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    MARYCLARK83   10,037
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Oh, no! Plateau!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I am stuck on a plateau and am looking , searching for a way off. I've been here so long ans it is getting discouraging. Thankfully most of the emails from SparkPeople this week have been motivational. I wonder if a lot of our New Year's resolutions go out the door right about now.
One motivational page suggested to start a mini-Fast break goal to get refocused and break the cycle. So I am going to set a 14 day goal to stop the mindless snacking before and after supper. Every day I say to myself I wish I had as much control in the late afternoon adn evening that I have up until 4:30.
I am putting it on my fitness tracker right now. My reward for reaching mygoal, let's say 12/14 days will be a charm for my "Pandora" bracelet. I think maybe a wise owl, because I have the knowlege to use the tools SparkPeople has given me!
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OBIESMOM2 1/21/2012 9:25AM

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hang in there, Mary!

I've always hit plateaus (it's taken me over 2 years to drop 30 lbs). I too would get so frustrated.

When I was doing WW, they really had no advice for me. They said I wasn't writing down all my food (I was), they said I wasn't eating enough (um...didn't you JUST tell me that I was lying and eating MORE???), they said I wasn't exercising hard enough (that one really ticked me off!)

I also have the late day eating issues. I think it goes back to school. The first thing we did when we came in from school was get a snack. I never had weight issues as a kid, but I still think that had an almost Pavlovian effect. I can be driving home, not hungry at all...but when I walk in the door, I want something to eat!

I've started keeping an apple or some other healthy snack with me to eat BEFORE I get home. I also have water with me all the time, so I chug it down. I usually have to go to the bathroom as soon as I walk in the door!

I've been doing some really strenuous workouts after work (Boot Camp 2 nights a week, spin 1 night, and usually a 5 mile run 1 night). If I've had a really tough workout, I find I don't want anything to eat.

I don't know what type of exercise you do, but often changing up my routine and adding a few minutes of high intensity will move me from the plateau (run at an easy pace, then as hard as I can for a few minutes, back to my easy pace, then hit it hard, etc). You can do this with any type of exercise (add in some jumping jacks, walk at the fastest pace you can, do some lunges, etc)

my husband has been telling me all along to "stick with it. You're doing the right things. It will work eventually." He was so right!

also - don't forget other methods to measure your progress: resting heart rate, dropping inches, not as much 'jiggle', blood pressure, blood sugar levels

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