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For fun I had an adult sized swingset built in an area I call MacGregor's Garden...with my collection of bunny rabbit statuary...and a large scarecrow...Mr. MacGregor. Swinging allows me to use both upper and lower body muscles and just glide when I get some momentum...and baffles the neighbors..lol...and yea...I do share with my grand nephews and grand nieces..
I do two sets of strength training exercises every time I go to the bathroom. I alternate upper body and lower body exercises every other day. My favorites are incline pushups and tricep dips using the bathroom vanity. Lower body favorites are squats, lateral lunges, single leg squats, and standing leg lifts. I also spend half my day (afternoons) at a standing work station at work. It helps with back pain and I avoid the afternoon slump.
I've broken more plateaus more quickly by eating more rather than less. Borne of discouragement - "If this isn't working, I quit!" - I've found that if I eat a little more over the week, even treat myself a time or two, and that jiggles my metabolism back into losing. Works every time!
If I haven't been showing a weight loss for at least two to three weeks then I start making boiled cabbage, and eat a small bowl before lunch and dinner. I add a tablespoon or organic apple cider finger to the chopped cabbage. It seems to work every time! It could also be from changing my traditional green salad to something different that gets the weight moving again. So far it's been working!
As the unofficial queen of plateaus, I can tell you this: Ditch the Scale. Put it outside in the garage and leave it there for a few weeks. Switch up your routine somewhat. Do more weights, do less cardio or vice versa. Eat breakfast for dinner. Just do something different.
Walking has been the thing for me in relieving stress. I have a small country road next to the house or go to the park to walk. Either place has nice trees and birds singing their beautiful music. So stop and smell the roses and listen to the music. Also if you can afford it the resperate that is advertised on the sparkpeople site has helped me. I just started using it but I can already tell the difference in helping me to relax.
I love carbs and sometimes don't get enough fruit/veggies because I fill up on them. I started a new way of eating. I alternate between carbs & fruit/veggie choices. So for breakfast if I eat a carb like toast, then next thing I eat is a fruit like a banana. If I have a snack that is a carb like crackers, the next thing I eat is another fruit, etc.