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10/5/10 11:43 P

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BANKER-CHUCK.... Good going to figure out that you needed to eat more! WooHoo!


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10/5/10 7:26 P

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After reading this thread yesterday I recalculated my calorie range. With my added exercise I found I needed to increase my calorie intake. Hopefully I can break my 4 week plateau.

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10/4/10 11:31 A

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MEOUGHKAT3... That's good news that you were able to adjust your food to go along with your added exercise so that you started losing weight again.
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10/4/10 11:22 A

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I had a blood workup a little while ago and everything was A-OK. However, I do have some slightly good news.

I took a look at my calories and how much I have been working out. I noticed that I have been working out more and also eating less calories than I was in the beginning, so over the weekend I started eating in the middle of my calorie range.

This morning I weighed in and I was back to my lowest weight, which I haven't seen in weeks, now I just have to go beyond and have a new lowest weight.

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9/30/10 6:21 A

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MEOUGHKAT3.. some people change up their exercise routine and this helps to get off a plateau. Also, have you had a physical exam lately to make sure that your thyroid is ok? That can cause people to hang on to their weight. Do a search on the SP site and see if there are articles on those with similar circumstances.


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9/29/10 2:05 P

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MEOUGHKAT3 same story with me. I think I will take a harder look at my calorie range and nutrition chart based on my activity. My workouts could be more vigorous. Adding more Strength exercises for lower body needs to be introduced.

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9/23/10 12:27 P

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Well if this is the place to ask for help and encouragement, then I am asking for it. I eat within my range, I change things up, I get my exercise, I drink my water, and still the scale has not moved in almost a month.

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9/20/10 4:31 P

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I get very discouraged even if I know I am the reason for the plateau. Then I sometimes give up for a time. Bad way to do it.

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9/18/10 8:28 A

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Yeah! Good for you, Tammy.

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9/18/10 3:51 A

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emoticon Tammy!

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I finally broke my plateau! Yay! It seemed like forever! Stay strong turtles! You'll get through it.

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9/17/10 5:43 P

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At some time we all come to a plateau and it can be a real disappointment! It is one of those things that we have to accept but we also know it is temporary and we will be back on track again, soon. It sometimes can take a while for that scale to move but just remember how hard you have worked to get to where you are and the reward will come sooner or later.

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9/16/10 9:24 P

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Thumbs up. Well written. Wish I could feel as good about myself.

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9/14/10 9:06 P

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I've just had to accept that it will take 6 months to lose 10 pounds. By accepting it the pressure is off and I can relax. I leave the scale in the cupboard, I watch what I eat but I don't obsess over being good or bad and I walk and walk and walk until finally I feel confident enough to step on the scale. Then it goes back to its dark hole. Who cares when the skinny jeans keep turning into the fat jeans. That's the true test. When I'm walking up a steep and long hill and reach a flat spot, a plateau, I am relieved and take advantage of a rest. Same with weight loss. Staying the same is not gaining weight. I'm winning.

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9/14/10 5:42 P

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Plateau. Isn't that like a dirty word? I feel like it is since I definitely hit one. I keep trying to tweak everything but I'm still showing no changes. Occasionally I'll go up then back down then go up then back down all in the same week. I always stay within my calorie range. I blame irregularity. Well I blame myself for not noticing that since I was on the diabetes plan, I was finding to tough to stay within my fat intake range. I just changed it back on Thursday and have already seen some changes that I like. My weight is not going up so I'm hopeful that I will see good results soon.

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9/14/10 4:52 P

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emoticon SPEEDY143 on getting under 300 pounds, maintaining that for a few weeks and Today going down further. Your plateau is broken. WooHoo!

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9/14/10 3:52 P

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Thanks Carolyn... I was faithful with calorie counting on SP and I was in my range after I discovered I shouldn't eat so low... : ) Not sure what was up with my plateau. I am exercising a lot but when I eat out on my cheat meal then I tend to gain weight for the next two or more days so wouldn't that say I didn't need more calories??? It is confusing when your body is not going by the book or by the SP suggestions... : )

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teaus has been easier with Spark People. Before if I hit a plateau that lasted too long I gave up, weighy went back up. Now I look for other indicators other than the scale. Eventually the scale moves downward again.

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Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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I was on fire for 11 weeks after joining SP. Reached a major goal (got under 300 pounds) and a week earlier than I planned too..... then I hit a wall.

For the past two weeks I didn't make any progress other than staying under 300, and just barely. What an emotional roller coaster ride that's been!!!!

All those emotions brought up all the reasons I used food to pacify that deprived child who was just waiting for an excuse to start stuffing her face again.

I hit the blogs and saw others were struggling too... I think it's a seasonal thing. The big summer push was over and fall wasn't quit here yet so why not reward myself for being sooooo good for sooooo long... I ate a little more and then a day passed without exercising... and then another blah, blah, blah.

