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.
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.
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