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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hit a plateau and getting frustrated. My drive for wanting to workout is starting to wane. I started jan.1st for a mini goal and I am down 30lbs, but still have a long way to go for my goal. I am 5'1 and want to get to 130-150 range. HELP...NEED MOTIVATION

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DANAPRIME 6/2/2013 8:55PM

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FISHER011 5/30/2013 2:37AM

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GRAMMACATHY 5/28/2013 1:17PM

    For three days just eat all natural and organic foods. Fresh fruit and veggies, organic milk, fish and organic chicken. No wheat, no processed foods. The test is for only three days. I usually feel better, my skin looks nicer and I drop a couple pounds. Read Indygirls blog and story. Tweaking is so much more successful. I find that I have to go through periods of maintenance to learn how to stay at that weight. I don't count calories. I try to eat healthy and exercise. If the scale goes up, I eat natural food for three days. By then, most the sugar cravings are gone and I am inclined to eat healthier again.

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RSSSLHB 5/28/2013 8:33AM

    You can do this just emoticon your doing a emoticon job

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DIDMIS 5/27/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon emoticon Some very good advice. Don't ever ever ever give up.

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KOSHIE1 5/27/2013 2:15PM

    It is time to change your thinking, Angel. It is a TERRIBLE thing to do all the work and then re-gain weight because you didn't realize that you were making the changes that you need to make for the REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Plateaus, although frustrating when you are in a rush, are a GOOD thing! Your body is learning what your brain already knows -- although this is a reduction in the way you eat, you ARE eating enough, there is PLENTY, you ARE NOT starving. In fact, you are healthy. When your body has learned its lesson, it will once again be willing to let go of more unneeded weight.

I JUST blogged about my breaking through a plateau that lasted 2 years. It is long, but it might help you.

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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 5/27/2013 7:48AM

    Nothing i could add due to the abundance of great advice already given. but this will let you know we have your back whenever you need it.... emoticon emoticon

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~INDYGIRL 5/27/2013 6:20AM

    See my blog for today- I wrote about this very topic and how I resolve it.

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JUDITH316 5/27/2013 4:29AM

    I hear you my friend, I agree with the suggestions here, I encourage you to keep on tracking both your food and fitness, then I would mix things around, perhaps add some new exercises and add some new foods, this way you are getting a variety of everything which should help you to stay focused and keep pressing forward, you are doing great, you have come so far and have been successful in achieving your goals, I know you will get through this, keep your eyes on the finishing line, I cheer you on to success... bottom line, I'm here for you and will continue to stand with you...Remember, taking baby steps get results by taking 1 day and 1 step at a time will see you through to the Finish Line! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-WISPY- 5/26/2013 10:46PM

    I too am on a plateau right now and have been tearing my hair out wondering why what was working so well has suddenly stopped. This has been going on for several weeks - into months now. I am happy you posted, it has helped me. Thank you.

I do the cycling which was mentioned above and it is a great way to lose weight I found.
But because I have been doing it for over a year, guess it is time for me to change to a different routine and give that a go.

We're all pulling for you. Just one day at a time. After all this is a life journey (as I remind myself). I don't ever want to go back to the yoyo way I ate before. I have actually NO goal in mind currently. My problem is when I reach a goal I tend to think I have it made.

I am 73, so guess I will never be 120lb. :) and would look very flabby if I was, coming from way over 200 when I started four years ago.

I have lost 56lb since being in Spark, and that is amazing.

We can all do this. One day at a time. emoticon

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LINOVER 5/26/2013 10:29PM

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JEANUT 5/26/2013 10:28PM

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try adding some new things to your exercise to jazz it up a little.
Sometimes just a change helps

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OKBACK2ME 5/26/2013 10:12PM

    You can do this! Just mix up the exercise! I have the same hit challenge, well close I am 5'2" unless I have shrunk as I aged!

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PEZMOM1 5/26/2013 10:12PM

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GAILRUU 5/26/2013 8:59PM

    Weigh and measure the food you are eating. Sometimes our eyes deceive us!

