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Gratitude for plateaus

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today I listened again to the IOWL podcasts on gratitude for plateaus. I'm not sure I'm actually in one, but the scale is moving VERY slowly down. Now, given the four months of almost non-stop binging and the large amount of weight I regained during that time, any movement down is fantastic. But like so many of us here on SP, despite knowing better, knowing that slow, steady loss is the best loss, despite knowing that focusing on NSVs is much more powerful, a little part of me still wants to see ALL the weight gone NOW (or yesterday)!

So I listened to the podcast and thought long and hard about why I'm so grateful for this very slow loss:

1. It's making me think about non-scale victories and healthy living successes everyday!
2. I don't have the immediate gratification of seeing the scale go down, so I have to learn to sit with that discomfort and disappointment. This is a huge lesson for me. Part of why I have binged in the past is because whenever I have an uncomfortable emotion, I want to soothe it away with food (and we know how that goes...). So when I don't see the quick movement I'd love to see on the scale, I have to deal with it. I have to accept it, accept any frustration, disappointment, inner whining, etc, and change my focus.
3. It's making me think about my eating behavior more carefully. I am not binging, which is terrific, but I am also eating too fast and maybe a bit too much. I feel better when I really slow down and savor my food. I also feel better when I eat reasonable portions instead of inhaling huge quantities of anything, even healthy foods.
4. It's a sign that my body is releasing actual weight, not just water weight. And on days when the scale stays put, it means my body is readjusting to this new weight, getting ready to release more.

So thank you plateau! You've given me a lot of gifts.
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KISAKATT 2/21/2013 12:20PM

    Awesome post, thanks! I also lose very slowly!! It's good to see the silver lining!

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LE7_1234 2/21/2013 1:38AM

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BLUESMAN1 2/21/2013 12:41AM

    Very good lesson. I'm just starting out on this journey, so things like this will help me stay on track.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/20/2013 11:47PM

    What a great blog!!!! It is amazing what we should be grateful for if we take the time to think.

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CAROLSYLVIA 2/20/2013 11:37PM

    Thanks for posting this! I have been on a plateau for awhile now, and while I haven't been stressed out about it, I have never really thought about the positive aspects, either. emoticon

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KSW1963 2/20/2013 10:19PM

    Sometimes I think adjusting our thinking is at least as important as adjusting our eating and exercise. It looks like you are learning a lot. I'm going to try to remember this when I hit a plateau.

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ADRIENALINE 2/20/2013 4:23PM

    Good thoughts. Very helpful to us all.

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JLLOVETT 2/20/2013 3:44PM

    I think the habit of eating too fast starts at at school. I don't remember being rushed through lunch as a child, but during the first "parents join us for lunch" at my son's s school when he was in first grade (1987), they had 20 minutes to get through the line, eat, put up their trays and get back into line to go back to class. emoticon Whew - I hadn't even spoken with his teacher or eaten my lunch and time was up ! I paid attention to my son's eating habits after that day and was I shocked when I realized he ate that way at home. I tried to slow him down - emoticon . I went to school and they said the schedule wouldn't allow more time for lunch emoticon so our children learn bad eating habits at a very early age! emoticon

This is very alarming emoticon and a hard habit to break! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 2/20/2013 3:02PM

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DAYSPRING-STAR 2/20/2013 1:26PM

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Wonderful encouragement is written into your blog. Plateaus can be tough, but you're seeing beyond the traps and into the gifts. You're moving away from the lies of instant gratification and toward the contentment and satisfaction of knowing the truth; that you can afford patience because you will achieve and be your dream. Keep Sparking, dear friend.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/20/2013 8:55AM

    I've been at a plateau for a while now, but I know I am getting healthier and fitter every day, even if I'm not losing pounds right now.

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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/20/2013 8:39AM

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NELLJONES 2/20/2013 8:34AM

    Since maintenance is an intentional lifelong plateau, it's good to use any plateau as practice.

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SNS1968 2/20/2013 8:27AM

    Thanks. I've been on a plateau for some time now, I'm not feeling that grateful!
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1935MARY 2/20/2013 8:22AM

    This is very interesting. I gave me something to think about. I see the scale move slowly or up and down . I have been stuck at 176 for awhile ,but for the last few days it has been175, but the funny thing is , sometimes I have this funny feeling in my stomach, it is like I feel it tighten up and shrink . Is this all in my head? I don't know ,but it makes me push on. I too eat to fast ,it is a nasty habit,I picked up when working. I am trying to break it. I guess the feelings are our bodies adjusting. Have a great day.

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ALWAYSROSY 2/20/2013 8:13AM

    Would love to listen to that podcast. Can you share a link or more information? I'm not sure what IOWL is.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts above! emoticon

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