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I've hit a plateau

Sunday, May 06, 2012

When is a plateau a plateau? When despite your best efforts you haven't lost a pound in over two weeks. emoticon

I analyzed two weeks of SP reports on calorie intake, exercise, fat, carbohydrates and protein. Ninety percent of the time I was on track, with the glaring exception of my carbohydrate intake---it appears to be a bit low. When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I heard the mantra of avoiding white potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. I guess I took that to heart and avoided everything.

Another trend I noticed is that I have seriously ramped up the length and intensity of my exercise. It is only May 6th and I've already earned my 250 minutes of fitness trophy. Is there a link between lots of exercise and plateaus? I did start strength training and dropped a size.

I've also been drinking lots more water, recording every bite, and logging into SP daily. The irony is that I wasn't even doing the program consistently in the beginning, but I was losing.

Its frustrating, but my plateau is only two weeks. I read about other SP who've hit plateaus lasting for months. Yikes!

I'm going to shake up my calories a bit and eat over my range today. Yes, over. Yesterday, I ate under my calorie range. I didn't plan to, but I got busy and didn't eat my scheduled snacks. Today, I'm going use those snack calories and eat over my calorie range. I am also NOT going to weigh again until Saturday. I'm tired of watching my weight bounce between two pounds.

Onward and downward (I hope!) emoticon

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JAZZEJR 5/8/2012 11:29AM

    Me too--I think I'll hide the scale for a while. Well, consider this--a plateau is better than a consistent weight GAIN! emoticon

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SUZIEMAH1 5/6/2012 6:17PM

    I wouldn't worry too much since its only been two weeks. I'm speaking from experience as I've had quite a few plateau's since I started my weightloss journey. I was stuck at 160 for over two months but I later realized that I'd been doing the same thing (exercise and diet) and my body had adapted and was just maintaining. If after a month you are still stuck then find something different to do- (I added a backpack with weights on my walks) that will really challenge your body, carefully manage your diet at that time too and the scale should start to move again.

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MPLANE37 5/6/2012 3:36PM

    If you are working out a lot and not losing, that is because you are not eating enough.

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NEVERMIND2010 5/6/2012 2:35PM

    Months? Try years!

I would say to keep doing what you've been doing and see if you don't have a sudden loss of a few pounds. It's happened to me before. Weeks and weeks of doing all the right things, no change, and then a whoosh of weight falls off. And what a great feeling!

Good luck. You'll figure it out.

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BUTTAPECANB 5/6/2012 1:51PM

    I can say that although im not exactly where i want to be, I noticed that when i first started working out a lot more than i had been, the scale seemed to hold on to my weight if I hadn't made an adjustment in my calorie intake. I may simply be that you aren't eating enough to sustain the extra calories that you're burning off. God knows, if that would only work in our favor though: extra calories burned + same amount of calories in=greater weight loss. Sometimes we just have to sigh... emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/6/2012 1:53:08 PM

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A Coworker Noticed!

Friday, May 04, 2012

"You're looking a little slimmer, aren't you?"

Magical words to hear from a co-worker. Still, I wanted to discount it because I assumed my boss told her I've been trying to lose weight and she was being nice. Actually, the thought is ridiculous.

I went shopping last night for a new pair of black pants and picked some up in a size 14.

At work, I can now climb the stairs without losing my breath, and at home I have more energy to do chores.

My complexion is clearing up and I just feel more relaxed.

See? I'm trying to stay patient and embrace non-scale feedback.

Onward and downward.

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JAZZEJR 5/8/2012 11:32AM

    Great NSV - who needs a scale when it's visible to the eye!!

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NEWATTITUDE2010 5/6/2012 11:44PM

  I think it's always good when someone else notices! Embrace it and congrats. As others have said, you don't always need to depend on the scale to let you know that you are heading in the right direction! Congrats to you!

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SLFGOLF 5/6/2012 1:00AM

    Some of the non-scale wins are the best. Keep it going!

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SONYALATRECE 5/5/2012 8:06PM

I'm so glad you are progressing and NOT obsessing!
Skin care is another essential healthy sign of truly good health.
Work it, soror!


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XTINEMAS 5/5/2012 9:18AM

    Yay to non-scale victories!! Eventually the scale will have to agree. Great job!


