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Welcome to Plateau Country, population ME


Monday, May 30, 2011

This is the flat land where nothing ever changes.

FFS!!!! ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS???!! I worked REALLY REALLY HARD last week, I allegedly burned over 3000 calories by exercise and you are SERIOUSLY telling me that it meant NOTHING?!! My legs are still KILLING ME and really nothing, nothing at all? not a single ounce? I stand there staring at that evil little LED screen on my scales as though expecting it to suddenly flash 'LOL, jk you lost 50 pounds this week go see a doctor just in case your arm has fallen off'


I cannot believe it.. WHAT IS THE POINT??!! I really just felt like quiting right then....Especially after spending most of the weekend with my teeny tiny friends listening to one especially ickle one telling me about the dark and depressing days when she let herself get to a 'disgusting' 140 pounds....yup....trying to nod compassionately when she told of how the weight just 'fell off' and now she's down to 112 all the while I feel like this:

OK OK I do know that its all relative and everyone has their number, I know that when I was 30 pounds lighter all I wanted to be was 30 pounds lighter...I know that it depends on every individuals personal body image and that no one should be able to make you feel bad about yourself unless you let them...but it just doesn't always work that way...I know my dear sister could (honestly with the nicest intentions) make even Gwyneth Paltrow feel like this:
What can I do? What should I change? I don't wanna quit but should I work harder (is that a dumb question?) I mean I feel fitter and stronger...I swear I thought the scale would show a huge loss this week... definitely not NOTHING AT ALL... heartbreaking. I know plateaus are normal I just didn't think I'd reach one this early, after only week three....
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SWAZY33 5/31/2011 12:59PM

    Plateaus ARE so frustrating. Feel like I'm in the longest one ever, but, keeping at it. Holding on to the idea that I haven't gained back and that scale HAS to start moving down again right?! I've tried all the advise...eat more calories, mix up work out, blah blah...my body of stubborn...but, I WILL aceive goal and so you will you!
Let's try positive thinking and maybe THAT will work :)

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KAREN1924 5/30/2011 11:59PM

    Yes, I hear ya loud and clear! Seems like I am going through that now. I have changed up ST routine 2 weeks ago and have not seen a lot of results yet. I bumped up my cardio last week and am going to continue to mix that up as well. But frustrating as it is have faith that it IS GOING to WORK. Just give it time. Yeah, I know, it seems like it is not on your side right now, or mine for that matter, but it will pay off. As mentioned above, take measurements. Don't fully depend on the emoticon They can be your worst enemy at times. I still am trying to fit in a pair of shorts and, well, lets just say, I have NOT got there yet. emoticon
We are all in it and we will get through this, it will be okay. Just keep reminding yourself of that.

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TURTLERASKIN 5/30/2011 5:22PM

    You WILL get through this. One week absolutely could be a blip, your body's way of saying, "hmmm, hold on, let's figure out how we're going to deal with this." If after two weeks you're still at a plateau, then it's time to consider something like adjusting your calories (maybe you need to eat more -- have you accounted for the additional exercise? If not, your body is holding onto weight "just in case") or varying your exercise routine. Hang in there -- no one promised you a rose garden here. We knew this would be hard, and you're hitting your challenge a bit earlier than others might, but we're all going to get there eventually.

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MINNESOTAMAG 5/30/2011 1:00PM

    I think you should look at my old blogs and read about my struggles with that SAME THING at about the SAME NUMBER OF WEEKS of being here at Spark. It can be SO frustrating, but you can't let it get to you. The scale is not the only measure of your fitness - measurements, fitness tests, ability to do more, etc. is all at least as important if not more.

That having been said, you do have a choice with how to deal with how you feel. Many people encouraged me to just keep doing what I was doing because I was doing the right thing and eventually I would see results. I'm not a very good "eventually" kind of girl. I wanted to lose it right, but I wanted to push through that tough spot right away because I didn't like it. I took a hard look at my eating and exercising and picked a few things I felt I could improve. I joined a challenge. And, after awhile, began to lose weight again.

I know I will hit a plateau again - we all do - but I hope the lessons I learned last time (such as "you will lose it, don't give up!") and the great Spark friends I have will pull me through. Good luck!

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APPLECAKES1977 5/30/2011 7:50AM

    Hey you! Don't give up! If you read back from my blogs last week, I was in the SAME boat! Worked out EVERYDAY, hit my calorie and nutrient targets EVERYDAY and the scale did not budge! I kept plowing through and this morning I woke up with a SIX lb weight loss!!!!!!

Dont' give up on yourself. These are the times that will test your committment. Keep on course! You can do it!!!!

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SHINJU39 5/30/2011 6:31AM

    consistency is the key, one week can just be a blib, salty food the day before, not enough water, coming up to TOM, plus you are building muscle, so I hope you are taking those measurements and celebrating the inches gone.

I would say stick at it, and you will break through

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MRE1956 5/30/2011 6:29AM

    Hey, there - do you need another body for company? I'm also plateauing horribly - 4 weeks of this......I totally hear ya.....

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