PERIDRAGON's SparkPeople Blog PERIDRAGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Forget plateau-land, I'm in plateau-hell. It's been a frustrating few weeks. I seem to have found my way back to plateau-land and this time it's really gotten the better of me. For the first two weeks of the plateau I had started a new, interesting, and more intense workout routine and I was sure it would get results. Instead, I stalled out completely. It's been so discouraging that I've been skipping the workouts for several days to sleep late and play The Sims 2. Fortunately, I'm still eating well so the trend is still even-to... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:14:14 EST Who needs cheat days? I've always thought that the concept of "cheat days" was counterproductive, for many reasons. First of all, it implies that you're doing some kind of temporary program that is so strict that eating something indulgent counts as "cheating". This isn't a mindset that is conducive to long-term weight loss success. Second, even one day (in some cases even one meal) that is full of high-calorie foods can ruin a whole week's worth of exercising and calorie deficits. It would be more accurately ... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:20:27 EST I'm a runner! Yesterday, I put on my running shoes, put my hair in a ponytail, and went for a run. It was the first time I've ever done so of my own free will (i.e., not as an angsty teenager in gym class). I finally felt like I was healthy enough and in good enough shape to start working towards something I've always wanted - to be able to run long distances comfortably. Oddly enough, I've always wished I could jog, but I've always felt like I was too out of shape to try it without alarming other pedes... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:50:55 EST Breaking the plateau! Apparently I did something right, because I'm down to 79.4 kg (175 lbs) as of today! If I'm being honest, of the things I changed this week, the ones I changed the most were my strength training and my eating habits. Doing my strength training in blocks and eating what felt like ALL THE TIME apparently was enough, since I am not good at going to bed earlier! I don't doubt that the switch to a different cardio schedule helped too (harder day-easier day alternation), but I haven't been doing... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 13:14:59 EST Living in plateau-land... So these past three weeks I have bounced around the same half a kilogram, despite exercising more and not going to extremes on eating. I read the SP articles on Plateau-Busting, and with them in mind I changed up my fitness plan, eating plan, and habits with a new set of goals to help me get over the hump. <BR> <BR> They include: <BR> <BR> - going to bed earlier, <BR> - eating more frequently throughout the day, <BR> - alternating higher-intensity and lower-intensity exercise days to mix t... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 10:36:08 EST It's Wii Fit Time! I got a little bit of money as a graduation present from my grandmother and a Wii from my parents, and I decided to put it to good use - I am now the proud owner of a Wii Fit Plus! I've used the one at my parents' when I've visited, but I'm excited to put it to good use here every day. <BR> <BR> I find that a lot of the activities are not overly intense, but I think of them as low-impact toning and low-intensity aerobics that I can do every day, then supplement with additional higher-intens... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:14:58 EST Down 15 pounds! Well, moving must be a big calorie burn (and the fitness tracker agrees with me!) because after a week of lugging boxes, unpacking, and cleaning, I'm now down 15 pounds and at a weight I haven't seen on the scale in almost three years. I'm visiting my parents for a week and they noticed immediately that I look different - they haven't seen me in about six weeks. I've been waiting for that "visible results" moment for a while now, and I admit that even I see the difference. <BR> <BR> In rel... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:14:39 EST Ten down, and a counter-intuitive way to relieve scale stress As of today, I am down ten pounds from my heaviest weight two months ago. I've been sick for more than a week, so I know some of the weight will come back when my appetite does in full force. But it's still an accomplishment! Being sick has meant that I haven't been able to do my cardio either, so this weight loss is just from less eating - that being the case, I'm hoping less weight will come back if I get back to a more regular eating schedule along with pushing my cardio up to burn more... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:00:25 EST Back on the wagon After a difficult weekend - I drove more than 1000 km in three days and went to a wedding on Saturday and then my convocation on Sunday night - I'm feeling awful. I'm getting back on track, though, and I managed to track my food all weekend despite the hectic schedule. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid to weigh myself, but I know I need to. I have tons of work to do today and tomorrow (outside of my fitness stuff), then I'm travelling again to go to my sister's convocation. It's crazy. If I can get t... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:45:12 EST Still exhausted It's been a rough week. I'm still not sleeping well, and despite working hard, I'm up 2 lbs. I lost weight eating rich food and junk at my parents' and now that I'm in my routine and working hard and seeing exercise-related improvements, *now* I'm putting the weight back on?! I can't even reflect back on what I've done and figure out what I'm doing wrong, except to say that I'm feeling a lot of anxiety, and that's a problem I can't solve easily. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to let what is rea... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:02:40 EST Inadvertent sleep deprivation I'm exhausted. For some reason, I can't sleep at night and I toss and turn for hours - even my best sleep-inducing techniques are failing me. I still feel good about my exercising, but I'm starting to get physical symptoms of sleep deprivation and I'm sure the stress will impact my weigh-in this week. I feel nauseated and my energy levels keep dropping. <BR> <BR> This week, I'm working on adjusting my sleep schedule to make me get up earlier in the hopes that I'll be more tired earlier in... Mon, 31 May 2010 10:14:43 EST Results! Last night I got two wonderful small successes that reflect the hard work I've been putting into my healthy lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> The first requires some backstory. When I turned 16, my parents gave me a gold ring with a blue sapphire in it as an indication that I was now mature enough to get such presents. (I didn't have a boyfriend - or pierce my ears - until I was 18, so it was the first "adult" jewelry I'd ever received.) I've worn it on the ring finger of my right hand ever si... Sat, 29 May 2010 13:21:12 EST And the results are in... Well, I survived being overfed at my parents', largely because they have a Wii and the Wii Fit Plus package and I played it a lot. In fact, I burned 1200 calories over the three days I was away using the Wii. Besides just the Wii Fit stuff, they had a new game, called Just Dance, which was a GREAT workout. Now, of course, I want a Wii even more, but it'll have to wait until we've saved up for and bought a few big-ticket items we really need. <BR> <BR> I also discovered the joys of Nestea ... Tue, 25 May 2010 12:51:04 EST Going to visit my parents Right now I'm on a train, going to visit my parents for the weekend. This is my first real test - can I continue to exercise every day, log what I eat, and pay attention to my portions without 1) tipping off my mother that I'm on a diet (I do not want that "advice" and crap this time) and 2) insulting my dad, who is a great cook and likely has some great (and not particularly unhealthy) meals planned? We'll see. Mostly my goal is to not get into an argument with them about what I'm doing w... Fri, 21 May 2010 21:08:35 EST Last night... ...I told my boyfriend that I weigh 30 more pounds than he does. When we started dating five years ago, I weighed 20 pounds less than he did and I was the lightest I'd ever been since I finished growing at 14. I've finally been totally honest with him and disclosed everything about how unhealthy I've become, and it feels like a massive weight off my chest. <BR> <BR> For years, I've been afraid to tell him how much I weigh except in vague generalities because I felt like so much of a failur... Wed, 19 May 2010 17:04:16 EST A good first week I didn't want to start writing about my weight loss journey until I felt like I had really committed to it, and, here in week two, that's how I feel. <BR> <BR> I've tried to lose weight before. I've never been obese, but I've been steadily becoming more and more overweight now for five years, and seeing my BMI hit .1 below obesity in January was a real wake-up call. However, all the times in all these years that I've tried to lose weight, including this past winter, I always felt like it w... Tue, 18 May 2010 15:16:37 EST