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Things to Do When You Find Yourself on a Plateau

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Be a tourist. Do touristy things.

1. Check the details of your itinerary. For this journey, be sure your goals, your fitness activity levels and tracking information, food tracking, water consumption, sleep, stress management, are right on time. They are like stamps on your passport for the next train on the next leg of your journey. All of those stamps need to be collected and in order before Customs will let you continue traveling.


2. Take time to get used to your surroundings. Anytime you go on vacation, jet lag takes over until you get used to the newness of the place. So observe the new landscape that is YOU. Take some measurements. Go window shopping and catch sight of that new person in the reflection in the windows and mirrors. The last two weeks, I have been catching myself in the window or mirror, I look again, and actually smile at myself and say, "Hi!" or "Hey, how ya doin?" or "Wow!! Lookin good!"

3. Go shopping for yourself--not to buy anything--but to learn what you like now and what you don't, to learn what fits and what doesn't, to learn what styles look good on you and what styles don't. For me, as I packed up boxes of clothes for the women's shelter, and started shopping for a couple of shirts to wear with pants that still fit me, I learned that the boxy shirts and crew neck t-shirts should now be replaced by fitted shirts and v-neck t-shirts with sleeves that fit. AND I learned that I could find those things that actually fit. In fact I found several things that fit in a range of sizes. I learned I needed to buy for the immediate journey ahead, not for the winter season 9 months away. Who could predict the landscape then?? Certainly not me. That is uncharted territory!!


4. Collect Souvenirs of your visit.
Hand the camera over to another traveler on your journey to get snapshots for your scrapbook page "A Day in My Life on the Plateau" Then create the scrapbook page, or even a Travel Poster with the next plateau off in the distance. You might be close enough to goal so that you even see the Maintenance Station in the hazy distance. But it might also be just another plateau on the journey.


5. Start a travel journal if you haven't yet. Record in pictures and words your nostalgic Visits to the old and familiar places you USED to visit. Then go to a few that you now enjoy. Then visit some new ones, places you felt you'd never go, that you perhaps are a little afraid to venture there.

What are your nostalgic places? For me on this journey, I have two: my recliner and my winter robe. I haven't been sitting in that recliner as much. And during this current cold snap, I was very cold after 90 minute workout in the pool. I put my winter robe on and it wrapped around me twice.

The place I thought I'd never go, let alone enjoy is the gym--the YMCA. Yet as I walk out after Aqua Zumba, I pass the regular Zumba class and think, "I can remember a time when I'd never dream of setting foot in there, because I'm so uncoordinated." And now, while I worry about my ankles and feet being able to do the hour workout, I'm not afraid of trying it.
Perhaps that's what I'll work toward so that when I make it to my next plateau, I'm able to actually do a complete hour of Zumba class.


And while it might seem ludicrous, my food tracker is a nostalgic place. I actually went back to last August and read through the types of things I was eating. And then I compared that to the daily plans of the last week. Wow!! They have REALLY changed. And that made me look at my Groupings and favorite recipes. I spent some time weeding out the things I would probably never again eat or prepare in that way again. Yes, some choices now are for health, but I have developed a new idea of delicious also. So I need to create a scrapbook page with a key then and now picture, measurements, blog, menu plan for the day, fitness tracked for the day . . .

6. Put together A Plateau Cookbook

So while I was on this last plateau, I decided I'd create Bravelute's Plateau Cookbook on SP Recipes, where I start recording my recipes and saving recipes from other Sparkers that fit the current new me. And I will also include favorite groupings from stores and restaurants where I go to sample the work of creative chefs on this vacation. A vacation where I experience new foods, where I'm not afraid of being around those old triggers, where I can find my healthy choices. A vacation where I search out places with like-minded chefs who care about my health. While I'm relaxing on this plateau, I can take some time to consult some Healthy Food travel Guides and plan some new food adventures. I found some delicious, healthy offerings at Trader Joes. Next week, I'm going to check out Whole Foods.

