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Weight Loss Plateau: How to Feel Better!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The last few days I've been a bit discouraged because the scale has not been moving! emoticon emoticon

So tonight when I sat down to enter my food in the tracker, I thought, "What else can I look to as measures of success?" I hadn't been doing anything to sabotage my healthy lifestyle plan, and I knew, too, that weight loss is easier when you have more weight to loose. I also told myself that with strength training three times a week, it may be that I was now putting on muscle and perhaps that was why the scale remained still. emoticon

It helps to say these things to yourself, but numbers have a way of being an objective measure of how you're doing. So I had an idea, not so original, but an idea non the less! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I decided to look at changes over time of other relevant numbers. For instance, over the past five and a half months my:

1) BMI has gone from 36.4 to 29.1, and

2) I am no longer considered obese but merely over weight emoticon

3) Waist Hip Ratio, a measurement thought now to be more important than BMI in measuring health risk, has gone from .9 to .78.... the lowest risk category. (Note: for women your WHR should be under .85)

4) Unbelievably, I have lost 36" off body parts!!!

5) I have gone from a size 18 pant to a size 10! WOW!

6) My watch , which used to snap open, is now loose! (added Nov 12/11)

7) A good friend was just leaving after sharing a cup of coffee and she hugged me saying, "My there's only half of you to hug!". It felt great to hear those words! (added Nov 15/11)

I know I can continue this journey. But like everyone, it's nice to have objective reinforcement. Sometimes a plateau can help you (me) to take stock, to see if something new seems needed, or if this is just where I am for the moment.

I think, today, I can see progress, but I needed to realize as I am beyond the half way mark, the weight loss is going to be a bit slower. That's OK, as my goal was to loose the remaining weight, around 28 pounds, by next July.

Why that's 8 and a 1/2 months away! emoticon

My fellow Sparkers, I am going to relax now, as stressing out just causes that cortisol to soar and weight to stay put.

There's plenty of time to meet my goal! This is a forever lifestyle change, so so I am going to be patient and "keep on trucking", as the saying goes!

We can all do this! What I've learned today, is that reflection can be your best activity when you are a bit "down". The very fact that we are all here, trying, is the biggest gift we can give ourselves!

So, my Spark friends, let's carry on together down this road so well travelled, but perhaps with a bit more wisdom with each step we take! emoticon
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    Your doing so well and look great !
    Pat yourself on the back ...:)
    So glad you shared your progress with me...most inspiring ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2259 days ago
    You should be so proud of've reached so many goals in a short amount of time. Plateaus happen to all of us, but you really have a great attitude and I'm sure the rest of your weight will just melt off.

    What a great blog...very inspiring!

    2325 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Oh, my goodness those numbers speak for themselves. Thank you for explaining the hip to waist ratio as I really didn't understand it at all. I carry most of my weight around my middle (aarrgh) so this is especially important for me.
    2325 days ago
    You have received sooo many rewards on this journey! How wonderful! You are right, you shouldn't get too caught up in the scale. If you are feeling strong and healthy just find joy in that and the weight you still wish to lose will take care of itself.

    I have read that some Sparkers switch up their exercise when they hit plateaus. You might try that and remember, as you get stronger, you will need to push yourself harder to see more results.

    Try to just focus on losing 3 1/2 pounds per month and remember, any weight you lose, no matter how small the amount, is a step toward your goal. I am proud of you. Keep working your program.

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    2332 days ago
    You inspiring! I am so glad you wrote me some mail in response to my trip to Europe and weight! I am well sure that you had a blast and relaxed like you said your were going to and did a lot of walking and had a lovely time on your holiday. We are all here for different reasons- yet to reach that point of enjoy and it will happen is a wonderful feeling.

    2332 days ago
  • LCDM83
    Janet- this is awesome! Thanks for sharing. Those non-scale victories make all the difference! You will reach your goal!
    2332 days ago
    From an 18 to a 10 is HUGE...and the other stats indicate a much healthier you, so the number of the scale while it's nice to see it go down, the truth is you HAVE accomplished so much more!Congrats!
    2333 days ago
    Wow, those numbers are FANTASTIC!!!! So glad you took the time to check them, and shared them too! emoticon

    Plateaus are no fun... hope you shake out of it soon! Lots of articles on SP about how. emoticon
    2333 days ago
    emoticon What a great job you are doing. Keep it up!!! emoticon
    2333 days ago
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