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Plateau? Or Self Sabotage?


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Tuesday, December 31, 2013



Today is day 6 of my streak!

I've been at a plateau for so long...or have I? Has it really been a plateau, or has it been self sabotage?

Truth is, its been a little bit of both.

I lost 71 lbs in 2012, and then I hit a plateau towards the end of that year. I didn't freak out about it too much at first. Plateaus are normal. After all, losing 71 lbs was a shock to my body! It probably needed to take a break! So I just kept going along, eating right and exercising. Even though I wasn't losing weight, I could tell I was making progress in other ways. I got better at my workouts. Stronger...more flexible....and my stamina increased. My body was changing. I was getting firmer all over, even though there was (and is) still a layer of fat on top. I went from wearing size 3x t-shirts to wearing size XL. I had much to be proud of, and I was!

But then 2013 came, and the plateau hung on. I was stuck right where I was, in those XL t-shirts. I had a closet full of size L t-shirts waiting for me, but I wasn't getting any closer to fitting into them. And then one day, in frustration, I decided to give myself a little treat. I went out to lunch with my son, and I didn't look for the healthiest thing on the menu. I ordered whatever I wanted, and that included dessert.

Don't get me wrong...its okay to have a treat sometimes. One bad meal won't make you fat, just like eating one salad won't make you thin! But unfortunately, I started treating myself more and more often. I would get back on track, and I would eat right for a couple of weeks. But then I'd get discouraged, because I didn't see any progress. And that would lead to another "treat." To be honest, some of these treats were more than just a snack or even a meal. Some of them were total binges. I would binge for a few days, and I would feel the weight come back on. My size XL t shirts would get a little snug. And then I'd say "Uh oh, time to get back to work." And then I'd go back to eating healthy again.







I should add here that even during the times when I was binging, I never stopped my workout program. I kept right up with my DDP Yoga, Weight Loss Cardio Kick, and all my other workout DVD's. I worked out just about every day. But here is another little saying which I should have kept in mind more often, and that is "You can't out exercise bad nutrition!"

So the truth is, the reason I didn't lose any more weight in 2013 is partly because I was at a plateau, and partly because I was sabotaging myself. I allowed the plateau to frustrate me time and time again, and I never gave myself enough time to truly get OVER that plateau. Two weeks of eating right and working out with no progress would always lead me to a binge. I'd gain a few pounds, and have to lose them again. And then I'd be stuck right there, and once again I would give up and binge, and gain those pounds back.







I deserve better than this! And because I am my own hero, I know that no one else is going to save me from this. Its up to me! And I am going to do it. I am going to eat right, and continue to workout. No matter how long it takes to beat this plateau, I am going to be patient. My only New Years resolution is to love myself more, and that means I will not sabotage myself anymore!





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WHYTEBROWN 6/15/2014 3:25PM

    emoticon blog!! Such a familiar struggle but emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 3/17/2014 8:06AM

  Hope it's going well for you. emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 1/10/2014 11:24PM

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DEEKELLYE 1/10/2014 4:24PM

    You can do this!

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ARTJAC 1/8/2014 6:31PM

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CHEBBA 1/8/2014 3:54PM

    It's very easy for people still at, or near the beginning of, a regime to permanently change their eating lifestyles in order to lose a significant amount of weight, to see those who have lost huge amounts already as somehow being different. They have the aura of beings blessed with unswerving tenacity and fortunate mindsets and metabolisms which made their 'journey' (that word again!) a cinch. They are to be lauded and envied by we lesser mortals! The truth, as you have so articulately written, is that this is so far from reality as to be almost laughable.

Actually, it really helps to associate or interact with people who daily know how much hard graft is required to achieve amazing results - sometimes, to achieve ANY results! And that's what makes it easier, because it means that each of us is no different from the 'you's' of this world. You have done amazingly, but you have your own demons and struggles. Self-sabotage, plateaus, gremlins - a rum bunch.

Thank you for a reassuring and honest blog. Self-sabotage is a peculiar beast, a nasty running mate as we go for gold. Each of us only walks in our own shoes, but sometimes your footprints are there ahead of us. It's OK to stumble on the rocky road. It's not OK to stay sitting on the ground having a pity party. Getting up, dusting ourselves down, squinting at the road ahead and moving forward, that's where it's at. If you can do it, I can do it; we all can do it. And if the rest of us can do it.... so can you! Begone, self-sabotage!

Thank you, thank you!



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TAGSUIT2 1/8/2014 2:06PM

    emoticon on your weight, I'm trying to get where you are, I have a very long way to go and with you inspiring me, I know that I can, and with the strength that God give me I know that I am. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKBJOK 1/7/2014 8:11AM

    Great attitude.

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LEANMEAN2 1/7/2014 5:59AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MAYBER 1/7/2014 12:11AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
It sure helps to know we are all in the same boat
One day at a time
Love prayers peace

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JIBBIE49 1/5/2014 6:17PM

    Hugs

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AMBER461 1/4/2014 8:49PM

  Thanks for sharing, I needed that.

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IMIN2GENES 1/4/2014 8:09PM

    emoticon Thanks for this! It came at just the right time for me... your 2012 and 2013 sounds an awful lot like mine!
Chris

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/3/2014 11:29PM

  I'm proud of you for telling us your actual part that is your chicing and doing. That is most likely the same for many, many, but many don't see it, or make excuses. This is why I really, really think, that you will end up doing what you desire, because you admit it, and keep getting back on the horse. When you finally do, contact me. I want to make you something. GREAT Pixie, you are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/3/2014 6:48PM

    Such a great and honest blog! You are worth it and you can do it! We all do not so hot at times, but the important thing is that you are aware and therefore can make the changes necessary! We are a work in progress, some of us just take longer than others! Hang in there! emoticon

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KITT52 1/3/2014 6:39PM

    have a Happy and healthy New year...

