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Beyond the Scale - BTS registration is live

Thursday, December 19, 2013

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=61708


The challenge will start January 6th.

register now while the spots are still available...this is a small challenge and the spots will fill up quickly

make sure you follow all the rules and make sure you don't start any new threads on the registration team.


I will be co - captain of the Black Diamond team along with LETHA_ as captain and ANNETTE117 as co captain.

please feel free to ask any questions
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to answer the first question asked....
the challenge will differ from the BLC in that there is no team competition...you are only in competition with yourself. the teams are for support and mini tasks and challenges. you will weigh in once a week and you are accountable for your weight losses or gains but only as an individual - there are no team standings so what you do does not negatively affect your team. If you have any question, feel free to email me or post here

thanks for your question ELSAT137...I do believe you could handle both...the tasks and challenges on BTS will not require tracking or keeping points like the BLC...Support in a friendly environment is our main goal. again the only "competition" will be with yourself on the main list of all members together

  
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LADYSTARWIND 12/27/2013 11:59PM

    I missed this last week.... :( but turned in a registration today! We'll see.... I wasn't at all sure what "Link" they wanted copied...but...???? tried something anyway. It might work or not....! Thanks for posting this!


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COLOR-BLUE 12/20/2013 7:03PM

    Kathy,

emoticon I'm really looking forward to this challenge! January 6th can't get here soon enough for me! I'll go back and print out a copy of the rules, so I can make sure I abide by them. Thanks again, for getting my link together for me.

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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LINDA! 12/19/2013 9:54PM

    I am a BLC team co captain this round. But I am also joining the BTS. Looks like fun. I always like to stay motivated and this will help me. I did not know about BTS so I am happy that you posted this blog. emoticon

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JAMER123 12/19/2013 9:17PM

    emoticon And good luck to all!!

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ELSAT137 12/19/2013 11:41AM

    There are challenges and tasks but the main goal is support? How much involvement do you think it will be a week? Could I handle both BLC and BTS? (I already signed up for BLC before I heard about this) Thanks

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NASFKAB 12/19/2013 11:26AM

  thanks

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RACEWELLWON 12/19/2013 10:59AM

    I know you will be a great support and leader !! BTW - Merry Christmas to you and your Family - Hugs Karen

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 12/19/2013 10:52AM

    can you tell us more about what it is? is it like BLC? what sorts of challenges/activities etc are involved? is there a description somewhere - I couldn't find anything on the registration team that described what the overall theme/purpose/focus is.

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LETHA_ 12/19/2013 10:50AM

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How did I get here? (pictures)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I sat down the other night to look at my spark page and started wondering back to the beginning. I was a skinny kid till I hit 8th grade. Then I started to gain. I am fully responsible for all the weight I gained and the way I gained it, but there were a few catalysts. My mother for one. May she rest in peace (if I ever let her) When I started gaining weight she used to tell me how fat I was and how I was never going to get a husband or good life being that fat. I believe she meant well. I believe she was trying in her own messed up way to motivate me to lose weight. It didn’t work. It did just the opposite. I decided since I was so fat there was no point in curbing what I ate because it was pointless and I was a miserable failure. This attitude carried with me for years and years. Long after my mother passed away when I was 18.



I finally decided to do something about my weight in 2001 and joined TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) I lost 58 pounds that first year and another 20 the next year. It was during this time, right after my grandmother passed away, that I met my husband. He was the first man in my life that treated me like a human being and didn’t judge my weight. He lifted my self esteem higher than I thought possible. I fell head over heals and accepted his marriage proposal less than a month after our first date. (We’ve been married over 10 years so it worked out well)

Well, at first I was able to keep off the weight I had lost, even though I quit TOPS. But my new husband loved finding new places to eat out. We would drive for hours just to try out a restaurant he had heard about. I slowly gained and gained. I always wore stretchy clothes so I did not comprehend just how much I was gaining. My scale at the time would not measure me…it only went to 350, but I honestly thought I was just barely above that. Then I had to quit work due to health issues not related to my weight. Now I went nowhere and with my agoraphobia, well…it just got worse and worse. I ballooned to 426 lbs. I had to go on metformin for my diabetes and lost about 40 pounds. Then I put THOSE back on!