You are welcome to steal recipes from my Plateau Cookbook. It is a work in progress, but available at
recipes.sparkpeople.com/
cookbooks.asp?cookbook=742730


7. Collect memories of NEW in your journal. Especially newness of reactions and relationships. Take time to reflect on the subtle and up in your face differences in your close relationships and the way people respond to you now. Is it them? Is it you? doesn't matter. What does matter is that you stay happy in your close relationships. Have you noticed changes? Are they for the better? Great. Are they for the worse? Do they need some attention here? You have the time while you're on this plateau. Make good use of it so that when the next train comes along, you are ready to hop on board.

8. Take some time to imagine this IS your goal and that you are in training for maintenance, when you get there. Because maintenance really is a plateau, a relatively flat place where you really don't want to fall down, and you certainly can't see anywhere to go that is "UP", at least scale-wise.

9. Enjoy the visit to the Plateau Resort. But be ready at the station when the train pulls out, because there are new landscapes still waiting for you to create.
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1ALISSUCCESS 3/27/2014 4:21AM

    I too am stuck on a plateau, maybe there should be a challenge, BREAKING THROUGH THE PLATEAU BARRIER. There seem to be so many of us. I honestly didn't realize so many people on this site also hit plateau's. It is very frustrating to me because I have a damaged heart and need to weigh daily.
It's disheartening to see the same number on the scale and I can't seem to get below that number, no matter what I do!
Anyway, it really lifted my spirits to read your blog and the comments by everyone that followed your story. You truly are an inspiration to me and helped me feel better tonight about being STUCK ON A PLATEAU!

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SAMMI-SAM 11/14/2013 2:27PM

    I got through my plateau by pushing myself harder. I was in a plateau for 3 months and pushed harder, added 300 more calories and started jogging. I got through it! emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 7/6/2013 12:35PM

    AWESOME LADY. WAY TO GO. OH YA! GOOD LUCK ON YOU PLATEAU JOURNEY.

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SUPERSYLPH 6/28/2013 2:58PM

    Thank you, I'm currently on a plateau!

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GEORGE815 5/12/2013 6:20PM

    What a lot of travel plans!

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OOPSIEDAYZ45 5/6/2013 5:42PM

    Great ideas and a great way to stay positive. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/2/2013 5:25AM

    Great blog and info. Thanks.

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MAYBER 4/28/2013 9:08PM

    Have had many plateaus on my journey
Thank you so much for your thoughts and advice
Will certainly apply what you have written
One day at a time
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LAINYC 4/27/2013 1:50PM

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CJYOUCANDOIT 4/24/2013 12:51PM

    Great perspective on plateaus. I have always thought of them as negative. Thank you for showing me a different way.

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CYNTSATIONAL 4/22/2013 3:28PM

    emoticon for this new perspective in this land of Plateau! Fresh ideas for a place we will all stop and visit on our journey. Keep SPARKing!

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LIVIAFEROLLA 4/22/2013 10:46AM

    Thank you for the inspiration! Keep going!

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BLISS_OM 4/22/2013 10:43AM

    You shared a great set of perspectives to hold during what can often feel like a disappointing and frustrating time for most, if not all, dieters. Thanks for giving me another way to look at the experience and to occupy my heat and mind productively in the meantime. Thank you!

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SPARKBJOK 4/22/2013 5:20AM

    Great ideas!

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HAPPYMOM8 4/21/2013 10:47PM

    wow, i have read a lot of wonderful blogs, but this takes the blue ribbon!
so creative and so fun!.
Pat

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IAMERRICA 4/21/2013 9:57PM

    I already do this. Thanks I am getting use to the picture now and I feel the weight loss is still on going just slower. Wish I could speed it back up again :) I love the way you make it a journey to different places as in reference to our bodies transitioning into the new us. Great job and again Thanks.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/21/2013 3:23PM

    Wow, that was awesome!! Thanks for sharing. :)


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223DAISY 4/20/2013 5:38AM

    emoticon This is just what I needed.

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LITTLEIM 4/20/2013 4:22AM

    What a great way to think and feel about reaching a plateau! I want to print this out and post it on my food cupboard door so I can be inspired whenever I see it. In fact - I may just do that. Thank you!

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DEBSTER48 4/19/2013 7:08PM

    Thank you for this very useful resource!

