Let me just start off by saying thank you to all of my wonderful Spark Friends who made such great suggestions on my "I'm Stuck" blog! I know I would not have been able to endure that long plateau without the help and support of all of you!
I carefully read all of the suggestions and tips, and even did some more research on several of them to see what I thought might help me break through. I actually kind of took a little bit from everyone!
Here is what I came up with.
#1 - NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!! This is the toughest one for me (and I know for many of you, as well). It is so hard not to give up when you are doing everything that you know to do and the scale still isn't budging. Until this time, I have never been able to do it. The difference this time is the support of Spark People and all of you! You kept me going when I felt like giving up. Can you imagine where I would be if I had stopped trying 2 months ago when the scale stopped moving? I can, because I have been there many times before!
#2 - DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. From the beginning, I have tried to be as transparent with you as possible, even if, at times, I seemed wishy washy. What I found out was, that no matter what I was going through at the time, I was never alone. Someone else was going through the same thing or had been through the same thing and had suggestions to help me through. Two weeks ago, I felt like I was at the end of my rope, so I reached out for help, and once again, y'all came through for me!
#3 - DON'T BE AFRAID TO CHANGE THINGS UP. A while back, when I was kind of in the middle of my plateau and getting frustrated, I asked DH if he had any suggestions to help me out. He said "Dance with the one that brung ya." (Yeah, we're from the south!) Anyway, it sounded good at the time. Afterall, the one that "brung" me had helped me lose 65 pounds! The one that "brung" me helped me to do things that I never dreamed possible, like hiking up to that beautiful mountain lake, and wogging 5k's! The one that "brung" me also gave me the confidence that I could actually succeed at weight loss!
After another month of plateau, though, I began to get the sinking feeling that the one that brung me had deserted me! I mean, I was working my eating plan, I was training to do my 5k, and had even started kettlebell training to tone up! Yet, my weight and size remained the same! So, after 10 months of dancing with the same partner, I decided to change partners (metaphorically speaking, of course!) Well, actually, it might be more accurate to say I'm adding more partners? I'm not completely deserting my original partner, I'm just mixing things up a bit. Ok, so before I get myself on morally shaky ground, let me get back to the point and off of these metaphors!
(Ok, so here are the more specifics of how I changed things up. I am not recommending anyone else do this. I'm just telling you what got me over the hump. I think the key was changing things up, which is pretty much what ALL of you suggested!)
#4 - INTERMITTENT FASTING - I did a little research into this and tweaked it to my tastes. Basically, I only eat between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. This has me fasting for essentially 16 hours a day. I know that sounds like a lot until you take into account that I am sleeping for 8 of those hours and I am never hungry in the mornings anyway, so it is not that much of a sacrifice.
#5 - EAT ONLY WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY. I am trying to learn to listen to my body a little better and instead of eating 5 - 6 times a day, like I was doing, I am only eating when I am hungry.
#6 - ONLY EAT WHAT YOU ARE HUNGRY FOR. I had gotten into the habit of eating the same thing pretty much every day because it seemed safe and I am a creature of habit. Based on some research that I did, your weight loss can actually stall if you eat the same things every day. So, now, I eat what I am hungry for. If I am hungry for fruit for lunch, I eat fruit. If I'm hungry for yogurt, I eat yogurt. If I'm hungry for chocolate cake...NO, I don't eat chocolate cake - lol! I still eat from my list of whole foods that I know are full of good nutrients for my body! I am trying to change things up a little every day.
Well, that's about it. After being on a plateau for over 2 months, I finally lost 3 pounds last week, and the scale is still moving this week as well! That is the most I have lost in a single week since I began this journey! I am also still doing some research into some other programs, so that I will have a plan in place when the next plateau hits! All I know is that QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION! I will keep adding to and changing my program as many times as needed to reach my fitness goals!
Love y'all and am so appreciative of all the support you've given me! My heart is overflowing with gratitude tonight!