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Plateau Thoughts

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Over time, I've learned to be patient with plateaus, but I scrutinize my habits to see if there is anything I do which I could change which could help me move down to the next level.

My patience comes from thoughts like these: "So what you haven't lost weight! Look what you've accomplished! Besides, what are your choices...get mad, throw it all out the window and give into the old trigger foods once again? No WAY! You've worked too hard to build your healthy lifestyle and even if you never lose another pound, you are accomplishing a tremendous amount by simply maintaining your progress! You can actually feel the bones and muscle under your skin! Woo Hoo!"

I blew through my last plateau (I'm in another one now...3 weeks same weight) by realizing that although peanuts, sunflower seeds and nuts are healthy foods, I was snacking too much on them while driving. So I gave them up for a while. Additionally, I had opportunities to add a bit to my workouts...both in terms of amount of time and variety...switching over to elliptical while traveling.

Before I knew it, I dropped from 235 to 230. Now I'm holding again. We'll see how long. If I get impatient enough, I'm sure I'll find a way to kick it further down yet again.

One strategy I've been forestalling BIGTIME, which is a true disservice to my efforts from all we're hearing about recent research showing how beneficial a food log is...I don't measure my foods, and I don't log my foods. I rebel against this for some reason. I take pride in developing an intuitive sense of what I should or shouldn't eat. But I realize too that the day may soon arrive when I have to tackle portions and logging if I want to proceed to lower weight levels. We'll see if I'm stubborn enough to do it without resorting to such measures...lol!

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    Hi Don!

    Total props for all the excellent things you have already accomplished in your journey, but I have to say, I wouldn't be a true friend if I didn't share my thoughts with you, that I think you are doing yourself a great disservice by not counting your calories in your portions. I mean obviously you have done exceptionally well, but this tool is one of the absolute most effective that I've come across, and even having to enter my meals manually doesn't take that much time, and I get to track not just my calories, but my sodium, potassium, calcium and etc. It allows me to "fine tune" my eating habits and troubleshoot my problem areas. When I had to just count calories by keeping a hand written food journal I so didn't do it...lol, but SparkPeople have made it so easy, and it's such a blessing! You really should use it in my humble opinion, but then only you can determine what's best for your needs. As always, even in this, you continue to motivate and inspire me, just with your honesty!

    Blessings, Pami xoox
    3530 days ago
    Thanks for these thoughts DDoorn!

    I've been in a plateau for a few weeks and that helped me to be a little more patient. I don't know why, but reading about other people's plateaus eases my concerns.

    I'm sticking with my healthy eating habits and working on a few things here and there to improve, so I know that sooner or later, I'll bust through the plateau myself.

    3530 days ago
    I had to chuckle at myself with your comments about the food logs. That is one of the reasons I had friction with my friend and personal trainer who is a nutritionist. I just could NOT fill out the food records she wanted me to fill out. For some reason I can fill them out on SparkPeople and it makes me feel good to see where I am at the end of the day - sometimes there is even room for a snack if I want it. I've even forced myself to use the logs when I know I have gone over. I also like the way I can see how I am doing in nutrition (I always seem to have trouble getting in enough protein). Generally I log once or twice a day.

    I think you are so right. I am focusing on not having to wear 3X scrub pants (which were getting tight) and appreciating how strong my body has become.
    Thank you for thoughtful thoughts

    3531 days ago
    I needed to hear that, thanks.
    3531 days ago
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