Life Style Change - Not a Quick Fix.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I just had to post....I just was surfing through spark pages and came across a spark page blog about a being stuck on a plateau.

I couldn't not believe what I was reading. This person is in total distress about being stuck for 3 days now (you read that right, the scale hasn't moved in 3 days). The other thing-they have lost 25 lbs in one month and hit a 3 day plateau. 25 lbs in one month is 6.25 lbs a week. I wanted to leave a comment on her blog and explain 25 lbs in one month is huge (almost not healthy), but being stressed out about a 3 day plateau is hardly a reason to be stressed. Being stressed is also counter productive.

I know a lot of people who have struggled to lose 25 lbs in 6 months or even a year. I, myself hit a plateau that lasted 10+weeks and I was very frustrated. But I feel I was also being very realistic about it.

I don't understand people who think, if I don't lose 5 lbs this week, I'm a failure! That is not a healthy or realistic mind set. This is suppose to be for life-this is a lifestyle change. It is frustrating to me, when I see people who are starving themselves and exercising for hours on end. Is this realistic, are you following a plan you can live with for the rest of your life?

My "eating plan" and "exercise plan" is something I can live doing forever.... it doesn't involve starvation or countless hours of exercise. I feel bad when I see someone setting themselves up for future failure.
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  • JBMT08
    I totally agree! I have lost 20+ pounds very slowly....and I am thankful for it, because I know that I am making this a LIFESTYLE change, and it will stay off!
    4183 days ago
    Couldn't agree more!! My scales are being nasty to me at the moment, but I'm eating well and working out 20-40 mins, 3-5 days a week, so I'm not concerned. Its sensible habits we need to learn to help us lose and more importantly to STAY fit, active, slim and healthy!!
    4184 days ago
    I totally agree with you. I've lost 19 pounds in 12 weeks. I'm so thrilled and really looking forward to my 20 pound mark. I'm learning to balance eating healthy with the fact that I am human and will be going out to eat and drinking on the weekends. I have bad days and so do people that are 100 pounds. I can't wait until I've learned to change how I approach eating and eventually, exercise so I can maintain a healthier weight. It may take me 2 years and I'm okay with that. That is a realistic goal and even if I only lose 2 pounds a month--that's a step in the right direction. Every week that I don't gain weight is also a success! Kudos to you for realizing what you need to do to be successful! We're trying to get to a healthy weight and maintain it for life!! Hopefully these people will learn that soon!
    4185 days ago
    i feel what you are saying about the person with the plateau. especially since i now am into the 6th month of the year, just lost 10 lbs and have gained six of that back like an idiot.

    i will comment on the exercise, though. just cos i know a lot of people think im crazy for the amount of exercise i do. no, its not something that can be kept up forever. but im trying to make it so that i crave the exercise in order for it to become ingrained in my life. yes, a bonus is that the scale will finally move but im not counting on that.
    4185 days ago
    I agree with you; unfortunately some people suffer from poor body images, eating disorders and become slaves to the scale and excessive exercise; hopefully as a member of SparkPeople they will see the light and seek support treatment.
    4185 days ago
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