At the beginning of 2013 I decided a couple of things had to happen. I needed to quit smoking and I needed to lose weight and get control of my diabetes. I was able to quit smoking on February 22, 2013. I was also slowly losing some of my weight through diet alone. Then in May of 2013 my Daddy was diagnosed with cancer. I knew he would need help, and I knew it had to be me. I got serious in Spark People again at this time. (I’ve been a member since 2006 but never really tried before) I started doing chair aerobics because I could not do regular aerobics. I was finally able to start walking to take Daddy to his appointments and treatments at the hospital.

This has been my year. The year I finally put so many bad decisions behind me. I put the teenage hurt behind me and relished in the love of my family now.

I still have a ways to go. I’ve lost 84 pounds so far. When I finally get to goal I will have lost over 200 pounds. But you know what???? The time is going to pass anyway…I might as well spend it getting healthy. And now instead of finding new places to eat out, my husband spends hours learning new healthy recipes to cook for us and experimenting in the kitchen…he has been my rock through out this journey.

I think reflecting on what started my journey to 426 pounds has helped me. There are other things that factored…things I won’t go into on a public forum. But I’ve come to realize and accept that the past is just that…PAST. I can’t continue living there…I want to live in the present and I want to be healthy for the future.


  
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CATNCAG 6/11/2014 6:58PM

    You r doing emoticon! emoticon I started my journey, this time - my final live changing journey - at 470 pounds! I now have 300 town in my sights! Good for u! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 5/6/2014 11:17AM

    Thank you for sharing all of this. I think there are many of us who can relate to how the things our moms say to us (meaning well) can reverberate in our heads for years and years. Self analysis is a good exercise and is a good addition to the physical exercise we learn to do here at Spark. I wish you well in your continued journey.

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AMANDANCES 2/28/2014 8:50AM

    This is such a great blog. You really are an amazing lady. You're absolutely right about the passage of time. It happens anyway, so why not spend it getting and being healthy! And look how many people you inspire on a daily basis! When you get to your goal weight, you might consider a new career as a motivational speaker. Just knowing how hard you work every day, both in fitness and in your home life, well, that makes ME motivated. I think you are a wonderful influence on so many hundreds of internet friends, and you deserve all the good things life has to offer you!!

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BIBS4664 2/17/2014 2:00PM

    Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing.
Mary

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KDSTAP 1/23/2014 10:36AM

    Inspiring!

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MCJULIEO 1/14/2014 7:27PM

    We can do this!

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CHERIONE 1/11/2014 11:33AM

    Loved the comment about you not letting your mom rest in peace! Especially when their comments may not (unconsciously or not) let us live in peace. I'm right there with you. Stay determined, your comment that time is going to pass and you may as well spend it getting healthy is a great attitude! (((Hugs))) Cheri

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FRABBIT 12/31/2013 10:34AM

  Way to go! Keep up the great work!

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JERICHO1991 12/27/2013 7:47PM

    Good self examination. Glad to hear you are putting your knowledge of your past to good use making a better present and future.

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PATTI345 12/23/2013 8:51AM

  Wow you are so beautiful in your high-school photo. You look like a plus-size model.

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LEANMEAN2 12/23/2013 6:00AM

    Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing.

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IKACEY 12/23/2013 12:55AM

    I loved reading your story! Very inspiring Kathy! Keep on keepin' on lady you can do it for sure! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENLIGHTENED7 12/22/2013 7:38AM

  I'm glad I read your blog. You have helped me in my quest to get "back in the saddle"---so to speak. Just think of what your future holds!!!! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 12/22/2013 12:04AM

    emoticon emoticon Such an inspiration to me! Keep on going and never give up!! emoticon

See you next year, I am on a winter break, leading into vacation time! Stay strong through the holidays and have a great start to 2014!! emoticon

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CTUPTON 12/20/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon You are on track for being healthy and fit! Congratulations. I know people look at me and how did I let myself get this big. My doctor for sure wonders that. I am trying . That is all I can do. Thank you for this great blog. chris

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/20/2013 7:46AM

    God Bless you, and I hope your Daddy is better! It's so hard when family is ill!

