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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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LRSILVER 1/16/2013 4:46AM

    Great. Keep it up.

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SHERYLDS 1/16/2013 4:40AM

    great way to motivate us thru plateaus....thanks

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YESCURLYCAN 1/16/2013 2:38AM

  I like the plateau analogy; makes perfect sense. I am also glad that you are continiuing to push through the plateau and spark on like you always do. Zumba (really any dancing) is great; I enjoy it. emoticon Plus emoticon idea re: the picture taking. emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 1/16/2013 1:37AM

    zumba is the first thing that got me going after a long long time, summer of '11. hope it will be as fun for you as it was for me, despite the fact that it was one of the hardest (and most rewarding!!!) things that I've ever done for myself... what i wouldn't give to get back to that now... :)


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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/16/2013 12:38AM

    Great blog!.....Really made me think, thanks! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 1/15/2013 11:51PM

    You are really understanding and listening to your body.

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Hugs Mary

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PYNNER 1/15/2013 11:48PM

    It sounds like you are really doing an amazing job, and I certainly love the no scale idea. That really can set you back if it doesn't say what you want it to. Good job.

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CHARTHESTAR 1/15/2013 11:07PM

    So Awesome!!!
Thank you for this insight!

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SLIMMINJENN 1/15/2013 11:06PM

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DOLLFACEDX 1/15/2013 10:42PM

    Very insightful 8-)

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GOSPARK45 1/15/2013 10:29PM

    You are so insightful. I think part of the reason we let ourselves get this way was not loving ourselves enough. You are right. That's what we need to work on the most. We were taught that that's conceited, which is too bad. Feeling good about yourself is a wonderful thing.
I loved the saying about a plateau being good practice for maintenance. Changes the perspective a lot! Spark on!

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TERMITEMOM 1/15/2013 10:20PM

    I really like what you write about the plateau issue... I need to remember this! Thank you.

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CTMOM2KIDS 1/15/2013 9:47PM

    Very proud of you, Pixie! Way to not be taken down by a plateau! Great job!

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WACFIT 1/15/2013 9:39PM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 1/15/2013 9:33PM

    Pixie you have the best mindset! I wish I could put a bit of your brain into mine.

I keep falling off the horse, basically every other day. You, on the other hand, find the silver lining in everything and keep at it! So great!

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MICKEYH 1/15/2013 9:09PM

    Pixie, not to worry about your plateau. I know you are not. Whatever's going on will pass quickly and you will see the result again. Most important things is, which you already have. You are proud of yourself and I am and all your SP friends are proud of you too and we are believe in you. Thanks for sharing this blog. Great job!!

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KARENLEIGH32 1/15/2013 9:08PM

    Pixie! this was great, not to give up. That is the best sentence in my vocabulary, Don't Give Up!

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PRACTICINGPEACE 1/15/2013 9:06PM

    Thanks for helping me focus on what counts most to me: loving myself and others, working hard to meet my goals, and being kind to myself on this journey.

You are an amazing example of compassion, persistance, and motivation! You CAN do this!!

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123ELAINE456 1/15/2013 8:43PM

  Awesome Blog as Always. Very Inspiring too. You re doing a Fantastic Job. Keep It Up. God Bless You and Family. Have a Very Nice Super Happy Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MARITIMER3 1/15/2013 8:28PM

    Good for you! I haven't reached that stage yet; if I don't weigh myself periodically (once a week is best for me, but at least once a month), I start gaining weight. Sometimes I've even thought I was losing, but when I got on the scale I was up. So I can't judge how I'm doing yet.

Love your NSVs, and the fact that you've found exercise you enjoy and are working out regularly.

Thanks for your encouragement, and keep up the great work... that plateau will break one of these days.

Gail

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So TRUE about plateaus

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For all your help & INSPIRATION


Have a Wonderful Wednesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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PUNKADOO 1/15/2013 7:53PM

    Thanks for helping me think about plateaus in a different light.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/15/2013 7:39PM

    Thank you for your blog. And I"ve been on a plateau for so long myself. ANd you're such an encouragement for me to keep on keeping on.

