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3/13/12 5:25 P

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Now that's progress! Congrats to you, too!
I've decided my scale is like HAL in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." It's just trying to trick me into going off my diet. Well, it won't work! emoticon

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3/12/12 7:26 P

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Yes something that I did not do was take my measurements before starting this plan. But I can tell that I am losing inches. For example today I was able to zip up my spring jacket around my hips. This is something that has not happened in over 2 years.

I have a couple of shirts that I look forward to being able to wear in a few more weeks. 2 of them have never been worn as they were too snug.

So Kaetheb congrats on wearing that smaller size dress shirt I bet you looked fabulous.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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3/12/12 4:31 P

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I'm thinking the same thing.

My scale is just an egregious liar that doesn't want to admit I've made progress. Luckily, I have a button-down blouse that's been a size too small for awhile. (As in: couldn't even button the thing.) Until today, that is! It's snug, but it's not tight-tight (the buttons lay flat), so even though my scale hasn't budged, something's clearly going on!

It helps, too, that I recently read an article on Sparkpeople about plateaus that described using other means to measure progress besides the scale.

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3/5/12 3:00 P

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Just putting my two cents in for what it's worth. As some of you know, I've been an avid WWer for quite a while. For those that are familiar with WW, you're allowed so many points per day, plus extras you can use during the week. When a lot of us got stuck doing the program we went on the Wendi Plan. Not sanctioned by WW by the way. In essence, you take the total number of points that you're allowed for the week and divvy them up so that one day you have really high points, the next lower, and then another would be a medium point day, another would be really low in points. It would hold true for what we're doing, or counting calories, whatever. One day eat on the higher end, maybe add a shake or dinner, next day a little less, then go to the lowest end. Just keep mixing it up so that your body gets confused. Same holds true for exercise. Do more of something one day and less the next or something different. I was stuck in the beginning, but had already been dieting for a month before starting this. Also, keep in mind that the more we exercise, the more muscle we're building, which does weigh more than fat, but on the other hand, muscles use more calories than fat does, so as soon as the body adjusts to the different changes we're making, it will all click. As of this morning I'm down 9 lbs from Feb 8th. Not setting any records, but I'm down at least 2 lbs every week. Hope that helps. Just my opinion, not a scientific revelation. :)

What have you done today to make yourself feel proud?


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3/5/12 1:09 P

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Well I am somewhat in the same boat. Had a .1# weight loss at weigh in this morning.

Hubby told me not to worry as I have lost over 30 pounds so far but that .1 was tough to see this morning.

For me I know that I have been eating on the lower end of the calorie range so perhaps I will add a 3rd entree or 4th shake and see what happens in a couple of days. Also I know that I did not exercise as much as I had intended to as my calves hurt until late yesterday from my Leslie Sansone workout on Friday. The snow is melting here again so perhaps I can get out for a walk tomorrow night ... this afternoon I will get some walking in with my daughter when we go shopping after her Ortho appointment.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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3/5/12 1:03 P

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In past weight loss efforts I found that if I upped my calories for a couple of days then dropped them again it would get the scale moving. Just keep chugging along it'll show up eventually. emoticon

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3/5/12 10:40 A

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Yes, I have had that happen to me and what I did was add extra fruits/vegetables that were on the higher end of calories for 3 days then reduced them to the lower end for 2 days. Then I went back to a medium range and it seem to work for me. Not a great loss but then I am on the lower end of losing as I only need at this point to lose 30 more pounds from where I started a year ago. Then I was on the low carb plan and lost 32 but got burned out with weighing and measuring foods so thought I would try this for a while. Totally opposite as the 2 entrees do contain more carbs than I was normally eating each day so I am trying to find a happy medium on the entrees as far as the carbs go.

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3/4/12 5:36 P

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I have not faced a plateau yet but I have a great deal of weight to lose. I say give it a try and another thing would be to look at where you have been for calories and whether your fruit & veggies have been from the lower or upper end of the list.

Keep us posted on how this goes for you.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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3/4/12 4:05 P

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10 pounds in, and - after buying a new scale - confirmed that I've already hit the first of the dreaded plateaus. And from all I've read, that's not unusual, but I'm also already at a point where I don't need to add more workouts (according to the Fitness Tracker, anyway).

So I read the chapter "If Your Weight Loss Slows" (twice), and here's my plan. Up to now, I've followed the 5 shakes/entrees, 5 fruits/veggies formula. Now I'm adding an additional breakfast entree and 1 shake each to lunch and dinner, which brings me from 3 shakes/2 entrees to 5 shakes/3 entrees. Plus I'm adding at least 2 more fruits/veggies. According to the book, this is an okay approach for breaking plateaus.

Has anyone else tried this? If so, how long did you do it for and what kind of results did you get?



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