I feel that I'm on a plateau right now but I'm okay with it. At least I'm not gaining. My muscles are starting to show and my endurance has increased when I do cardio. I feel this is a NSV and I'm not freaking out that I'm not dropping weight.
"You can't control your destiny but you can control your density!" ~ me
"It's not having what you want...it's wanting what you've got!" ~ Sheryl Crow
Amen to that! Not only are plateaus NOT a bad thing, but as the blog points out, they help you prepare for maintenance.
One of the biggest challenges I've seen that people face with maintenance is not being prepared for the mental toughness it takes to stay focused in the real long term. Sure, we hear catch phrases like "lifestyle change" all the time, but being in maintenance is when that skill is really put to the test. Life throws us many stressors and challenges--they're pretty much guaranteed. Being able to know when is a good time to push yourself and when is a good time to relax and just focus on the basics, even if you're totally stagnating, is an important skill. The earlier people can develop that skill (ideally while they're still losing weight), the better.
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
An excellent blog post from Go Kaleo originally posted by the infamous Sean Flannagan. It is an interesting read and puts a positive spin on something that we tend to view as a bad thing -- the dreaded plateau! Read on!
"Some real quick food for thought today. I think it was Alan Aragon that originally got me thinking about this.
When it comes to fat loss, plateauing is often viewed as a terrible thing. “Damn those plateaus!”
This is really unfortunate. Plateauing, while perhaps not as exciting as seeing change, is a really critical aspect of your success.
When you plateau, you’re practicing stabilizing your results (whether consciously or unconsciously). If you went from 200 lbs to 190 lbs and you’re now stabilizing 190, you are reinforcing the skills that are important for weight maintenance. How are you going to maintain your goal weight, let’s say of 150, if you can’t maintain 190?
That IS the end goal, right? To get to a certain range and then KEEP your results? You’re not planning on losing 30 lbs and then gaining it all back….are you?
In addition, if you’re maintaining your weight, then you’re at maintenance calories. So you’re giving your brain and body a break from a calorie deficit. This is really important long term for keeping you feeling good and mentally fresh.
At the risk of being pretentious as I quote myself (from Facebook). “How to lose 100 lbs: Lose 5 lbs 20 times.”
That’s not just a matter of breaking up big goals into bite sized chunks, though that’s important too. But it’s also a matter of cycling between periods of change and periods of maintaining change. Developing the experience of maintaining your results is absolutely critical.
So don’t resent plateaus. If anything, plan for them.
You can (and should) follow Sean over at his Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/SeanFlanaganHeal th) and you can download his free Ebook “The No B.S. Guide to Health-First Fat Loss” here at http://fitwomanblueprint.com/special-repor t/"
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