Happy Merry Hoo Hoo.

J


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BEATLETOT 12/19/2013 7:24PM

    Wow...this was such a good read. Thanks for sharing it! Continued success to you!!

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MRSRIGS1 12/19/2013 11:28AM

    You have a BEAUTIFUL attitude! Congratulations on your progress to a healthy YOU! Your hubby is a keeper. How wonderful it is to have such a strong support system! emoticon

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AMBER461 12/18/2013 8:29PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/18/2013 4:57PM

    Beautiful, inspiring blog!! Thanks SO much!! Hope springs eternal. emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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TRICIALICI 12/18/2013 2:50PM

    Thanks for sharing your story - your attitude and commitment are inspirational! I love that your husband is supporting you in the kitchen. Best of luck in continuing your journey! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through the BTS Warm-up Challenge!

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WHOVIAN3 12/18/2013 1:59PM

    Glad you are making a change! It is wonderful to have someone help you in that,sounds like you have a great support in your husband!
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JULES46561 12/18/2013 1:14PM

    Congratulations to you for so many positive choices you have made. How wonderful that you have a great supportive husband. Best wishes

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NANCYTUNBERG64 12/18/2013 8:08AM

    This is so awesome!! You have such a great support member in your husband and that is priceless!! I am recently divorced since I was not lucky enough to get that support that I needed. Messed with my head a bit (much like your Mom had done) and Yes, they do not realize what they are doing to us.

Good for you taking care of yourself and relishing in the glow of your family.

Merry Christmas!!

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EBONYSOL 12/18/2013 7:19AM

    Great journey. Keep up the good work with yourself and your dad.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/18/2013 2:32AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals. YOU CAN DO IT!

HUGS
Pam

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MELYMOUSE3 12/17/2013 10:40PM

    I commend you greatly for how far you have come. I always hear people fail because they see how far they have to go, and not how far they have already come. You are an inspiration to all of us sparkers, and I will be praying for continued success on your journey! One day, one step, one choice at a time. You can do this!

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PRETTYEYES668 12/17/2013 9:52PM

    Congrats on your weight loss.

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MSANITAL 12/17/2013 8:16PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. you are reaching high and moving forward.. keep up the great work.. thank you for sharing


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    Amazing and inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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    What a emoticon attitude! I can't WAIT for an update a year from now!
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LAWANDMUSIC 12/17/2013 6:14PM

    Kudos!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 12/17/2013 5:20PM

  amazing..thank you for sharing

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GRATEFUL_BEING 12/17/2013 2:58PM

  You have done so great keep up the good work!

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JCERNEK 12/17/2013 2:15PM

    your an inspiration and congrats to you for letting go of the past. i to had a mother who constantly reminded me of my weight, but then she would give me a cookie, or a bowl of ice cream. like you i believe she had good intentions, but they backfired as i grew up eating my emotions, and i still do. a very hard habit to break. but i have a goal of 100 pounds in one year.
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MJEFFERSON23 12/17/2013 1:36PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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  Thanks for sharing.

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Busted Plateau!!!!

Monday, December 09, 2013

I lost 4 pounds!!!!


Thank you all so much for all the support all of you have given me over the last month of my plateau!!!!!!

I busted it by adding an extra workout later in the day and drinking even more water (I think I'm going to float away now)

thanks again everybody and thank you SparkPeople for simply existing...you've been a huge help!!!!

  
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    A Plateau can be a real downer glad that you overcame with extra effort
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MRSRIGS1 12/17/2013 11:53AM

    Thank you for sharing how you did it! I have been on one myself for several weeks.

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LEANMEAN2 12/16/2013 5:18AM

    Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!

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MONICASHAFFER40 12/15/2013 11:55PM

    Thanks for sharing how you busted out of your plateau. I've been in one myself and need all the help I can get.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/13/2013 11:12PM

    Great ....way to go.......I am happy with just holding during the holidays

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AMBER461 12/13/2013 7:00PM

  Thanks for sharing and keep adding an exercise when necessary.

