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Hello Plateau... didn't we just say Goodbye?!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's true... after weighing in last with a loss of 2pounds... I weighed in this week and at first it showed a gain of 4!? FOUR!? What?! Are you even kidding me?! So - I weighed in again the next day and it was down 2pounds - but still not where I was last week!? Ugh?! Just when I thought I had said goodbye to Mr. Plateau... here he is again! He is a persistent little guy but I still have hopes of shaking him off soon! I have my first ever 5K on Sunday and while I will definitely walk parts of it - I am hoping to get a little jogging in this time and maybe by next year, I will be able to run the whole thing?! That's the goal anyway... I am battling what I suspect may be a shin splint - but I am not sure - it's not terribly painful - just annoying... so I am trying to balance rest with training - not an easy combo for me?!

I have been LOVING the Spring (almost summer-like) weather we have had the past few days! Temps in the high 70s to mid 80s... gorgeous sunshine, and blue skies, flowers and trees starting to be in bloom...

I had set my Reward for hitting that 75 pounds gone mark - but my sis didn't want to wait after hearing a few testimonies about the benefits of using a heart rate monitor so we went out today to purchase one...

We just got a cheap one to start and I am off to workout and see how it works! While we were there... I decided that I should have a pair of shorts for this nicer weather that are not my workout clothes - but I didn't want to spend much $$$ on clothes... I found this nice little pair for $10!

Not too bad... AND - notice - they are a size 12!!! Yay!

Spark On and Happy Spring!!!
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    OK - a real quick update... I did the SAME workout today that I did on Wednesday - using my Heart Rate Monitor. On Wednesday, it read that i burned 968 calories... and today, it said 925. So I think it is really pretty accurate! Mostly it was a bit off I think because I was noticing more when I was out of the Fat Burning Zone and I really didn't pay attention to that on Wednesday! So - there ya go... I am sticking with what my Heart Rate Monitor says - at least for a couple of weeks and we'll see if adjusting those burned cals requires me to change my ranges - and if so - if this helps to push me through this plateau... I will keep you all posted!
    3316 days ago
    Hi Karilee, I hate plateaus! I just can't seem to get past this one and I still have 40 lbs. to lose. I will keep trying! You keep Sparking on!!
    3316 days ago
    Nuts - don't you hate a plateau?!? However, are you measuring yourself? Sometimes I don't lose in lbs., but I might have lost a 1/2 inch or so somewhere else. When I've seen how far I have come since December, I think I've done better in the inch dept. than the lbs. dept!

    But good for you on getting a h.r. monitor. I love mine - it's a must-have! Good for you!

    3317 days ago
    Uhhh-sorry to hear about the plateau. I know you'll break through it soon.
    Love your spring pics- really beautiful :)
    Also love the new heart rate monitor! I'm wanting one too but it's not in the budget right now. Where did you find yours?
    And a big Yay You!!! on the size 12s!
    3318 days ago
  • PFUNK2008
    Sorry about the plateau! I have been on a couple for longer than I care to even say. But I know you'll pull through and beat it!

    LOVE the pictures of the trees and flowers in bloom! Hoping for warmer days here soon, too! It's been rainy here lately and I'm itchin' to get outside in GOOD weather and enjoy it!!

    Enjoy the 5K this weekend! You'll do great!! Papa's gonna be right there with you the whole way and I'll be thinkin' of ya- cheerin' you on from way out here in Ohio!!
    3318 days ago
    OK - just an update on the new heart rate monitor... I will have to do the same workout and see how close the numbers are next time... I did Coach Nicoles' Cardio Workout DVD (i do three of the routines twice in a row for a total of 60 minutes of cardio - plus warm up and cool down portions...) According to Spark - my cals burned were 590, but my heart rate monitor says cals burned were 968!? That is quite a bit of difference?! Plus - I noticed that most of my cardio time was in the Cardio or Endurance Zones and what I really want is to stay more in the Fat Burning Zone... so the struggle is to work less hard?! LOL?! This doesn't compute for me?! I plan on taking it easy tomorrow (a pre-planned 'off' day...) and doing the same workout on Friday - so I will see how close the cals burned are compared to today (and compared to Spark!)

    Anyway - I will keep ya posted!
    3318 days ago
  • CYND59
    Don't you just hate those plateaus? I felt like my scale was broke. I have been stuck at the same weight for four weeks of weigh-ins (four weeks)!!! No matter how strick I was or if I went over in calories, the scale was not budging. Finally this morning my scale fixed itself (LOL!) and showed a 1 pound loss. Although I was wanting to see more, I will take the one pound loss. Hopefully this is the beginning of more loss for me. I am so close to my goal weight.
    Love the pictures. I am so glad to see the flowers and blooming trees.
    WooHoo! Smaller size jeans.
    3318 days ago
  • LEAVY1213
    Love the beautiful outdoor pictures! I so hear you on the plateau. My problem is I haven't been so strict on the eating so I know that is effecting things. I really need to buckle down and quit giving in. I am irritated with myself. I hope we can bust through this and start making progress again permanently.
    3318 days ago
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