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ONUTHIN125 5/26/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon Tell me your secret-I am 5'1 and I need to weight 130 pounds. I am having a very hard time dropping the pounds. You really do inspire me-keep up your emoticon job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADIOSALL 5/26/2013 6:04PM

    Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus to lift up Whitney. Wrap her in you're loving embrace. Give her peace instead of frustration. Give her patience to enjoy the journey, one day at a time. Touch her memory and remind her of how far she's come over the years. She's half way to her goal. Give her the gift of gratitude today. Honor her for her humility in asking for help. You're Word says You'll lift her up. Help her find her motivation again. You're will for her is to be happy and healthy and I know You'll give her whatever she needs to do your will. I thank you Lord and ask a special blessing upon her life. Let her never lose sight of you! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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JILLYMAUI 5/26/2013 5:54PM

    Bust a Move, you are Worth It !!!


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CATLADY52 5/26/2013 5:12PM

    Keep pushing yourself a little further each time you work out. And don't give up. You've done well so far. emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 5/26/2013 4:45PM

    WOAH! You've got some amazing tips here. All I can add is to enjoy the outdoors. If you have an exercise routine.. get into an amped up one. Plateaus are common. 30 Lbs is amazing!

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JTREMBATH 5/26/2013 3:09PM

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SILVERWITCH59 5/26/2013 2:27PM

    Just keep up what you are doing. You have come a long way. I am stuck now too and I hate it, But I do not want to throw away what I have managed. I am sure you don't either emoticon emoticon

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IMAVISION 5/26/2013 1:56PM

    A plateau is simply your body adjusting to the wonderful changes you are making.

Sometimes it helps to shake up what you are doing - even those good choices that were once so successful may need tweaking a bit.

God Bless!

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MOTHEPRO 5/26/2013 1:28PM

    emoticon Hang in there! You've made a lot of progress! You're doing great!
My suggestion would be to make sure you're measuring your food. If I don't do that, it's really easy to eat more than I think I am.

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SPARKFRAN514 5/26/2013 11:50AM

    People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar
1. Beginning is succeeding one day at a time
Be Your Own Cheerleader. Place post-it notes all around your house with motivational reminders such as, "I feel great!” or "food is fuel, I eat when needed,"

When you fall down, get right back up and try again., “just pick up where you left off

5/23 Celebrate the small victories! “Remember that fitness is more like a marathon than a sprint set small weekly or monthly goals
'Every Mile Out There Is A Gift' Amby Burfoot:
========== Hello, do you know me?

Hello, do you know me?
If you don't, you should. I'm a pound of fat,
And I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you would ever want to meet.
Want to know why?
It's because no one ever wants to lose me;
I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound!
Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds, or fifteen pounds, but never only one.
So I just stick around and happily keep you fat.

Yes, it's fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT, left to do as I please.
So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying, "Oh, I only lost one pound."
I love being around you Happy Days!!!
After all, I'm ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!
- Author Unknown

the big think is always Remember its a journey and a one day hike

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/26/2013 11:15AM

    WOW!!! You've made awesome progress so far; so you've proven to yourself that you can DO this... I'm impressed with the quality responses you've received so far and just wanted to say, YOU CAN DO THIS, don't let obstacles in your path become permanent roadblocks, instead figure out a way to go around, under, over or even through them!! You're heading in the right direction, by posting this blog!

Blessings to you!

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9CATMAN9 5/26/2013 10:57AM

    Hi Angel!
One thing I've learned is that sometimes your motivation is determined by your environment. When your stressed out or distracted by something in your just sucks the desire to do anything. I've been alone now for 20 months...just finished a divorce and all the " junk " that really keeps you down. The more you can separate yourself from these distractions the more you can focus on your goals. I just took a walk in the park at was just me and the geese and I saw 2 foxes!! It was really spiritual and I just forgot about the excersise (walking) and focused on how beautiful it was. I know its hard to get away from the "junk" but if u do you'll learn to focus on yourself. Hope this motivates u in some small way...peace and emoticon emoticon health Scott.

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    I am 5'1" also and hit a plateau at 30 lbs. lost! It lasted for about 2 months and I worried myself silly trying to change things up to break it. If I could go back with what I know now, I would've hid the scale and concentrated on keeping my nutrition tracker in-range, and just kept pushing myself to up the fitness one week at a time. Try the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge. NOT as hard as it sounds. Make sure you are getting in your 8 glasses of water every day, and try to get 10-12 on some days. DON'T STRESS!!! It will break, and you will look back and wish you hadn't made such a big deal of it. Your body is just rebooting, changing in ways that aren't reflected on the scale right now. Trust the process.

