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A Plateau and Some Perspective


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I must admit that I was frustrated this morning. Today is my official, weekly weigh in, and when I hopped on the scale I saw that it had not moved again. Six weeks ago I dropped three pounds in one week, but since then I have dropped only two pounds. Two pounds, five weeks, working hard, eating well...this is frustrating and potentially depressing.

However, over the years, I've learned a very important lesson: I must look to multiple measures and take my joy from the pursuit of health rather than just the number on the scale. And so as soon as I logged my numbers this morning, I set my mind on other things that are very encouraging to me right now. For example...

1. Things are going very well in the gym and on the bike trainer: I'm ahead of my goals, feeling great, and loving exercise.

2. I am enjoying food, and eating lots of good things. I've been experimenting with some new recipes and I found a couple of jewels that have significantly increased my joy in preparing, eating, and sharing meals.

3. My mood and energy levels are up.

4. I'm sleeping well: easily falling asleep and waking up full of energy and joy.

5. My blood pressure is in a perfect place, and my resting heart rate is in the mid-40s--not bad for a 47 year old!

6. I have set challenging but reachable goals for this year, and despite my current level of weight I still have a strong sense that I can, and will, reach these goals.

7. Most importantly, Jesus loves me and he is for me, and he has given me passion to know, seek, and serve him. And as if this isn't enough, he's given me an amazing wife, an awesome daughter, a home, clothes, food, cars, money, and all the things I need to live for the glory of his name, the good of others, and the joy of my own soul.

So I'm on a plateau, there's no two ways about it. But life is more than weight, and joy has greater sources than the number on the scale. So today I will put my face forward and make progress toward reaching my goals, knowing that eventually the scale will begin to move again and that, when it does, it will only be one of many measures of success and sources of joy in my life.
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MAYBER 4/16/2014 12:23AM

    thanks for sharing your great attitude agree with much of what you have said
best wishes as you crack the plateau you can do it
one day at a time
love prayers peace
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THEIS58 2/24/2014 7:19AM

    Great. Thank you!

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PENNYPEARLS 2/23/2014 9:36PM

    Well said! emoticon

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EJB2801 2/23/2014 9:17PM

    Waking up with energy and joy - what could be better than that? Not much!

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LAWANDMUSIC 2/21/2014 1:35PM

    Keep the faith. All will work out. ONWARD~!!

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JRRING 2/21/2014 10:46AM

  I hear you too...argh! But at least we know we're living healthy...

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JIBBIE49 2/21/2014 10:24AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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MARYJEANSL 2/21/2014 1:35AM

  So many wonderful things in your life - that's great to hear. You are a success - even if the scale does take a long time to start moving again!

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CLAYARTIST 2/20/2014 10:59PM

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CHARTHESTAR 2/20/2014 8:25PM

    the numbers on the scale going down but do not compare to all the fantastic NSV you are having!
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NONNAOF2 2/20/2014 2:22PM

  You are right on track for what's natural for your own body. Your plateau will give way at one point, keep up the good work! You are amazing!! :-)

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SUEFROMRI 2/20/2014 12:08PM

    Forget the scale for a week! How do your clothes fit? How is your stamina and energy levels? How is your overall mood? Focus on "Non-scale" victories while your body adjusts and gets ready to release more fat. emoticon

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2LOSE2WIN 2/20/2014 10:38AM

  Count friends, count blessings, seize the day, a body in motion tends to stay in motion, Maybe the scale doesn't move; But try the tape measure; see if you are shrinking.
Great attitude, Keep on Keeping on.
Have a great day, great week, great month. great 2014.
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TBOURLON 2/20/2014 10:14AM

    Hey, a plateau is better than re-gaining everything (what I did emoticon ). A plateau means you're not gaining, either - kind of a "glass half full" attitude, but better than the "glass half empty" one. Right now I wish I was stuck at a plateau, instead of having to start all over again. Oh, well.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PROPMAN1 2/20/2014 9:34AM

  Been on a plateau forever. Am working to maintain an upbeat attitude and rely on how my clothes feel/am i able to do something i couldn't before, etc. instead of the number on the scale. Remain positive! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 2/20/2014 8:37AM

    Based on all the good things happening you list above, I have to believe the scale will soon be heading in the direction you wish also.

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PENOWOK 2/20/2014 6:56AM

    Our bodies are funny things. A few years back when my husband and I starting walking together every day, he dropped weight right away. Mine stayed the same for the longest time, then all of a sudden started to drop to a good weight. So said the scale. I wasn't looking for NSVs at that time, but sure had them way before the scale noticed. Hang in there....you're doing great and, of course, in Great Hands!

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CHERYLHURT 2/20/2014 6:15AM

  I know all about plateaus! We have to push ourselves to do this one day at a time.

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PREACHERLADY565 2/19/2014 9:21PM

  In the midst of a plateu - you have kept a great perspective.

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SAMMI-SAM 2/19/2014 8:45PM

    That happens when I plateau. Push yourself harder working out and change what brings your heart rate up. emoticon

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AJB121299 2/19/2014 7:03PM

    nice

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LOOD1962 2/19/2014 5:50PM

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TIME-4-TINA 2/19/2014 4:41PM

    Ahhhh, the dreaded plateau......alas, I know them very well. I usually average 6 months in a plateau, so don't feel bad. On a positive note, at least I know that I can maintain! adding you as a spark friend.


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MAMA_CD 2/19/2014 3:27PM

    In with positive outlooks and positive gains...Out with the emoticon too many people let the scale rule their eating, it's time to have attitudes more like yours and eventually we'll all see emoticon

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LEESA-B 2/19/2014 2:03PM

  Hooray for non-scale victories!

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KHANDREN 2/19/2014 1:26PM

    It is so awesome to share life with this guy! Such an inspiration and love eating his new meal creations! Thanks to Sparkpeople, there are two cooks in the family, so grateful he stresses the importance of measuring more than creativity. Praising God for giving me a man with right priorities. I love you Babe. emoticon

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KHANDREN 2/19/2014 1:24PM

    I Know you can do it! emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 2/19/2014 1:22PM

  Sounds like you are on the right course in all aspects of your life. I have been on a plateau for nearly a year, and all of a sudden, I am reaching scale and non-scale victories daily. Just keep at it. It will come together.

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JESMOD 2/19/2014 12:23PM

    Great to see how positive you are. We all know it may take a while, but results will come eventually as long as you put in the work!

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JWALKER0716 2/19/2014 12:06PM

    Remember muscle weights more than fat. I find with myself I don't see results and then suddenly it's like it happens over night. You will get there. The best part of your blog was the Jesus part! He's my Savior too and He is awesome!! Fight the good fight and keep on trucking!!

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NGCHILD 2/19/2014 10:04AM

    Thank you for your post! It's nice to hear the positive come out of your plateau. I am also going thru one and mine has lasted since September. I am doing nothing different, eating the same, working out and making healthy choices. I starting doing a different workout this week in the hopes of making the scale move again. But I haven't stopped working out, or has my attitude change. Its a journey and not everyone is on the same path. One day, one step at a time.

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JETLBOMB 2/19/2014 8:26AM

  It'll pass just keep working hard. You obviously have the right mindset to get through it.

Perhaps shock your body by throwing in a different type of training or eating more one day a week.

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LIBERTY812 2/19/2014 7:38AM

  Thank you so much for your post! It is just what I needed to hear today. emoticon

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