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The good thing about a weight plateau

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When I changed some meds last summer and about that same time my metabolism and thyroid decided on a new 'set point', I began gaining weight. I've gained 15 lbs since June.

During this time, I discovered something good about weight plateaus. When you begin to re-gain weight, those nasty plateaus now come in handy emoticon . Your body gets stuck there AGAIN, but this time, it keeps you from regaining past that point AS LONG AS YOU ARE CONTINUING to eat healthy and workout.

However, if you totally give up and quit all those new healthy habits, as I've learned in the past, you'll zoom right past that plateau, past your old high weight and find a new high weight with a bonus of at least 20 new lbs.

What I've learned.......
Plateaus CAN be helpful, beneficial, and welcome........
until you get things figured out. It gave me the motivation to read, research, and then go to my doctor and ask for a change in thyroid meds even though my numbers said I was "normal". My body was saying differently.

listen to your body.
don't curse emoticon the plateaus, for they may come in handy emoticon at some point when things aren't going in the right direction.
During that time, use the plateaus to read, learn, research, try new things.

Plateaus are a part of this journey. They aren't evil. They. just. are. a. part. of. this. journey.

I'm really sick and tired of seeing 177 on the scale, but that is still a WHOLE lot better than the 227 where I started this journey nearly 2 years ago. (3 weeks to my 2nd Sparkversary!)

Now that my thyroid meds have been adjusted, I feel ready to get that 15 lbs back off (2 lbs lost in the past 2 weeks) and reach my goal weight at whatever next plateau I hit. I'm going to let my body find that goal weight by embracing plateaus.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRAMMAP1 4/24/2013 11:45PM

    Thanks for that tip. My Thyroid problems play havoc with my health, but so does a lot of others problems. I do have a fine Doctor that patiently works with me. emoticon

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ALEASH25 4/24/2013 8:44PM

    This is good, I send to my sister who is on here and has struggled with plateaus sometimes. Nice perspective. :)

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DAYHIKER 4/24/2013 3:03PM

    Some good thoughts about plateaus. I'm glad you are busting through now though! emoticon
Cindy who is drinking her green tea as you suggested. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/23/2013 2:08PM

    Lordy, I have battled my thyroid for 15 years. It governs other hormones in our bodies, including ghrelin (the "I feel hungry" hormone) and the leptin (the "I am full" hormone). I those are out of whack, so our appetite is.

Glad you're adjusting to your meds. I've been on Levothyroxine for 10 yrs. and had to switch back to Synthroid because they stopped manufacturing Levo! OMG, don't even get me started on that one. BUt this time 'round, my body seems to be playing nicey-nice w/the Synthroid. Hope it stays that way.

Great outlook on the positive aspects of a plateau. . . even when it feels like there aren't any!


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