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ISABELLE31 4/19/2013 6:20PM

    Loved this post! Thank you for sharing!

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FLDEEZ 4/19/2013 4:32PM

    What a wonderful post! You are giving so many great ideas to so many people! Thank you. For now my scale is creeping (and I do mean creeping) down fairly steadily, BUT I have been dreading and worrying about the plateau that I know is ahead. Your point of view and great ideas have REALLY helped to calm that fear. I too wish there were an "I LOVED this" button!

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JACKIE542 4/19/2013 3:49PM

    So many great ideas, thank you I do need this now. emoticon

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NANADEE44 4/19/2013 2:56PM

    Not unlike Facebook's famous "Like" button, SparkPeople should have a "Love" button option when you find something as creative and fun to read as your blog was today. I did not just "Like" it, I LOVED it. I smiled all the way through and will never look at my plateaus in the same way.

Thank you so much and I will be visiting your collection of SP recipes.

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WRITINGDIVA1 4/19/2013 2:11PM

    This give me a whole new way of looking at this. I love the way you compare a plateau, something that is usually dreaded, to being a part of the journey. Next time I reach a plateau instead of getting discouraged and fighting harder to break it, I will take some time to accept it and continue doing what I'm doing. Acceptance sounds like the key.

Thanks for your words of wisdom.

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NEWTINK 4/19/2013 1:57PM

    emoticon blog .. emoticon I love the analogy

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SHANNONY84 4/19/2013 1:13PM

    Thank you for sharing! I needed some motivation today!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 4/19/2013 12:41PM

    Amazing blog! I'm also on a plateau right now and this gives me inspiration! Congrats on being the featured blog too!

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CHERIJ16 4/19/2013 12:26PM

    Thank you for your inspiration. I am on a plateau right now and your blog helps a lot. emoticon

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ODELLANNA 4/19/2013 12:17PM

  Great article! I can see you are a writer, and I wonder if you have been published. If not, you should be. Thanks for the encouraging words. emoticon





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GOOSIEMOON 4/19/2013 11:35AM

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JSEATTLE 4/19/2013 11:22AM

  What a unique way to make my Spark Journey a real journey! Love it! Thank you for the suggestions.

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CAMSEDGE 4/19/2013 10:37AM

    Thank you for all the wonderfull input and creative way of looking at this journey. emoticon

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MARYM1962 4/19/2013 10:22AM

  what a great way of looking at things - makes it seem so much simpler and much easier to do - Thank You

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AUGUSTDRAGON 4/19/2013 9:34AM

    I've been on a plateau for five months now, did I ever think once to just smell the roses and look back at where I'd come from. Time to find the keys, gas the car and drive to the next plateau in the distant horizon so I can enjoy the view there. Thanks for the travel advice. See you on down the road soon.

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CRYSTALS43 4/19/2013 9:33AM

  Thankyou so much for your excelllent suggestions. I am in a TOPS group. And will share your info at our meeting. Blessings and Good Health to you.
Machelle

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CURRAHEE68 4/19/2013 8:10AM

    Thank you. Very interesting on what to do when I am here long enough to hit a plateau.
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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 4/19/2013 7:52AM

    GREAT advise!

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DWSCHUYLER 4/19/2013 6:02AM

    Going to be a good one to remember. Many words of wisdom. While I have just started this 2 weeks ago, I know from past experience that it is going to be slow going, with lots of plateaus along the way. In fact, looking back, plateaus are the number one reason that I have stopped and started so many times!


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WATERDIAMONDS 4/19/2013 6:00AM

    Lovely analogy and great blog. Thank you for making the stop on Plateau Platform less negative!
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ILOVEROSES 4/19/2013 4:19AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/19/2013 2:17AM

    Fun stuff!

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FLEMIDG 4/19/2013 12:02AM

    Thanks for the great blog. Good for you for not letting the plateau get you down. All those suggestions are great. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 4/18/2013 10:44PM

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We love to travel and do sightseeing when i am able. Thanks for so many different suggestions!

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PUFFYKITTY 4/18/2013 9:40PM

    Great blog. I am inspired. I like the way you see things!

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