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4/24/12 9:55 A

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Aloha!

Glad you broke through your plateau! Plateaus can be the hardest thing to deal with, because it feels like all of our hard work is wasted! But if you take the time to analyse what needs to change every time you hit a plateau, you'll be improving every time!

I'm glad you're adding veggies and fruits to your regime. I think you'll find that they're quite a bit tastier than you'd expect! Fat's not the only thing with flavour.

Things I suggest you try:
Asparagus: brush with olive oil, sprinkle with Montreal steak spice, and bake (or toast in the toaster oven) for about 5 minutes till it's nice and bright green.
* then you can eat it straight up, toss it in a salad (asparagus, goat's cheese, and spinach with a light raspberry vinegrette is one of the tastiest salads ever!), wrap it in prosciutto (for a devilishly tasty treat)

Sweet potato: wash it and bake it in the skin like a regular potato, or peel it and chop it to replace potatoes in the roasting pan. Starchy and delicious, but more nutrients and fewer calories. Also tends to require less butter because it stays moist!

Final note: watch out with replacing meals with salads: make sure you're still getting some protein in your salad! Otherwise, no matter how tasty, you won't stay full long. And although a little fat is good with a salad (to help digest the nutrients), dousing it with dressing is a good way to ruin your plans! If you lean towards iceberg lettuce, there's not a lot there -- spinach, kale (a bit bitter, but really nice mixed with spinach and iceberg), arugula, and romaine are all more nutrient-dense options.

Good luck!


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3/1/12 4:03 P

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Hey VADAVICTORIA, sorry about replying back so late. My food intake is ok, it could be better lol. For the most part I always make sure that I substitute a salad for one of my meals during the day. I mainly eat baked fish, baked chicken breast, tuna etc and I'm not going to lie I sneak in Chick-fil-a (my addiction) every once in a while. But since my last post I've actually lost 2 more pounds so that interval training really does work. I also added more fruits to my diet like grapefruits and grapes.

And might I add you look awesome in your photos!

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2/24/12 9:44 P

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Hey ALDH08! Nice to see a fellow Zumba/TaeBo practitioner (haha)! Awesome effort and congrats on the weight loss. You're 8lbs closer to goal!

How's your food intake? emoticon

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2/23/12 12:38 A

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You're welcome. Not drinking enough water makes the body hold on to water weight (pulls water from within cells and prevents kidneys from releasing water (less urine)) so many people don't think about not enough water = high sodium food = water weight in body. Keep us posted on how you're doing! The community on Spark is great in motivating you and keeping you in check. Am sure you'll lose over the 8lbs with BR, breaking this horrible plateau.
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2/22/12 6:14 P

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Thanks so much for the advice! I've noticed that lately I haven't been drinking enough water as I should (5-6 8oz glasses) of water a day. I checked out the BodyRock website and I can't wait to start it! Thanks again!

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Hi there! Congrats on the 8lb loss so far. I used to also be a gym junkie and take kickboxing, Tae bo, BodyPump (weight training) and spinning classes at the gym. That was until I moved across the country where they didn't have the gyms I am a member of. That left me with working out at home and know too well about no gym and hitting a plateau. Because you hit a plateau, I suggest trying a workout your body is not used to. You can do as much Zumba and Pilates as you want, if your body is used to the workouts, it's comfortable where it is and the scale will not show progress. There's the Zumba at home and many members here are raving about getting progress from www.bodyrock.tv. I've seen many lose weight from Body Rock's 30 day program. (There are new programs every 30 days I believe, and Body Rock is free!) 80% of weight loss comes from dieting, so also check your eating habits. If you are eating the right portion of food, have you looked into sodium amount? How much water are you drinking? Always stay hydrated. Track your foods in the nutrition tracker and study your habits to make sure you are eating the right amount. Also, if you're not eating enough but burning too many calories, the body will hold on as hard as it can to your weight. Good luck and keep us posted! Will be more than happy to answer any further questions.

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2/22/12 4:33 P

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Hello Everyone!
I'm a 21 year old college student and I'm having a major problem! I've hit a plateau in my weight loss emoticon . I currently weigh 234 but I started out at 242. I really would like to get down to my goal weight by the time I graduate in the Fall (Dec 2012), which I believe is about 150-160lbs. For the past week I tried working out for longer periods but still the scale won't budge. The type of exercises I usually do are Taebo, zumba, kickboxing, walking, pilates, yoga etc). I also incorporate strength training as well with dumbbells. Right now the gym is out of the question because currently I can't afford it. Is anyone else having this problem? And what did you do to get beyond this plateau?

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