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VAINVT 12/13/2013 7:47AM

  Love the float away quote. Congratulations!

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    Good for you.

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JSEATTLE 12/12/2013 5:58PM

  I had to read this again. Love a good plateau buster!

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  Good job, congratulations.

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PATTYJ48 12/12/2013 12:04PM

    Way to go !!!! Sometimes just a small change makes a difference. Continued success to you.

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SBARGANZ 12/12/2013 12:00PM

    Congrats!!!

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

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SCOTMAMA 12/12/2013 11:33AM

    You are a persistent gal -- I knew you'd get past that plateau sooner or later!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/12/2013 12:32AM

  that is great! Your lucky it only tok you a month to break it! emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 12/11/2013 10:32PM

    wtg

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KITTYCAT64 12/11/2013 9:43PM

    I am so proud of you. Way to go. I have been on a plateau for a month also. You inspire me to hang on.

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    Thank you for sharing!

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    That is awesome! Congrats.....

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New Challenge BTS

Saturday, December 07, 2013

I am honored to have been asked to be an assistant captain to a team that will be involved in the newest team challenge called Beyond the Scale (BTS)

I will be an assistant captain (along with ANNETTE117) on a new team called Black Diamonds. Captained by Letha_

The new challenge will have eight teams of 25 members, and last 10 weeks, beginning in January. And when registration opens, the teams will fill up quick. I and several others will be notifying folks in our blogs when the registration becomes public, so watch for it and grab your spot before registration closes.

  
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LIVINTODAY 12/16/2013 9:20AM

    Commented on your more recent blog but just noticed that you are a BTS member! I am registered but haven't received my team assignment yet. Black Diamond was my first choice if I remember correctly but I'll enjoy any team I get, I'm sure! I think the BTS challenge is just a great idea! emoticon

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KAB7801 12/12/2013 9:57AM

    The new team sounds interesting
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2NDCHANCEWITHEY 12/9/2013 2:17PM

    awesome!

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    Thank you! I will be watching.
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NASFKAB 12/8/2013 8:50AM

  thanks

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POUTINGPEGGY 12/8/2013 4:37AM

    I might be interested but want to know more. You would make a. Great team leader.

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LADYSTARWIND 12/8/2013 1:45AM

    I'm also intrigued... but similar to Nancy Jean, I'm "almost" in maintenance: down to the last ten oh-so-slow-to-go pounds..... so if the Team Challenge is looking for large losses, or pounds per week, I'd be a hinderance to the Team Goal!! LOL But if its "Beyond The Scale" maybe it might be just what I need for the New Year! I will watch your posts....
patti

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COLOR-BLUE 12/7/2013 8:32PM

    Kathy,

I think it's so cool, that you and Letha are teaming up together, for a new challenge. I would love to jump on board, but I would like to know a bit more about it. I'm no longer in the losing mode, but maintenance. Being in maintenance is a heck of a lot harder than being in the losing mode. I'm still trying to adjust to it. I'm not sure where I would fit in, with the new challenge. Even if I don't participate in the challenge, I'm a really emoticon emoticon cheerleader!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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AWESOMECHELZ 12/7/2013 8:09PM

    Thanks for letting us know!

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LETHA_ 12/7/2013 7:43PM

    2014 is going to rock!!
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BEFIT014 12/7/2013 6:53PM

    Sounds interesting!

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    Congrats, you are doing more than "pluggin' along".

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ANNETTE117 12/7/2013 6:19PM

    I can't wait to get started!

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Still pushing but the rock isn’t moving

Friday, December 06, 2013

The rock – otherwise known as the scale…is simply refusing to move for me. I have done everything I can think of…I gained a few pounds over thanksgiving week and lost most of those…but can’t get below my current weight. I haven’t even had my fried chicken in almost two weeks. Some say plateaus aren’t real…that you must be doing something wrong if you aren’t losing…well they are WRONG. I’m doing the same dang thing I’ve done all year and I am NOT losing. I haven’t lost since I went on the statins. I’ve been off the statins for a little while now – the only hope I have now is that some lingering effect from those are what is keeping me from losing weight right now.

