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Another Visit to "Plateau Cathy"

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Good Morning Beautiful Friends!

I had a good week of working out! I have started another 30 day challenge on EA Active and will do my best to finish it. I am trying to do what the challenge requires which is about 18-25 minutes of cardio and then another routine that will round out 1-1.5 hours a day. I will alternate intensity target area and amount of time per day. I am so determined to do this. I just want the rest of this weight off.

I guess it's like tugging at a jacket that just won't come off, the zipper is stuck and you just want it off! I am feeling a little panicky about it, which probably sounds ridiculous, but it has been almost 3 years that I have been working at this and have lost 40 pounds. Maybe I am just feeling down, a little discouraged. Maybe it is the picture that my brother put on FB of me and my family...not a good pic of us, but especially of me. I don't do well at family gatherings anyway and this was 2 years ago when I was only down about 10 pounds. And as many of you know, due to my ex stalking me online for some time and my daughter being approached by a pedophile a couple of years ago at a private party (with security!) I won't put my kids on a site like FB that is so public and open to anyone. Looking at that pic of me just sent me into tears...I looked awful! Or maybe it the Wii Biggest Loser that I have worked at so hard where the sensors don't work right and it "under-rates" so much of what I do...another negative message. (the reviews on BL are not that good for this reason)

But for whatever reason, I am so determined to "just do it!" I am really watching my food intake and not only exercising, but making sure I get enough sleep, and respecting when my body needs a break and trying to build in some fun.

I have been working really hard at this for awhile and I feel like I am on a plateau yet again. I think I should get a special discount for visiting the "Plateau Cathy" so often!

I really don't know exactly what it will take to get me off and keep me off "Plateau Cathy" and to my goal. But I won't stop and I will never go back. I am a "lifer" in this and have committed to being healthy and sharing that with my family and friends so they can also be healthy.

I really wouldn't be here without all of you. I wouldn't have seen my very very slow success without the wonderful support of such amazing and encouraging friends! And I wouldn't even know what a plateau was without Spark...I have learned so much from this wonderful site.

So the plan...

I will move on.
I will be researching yet again the best way to track my food....the site totally changed and isn't that great anymore.
I will track on Spark until I find what is comfortable for me.
I will continue my working out.
I will try very hard to be kind to negative messages!!
I will continue to be there for all of you...because you are so WORTH it!!

Thanks! I just had to share where I was at and I knew that if I did it would bring me up a little.

Let's "just do this!"

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    Cathy, Congratulations on all you have accomplished so far. 40 pounds is amazing. Hope the palteau doesn't last long. I know you will reach your goal. You are always giving everyone so much support, I hope you get the support you need also. Mary emoticon
    4060 days ago
    Cathy, you are doing fantastic, it is so much better to loose it slow and keep it off. I can relate to the plateau thing. The good thing is that we are on the right track and not gaining back the weight we lost. The good thing is that you will be here longer with all your Spark friends that you have encouraged so much.

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    4096 days ago
    Dear Cathy, you are one of the most determined people I have ever had the joy of knowing. You will get through this and continue to lose weight. You are eating well and exercising. Perhaps you could change the types of food you eat to something completely different to confuse your body and help it shift. I don't know what the answer is but I know if anyone can do this you can. You are my hero! Looking at the photo of yourself two years ago shows just how far you have come. You are a very beautiful woman inside and out. Congratulations on your goals and achievements. Hugs x
    4098 days ago
    emoticon Celebrate & Embrace what you have done and jump into action for the rest of your goals!!

    They did change the security settings on FB - you can set different settings for each photo album now which helps.

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    4098 days ago
    i think its great u have a plan, keep up the good work. emoticon
    4098 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Cathy... it was great of you to list your Positives at the end of the blog. I find that helps me gain focus. With all the exercising you are doing, make sure that you are eating enough so your body does not go into starvation mode. Since you're tracking on SP now, you can see if the calories you eat are enough. Perhaps that is why you're on a plateau. In nearly three years you have lost 40 pounds. I have been on SP just over two years and I'll sitting at 9 pounds. Just keep at it and the rest will come off. I know that is true for me too.
    4098 days ago
    Cathy maybe change your routine for a few days. Our bodies tend to adapt to the routines we give them and they bneed something to change to trigger the plateau to take a holiday. How about changing your breakfast options to something diffferent. Maybe do the same to the exercise. Either give it a rest for a day or too or totally change what you are doing to trick the body and mind into a new routine.

    You can do it you are strong. Plateaus are like mountains we have to climb over them to get to the either side.
    4098 days ago
  • DEE797
    Cathy, good for you in not dwelling on the negative and putting a positive spin on things. emoticon You have a plan and I know you will do well with it. emoticon
    4098 days ago
    Cathy, you have been working so hard. These plateaus are so frustrating. I know you will break through it. You have an excellent plan. I really like that you will be kind to yourself, no negative comments needed! Great job on working towards a healthier you. You are so WORTH it! Remember we are all here for you and emoticon !!!
    4098 days ago
    you are my hero! I think you are doing a fabulous job!
    I know that you are frustrated- my heart broke when you talked about the FB picture that your brother put up- did you talk to him about it? Maybe he will remove it for you? I would have been upset too. Especially after everything you have been through.
    Keep up the work and remember to listen to your body- when I get like that, I put up the scale and focus on how I feel instead. Sometimes it is the only thing I can do- and your body will eventually respond. You are building incredible strength- and you are doing a wonderful job of it. 40 punds is nothing to be ashamed of- you rock sweetie! Keep it going and we are all here to support you!
    Take care!
    Love to you!
    BTW- you get a triple discount for this! emoticon
    4098 days ago
    Well remember there are other ways to measure success. More energy, losing inches, clothes fitting better or getting looser. I had to do this for months because I wasn't losing weight. The scale wasn't keeping up with what I was doing. I also was feeling better about myself. I could keep up with Ally and hubby a lot better.
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    4098 days ago
  • CICI510
    I think you have an awesome plan in place and I am so proud of you for choosing to focus on the positive and not the negative. I know it is so easy to get discouraged but just look at how far you've come!! emoticon and I will be right here every step of the way. :)
    4098 days ago
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