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Tuesday, January 15, 2013



Today is day 18 of my current streak of being on track with eating and exercising!

I haven't weighed myself since September 3rd, but I think I've been at a plateau since October. Okay, since I haven't weighed myself, you might wonder how I would know that I've been at a plateau. Well, I don't need a scale to tell me if I'm losing weight or not. I can tell by the way I feel, and by how well I can move my body, and by the fit of my clothes. But things have just seemed at a standstill for a few months now!

In the past, hitting a plateau was just like the end of the world to me. A plateau meant "failure." A plateau meant "time to give up."

But its different this time. I think the fact that I'm not weighing myself has been the best thing I ever did, because instead of focusing on the numbers on the scale NOT moving, I have been focusing on my NSV's. (Non-scale victories.) And yes, even at a plateau, I'm still having NSV's! The weight might not be coming off, but I am making progress in other ways, and that helps me to keep on going!



My energy level just increases all the time. I can do so much more now than I could before. I am getting stronger, too, and more flexible. I have more endurance. My body, while not as firm as I'd like it to be, is a lot less jiggly than it used to be! I feel better in just about every way...and mostly, I feel proud of myself for working so hard. That is such a new thing for me, this feeling of pride. I always thought that being proud of yourself meant arrogance or being conceited. Now I understand that its just a way of loving yourself...and you NEED to love yourself in order to be successful on this journey to weight loss and health.

So in spite of this plateau, I am not discouraged, and I am not giving up! I'm still working hard, and I KNOW that this plateau won't last forever. I decided to switch up my exercises. I've been doing the same workouts for a long time now, and I know my body needs a change. I love my DDP Yoga very much, so I am sticking with that. But instead of cardio kickboxing, I've now switched to Zumba! I have only been doing it for about 3 weeks now, and I love it. It really kicks my buttinski! I am so absolutely terrible at it, lol. I have no rhythm! But just trying to keep up with the moves really gets me sweating and breathing hard! And I'm slowly getting better. Plus, its fun, so that keeps me coming back for more every day!



Hopefully, this plateau will end soon and I will start going down in clothing size again. I'm going to start having hubby take front and side pictures of me at the beginning of every month, starting in February. I think that will be a powerful motivator for me to keep going!

Thank you to all my Spark friends who have supported and encouraged me since I started my journey last March. I am rooting for you to make progress too. Don't forget to love yourself enough to work hard. You are so worth it, you know!



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CATNCAG 8/23/2013 11:45AM

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OAKBORN 1/17/2013 4:55PM

    Hang in there! You will be headed back on the "down" soon!

I hear you about Zumba too! I don't know if my body could ever do that right!

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DANCINGJONI 1/16/2013 11:44PM

    Great Blog! emoticon I am stuck on a plateau too and started a new challenge for the New Year, 40 down before 2014. I though I was doing great but on my Mon am weigh in was 8 oz up instead of down. emoticon . that was sure depressing and have started a Big Book study group again to try to break the plateau. I was discouraged. then read your blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon You have given me new inspiration. Thank you THANK YOU. I like the stairs too. I am going to draw one with a happy face on the door. emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 1/16/2013 10:39PM

  good blog

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GRUMBLEGIRL 1/16/2013 8:51PM

    I love Zumba. I go to an awesome class with a great group of women. It's so much fun and a great workout. I tell my instructor it's like a $5 therapy session. I'm glad you are liking it. Keep grooving.

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SUSIEMT 1/16/2013 7:27PM

    Good attitude! I really appreciate that saying about Maintenance being a lifelong plateau! Woo Hoo!

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JAMER123 1/16/2013 6:32PM

    I have been on a plateau for over a yr, gaining 15# around Thanksgiving and weighed this morning finding myself back down the 15#!! A big WOO HOO for me! I have seen NSV and people tell me I am losing but I use the scale daily to work myself back to my lowest since starting SP!! Feeling Good!!

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GOOSIEMOON 1/16/2013 6:20PM

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SJKENT1 1/16/2013 4:32PM

    Loving ourself... so key!

Love the bunny yoga - too cute!