My motivation is in the toilet…I’m trying so hard to keep a positive attitude…really I am…but it’s so hard when you see folks losing all around you and your own loss has stopped.

I have a new project starting soon…I won’t blog about the specifics just yet, but I’m hoping it will revive my motivation. It involves one of my best friends here on SparkPeople so that will be nice.

For now I will just keep plugging along, I certainly can't stop, I've come too far! Somehow I will do this!
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I hope each of you reading this has an awesome weekend!

  
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ANNETTE117 12/8/2013 12:46PM

    You are getting lots of awesome feedback. I hope that it helps. emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 12/7/2013 10:57PM

    I understand. I am not losing much and it is slow going. But hope you succeed soon!

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MOVEITMARY 12/7/2013 10:23PM

    I know what you mean, it is hard to adjust when we get used to losing weight regularly and then hit a plateau.

However... let's see if we can shift this "plateau" perception a bit:

You have LOST OVER 80 POUNDS and are MAINTAINING your weight loss.
That is pretty awesome no matter how you look at it - especially through the holidays.

Plateau = Maintenance
THIS IS WORKING!!!
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Are you at your final goal? No. Are you doing awesome? YES!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/7/2013 4:55PM

    Don't give up we all have plateaus we just have to keep pushing - just add 5 more min to your workout routine or change it up a little and see if that helps - just don't give up
we are here for you
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GEMINISUE 12/7/2013 3:06PM

    When I was on statins, and gained 23 lbs over night, my doctor told me not to worry about it. I'm alive and the statins helped me.

I had to lose those 23 lbs all over again, nothing easy about it. I thought maybe it was water weight, but it wasn't it was real weight! I just had to make up my mind to think positive and take it one meal at a time, and follow the rules I made for myself, and continue one and eventually it came off, plus more.

It's possible, just hang in there, remember patience is a virtue and with weight lost desire and consistency to work on it, it can be done.

Hugs
Linda

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KITT52 12/7/2013 11:19AM

    think of it as a positive, not gaining is a win in my book....

mix things up a bit and see if that helps



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TIGER_LILY_613 12/7/2013 5:57AM

    Plateaus are very real and they totally suck. I'm on my 4th one so far. The good news is that they end. We just have to keep making good choices :)

You wrote "I’m doing the same dang thing I’ve done all year and I am NOT losing". One of the reasons plateaus can happen is that the body gets more efficient at doing things that we do repeatedly. A routine that helped us lose weight sometimes stops working because of this. Perhaps now would be a good time to change it up a bit.

Hang in there. I know it sucks, but you can break through ! You've been doing so well. Keep up the good work !

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DALMOM2007 12/7/2013 5:36AM

    Hi Kathy,
Well, there is nothing that I can add that hasn't been said in the prior posts, except that I know that you will get through this. Just hang in there, check out SparkPeople Plateau Busters, and soon you'll be in control again.
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RICKI157 12/7/2013 1:02AM

    I have had plateaus too and there is a series of articles about Plateau Busters under Fitness Articles under the Articles and Video tab or just type in Plateau Busters in the Search area at the top of the page and you will find them.
1 thing I learned is you don't want to keep doing the same thing. You want to change things up. I added 10 minutes to my walking work outs 3 times a week and I changed my Strength training work out. I also added Tai Chi as a work out once a week now and I like it a lot but the work out DVD I have takes 50 minutes and it doesn't burn that many calories.
Go and check out the articles on Plateau Busters I will send you the link to them via Spark mail.
Find out what changes will work for you.
I know you can beat this plateau!!!!!!
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LADYSTARWIND 12/7/2013 1:02AM

    Look at it in another way...

You have worked so hard for so long AND made much progress....Your body is telling you that you have earned a break...so give yourself permission to spend a few weeks focusing on the Joy of the Season. Share a Holiday Treat with your Dad or a special afternoon visiting someone he longs to see. Revel in the fact that you are much healthier this Season than last....

There's no doubt that you will be able to control yourself from really over-indulging--you have come too far to lose your Lifestyle in two weeks! Exercise not because you are driven to, have to, feel its the only way to push further...but simply because it feels good to stretch out and gets you into a rhythm for the day. SIng those Holiday Carols while you relax with some movement....

