodies change and adjust just from changing the way we eat. I agree about the scale, I did the same thing and retired it for awhile, cause I got tired of getting on it and seeing no change, for me that discourages me, even though I know that we all hit that plateau stage. I can feel where one pair of pants is just a tad loser and a few shirts are loser, so I to think my body is shifting, and will probbly give it one more week before I bring the scale out of retirement.
You're doing a great job, keep up the great work.

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Honestly, You Will Not Regret Seeing the Orangutan & the Hound

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hound & Orangutan video:

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LERINCHILL 1/16/2010 2:03PM

    Oh my gosh, that was like the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life!

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F.A.T.-Fatal, Awful, Trouble (Courtesy of Jack LaLanne)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just finished reading an article about 95-year-old Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness, and have to admit that I've taken him for granted. He's been around all my life and even though I've always admired his dedication to health and wellness, I now understand it better since embarking on my own adventure. (Was surprised to learn he was a junk food junkie until around age 15.)

He exercises for two hours every morning, eats a huge number of fruits and veggies daily, and practices what he has preached for decades. "The rest of your life is the best of your life. I'm living proof," he says.

Also made me smile when I read, "Would you give your dog a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a doughnut in the morning? Would you put garbage in your car's gas tank? Well, why do that to the human machine? It's killing us."

He jokingly says that he can't die, or else it'll ruin his image. (smiling) Thanks to people like Jack, so many others have continued to be inspired to become fitness gurus.

Thanks for everything, Jack.

(P.S. Thanks for reminding me, LisaNancy, his wife Elaine is awesomely healthy as well. Very inspiring.)

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DARLENA3 1/16/2010 6:38PM

    Wow, you are so right about him being around forever! I didn't realize he was 95!!

Isn't it the truth that we treat our dogs better than we treat ourselves. That hits home.

Thanks for sharing.

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THEADMIRAL 1/16/2010 11:08AM

    I remember him as The Exercise Guy when I was growing up. My mom would sort of exercise with him. emoticon I like the challenge of treating our bodies as good as we treat our pets and cars! emoticon Vikki

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LISANANCY 1/16/2010 10:42AM

    Can not argue with success! I love the comment about the dog diet. Interesting! He has been around for ever but did you see his wife! really nice lady, too emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/16/2010 10:26AM

    I remember my mom watching him on a little tiny black & white screen but my memory was she was ironing at the time and I was rolling on the floor doing what he was. LOL

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1 Year After Healthier Lifestyle - the Things I Take for Granted Now

Friday, January 15, 2010

As I pulled one of my fave blouses out to dress this morning, I smiled. It suddenly dawned on me that this was among my "skinny" clothes, meaning, an item that ceased to fit when I packed on the extra pounds. However, it has fit again for some time, and I guess I have begun to take it for granted as I buttoned it up. Nice feeling, indeed. However, I still go to the larger sizes when shopping, and then remember that I dropped three pants sizes over the past year and head to my original size with a smiling face.

This lead me to think of the other things I now take for granted:

-That I'll eat breakfast daily. (This from someone who never ate breakfast until starting this lifestyle change in October 08.)
-That I'll exercise. (There's no option to skip.)
-That I'll drink tons of water. (Which I always did, but more aware than ever before.)
-That I'll get a good night's sleep. (Which I was always consistent with anyway, but again, more aware of its value now.)
-That when I go grocery shopping today, my basket looks entirely different than it did a year ago. Chock full of healthy food.

So, you get the idea. Things have begun to click for me. I'm still at this forever plateau, and might be my goal weight since my body will not give up any more. But that remains to be seen. At least I'm healthier, and much better prepared to deal with all of the stress from loss of loved ones that has been a consistent theme in the past few years.

Thank you to SP and to all of my SP friends for being there for me. Have a wonderful day.

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DARLENA3 1/16/2010 6:46PM

    If you are taking these things for granted it means you have truly made a lifestyle change. emoticon

That is terrific!!

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LISANANCY 1/16/2010 10:09AM

    Isn't it interesting how we get "stuck" in our mind. What a great success you have! I love your grocery shopping basket you get to see all your wonderful changes. Now that's a great visual for all of us! Look in our shopping carts today emoticon

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NANCY- 1/16/2010 12:10AM

How wonderful!

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    * sigh * SO envious!!! I so very much wish that things have 'clicked' for me...but I appreciate that you are a good example for people such as myself. It's encouraging to know someone who has met goals, is meeting goals, and working toward new goals!

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THEADMIRAL 1/15/2010 9:10PM

    That is so encouraging! We ARE changing instead of staying in those old self-destructive cycles. Hurray for us! Hurray for Spark People! emoticon Vikki

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/15/2010 11:27AM

    Great blog and attitude ..yes what we take for granted as this holiday was the first time I didn't put on 10 pounds..Yipeeeeeeeeeeeee having the same issue though wondering if I'm shooting to high or rather lo for a goal..but we'll see this year I might have to concede..the jury still is out LOL.. have a wonderful weekend keep up the great work. hugs

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/15/2010 10:49AM

    Maybe you could forward this to JM and BL! (hey it might have an impact! emoticon
Hugs to you Laurie

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FLMOMX2 1/15/2010 10:18AM

    Oh my how we have changed. emoticon Better for all of us. Love the blog.

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