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68ANNE 5/26/2013 10:29AM

    I changed up what I ate again and again then changed workouts but I was stuck until I upped my minutes to over 45 a day. Now I'm leaving the plateau and keeping the workouts to about an hour

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NELLJONES 5/26/2013 9:38AM

    I remember my WW leader tell me long, long ago that while we were learning how to lose weight, we were learning patience. Once you get to goal, you will be at a lifelong plateau. The attitude you learn now about plugging along, one day at a time, will serve you well once you get to goal. Patience, Grasshopper.

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CELEST 5/26/2013 9:10AM

    I dont see a food tracker on your page.....but you can change up what you are eating to break a plateau. ie If you eat chicken currently, switch to lima beans, cottage cheese, fish etc. Making a few small changes can help. Some recommend taking one day and actually increasing your calorie intake with healthy food and then back to your regular amount. It will bust your brains computer out of its rut.

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COLT2008 5/26/2013 8:59AM

    Just keep taking one day at a time, journal everything you eat/drink, and exercise. Is there something you've changed without realizing it or do you need to change up your routines a little to mix things up.

You can do it!

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DBELLE39 5/26/2013 8:43AM

    You can do it, Love the tips Christine gave you about changing your calories & fitness ---sometimes even a small change to your routine can break that plateau.
Congrats on the 30# loss!

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NEWTINK 5/26/2013 8:43AM

    emoticon Remember what it took to loose the 30 pounds and that you dont want to repeat that again so push for the next 30 emoticon

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 5/26/2013 8:38AM

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MSKRIS7 5/26/2013 8:18AM

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You have already come a long way. So keep right on walking. Re examine your food intake for the days and maybe tweek it a bit.
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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/26/2013 7:54AM

    We all get plateaus at some point, or lack of motivation for exercise at some point. We just have to go with the flow, and keep pushing forward. Here are some things on my wall I look to for motivation.

"I cannot change yesterday, but I can change today"
"Turn I wish into I will"
"Don't Give Up"
"It Does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop"
"Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction."
"Positive thinking sees the invisible, feels the intangible and can achieve the impossible"
"I may not be there yet, but the way I see it I'm closer than I was yesterday"

And remember, you may not always see the scale move, but if you keep moving forward, the inches and strength will get better irregardless of the scale.

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RD03875 5/26/2013 7:23AM

    Here is a SparkPeople article that might help:

You CAN do it!

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SUNRISE141 5/26/2013 7:19AM

    30 lbs is alot of weight . Most people here are happy with 30 lbs in a year. All of us are different so i have learned along time ago to focus on different kinds of goals like drinking water walking a mile aday ect. You are probably getting muscle in place of fat and that causes a weight fluctation. Don't let the devil keep you upset that's his job just be pleased where your at . Joyce meyers says i'm not where i want to be but i'm not where i was at either. I have gained 15 lbs over taking predisone for 6 weeks and i had kept 40 lbs off for 2 years but the things i can't change i give them to the Lord he is the only one that really understands what i am going thru and i refuse to let the devil take my weight and try to take my happiness for the day. I am here for you daily my friend and want to thank you for being on the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER . Will be praying for you . emoticon

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DOVESEYES 5/26/2013 7:16AM

    Plateaus come to us all, congrats on the 30 lb loss that is amazing...our bodies are very smart and like to find the point where we are going too low to 'run on'

my offer is to lower your cals by 50-100 cals of what you normally have for 2 days then go back to normal, then down for 1 day, then up a little higher to get some movement . Also look at the type of food you are consuming is it high carbs or sugar, half the size of these foods and eat 5 smaller meals over the day sometimes this is all it takes.

Also exercise - you could try to add an extra 10-20 mins to your regime the main thing is to go slowly and see what works for you.

Don't give up and don't fast at this time just go slowly and it WILL start moving again. I had a 4 month plateau and then started losing again.

Hope these ideas are helpful to you-- blog again on how you go. emoticon

Country Living Team

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CHERYLHURT 5/26/2013 7:07AM

  You have made great progress since you started. We all hit plateaus, just hang on, keep moving forward one baby step at a time! We are all behind you in this!

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