And then...after the Holidays...you will be refreshed and ready to make progress again in the New Year. ENJOY!!

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LYNETTEMOM 12/6/2013 10:09PM

    you can do it! keep your chin up and keep fighting, girl!

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JACKIE542 12/6/2013 9:51PM

    I hate plateaus, they suck the like out of you and make you want to give up, but don't do it! you are the boss, keep on moving ahead with what you are doing. You have come a long way, you can do this. emoticon emoticon

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KATTREE 12/6/2013 9:48PM

    When i started my weight loss I talked with my Doctor, he looked at my graph and told me that there is a rhythm in weight loss that is not usually straight down. Plateaus and valleys were all part of it. So this is just part of the journey to your goal keep going forward and don't give up.

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NASFKAB 12/6/2013 8:56PM

  keep at it NEVER give up

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/6/2013 7:29PM

    My plateau has lasted for months and I am looking at my meds too to see if that's part of the problem plus I want to add weight training. It is hard to stay motivated while not losing weight. I understand. Just keep coming back and let's keep working it one day at the time. emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 12/6/2013 6:22PM

    Yes, plateaus are REAL!!! I hit one for 2 weeks, and it took SP's Breaking a Plateau to get me over the hump. It worked like a champ. If you've already paid for the SP coaching, etc. then you should be able to use it for free. I've accessed so many different programs, for free. Kathy, give it a try, if you're able. It just may be the ticket!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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LETHA_ 12/6/2013 6:18PM

    You will find a way through this frustrating plateau. I've never experienced a plateau. Perhaps because I always fall off the wagon before I get there. But they say everyone on a long weight loss journey encounters plateaus so when it's my turn you will be able to coach me through it. Talk to you soon.
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2HAMSDIET 12/6/2013 5:48PM

    I was stuck for over a year didn't lose but didn't gain either.
I keep reminding myself of this I came across....

There are several reasons why a goal may not come to fruition.
You set your sights too high
You set your sights too low
The universe has something far better in store for you
There is a mystical plan working in your life, and all the details are not yet revealed

I now feel that my problem was the last one as my husband has now deiced to lose weight and the moment he decided to do that the pounds started to come off again. Just don't give up. emoticon


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_BABE_ 12/6/2013 5:43PM

    I agree that sticking to plan and not loosing faith is key. You had your "reset meal" and now its just time to be patient! emoticon

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CAPECODDOGFISH 12/6/2013 5:37PM

    I'll have to agree with King Slayer.
Another way of looking at plateaus is that while you aren't losing, for whatever reason, you also aren't gaining. Stressing yourself over it won't help and may lead to nervous eating.
Most of us have been through plateaus and they eventually end if we can be patient with ourselves and continue following the program that got our weight down until we hit the plateau. Ah PATIENCE!!, I had a difficult time with that word and its meaning but once I started being patient with me and those around me, life and weight loss became much easier.
Don't quit on yourself, be proud you have decided to change your lifestyle.aaand keep"plugging".

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POUTINGPEGGY 12/6/2013 5:32PM

    Just hang on in there. It's so hard but you've come so far. Thinking of you.
Wasn't there another rock a long time ago, that was rolled away? emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 12/6/2013 5:29PM

    I think MOTHEPRO has a good idea; taking your measurements. It could be you are losing inches but gaining muscle, and that is why you aren't seeing a difference in the scale.

I also think it could be your body hasn't adjusted yet to not having the statins.

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MOTHEPRO 12/6/2013 4:58PM

    I agree, sometimes our bodies take a little while to adjust to their new size. Have you tried taking your measurements? The scale is only one tool.
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KING_SLAYER 12/6/2013 4:15PM

    Plateaus suck, that's the truth. But if you keep following your plan and drinking your water, you will break through it. I believe that sometimes our bodies just need some time to "reset" themselves at a new lower weight. Once your body has accepted this new weight and made all of the appropriate changes to chemical and hormonal outputs it should start working again.

At least that's the idea that I'm sticking with!

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