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Ding Dong the Witch is Dead! (my Plateau Broke)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I am so doing the emoticon Happy Dance! This plateau was such an albatross around my neck. I am so proud of myself for sticking it out though, normally I would have given up. You guys here at Spark People gave me the encouragement and support to wait (weight emoticon) it out.

I knew I was losing weight because for Pete's sake I was walking out of my clothes, literally, twice as I was walking in the gym. I get up so early to go to the gym most mornings that I dress myself half asleep. Don't realize till I get out of the car to walk into the gym that maybe I should have put on a smaller pair of pants over my swimsuit. Thank God I wear my swimsuit underneath my clothes or oh what a show that would have been!

This Plateau has taught me perseverance. I stuck with something and worked through it without giving up. I even had major back issues for most of the month but I kept up my exercise routine , modified of course. Coupled with a Plateau and an aching back, the old Yvonne would have said, frig this I am staying in bed, why torture myself? Nothing is happening anyways.

Well a lot was happening. My body was re-adjusting to my weight loss to losing 52 pounds since June 16th. (I started Spark at the end of May but screwed around till the 16th of June and even gained 3 more pounds in the process). Inches were being whittled away. I realized that my health was more important than giving up and self medicating myself with food. Had I given in and binged, yes I would have binged, cheating is too little of a word to describe what I would have done to my body. Sure I would have felt good for the short term ( like 5 mins) but then reality would have sunk in and I would be beating myself up for eating all of that crap, gained weight, and then be even further away from my goal.

A biggie for me is that during this Plateau I gave up my obsession with my scale. It used to be the 1st thing I would do is weigh myself and that would determine my mood for the day. Oh it took me a number of weeks into the Plateau to come to the conclusion that the scale is not King. I finally realized that this Queen had more control and power over what was happening in her life and not the scale. The scale used to validate my efforts and me in the past IN MY MIND. I am happy to say that is over. I am finally looking for other areas to show all of my hard work whether it is how my clothes are getting bigger, how I look in the mirror, my energy level, the fact that I am sleeping so much better, and last but not least how much better my sugar levels are with my Diabetes.

For my Team, no I am not 50 pounds down in our Challenge to lose 50 pounds by January 1st. I have lost 31 pounds since our Challenge so I still have 19 pounds to go to meet that goal. The fact that I still have 19 more pounds scares me because I have my cruise coming up and still have to get through the "Eating Season" as I call it. It is one thing to talk the talk and now I must walk the walk. We really are coming into the most difficult time of the year to be trying to lose weight. But we will do it and we do it together with all of the love and support of our fellow Sparkers.

I came across this great cartoon on a new Buddy's Spark Page. It is something that hit home and is something I have to remember when I am too tired to get out of bed, or have too much work to do, or it's too cold outside to get out of my warm and cozy bed:

"What fits your busy schedule better, exercise one hour a day or being dead 24 hours?" Randy Glasbergen Cartoons
It shows a Doctor asking an overweight patient this question during an exam.
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BLOOMING52 10/27/2009 9:47PM

    Awesome!

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LJOHN44 10/27/2009 9:23PM

    I think you've had a Spark "A-ha!" moment!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! That's Awesome!
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DJS-DEBBIE 10/27/2009 9:23PM

    Way to hang in there, Yvonne! I am taking a lesson from you and staying the course through my plateau as well.
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RASTUS55 10/27/2009 9:15PM

    Good job...way to hang in there!!! All your patience paid off!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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A-STRONGER-ME 10/27/2009 9:13PM

    I think I am gonna have to check in more often and catch some draft!!!

Keep up the GREAT WORK!!

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READYTOSHED 10/27/2009 8:59PM

    Way to go Yvone ! I had to chuckle when I read your blog.. You were saying some of the things I was thinking about. Like... the scale is not the KING ! Oh, how I was bummed out today when I went to the Dr. and I had a gain ! This is the first time in months and I was put in a mood right off the bat... and not a good one. lol.. However, I had hit a platuea again and then got frustrated and I think I just gave in to temptations a time or two or 7 ! HA ! Thanks for the encouragement though. I will not give up I just have to keep putting God first and HIS will for my life to eat only healthy things and in small quantities ! Thanks for the blog and congrats girl !!
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ZEE1960 10/27/2009 8:15PM

    I have been stuck at 142lb for about 8 weeks, it's driving me mad, I am going to Malta next week so I have no chance now lol. well done you!

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NEWCASTLE7B 10/27/2009 8:13PM

    Congrats on busting through!