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The Beck Diet Solution

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Losing weight is all about mentality, so it makes sense that someone has found a way to combine cognitive behavioral therapy tools with dieting. Enter the Beck Diet Solution, with Dr. Judith Beck. She has written a book that guides dieters on how to use self-talk to stay on program and manage their eating habits. I haven't read the book or even thoroughly reviewed the website, but count me in as intrigued.

There are so many gimmicky plans out there, but this does not appear to be a "diet" per se. Instead, it looks more like a toolbox assembled by therapists.

So if you're interested, click on the link below and feel free to check it out. Let me know what you think. Once I've learned more about The Beck Diet Solution, I'll post a review.


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MRFUZZ 5/4/2012 11:18AM

    This totally has heled me! I front ake all the cards and things she suggested. But I read it cover to cover and absorbed all her wisdom. I still reaffirm many times a day with her advice.

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DARKCHILD 5/3/2012 6:22PM

    Hmmm, sounds interesting. Seems like something worth looking into..maybe trying out. I'll be looking forward to hear what you think about the book and if you try it, to hear about how it works for you.

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Escaped Emotional Eating

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Yesterday, I was seriously stressing over a financial disagreement I was having with a family member. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being totally stressed out, I was probably at about a 7 or 8. I decided to call one of my best friends "MojoAndy" who has joined me here on SP. Here is what it looks like when you are getting the right kind of support:

Me: I can't believe it!! This whole freakin' situation was preventable! I feel like slapping her!

Mojo: I know exactly what you mean, my son is giving me fits today and if you hadn't called just now, I would've decked him! (laughs)

Me: All she needed to do was to tell me about her decision first, then we could have talked about it. Now look--this is gonna cost me serious money for real! ( I start to cry while I whine, whine and whine some more. Mojo listens attentively, then speaks up.)

Mojo: Know what? I have an idea. Go workout. Go to the gym. You have your gym bag with you?

Me: Yes

Mojo: Then go to the gym and workout. You'll feel a lot better.

Me: You are right. I need to go workout.

And you know what? I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on an inclined treadmill, and 10 minutes on a stationary cycle. During the workout, I fretted and analyzed the situation and developed some specific, concrete steps I could take to manage it. By the time I finished my workout, I was calm.

If it hadn't been for my supportive friend, I might have hit a fast food joint or picked up a piece of cake from the grocery store. Because of my friend's help, I found a healthy outlet to manage my stress and it worked!

Onward and downward.

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DIBANANA 5/3/2012 6:55AM

  What a great SP Friend!

You are really doing well. You called your friend because you knew you could go off track! That was a great step.

Glad to hear things are working out.

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GODSFAITH 5/1/2012 4:09PM

emoticon, you can maintain your situation.. only you can make things possible

Follow you your heart and do what is right for you...All thing are possible with god on your side.. He is greater and will provide a way for you to deal with your stress.. Just believe and all will shall pass...Continue on your journey of becoming fit and healthy..
If keeping busy keeps you from straying to doing other things stay forcus..

I have faith that all will take care of itself.. you just BELIEVE!!!

Peace and Blessing.... emoticon

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Starting to go public with my goal

Monday, April 30, 2012

Today, in a meeting with my boss, I told her about my goal to lose at least 20 pounds by August 31st. It may seem odd to share such information, but I suppose not everyone has a boss like mine.

When I told her I had already dropped 25 lbs, she grinned and high fived me. She asked me how I was doing it. In the interest of time, I kept it simple. "Better eating habits and lots more exercise." She mentioned two other people in our office who have each lost more than 20 lbs.

Honestly, I believe that our staff is getting healthier because we're in such a laid back working environment. My boss treats us with respect and dignity and she trusts us to do what we're here to do. Even when she has to tell us "no," she does it in a way that allows us to understand her reasons. The overall effect is that we are a happy group of employees with high morale.

I think that losing (or gaining) weight is something that's very personal, so for me to share this with anyone on my job is a huge step. Still, I'm not ready to update it on my Facebook status. Maybe I'll do so after I lose my next 20 lbs.


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SUZIEMAH1 4/30/2012 2:23PM

    Its great that you have such a wonderful boss and work environment..you are luckier than most. I'm sure you'll get to your goal and be updating your Facebook status in no time. emoticon

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