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BRENDA_G50 1/3/2014 6:19PM

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GENRE009 1/3/2014 5:53PM

    Now I see that you are secretly a super hero, on earth! Go girl!!!! eva emoticon

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MSANITAL 1/3/2014 2:48PM

    I could of wrote this blog. this is what has been going on with me but for 3 years .. in 2010 I started my weight loss Journey so by 2011 I was 80lbs down and then I started to play with fire.. up and down up and down stand stills and all the playing with fire so to speak then in 2012 I decided that was not going to be the case.. I kept doing what I did the year before and then only 20lbs came off. I was devastated by the end of 2012 why what did I do ? but with all what we do or don't do I think the one thing for sure is that we are consistent and we have not given up and just decided to sit on the couch and eat and eat and not do anything So I call it this is living and yes I know when I stayed to long at the party and now it is time to leave and buckle down I think that is with anything but one thing for sure is your here. you realize it and you want help and that is motivation and inspiring to others..
Keep pushing you can do it

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RENATA144 1/3/2014 1:42PM

  emoticon we must be very conscious of everything that we eat.

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KARIN66204 1/3/2014 12:23PM

  Thank you for your post. It reasonates with my path, other than you're doing much better with exercise than I am.

We ARE supposed to me good to our selves, but I still haven't found healthy TREATS. I love chocolate etc.

Thanks for sharing. You've inspired me.

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RAYNBOWCHASER 1/3/2014 10:29AM

    I thank you so much for having the courage to write this blog. I was in tears by the time I finished reading it because it hit so close to home. Except that I gave up entirely. Your blog helped me to realize some truths that I needed to face about myself and my weight loss. I am starting the journey to weightloss and better health again this year. Your blog will stay in my mind when I hit another plateau and I will use your example to push through. Thank you again.
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PANIK257 1/3/2014 3:00AM

    If you stuck with your fitness program this long I have no doubts that you will be able to get back on the healthy eating program and stick with it. emoticon

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FAIRLADYBUFF3 1/2/2014 11:48PM

    great read~ keep up the good work!

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WORKINGITIN 1/2/2014 11:46PM

    Thanks for the inspiration

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WHITEANGEL4 1/2/2014 10:48PM

    Way to go, great bog

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CHOOSEYOURHARDD 1/2/2014 10:19PM

    Keep up the streak! With the new year, I'm sure a lot of us are starting over and your insight was a great one. I also love, "you can't out exercise bad nutrition"! I think I need to put that on my refrigerator emoticon

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SANDISOCAROLINA 1/2/2014 8:57PM

    You call yours a plateau, I call mine a hampster wheel emoticon You're doing emoticon and I love you honesty. I got real with myself after being in denial for a long time, but hadn't realized I was self sabotoging. What you wrote really hits home. I've managed to lose about two lbs. per year for the last three years. That is while being on/off SP for those three years (on again as of 3 mo. ago and here to stay once and for all) Like you, I would get so far and then get frustrated and discouraged. Up/down the same 3 lbs. and then finally get rid of a few. I have a different perspective now and it looks like you do too. emoticon You're way ahead of me on the exercise though, I have to start from square one and get back in shape. I own the choices though and go from now. emoticon emoticon for being you! emoticon ~Sandi

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DAILYCHOICES 1/2/2014 8:47PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm the same way except when I start sabotaging myself, I also stop working out which means obvious weight gain. Hence why I've gained over
5 lbs since June. I have come to grips with my emotional eating and am looking forward to the changes I'm going to make this year!

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MARAGRAM 1/2/2014 6:49PM

    emoticon You hit it spot on! emoticon , we'll get there together!
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GODSBABYGAL 1/2/2014 4:21PM

    Thanks for writing this I am in a binge state right now come to think of it. Thanks so much

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2014 4:01PM

    I was reading your blog and a little light went off in my brain. I think I've been doing the same thing. Thanks for the wake up call!

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MSLIZ1956 1/2/2014 2:53PM

    Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

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MRSVK11 1/2/2014 2:24PM

    emoticon emoticon This could have been written by me! Not nearly as well but my 2013 story is the same.
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HEATHERFREE 1/2/2014 12:41PM

    I love this! Really picks me up to keep going! Thank you!


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GALINAZ 1/2/2014 11:35AM

    I can relate! You hit the nail on the head, with the cycle of nothing changing and giving into the old bad habits. I truly think that it gets harder to lose weight when you get closer to your goal. I think of it as "old" fat - its been around the longest and doesn't want to let go! We can do this!! emoticon

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PROPMAN1 1/2/2014 11:02AM

  Been there....still there. Hoping for a year that i treat myself better (and know i'm worth it)! Thanks for sharing...nice to know i'm not alone.

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UWPALUM 1/2/2014 10:41AM

    self-sabatoge and I are also friends...it's actually nice to hear that others have that same problem! 2014 is the year to make the changes!

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ANNROW0354 1/2/2014 10:19AM

    Just what I needed to read as we enter the New Year. I'm reading Lily Hills book right now about loving the body you have on the way to creating the body you want and even though I'm pretty much still at the beginning, I'm learning a lot about emotional eating that I never thought applied to me.
I think all women need to begin to love themselves more for the awesome, strong people they are and stop worrying about the size of our pants.

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WYDIXIEL 1/2/2014 9:51AM

    emoticon Here at SP we have each others back, we are on the path one way or another. We can do this!!!! emoticon

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MOMMY445 1/2/2014 9:34AM

    such a great blog,Pixie! have a wonderful day!

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BUFFALO63 1/2/2014 9:21AM

    Wow, that was one powerful blog. I believe I am doing something very similar. Thanks for the great words of encouragement! No more self created plateaus!

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