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3/18/07 8:34 P

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THanks for all the tips everyone. I've been going thru a plateau as well. So all of these suggestions are very insightful.

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3/18/07 6:42 P

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psychogreengirl-good luck! hopefully all the suggestions below prompt some kind of change on the scale! i wish you nothing but lower numbers the next time you weigh in:)

 
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3/17/07 10:38 P

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Switch up your diet, 1000 calories one day, 1400 the next. Try this for a week or two and there will be no more plateau.

I oil paint, garden, ouilt and I have taken all this up since my 50th birthday (well I started gardening at 48) I am now 51 I am loving my 50's! This is going to be the year I get back to the size I was 4 1/2 years ago 140.


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3/13/07 5:52 P

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get what you mean there, this is the first plateau i've gotten over (at least, i'm pretty sure i did by now) where i haven't just given up.

i'm determined to be healthy and don't wanna be like this anymore, so i'm keeping up with it as best i possibly can. i'm just looking for better ways to vary my routine a bit so that my body doesn't get used to it. the problem is that i have tons of variety much of the time. if the weather's good i do yard work, if that and dad aint home, i play tennis against the house, i do tae bo and dance videos...stuff like that. i've just gotta find more imagination i suppose, in this sort of thing.

but i'm getting my cravings more and more under control (even when dad buys junk), or am trying very hard at least. i'm not giving up, i can't. i haven't seen a scale this low in a year, and i don't want to go back up again.

I'm a nerd out of habit, not out of spite.

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3/10/07 9:19 A

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Hang in there PSYCHOGREENGIRL - I think its inevitable to hit plateaus all along the way, it's happened to me more than once. I get frustrated and am tempted to give up (in the past I DID give up!) but I'm a lot more focused now that I have all my SPARK FRIENDS! emoticon

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3/10/07 9:13 A

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i'm just surprised that when i hit my plateau, i had only lost 10 pounds. i wasn't expecting plateau for a while, either. it was a bit disappointing because of that, then i thought that maybe it was because i was exercising but not consistent for the longest time.

either way, just praying that my determination keeps up and that i keep losing the weight on through for the geography fieldtrip in may. i wanna be lighter and fitter because of all the walking and carrying we'll be doing--and we're staying at hotels that have swimming pools!

i did notice yesterday when i went out to get mulch and shoes (the ones i was wearing were suddenly splitting down the sides), that my old shoe sizes were too loose. turns out, i've been losing fractions of inches, and dropped a whole shoe size (in guy's) and from wide to normal size, or down 1/2 size depending on the maker (in ladies). now if only that'd quickly translate upwards to my gut, that'd be swell. but i'll work hard anyway--i have signs of loss, and that's good and motivating enough.

I'm a nerd out of habit, not out of spite.

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3/10/07 4:56 A

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I haven't hit a plateau yet, but in the past that is where I always gave up! So, thanks for all the ideas on what to do, so when I hit the first one, I won't freak. I have lost 36lbs in two months, so, I know a plateau is lurking in the near future, I usually hit the first one at 20lbs, so, maybe I don't have to worry for another two weeks.(I hit them every 20lbs or so). Congratulations to all of you who lost and keep on keepin' on to all who are on a plateau. I am sending you all supportive energy and prayer that you leave the plateau soon.

Blessings,
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3/9/07 6:57 P

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Congrats on the weight loss! I went to the doctor today and was also down - 1.25 lbs, so I'm taking my little successes wherever I can get them!

"Love God in front of others, and love others in front of God."

"The most self-destructive thought that any person can have is thinking that he or she is not in total control of his or her life. That's when, 'Why me?' becomes a theme song."

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3/9/07 2:45 P

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Congrats on the loss! Hopefully that's your break in the plateau and you'll continue on that path of 1-2 per week.
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3/9/07 2:00 P

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hey guys. thanks for ideas.

i think i'm finally starting to break through that plateau. i lost 1.2 pounds since last friday (and the week before that it was the same reading on the scale, so i didn't budge).

i'm pretty sure my body was getting a bit used to things, and i think the change to hours of weed pulling and yard work really did change things a bit, because i had a routine for the gym, and i'm certain my body got very used to it.

water i've been pretty good at, and have had some tough times with food. my main concern is remembering to eat these days because i get busy. but i've gotten a bit more on track with that.

plateau's are tough, and i hope its all downhill from here (in a good way), but yeah, i forgot that changing every 5-6 weeks thing, that's something to remember for sure!

I'm a nerd out of habit, not out of spite.

"This is a revolution, dammit...we're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!!!"--John Adams, "1776"


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3/9/07 8:59 A

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You've already gotten some superb advice here!

