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    BIGSKYCHERIE   48,257
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FINALLY--broke through a plateau

Monday, December 17, 2012

I haven't even been able to post here for so long. Hit a plateau about 4-5 weeks ago and could not break below that. I'd gained 10 lb. on the scales just before Thanksgiving--water, I know, was most of it, but still it's very frustrating to see the pounds go up on the scales. We were having a lot of humidity and that always causes me to retain water in my joints, but some of it was just too much food too. There were days when I couldn't seem to eat enough. About the best thing I could say is that I still made healthy choices. Even for Thanksgiving dinner, I stayed within my calorie range and just had half a slice of pumpkin pie--my favorite. And the next day I went right back to no sweets of any kind; we sent the extra holiday foods home with our son when he was here for dinner. But after all that time struggling to lose those extra pounds and get back to where I was a few days before Thanksgiving, I did get it all back off about 6 days ago. Then yesterday--a miracle!! I lost one more pound! So now I'm at a NEW low (at least I haven't been here in more than 20 years). That makes 87 pounds lost. It feels great to have broken through that plateau. It was such a mental burden!
And this week is the end of my second month of physical therapy. I've made more progress than I ever thought possible. When I started therapy, I could walk about 30 feet without my cane and not much farther than that without stopping to sit down and rest. Now I'm up to 230 feet without my cane and 530 feet total before I need to stop and rest!! For me that's a miracle too. And the work on my rotator cuffs has also shown great progress. When I started, I could raise my arms 50 and 55 degrees, respectively; at my evaluation, I was able to raise them 110 and 120 degrees! And I'm able to do stairs--slowly! But I can do as many as 10 stairs if I take my time. I still haven't been able to do water exercise because I still have some little scabs on my lower leg that aren't quite healed. But I actually enjoy doing the exercises I get at therapy and continue to do them at home--at least the ones I can do here. Sure wish I had a recumbent exercise bike here too--I do 10 minutes on that and feel like I could easily do an hour!
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for so long, but didn't want to spread my depression. I did keep coming to SP daily though, tracking my food and exercise and reading articles and blogs to keep me motivated. Thanks so much for being there for me, and I apologize for not being there for the rest of you. But I'm back. And I did learn that even when I hit a rough patch, I need to keep coming here. We all hit plateaus. We all have times when we're depressed about something. And we just need to stick together and support each other during those times. That's what real friends do. I haven't been acting like a real friend, but I will be here for you from now on. And I truly appreciate that all of you have been here for me. Thank you again.
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BLONDEE53 12/24/2012 6:48AM

    You are an inspiration to me!
I have joint pain...hips, knees, back...and feet troubles after torn ligiments in both...and I am encouraged by Your attitude, hard work and willingness to push past those barriers! I'll take a page from your book...and push myself out of my recliner...to do what I can, until I can do more!
God bless you in your journey...
Bren

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HAWAII5YEARS 12/18/2012 6:38PM

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STITCH4EVER 12/18/2012 2:23PM

    GLAD TO HEAR YOU MADE A BREAK THROUGH. NOW TO JUST KEEP IT UP. AND DURING THE HOLIDAYS YET. YIKES!
ERIN

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/18/2012 10:14AM

    glad you broke the plateau!!

PLEASE dont stay away...you are not going to bring anyone else down..and maybe we can help lift YOU up!!! thats what we are here for!!

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BOOKWORM27S 12/18/2012 9:55AM

    Congrats on breaking through that plateau! I used to hit one about every 20 lbs, my weight loss would stall and then start up again. Be patient, and you will get past them.

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BIGREDANGEL 12/17/2012 11:40PM

    Way to go...great job!! emoticon

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SH9719 12/17/2012 10:57PM

    Great story of patience and sticking to the plan. Keep it up.

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/17/2012 10:48PM

    WooHoo! Good news.

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MZTIGER51 12/17/2012 10:32PM

    Yeah!!!!! It's good to know that when you don't give up, even when it becomes hard...and that scale just won't move no matter what you are working on.......eventually, it will!
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JILL313 12/17/2012 8:33PM

    Wow, Cherie losing almost 90 lbs. must make you feel so happy and proud of yourself. So glad you conquered the plateau and are moving forward. I had wondered what happened to you and so glad you're back again. Hindsight is wonderful and I agree with you no matter what it's important to keep involved on Spark, at least for me, otherwise I'm afraid I'd never come back to it. I'm looking forward to a fresh start in 2013. I have a long ways to go but with supportive friends and SP I know I'll be in Onederland by the end of next year. I need to go back on the South Beach Diet as it really helped me drop the pounds and my Blood sugar levels were better then. Take good care.

Hugs,

Jill

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JAOTAO 12/17/2012 7:53PM

    Good for you!! Yes we've all been there. I just came off a 4 week plateau as well. Glad things are going better for you!

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PATTYCAKE17 12/17/2012 5:53PM

    SO HAPPY FOR YOUR BREAKTHROUGH. emoticon I'[VE ALSO LOST 100 LBS. 2X, AND REGAINED, BUT I'M BACK FOR ANOTHER SHOT AT THE GOAL. NOW I WANT TO LOSE AND BE HEALTHY, SO THE STAKES ARE A LOT HIGHER, AND I'M MORE MOTIVATED DOING IT FOR MYSELF THAN I EVER WAS WHEN I WAS JUST DOING IT FOR OTHERS' APPROVAL! THAT ALWAYS AMAZES ME! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/17/2012 4:46PM

  You are doing just so excellent and I am so glad for you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINILEE4 12/17/2012 4:45PM

   

Great to see you back here. Also, wonderful news on your new low weight and plateau busting! I am struggling as well and actually have been all yer. I have made a vow to concentrate more on my mental and physical self in the new yer and to let the pounds fall where they may. I keep hearing if you move more and keep positive, that good things happen. SO I am going to work on that. SO glad your depression has lifted as I know how difficult it makes everything. Keep pluggin away, you are doing wonderfully.

Gini

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JLLOVETT 12/17/2012 2:50PM

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I'm very proud of you!!! I also got on the scale this morning and lost 4 lbs - I haven't lost any in several weeks either!!! Good luck on continued success!!!!

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RUDITUDI2000 12/17/2012 2:15PM

    So excited for you that you have broke through a plateau! Sounds like therapy is doing good things for you. Keep pushing through. You sounds like you are learning how to make small changes that will stick and get you closer to your goals!
Thanks for stopping by my blog & encouraging me! I appreciate it!
Have a blessed week! Jen
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TOPCAT93 12/17/2012 1:25PM

    so proud of you! Hope you continue on this for awhile. I hit them too and I hate them but keep on trying to succeed. emoticon emoticon

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