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DIANNEMT 1/16/2013 3:27PM

    I am so proud of you! My daughter is just starting her journey--at least, she is serious about it this time--I'd suggest she look here but....won't do what Mom suggests! LOL

Good for you!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/16/2013 3:08PM

    Great attitude, Pixie!! I'm sure you will get over the plateau soon!!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/16/2013 2:58PM

  emoticon for a great blog, Pixie. Plateaus are rough, but I love the way you don't rely on just the scale to show you how you are doing. You have inspired me into thinking that NSVs are the way to go. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 1/16/2013 1:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Lady you can do it. You are motivated and the plateau will pass. You are one of the most amazing people I know on here. Thank You.

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NEWCHINELO 1/16/2013 1:19PM

    I love your attitude.

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JANESLOSS 1/16/2013 11:12AM

    Pixie,
This is such a great blog and you have such a great attitude about this plateau that you are at. The graphic on plateaus is perfect and a great reminder that maintaining for a bit is OK too. I'm sure that you are building strength and energy every day. Way to go on such an insightful blog!!!

I've been maintaining (well gained a bit) since surgery, but more since the holidays. This past week and the challenge team really got me back on schedule. It took me until the second week, but I'm feeling and doing so much better. I'm actually looking forward to the scale on Friday. I know the scale is not for you, but for me it keeps me on track. Just to weigh in with myself once a week.

Thank you for this wonderful blog!

Big Hugs,

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AME4IT 1/16/2013 10:05AM

    You have such a positive attitude, outlook and personality - I admire that. I know emoticon and am here to support you all the way.

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FANTASTIC731 1/16/2013 10:03AM

    Kudos to you! Love the persistance!

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DJSHIP46 1/16/2013 9:49AM

    I so TOTALLY admire your attitude and perspective... You ROCK!!!

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ROCKYCPA 1/16/2013 9:43AM

    Great blog as usual! Thanks for sharing!

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STODD251 1/16/2013 9:13AM

    That's a great way to think about a plateau. Thanks

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NEWMOM20121 1/16/2013 8:59AM

    You can do this.

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WALLINMW 1/16/2013 8:46AM

  Congrats. You can do this!

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4RASCALS 1/16/2013 8:18AM

    Great advice. Keep pushing forward

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/16/2013 8:08AM

    Keep up the great work. You are doing awesome.

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JANEMARIE77 1/16/2013 7:52AM

    I'm so there with you Im playing with calories increase them but didn't seem to work going a try decease but like you said this time it doesn't feel like a fail it feel like deep deeper think different figure it out we can do it

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BECKYANNE1 1/16/2013 7:49AM

    Way to Go!!!

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OFGREENGABLES 1/16/2013 7:43AM

    nice reminders!

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DEEGIRL50 1/16/2013 7:41AM

    You are worth it. You are getting better every day! Plus, you're having fun. What could be better than that? Oh yeah, weight loss. That will come too!
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TRYINGHARD54 1/16/2013 7:37AM

    love myself.. that is hard to do.

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KATHIC2 1/16/2013 7:30AM

  Very encouraging for you and your words for me!!! Thanks!!!

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PENOWOK 1/16/2013 6:30AM

    Great thinking! Sometimes on a plateau it seems as though nothing is happening, then BAM! The change shows up. Keep on keeping on...you are a wonderful example for all of us!

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LISAN0415 1/16/2013 5:22AM

    I think I may be at a plateau, or at least at a slooooooow roll right now, when you have time, see my blog to see what I am doing to try to BUST through it!

You are doing great! Keep it up!
Lisa

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NASFKAB 1/16/2013 5:21AM

  thanks all the best

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SANDYCRANE 1/16/2013 5:15AM

    Another great blog Pixie. That is the first time I have ever heard anyone put a positive spin on plateaus. I like that analogy with the staircase. I like your new background with the bunny doing yoga poses. Keep up the good work.

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CAMAEL100 1/16/2013 5:10AM

    I think of plateau's as the body's way of consolidating losses to date. It is settling in to where it is at. I even think they may be good as your body needs time to get used to the lower weight. If it gets used to it in stages, the final maintenance may be easier.

That is totally my own theory! At least eating well and exercising means your health is gaining!

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CVRONEK 1/16/2013 5:04AM

    emoticon Wonderful way of looking at it! I love that you are trying Zumba! I bet you are having a ball.
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