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How I Broke My Plateau!

Monday, September 09, 2013

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!

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    1610 days ago
    You have given me hope. I am in that boat you were in too. Also thanks for the emoticon ideas you shared as well.
    1621 days ago
    So happy for you. I've been stuck for some time too, so you have encouraged me and inspired me. Thanks.
    1621 days ago
    Ya buddy!!! Those scales are moving now! emoticon
    1621 days ago
    Going into the final phase of making it to my goal, won't know how much left until I see the Dr. next Friday and weigh in.
    I know it's going to be tough, I have carried this weight for many years, and it's going to be stubborn.
    I will stick to my plan and weigh in, in another 3 months because I know it's going to be "plateau city" and very hard weight to shed.
    I started off doing the smaller meals, but now have adapted to eating when I am hungry, sometimes I get so busy during the day, I push my meals back. I do get my breakfast in first thing though, it sets the tone for the day. So the rest of the day is free wheeling! lol Good luck with your journey, obviously after 2 months you definitely don't let a little thing like a plateau mess with you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1623 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    That's great! I am following those same things and it works. The best diet advice though, is the best diet is the one you can stick to and what gets you the results you are looking for. Great job pushing through and breaking that plateau!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1623 days ago

    Very nice work, I"m happy for you! emoticon

    Love, Ginger
    1623 days ago
  • TAARON69
    Awesome blog -- very very well worded. I loved your comments and your plan. I am trying very hard to not give up and get off focus since the accident. I still am not able to "work out" yet, but I am trying to watch the intake and move as much as possible. It sounds like You've got this!!! Keep up the good work.
    1623 days ago
  • KML410
    So glad to hear you broke the plateau! Your hard work and perseverance paid off! Good for you. Thanks for the tips I will remember them when I hit my plateau, because you know we all will (unfortunately). Now onward and downward. Hope the 170's are a breeze. You are an inspiration to me thanks for your honesty and words of encouragement. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1624 days ago
    emoticon I am so happy you didn't give up and found ways to break through. I appreciate the tips too.
    1624 days ago
    Whoo hoo! So happy for you! Thanks for sharing - so many good points in here for all of us!
    1624 days ago
    I was so excited when I saw the title of this blog! emoticon You have worked hard on developing your program and then you tweaked it. I am so glad it is working for you. emoticon Hugs, Laurel
    1624 days ago
    Great Job! I'm going to remember this blog so that I have some tips when my plateu hits!
    1624 days ago
    Well done tweaking your program to beat your body at its own game! I'm so happy that you broke your plateau! Give yourself a hug!
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    Quitting is not an option. That says it all.
    1624 days ago
    I might need to try some of those.
    1624 days ago
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  • TIGER_LILY_613
    Congratulations Dachelle ! Way to go !
    1624 days ago
    emoticon on finally busting through that plateau!! Your perseverance has paid off!! You've learned some great lessons along the way - thanks for sharing your wisdom!! emoticon
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  • STAY39
    I am so happy for you Dachelle! You are the epitome of perseverance! Love this blog! I hope you breeze right through those 170's! You deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • SKATER787
    Sounds good. I also realized that if one can get by without eating breakfast, it narrows the window of eating down quite a bit. So the popular advice by the experts of eating breakfast is wrong. The more hours you are open for the business of eating, the more you'll eat. I found this out by just one week of trying. A big Yes on eating when you're hungry. That's why TurboCharged said you can eat all you want, but you have to test whether it's thirst or hunger by downing 2 cups of water. If you're still hungry, then by all means, eat all you want. From whole foods list though, same as yours. But drink water during and after eating also called into play.
    1624 days ago
    Kudos on taking the time to experiment and figure out the right direction to take for you!

    One of the cool things that you might find after you've tracked "eating what you are hungry for" for a couple of weeks, is that your balance of nutrients might change a bit. That's been one of my policies for a bit now, and I discovered that my protein increased and carbs decreased, without any intention of doing that. Apparently bodies can be trusted to "want" what it is that they really "need", so we just have to listen to them!

    emoticon and it's emoticon that the scale is finally showing all of your efforts!

    (I gotta admit, though --- I'm still more impressed with your success at running than anything!)
    1624 days ago
    Excellent suggestions. emoticon on your weight loss. I never heard of eating the same foods can stall weight loss. Guess I need to change things up as well.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1624 days ago
    Wonderful news, Dachelle! Well done! I'm so happy for you that you've broken through - and that you've helped all of us by reporting what you've found has worked for you. Have to admit I laughed out loud, really, when you extended the metaphor into territory that you hadn't at all intended. Funny girl!

    Keep up the GREAT work. What an inspiration you are!
    :) Gail
    1624 days ago
    Very cool list.

    I hadn't heard about weight loss can actually stall if you eat the same things every day. That's interesting and surprising!

    This is all very excellent stuff! Congrats, again!
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    1624 days ago
    Wow - You did a wonderful job making your plan. If you stick to it - you'll lose! emoticon emoticon
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  • KANOE10
    Great job on breaking that plateau! Your steps worked and you are doing it!

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  • NHES220
    Well that is just great news! I never eat right away when I get up. I usually wait until 9am or so and I do not snack after dinner. However I am guilty of eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch pretty much every day. Good ideas to think about and way to go!
    1624 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Those all sound like excellent ideas. I had heard about the partial fasting and was intrigued enough to look into it myself, but hadn't really thought to try it. I am so happy for you breaking your plateau. I knew you could do it. Congrats on the weight loss. emoticon
    1624 days ago
    What great news, indeed. You made my day, today. You keep going girl!
    I am back home, again, and had a really good day, too. Now, I have to add to it.
    I will keep on following your journey. emoticon
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