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JULIERAE41 1/15/2013 7:36PM

    I know I will hit one of these eventually on this journey. Thanks for helping me see it differently. You're awesome, Pixie!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/15/2013 7:33PM

    ... you NEED to love yourself in order to be successful on this journey...

Yes! A thousand times yes!

Every little step we take counts and is important for the journey.

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L1ZB3TH354 1/15/2013 6:57PM

    Thanks Pixie, for another inspiring blog. Made me look at plateaus in a different, more positive way. Very cute yoga bunny background! emoticon

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KITT52 1/15/2013 6:32PM

    if your feeling stronger and better you might not be at a plateau....remember this more than just about weight loss...so dwell on the better body , feeling stronger ....

You are doing a wonderful job

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SHANTODD420 1/15/2013 6:19PM

    Way to go on being postive even though you are at a standstill. Keep up the hardwork and dedication.

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GLORYB2014 1/15/2013 6:12PM

    Pixie, I believe the plateaus are for a reason, I think they are a way of stopping to adjust to your 'new' body but they don't last and by keeping it up with the exercise and healthy eating, in no time you'll be feeling changes in your body and seeing NSV's again and again and again!
I sure do believe in you and sure am proud of you!
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AUNTJAM 1/15/2013 6:04PM

    Here's a comparison. I stayed on track for 7 months and slowly and continuously lost weight and gained fitness. For 1 month, December, I slipped away and gained 6 pounds. I'm back on track and slowly losing again. So I compare how I was eating in December to today's good eating. Even if the scale doesn't show it, I know for a fact I'm not doing what I did last month. There is progress going on in there, has to be because of the difference whether I see it or not. Pixie, I love you for your brain! emoticon

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KATHYJO56 1/15/2013 5:41PM

    Pixie, I have learned through trial and error that a plateau is just the body's way of getting use to the new you. You are doing awesome and the changes will continue to come and probably still are even though you can't notice them right now.

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ZIGGY122 1/15/2013 5:39PM

    Thank you for sharing... I always get inspired reading your blogs... emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/15/2013 5:22PM

    I am starting maintenance so I like the quote about maintenance being a lifetime plateau. emoticon for another great blog.

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ABETTERBETTY 1/15/2013 5:22PM

    You can do this! Love the image of the stairs. Hit home today. Thanks.

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SEATTLE58 1/15/2013 5:17PM

    emoticon emoticon I put the WE CAN DO IT also because I've been on a PLATEAU I feel since October too! ERRRR, and I am frustrated and disappointed with it. I've been gettting on the scale from time to time and I've gained 1# this last week but I'm trying to not be so hard on myself because Aunt Flo is visiting at the same time! emoticon So I'm just trying to take it in stride! I know that I need to up my exercise routine and I feel that I can do that hopefully for sure, once this new drug kicks in for my RA!! Once that kicks in, I should be having a whole loss less pain to get moving more. You are doing sooo good!! I admire you so much, my dear precious idol! emoticon You and I will hang in there with stepping it up more and eating more healthy too. I'm wishing you the best of luck!!



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CAT-IN-CJ 1/15/2013 5:10PM

    I just came off of one of those 'plateaus' but I like the way your quote above . . .

I'm certainly not an expert, but I think sometimes our bodies just have to take some time to readjust.

Keep on taking care of yourself ..... mixing things up a bit is a good idea . .. one of these days, and who knows the reason, things will start changing again.

Having a great mental attitude about it makes you the winner every time!
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ISABELLE31 1/15/2013 5:09PM

    I love the image of the stairway! Thank you for sharing that!

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MSBEKANATOR 1/15/2013 5:05PM

    Thanks for the encouragement, and the much needed reminder to look at NSVs.
I stepped on the scale yesterday and it was still the same as the last 2 weeks, I actually cried because I feel like I had tried so hard. It's a wonderful reminder to just relax, breathe, and keep on doing the right stuff. It will pay off in the end. :) I also am looking at my exercise and going to make some changes, I am guessing my body is used to this now?
Best wishes on your journey!


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