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Don't Despair!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

For all of you who are fighting a plateau or watching your scale go up and down even though you know you are doing the right thing, keep fighting the good fight. Don't despair, don't let it affect your mood.

I for one admit - the scale has been my enemy. I've been on a plateau since mid July (wow coincides with exactly the same time my husband got laid off). Then suddenly my weight changed within two week.... UP..... eight pounds at the highest point. I work out 5-6 days per week, keep my calorie count within the spark recommended or not more than 200 calories higher, so how do you think that made me feel? Not only was I struggling with our financial issues, the job and shift change and now my weight has gone nutso in the upward direction? Believe me I was ready to chuck it all.

But - before pictures... they are a great motivator. Look at them and look how far you've come. If anything in your health has changed - ask yourself, - Do I want that back? Mine was knee pain, I seriously cried every night after bowling and winced going down stairs (I work on the second flor).

Change a few things. I figured it was probably a little hormonal (cortisol out of control), which brought on water weight, because I KNOW I had not eaten an extra 28,000 calories in two weeks. If I did, I SURE didn't remember enjoying it. So, changed the breakfast, back to high protein (two eggs in the morning) and doubled up the water. I'm already drinking 64-72 ounces a day. Now I'm way over 100 ounces. Yes I pee .... A LOT. But, in four days, the scale is back down six pounds.

So those of you with the daily fluctuations of a half pound or a pound, don't despair. Just keep tracking and working out. For the plateau people, find something to change up, one thing at a time, either change the workout, or do what I did, add more water. Or, start measuring those inches. It's crazy the way the body works, but the inches do creep off slowly, especially if you are doing strength training.

I can't say the plateau is broken yet as I haven't gone below the lowest weight. I did reset all my trackers and just said, oh well, this is a new set of goals, go for it.

And vent if you have to. We've all been there. We all have some ideas and maybe one of them will work for you. Don't give up and don't despair. It will happen if YOU keep trying. You are accountable only to you. If you know you are doing the right things, your body will respond. It may not respond according to our mathematical calculations, but it will. I promise. (I feel like I've blogged about this before.. oh well, repetition sometimes is good for the soul).

and sometimes there's that one comment from someone who has watched you workout and workout and then says "You look fantastic". That just tells me to tell the scale....... BITE ME, I got this.
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  • THEPATHIMON
    Bite me! love it!!
    You are doing great!
    2826 days ago
  • PATTYMCGRAW
    Thanks for the blog. I've been going through similar circumstances and your blog encouraged me.
    2826 days ago
  • ANNC16
    Glad that you're finally on the right track. Your persistance paid off in the end.

    A VERY BIG emoticon
    2827 days ago
  • 40PLUSANDFIT
    Mrs.. that's a good idea. I still have them. They are in a pile on the floor of my closet waiting to be discarded. I should keep at least one thing to do that periodically. The fact that I could still get on my "skinny" cargos even with the up and down kept me in check that I really HADN'T gained weight, my body was just out of whack. and it was all in my belly which to me meant hormonal, but when you see that scale, the other hormonal dang sure kicks in. Whew I was about to bite some heads off.

    2827 days ago
  • NOTABOUTHEFACE
    Great points. I find putting on that pair of jeans or shirt from your highest weight will remind you how far you've come real quick!
    2827 days ago
  • SHIPESTA
    I'm pretty sure I could of written this blog...I was actually sitting there this morning (in the bathroom of course) thinking to myself - why am I doing this? the scale hasn't budged in almost 2 months and I have worked my tail off. I'm switching things up too, I've been focussing on weights and not as much on cardio the last week or so and the scale is inching down to where I was, but it isn't flying there anytime quick, that's for sure. I've been up and down with the same 3 - 5 pounds for months. But I will not give in, I will not give up and I will NEVER go back, EVER!

    I didn't think of switching up my "go to" breakfast, but I may do just that, thanks for the idea.

    I got nothin that will help, but know that I am right there beside you still fighting the fight!
    2827 days ago
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