My advice:

RAMP IT UP, GIRL! emoticon
That's what helped me break through my plateau when I was hovering around 204 for several weeks. I changed the type and duration of exercise I was doing. I also did what Steph suggested -- take a serious look at what you're eating and when. It's important to keep that constant blood sugar level throughout the day, rather than having large spikes when you don't have a little snack between meals.

Don't give up hope...you CAN get through this plateau. It's hard work, but SO worth it when you break through the other side!!

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3/8/07 11:38 P

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I feel your pain as well. I've only been doing this for a little over 40 days and have lost 10 pounds. That's great but I lost that 10 pounds in the first 25 days. I have hit a definite plateau. I have changed up my exercising routine and also my food and water intake. It is frustrating but I do believe I have gained quite a bit of muscle so that might have something to do with it.

Edited by: MISSRENEER at: 3/8/2007 (23:41)
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3/8/07 9:13 P

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Ladies,

I completely understand the pain in the neck, that a plateau can bring. I lost about 32 pounds 4 years ago. But gained some of it back, because I became depressed, stopped working out, and eating poorly. However, this time around I have determine to get this weight of me. So, I am reviewing what I did 4 years ago. Here are some of the things I am looking at.

Another suggestion: how often are you eating? Do have a number of hours between your meals? I am going to get back to eating every 2-3 hours. I was never hungry, when I did that. I kept burning fuel.

Another suggestion: are you cheating anywhere? If so, make adjustments. Are you counting everything you have eaten, even from that candy jar? Are you visiting McDonalds or any other Fast Food Restaurant too often? Do you need to cook more often at home?

Another suggestion: have you changed your workout? I read that you should change your workout every 6 weeks, because your body will get use to what you are doing. Try a new exercise or changed your exercise by adding an incline.

Another suggestion: don't be too hard on yourself. Are you losing inches? Don't just go by the scale. Sometimes the scale is your worst enemy. Go by how your clothes are fitting. Be patient with yourself.

Another suggestion: are you drinking 64-oz. of water? Maybe try increasing your water intake on a weekly basis until you reach 64-oz.

Another suggestion: are you goals posted? Sometimes seeing what you want to accomplish helps. Post your goals on your refrigerator or in your bathroom. Seeing is believing!

Another suggestion: have you updated your Sparkpage? If you haven't changed it recently with your current weight and activity level, maybe you are not eating enough calories as it relates to your activity level!

Ladies, these are just suggestions that I am looking into for breaking my plateau. I am sick and tired of this thing and I am more determined to break it. Let's do this together.

If anyone has anymore suggestions, please share!

Sincerely,

Steph

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3/8/07 6:05 P

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I have been at a plateau since December. But I think I have finally found an answer and it is breaking. I went back through past menus and realized that even though I was staying with in my ranges on cals and getting my exercise, that the types of food were doing me in, and my body had adjusted to my workout routine. So I changed up my menu...reducing fat and sodium and carbs. This alone allows me to eat ALOT more and still stay within my ranges. I also started aerobics class this week. I only jog 3 days a week now. I am also starting a jump rope aerobics class next monday. You might just need to change your menus up some and make variety the key word when it comes to workouts. When your body gets used to the way you eat ANd the way you exercise...it isn't a challenge anymore. Keep your body guessing at what is coming next and the plateau will be gone in no time. Good luck!

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CW 6/3/11-203.8lbs:6/24/11 - 197.5 lbs:6/28/11 - 197 lbs:8/24/11-200 lbs:8/24/11-200 lbs:9/14/11-195.4 lbs:1/1/12-191 lbs:1/11/12-190 lbs/4/25/12-190lbs:7/17/12 - 186 lbs;


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3/8/07 11:18 A

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I'm waiting for some answers on this thread as well. I lost 8 lbs since 1/1 but haven't moved the scale in a couple of weeks. Help!!!!!!!!!

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3/8/07 10:53 A

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I feel for you - plateaus are hard. Here is an idea - if you track what you've eaten in past weeks when you've lost, go back and follow that week's menu. Also, you mentioned gardening/weeding as exercise. You may want to try to incorporate more cardio to see if that helps.

There are several threads on the site that may have more ideas. Good luck - I'm pulling for you!

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at this point in my weight loss, i had planned to be a good 10 pounds lighter. however, all last month i was at a plateau, going down with my TOM, then right back up with it, then just hovering between 2 pound points the past few weeks. i've shifted my food and tried differerent exercise (because of the change in weather, i've shifted to gardening and weed pulling lately).

i had good momentum in january, then february comes and i just didn't do well. now its march, i'm more active than before, eating most of the right things, but i'm still in the same spot.

how have you guys broken the plateaus? i just don't want the trend of staying there and going back up to happen, not when i'm below 200 pounds for the first time in over a year.

I'm a nerd out of habit, not out of spite.

"This is a revolution, dammit...we're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!!!"--John Adams, "1776"


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