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It usually means I have been slacking off somewhere, or neglecting both exercise and making poor food choices.

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If I plateau, it is usually because of overindulgence.!!!!



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What I.M.Magic said!

Courage comes from the Old French for "heart". To be courageous literally means to do something heart-felt.


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For me, exercise will never be on this list. Research has shown that exercise as a weight-loss tool is ineffective. This is NOT to say it has no value, because it certainly does improve tone and outlook. So it's a worthwhile adjunct to a healthy nutritional lifestyle.

When I hit a plateau, I always consider it a combination of poor or slacking choices and the fact that my body is trying desperately to "save" me by switching up its needs and storage capabilities. First I try tightening up my program. If that doesn't help, I go off plan long enough to get my metabolism to reset. This doesn't mean I go back to eating the SAD! but I've done some intermittent fasting, upped my caloric intake (a thing I never register otherwise), slash carbs, load up on healthy fats...whatever seems to work. Usually it's a combination of things. Sometimes it's been a matter of forcing myself to bed earlier, and changing the hour of my primary meal.

Our bodies are truly miracles. We're programmed to survive even when we seem intent upon self-destruction! lol Our bodies don't understand weight loss and social customs. It's just trying to keep us intact. I have to admit, my metabolism is a LOT smarter than I am! I'm challenged. It's like a frustrating little adventure - haha

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Good grief. Why do we have to BLAME ANYTHING??

Granted, I may occasionally fall down on the job of keeping myself healthy, but I always KNOW the problem, even if I don't want to admit it... and I suspect you are all the same. I believe we all know what we need to do in those instances... and that doesn't even have to be the case, so in my book, pointing fingers at this that or the other is a waste of time and energy.

As one of my doctors once put it, "you can do everything absolutely right, and still have things go wrong..." for no particular reason, just because.

And think about this:

The human body has a built-in adaptation mechanism, which allows us to survive. Change the circumstances, the environment, with nutrition and exercise and spirit, and you change the body--and it adapts to maintain the new status quo.

So I work on not kicking myself or looking for faults where there are none--I rejoice in having a marvelous body that works so hard to keep me in it...

...and if I hit a plateau, I choose to change the environment again! LOL

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Food and exercise are inanimate objects and therefore cannot be blamed for anything.

The blame lies clearly with the individual, me.

Blaming food and exercise is like blaming the car for a drunk driver.

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It's usually a combination of the two. Although sometime it can be neither. I redouble my efforts to consistently eat well and up my workout intensity and try something different. Sometimes I have to shake my body out of its comfort zone.

I am always worth my best. My best is good enough for anyone.


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I am not too sure, but I usually turn to exercise when I plateau. It seems to me my body just needs a different exercise routine at that point. I try to keep my workouts varied in type and intensity, but I suppose at some point our bodies have to stop and take a breather. emoticon

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Actually neither, but I up or change fitness.

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It is definitely food at this point



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5/3/13 2:17 A

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Food though I also view it as time to switch out or increase the intensity of my cardio



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carbs

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When I plateau or gain it is ALWAYS because of my food intake.

I'm living my life and enjoying every moment!


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5/3/13 12:49 A

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wine n bread....



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5/3/13 12:18 A

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For me it's always food.

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If it's a week or two I just say my body is resting! But if it's more than 3 weeks, I know I'm stuck and need to bump up the exercise. Let's face it, we all need to eat and depriving our bodies of vital nutrition isn't going to help our bodies burn more fat. Increased activity is what's going to help our bodies burn fat and shed those pounds!



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Hi Terrie!

Congratulations on your 27 lb weight loss! That is wonderful! I'm along with everyone else here on the journey and like to hear feedback as well as offer it. A couple of things that might kick start your metabolism or help get ya get going again would be to make sure you drink 8 or more glasses of water a day. If you are dehydrated at all or eat foods high in sodium and don't drink enough water, your body will hang on to every little ounce hence no weight loss.

The other thing would be to definitely increase calories. The 900's are pretty low. Do you track fitness and nutrition on SP? It is great at giving you a guide of how many cals to eat to reach your goal.

Most of all I wish you the best on your transformation!

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Food for me. I always said I'd rather run a marathon than track food intake;that kind of thinking worked for me 20 years ago, not anymore.

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Food for sure!

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Neither - I also no longer use the term "plateau" I say that my body is "practicing maintenance!"



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not sure

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neither - it seems like a natural part of the cycle to me. it happens on occassion no matter how "good" i am being with food and excercise. i just keep doing what i'm doing and wait it out.



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food food and again food



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As I track my food and exercise everyday, if I had to choose I would say exercise. I am guilty of getting into a training rut or overtraining both of which will cause a plateau for me.