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CHERYLE51 10/27/2009 7:35PM

    Way to go. I refuse to look at my scale. It is stuck. It still weighs me the same and like you, my clothes are all getting bigger. My goal was to be able to fit into all of my clothes and not just my fat ones. I am almost there. Being on the Spark Plan since August has made a huge difference. I was a former Weight Watcher and tried going back to meetings, but wasn't working for me, so I gave SP a try. It is working. I think it is the friendship factor also. Whenever I get down, there is always someone there to help. emoticon

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JEAN524 10/27/2009 7:04PM

    emoticon Congratulations on sticking to your guns through the plateau and losing size if not weight. That's wonderful. emoticon Love, Jean

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KASTEACH 10/27/2009 6:37PM

    Hi! You did it.....the plateau didn't stop you! Congratulations on your success! You are a wonderful inspiration and I so enjoy your blogs! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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ANDREA963 10/27/2009 5:47PM

    Hi Yvonne! Very happy for you taking a leap off that plateau! Way to hang in there. I thought I should correct one thing for you in your blog... about midway you say:

"I am finally looking for other areas to show all of my hard work whether it is how my clothes are getting bigger".

Just to be clear... your clothes are not getting bigger...YOU are getting SMALLER. :) It sounds much better and gives credit to where it belongs! :) I know you don't have a clothes stretcher there in your house... LOL...

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DENISE245 10/27/2009 5:26PM

    Yay!!!! I knew that nasty plateu was bound to break soon. emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEV3 10/27/2009 5:23PM

    WoW! emoticon

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SCORPION1352 10/27/2009 5:23PM

    WhoooooHoooooo Good for you keep it up

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LISAMG1220 10/27/2009 5:18PM

    Rock on!!!!! I knew you could do it! Hugs-Lees
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DANJAKEJOE 10/27/2009 5:03PM

    Great job Yvonne.
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MIS2101 10/27/2009 4:38PM

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LADYSUNBEAM 10/27/2009 4:24PM

    Congrats girlfriend! YOU DID IT!! I am so happy for you and so proud of you as I know from experience how hard that is to stick out a plateau! You rock!!

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JOSOWIECKI 10/27/2009 4:15PM

    Good for you for hanging in there. I also put my scale away. I use my mother's scale once a week when I go over to visit her.

Keep up the good work!

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CPERKS 10/27/2009 3:50PM

  Congratulations...You are such an inspiration to me... I am starting today and I need to read stories like yours...Keep up the good work...Thanks

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ARENDIVA 10/27/2009 3:46PM

    wow grats on your weightloss. Overcoming plateaus is a pain but to have lost that much weight in that little time you should be super proud of yourself.

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DEGODDESS 10/27/2009 3:46PM

    that is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!
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JFROGDIVA 10/27/2009 3:35PM

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WOOHOO!!!! Weigh to go, Girl!!!! If you can do it, so can I!!!!

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GRANDMAAMIE 10/27/2009 3:32PM

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NEENEE_BEANZ 10/27/2009 3:01PM

    I am so proud of you... It is so difficult to see progress when there is a Plateau - but you found it! Congrats! I love the cartoon quote. I may have to google that and put it up in my house.

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SPARKLE72023 10/27/2009 2:43PM

    This is great - - hearing you talk about smashing your Pleateau barrier!!!
Heck, that's better than 'cracking the glass ceiling' anyday.
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It really is a mind thing - - - and I strongly believe that plateaus are the body's safety mechanism, a period of rest & re-arrangement, if you will, that gives our bodies AND SKIN the time needed to readjust to new losses of weight. They are even more important than the periods of dropping pounds!

So for those who can control their MINDS during the Plateau times, rewards are right around the corner. Mother Nature knows what she's doing.
Spark People is a safe and healthy way to loose weight because it allows our bodies the time needed to enter and get thru Plateaus without shocking the body thru them.

YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!! body & mind working together in good harmony, you ARE a real DONE GIRL for sure.
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SUPREME5 10/27/2009 2:10PM

    THANKS FOR ANOUTHER GREAT BLOG
YOU ROCK

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KELLYC_14FAN 10/27/2009 1:22PM

    You are very inspiring!!! Congrats on beating the plauteau!!! YAY!!!

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NETTIEDEE 10/27/2009 1:15PM

    Congrats! And keep on writing. Your posts are super helpful. Cheers!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/27/2009 1:13PM

    Great blog as always!