Geez, am I going to forever be that crippled child who's limped into adulthood after destroying her health or am I going to grow up and be the adult that loves herself unconditionally while healing on this journey to save my life?

Plateau Blues? Part of the deal. Just another tool to learn more about myself and move forward. The scale finally moved today. I'm putting more distance between me and that 300 pound monster... it's all down hill from here thanks to SparkPeople emoticon

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9/14/10 1:02 P

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YORKITEER... are you eating enough? You seem to be doing quite a lot of exercising. Make sure that you are eating enough as perhaps your metabolism needs more food to lose weight! I know it's hard to figure that one out. Do the food tracker for a few days and try to learn if you eat enough food.

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9/14/10 12:34 P

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I have been at a plateau for months! I finally quit counting calories to see if I could maintain by myself since I wasn't losing anyway. I have been able to do that and still lose a couple of pounds but am stuck now~....it IS frustrating but I just can't bring myself back to calorie counting so severely as I used to (it had quit working anyways). I think I am going to try and up the exercise even though I run 5K three times a week now and play pickleball for two to three hours on Thursday nights etc....maybe I'll try exercise twice a day to rev my metabolism....any more suggestions?

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I have been at my plateau for 1.5 yrs. I need to reduce my calorie intake but can't seem to make that happen. I record everything I eat but this has become more habit than anything. I don't know what to do to help me feel satisfied on fewer calories. I eat about 2200 daily so if I take it down to 1800 I would see results. I know this but still will not do it.

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Sure have been there and when it happens for more than 2 wks, I will go back to basics.

Daily recording of everything that I put in my mouth. I don't even use the calorie count but view it as those bites and bits that I don't think count. It is always an eye opener.

Then I start the portion control, 1 serving of this or that, not 2 servings.

Finally if that doesn't produce anything, then I need to punch up cardio. This means that walking the neighborhood doesn't count. But real cardio that I can get my heart rate up and stay there for 20 minutes. Here is the frustration part since I have a severe back problems, but at the gym the elliptical works the best for me and especially if I have the machine where I am pumping my arms as well.


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I agree, it's easy to get discouraged when you see your weight loss go in to neutral mode. I look at it as my body taking time out to adjust to the change and reset itself for the next surge forward. The body just does not adjust as quickly as the a persons thought process do.

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For me when I am sitting on a plateau I too look for other areas to see positive results. How's my energy level, stress level, medical readings (blood pressure & cholesterol readings), I look at how far I've come in my fitness level.
Then I sit down an really take a look at my tracking reports on calories in vs. calories out. Guess what I found here lately. I was eating too little!
I really double checked my reports since I wasn't really taking into consideration the level of fitness I am getting in each week consistently. I was afraid to up my calories but I've made the change according to the Expert advice section.

Having the resources here at SparkPeople makes a HUGE difference in the frustration factor. I can honestly recall going into doctor's offices begging for medical help and advice on just what I was doing wrong all this time. Then was given vague advice. Here you can find specific advice.

My advice to other members in a plateau situation is take advantage of all the resources available here on SP. Read those articles concerning plateau issues, post a topic asking others for help, check on the Secret of Success section to see some tips that worked for others, just don't give up or in.

Change up your menus and exercise routine even the order in which you do them makes the difference. Add something new in-like some SparkPeople strength exercises (the demos here are great), or even add a few extra minutes on to a workout every other day. Seriously record down all you are eating and take a look.

I have finally learned not to let the plateau blues phase me too severely. I embrace what I've learned and look for more answers. Knowing you've got this community to ask for support and advice makes the difference. We all have had those tears of frustration when the darn scale won't move downwards and sometimes even creeps upward. emoticon

For me this is a lifetime style now. Find ways to think outside your "comfort zone" box and add something new in exercise. After reviewing your eating habits and daily nutrition results look for hidden culprits. Like sodium and fiber levels- are you getting too much or too little.

Smile and believe in yourself. Really look at what you've accomplished and know you can move beyond the plateau it just might take time. Just move forward. emoticon



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KARATE_KID.. thanks for the tip. This should be helpful to those going the Plateau blues!

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I used to worry about weight loss plateaus but after having gone through a few I now see them as "re-set points" for my body. Sometimes I change things a bit, but lately I've just been sticking with the program and eventually the scale shows progress again. In the meantime there is usually progress in other areas.


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9/14/10 8:04 A

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Does anyone here have "Plateau Blues" and need some encouragement? What kind of encouragement do you need? Are you losing weight or seeing inches drop and available to encourage others?

There is a variety of people on this team: those who are making progress and those who aren't.

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Which category are you in? What can the Slowest Losers members do to encourage you? How can you encourage others?

Let's not just talk about it, let's either ask for HELP or else HELP others.

Ideas?

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