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5/2/13 6:55 P

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Me and then the food

Just put one foot in front of the other and move it


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The food



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Always the food.




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Your problem may not be the exercise but the fact that you are eating too few calories. The body needs at least 1200 per day for basic functions. Otherwise, it goes into starvation mode and holds onto every little bit it can, even possibly causing you to gain weight. This can also make it harder to lose weight in the future. You may want to review your caloric intake. Just make sure it comes from healthy foods. A couple pieces of fruit or lean meat are a great way to make up this difference.



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Neither. I just review my program and carry on, knowing that some plateau events are normal.

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FOOD is to blame...although sometimes plateaus can be 'broken' by alternating exercises & 'confusing' the body!

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I blame both, but mainly food!

I'm starting my ticker over with going low carb.

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When you plateau you just need to change things up.

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I think that both food and exercise in the right balance is the key to successful weight loss. I also believe that it is natural to have a plateau every once in awhile that it is important to continue with both during this time. On the exercise side changing your weights and repetition may help you to get back to losing.

I could be wrong but I thought you needed calorie to burn calories. I am thinking that Terrie may need to look into eating more calories. I was in a program once that said more calories with the right foods boosted your metabolism. I would recommend talking to a dietitian.
Also need to go slow in taking off the weight. 1 to 2 pounds per week is good. Terrie you didn't mention how long it took you to lose the 27 lbs but maybe you are starving your body of what it needs. Something to think about. Hang in there and you will reach your goal before you know it. emoticon emoticon



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I have just recently lost 27 pounds and I haven't lost anymore. My form of exercise is with a exercise bike that also has a stepper. I have been skinny all my life and when I hit my fortys I started gradually gaining weight. I got up to 236 lbs I am now at 209 I am really proud of myself but I seem to be at a stand still so I will go about 3 days of not working out and then start up again and that seems to have worked. I keep my calories around 900-968 per day. My goal is to get out of the 200's and get into the 100's.

Wish me luck

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both

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Food, usually I fall off the wagon, but I have followed my nutritional plan and exercise and In 5 weeks I have not lost, I am going to try to lower my calories, at this point I can hardly add more exercise, however I can lengthen the time. Edna emoticon

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FOOD! It's always food for me... :)

It Is What It Is.... :)


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Food. Gummy bears in particular.

***Vanessa***

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neither I just keep working hard to break the plateau.

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I blame both.



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Food



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It is usually food for me.



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I don't take on too much blame for plateauing. I can only control so much with my diet and exercise and my body will sometimes fight me. Usually to break this up I will: eat a really really high calorie meal and then go back to my normal eating and my body tends to do a reset. Or.. i typically eat right around 1400 calories a day so instead I will eat somewhere around 1200 calories and that seems to reset it to. I change up my exercise program every week adding this and taking something away so it's just a matter of what works for the right person.
The big take away is don't blame yourself. IF your eating within your calorie range and changing up your exercise sometimes our bodies just need to freak out.

Good Luck.


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Blame? Plateaus happen, fact of life. I just carry on, check I'm sticking with the program, adjust it if necessary and get on with it. It's about being healthy and if I lose weight that's great but as I tend to go in stages I don't sweat it cos I know I'll get there in the end so long as I stick with it.

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I blame, hormones, and the fact that my body is playing catch up, have been on a very long plateau , but have lost several sizes . I also make sure to drink water, as well as changing up fitness's, program seems to take different level of excises as the weigh /inches come off. Need to do things that could no do before such as intermediate or advance fitness .

Edited by: DOTTIEJANE1 at: 5/2/2013 (09:06)
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For me, it's generally my food choices that result in a plateau. Thankfully, I stay pretty active so I haven't gained anything back but I'm not loosing either. Its during those times that I have to reassess my food consumption (it's always a combination of food choices/portions).



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Neither. As we lose, our bodies change and are going through quite a bit of stress. A theory is that our body adjusts to the new levels of exercise and diet, so you have to work harder in order to continue losing. Hormones can also play a major role, as does the regular process of aging.
I've had plateaus that lasted several months. All I could do was change up my diet AND exercise and hope that it worked. Since I don't have a scale at home, I don't know when exactly the last plateau ended, but it seems to have changed when I started training for a 10K. Something about those extra miles really forced my body to wake up. I also started a Jillian Michaels kickboxing video that worked my body in ways I wasn't used to. Due to the increased caloric burn, I changed my settings... and my calorie range increased. Weight seems to have started melting off by that point.

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I blame too much food and not enough exercise for my plateaus. The last few years I have to blame hormone fluctuations as well.

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I don't blame either as it is often a time your body plays a little catch up with your loss.

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