And here's to hoping your weight loss ontinues smoothly!
Debbie

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LEAN-N-LEXY 10/27/2009 12:23PM

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/27/2009 12:17PM

    Yay Big hand of Applause! emoticon Waiting(weighting) out your plateau takes a lot of patience and it can be frustrating too. You could be waiting for days or even months, Kudos to you for sticking it out. emoticon

I love that saying, man if that doesn't hit home or convince anyone nothing will. emoticon emoticon emoticon

On more thing Keep losing your pants!= progress! emoticon emoticon



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WINGSOFCHANGE 10/27/2009 11:54AM

    YAY!!! I'm SO happy for you! You must be thrilled and proud of yourself for not giving up. That's determination!
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DARA52 10/27/2009 11:53AM

    Doin the emoticon for you! You go girl!

Dara

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FISHINGLADY66 10/27/2009 11:51AM

    WOW you are doing great. You are so determined. You have chosen what you want, and you are doing what it takes to get there. I love your Great Blog. Keep it up.
Irene

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GLORYB2014 10/27/2009 11:32AM

    Congrats on breaking your plateau! I look for your blogs ~ always good reads and VERY encouraging!
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-LORI-B 10/27/2009 11:28AM

    WOOHOOOOO CONGRATS.. happy for you!!!

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FERGSGIRL2 10/27/2009 11:20AM

    Yes!!!! Way to go Lady! I'm rejoicing with you! That is so encouraging to me, that I am off the computer to go get on the treadmill--I enjoy your blogging too!
I don't get to weigh until I have a doctor's appointment usually and that is not often--I STILL CANNOT FIND MY SCALES! THEY HAVE BEEN HIDING SINCE AUGUST. And that may be the best thing that has happened to me--so I don't obsess over them!
I start my diabetes educ. class on Thursday and then they will weigh me once a week (hopefully) that's enough for me. My clothes tell me the story I want to know! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRE2003SB 10/27/2009 11:17AM

    WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!! I'm so happy for you. emoticon for sticking and staying.
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COUNTRYDI 10/27/2009 11:10AM

    emoticon That's awesome!! That just shows what preservance can do!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/27/2009 11:09AM

    emoticon ... sometimes sticking with a program of healthy eating gets really tough when the going gets rough. But, you knew, as we have learned, that success is just around the corner if we go that Xtra mile. emoticon YOu did it and it shows!

Thanks for being such an inspiration to us all.



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YAKWOMAN 10/27/2009 11:00AM

    Congrats!!!! Plateaus stink! emoticon

Thanks for that cartoon quote! I am going to put that on my bathroom mirror to kick myself into exercise.

Keep up the AWESOME work!!! emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 10/27/2009 10:49AM

    Great job on sticking to the plan and getting over your plateau. I am going through this too. I was here 3 yrs. ago and stayed at the exact point. Then when I became ill I just gave up and gained everything back. I am exercising again after some health issues sidelined me and am back to walking after getting new shoes to help my planter faciitis. I will remember your blog when I am tempted to give up. Thank You! emoticon

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ALANOFLINY 10/27/2009 10:48AM

    Just wanted to say Yvonne, that your blogs are becoming one of my favorite daily reads. I may not always agree with them (totally or partially), but I do enjoy them!!

And congrats on breaking through the plateau. That's always wonderful news.

Alan

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LAPORTE2006 10/27/2009 10:20AM

    That is awesome. Congrats on breaking your weight loss plateau.
You can make that other 19 by January. Just keep on going. Pam

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CINDYRODK 10/27/2009 10:17AM

  Great job on sticking with the plan!! I am in plateau mode right now. I thought I broke it last week, but false alarm :(. I am still working out and tracking food. My clothes are fitting better, so I must learn to get over the scale!!

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CGREEN717 10/27/2009 10:00AM

    Great job on getting over the plateu.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/27/2009 9:58AM

    I am so proud of you, all this time you have been encouraging the rest of us to stick with it. You acknowledged your frustration with your plateau, but showed everhyone how to deal with it with grace and pride. WTG my friend.

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DYNAMICDEB53 10/27/2009 9:53AM

    Way to go Yvonne!!! I am dancing with you!1 I know these last weeks have been very hard with back and plateau and just life, but you made it, you didnt give up as you had in the past!!! That is so excellent. You have also shared all this with others so that we could learn and know it is possible to stay on track and get through the plateau.
Now that you have lost that frist 50# time to put those fat clothes in a box so that you dont have to worry about them falling down. 51# is 5 months is a big accomplishment. I am so proud and happy for you. I just hit my 5# loss mark too and I am so happy, like you it is the clothes that really let me know I am getting smaller, the numbers funny but they say it. It took taking a pictures to let me SEE it for myself.
Kepp smiles and working it. You are doing great!!!
Hugs Deb

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