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Plateau, Season of Pain, and Payoff

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Day 20 of the video series deals with plateaus and the last 2 stages of success.

When you've been 100% compliant but the scale doesn't move, you've hit a PLATEAU.
Plateaus are the body's way of self-regulating to make sure you aren't losing too fast.
They are temporary.
Frustration and your old way of thinking are obstacles to your success when plateaus happen.
You have to stay alert and on track to overcome those obstacles.
Plateaus are part of the season of pain.

Review time: the stages of success are:
1. excitement,
2. season of pain, and
3. knowing.

The "SEASON OF PAIN" is the mutiny of your old thinking patterns and habits against the new ones you are trying to put in their place. You're tempted to go back to the old, comfortable ways, but the old ways won't help you to your goal. You are most vulnerable in this stage. You're enduring an emotional storm. The suffering is caused by not KNOWING that you'll succeed.

Siebold suggests the following to help yourself during the SEASON OF PAIN:
~Get enough sleep. Fatigue is dangerous during habit change.
~Remind yourself of your ultimate goal. Visualize or post pictures. Tell others your goal.
~Repeat beliefs that lead to the actions you want to become automatic.
~Watch motivational speakers. (YouTube or CDs)
~Avoid negative news in the media at this time... negative emotion is contagious. Guard your consciousness.

He describes the KNOWING stage as:
~You're convinced you're going to succeed.
~The game is won, you're just waiting for the checkered flag.
~The effort seems easy.
~The Payoff is massive and certain.

I'm in the knowing stage right now. I'm maintaining right where I want to be. I think, like others viewing this series, that it's not a stage that is permanent once achieved. Keeping in mind the coping strategies for the season of pain so I won't sabotage my efforts is worth while...I'll be needing them again!
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  • KANOE10
    great summary. How nice to be in the Knowing stage and realize that you will keep this weight off. You have already developed good strategies in the season of pain if they are ever needed again. Enjoy the happiness of knowing you will keep this weight off for good.

    Way to go on completing Day 20!
    1457 days ago
    Great summary. And it's wonderful that you've worked through to that "knowing" stage: while anticipating and planning to deal with recurring "seasons of pain" if and when . . .

    My this has been fun!!
    1458 days ago
    I don't think anyone's weight is static, so of course you'll be needing the coping strategies again! But you definitely are in the KNOWING state and how great is that?
    1458 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I especially needed to hear "Plateaus are the body's way of self-regulating to make sure you aren't losing too fast." In the past I would have blamed myself for not doing something right and easily slipped into complacency about the weight loss goal. Taking in this definition of plateaus doesn't excuse me from evaluating my trackers (unavailable in my pre-Spark days) and thinking critically about what may have influenced the plateau (objective reality).

    Edit was to correct a typo.
    1458 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2014 12:36:47 PM
    Of course you will maintain. Even when the fatloser series is over, you'll be hanging out here with us - the place to be for successful maintenance!
    1458 days ago
    Excellent. Thanks for sharing! You are armed.
    1458 days ago
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