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Busted Through My 1st Plateau (w/o Exercise!?!)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Now a 5-week veteran Sparker, last week I was dealing with my first plateau. Even though I was treating the nutrition tracker like a drill sergeant (nothing passed my lips without being researched, tracked and recorded), and even though I was exercising regularly (walking, inclined treadmill, Wii Fit), my week-over-week decline was only 0.7 pounds.

I was not depressed so much as disappointed. I read many posts and articles here about plateaus and navigating them biochemically and psychologically. I vowed to step up the intensity of exercise, until...

I had a gout flare-up. For those who do not know, gout is a blood disorder that causes the crystallization of excessive uric acid in the joints of one's lower extremities, usually a big toe. It causes pain and swelling, and can feel not unlike a broken toe in extreme cases. It can be correlated to eating rich foods of certain biochemical properties, which I decidedly do not do while following the Spark nutrition tracker. It sidelines me from physical activity very effectively.

So I did not exercise this week. At all. Yet I managed to lose 4.4 lbs since last week. Bye, bye plateau! Who knew or could have predicted? Weird... Happy, but weird...
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    Wondering if you gave the cherries and cherry juice a trial yet?
    2335 days ago
    OUCH that does hurt for sure .... I've not had it but many of my loved ones have .... so glad you lost -- that happened to me also ... worked my tail off and lost .2 -- next week I slacked off 3 days and lost a pound .... go figure !! good job my friend ... hope you heal soon ! Roc
    2338 days ago
    My plateau has been months and I'm not too disappointed - at least I'm not going back up. Oh, you hit a stall - not a plateau, but glad you loss some more!
    2338 days ago
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    I have to agree with Libby. You have yet to experience a true plateau. I honestly hope you never do. They can be very disheartening. The only way to bypass this, so I am told, is to change things up regularly. Easier said than done. It is so easy to slip into a no brainer routine. Best of luck, friend. Keep up the wonderful work! emoticon
    2338 days ago
    Bodies is weird.

    Also, I like to call a one-week lack of movement on the scale a stall. Most people say a plateau is four weeks or more, and stall has a much lesser emotional impact for me.
    2338 days ago
    My Mom has gout . . . takes daily Allopurinol. Doesn't like to, but the attaacks are excruciating. For sure I do NOT want any part of it either, but my levels, at least thus far, are normal.

    Good on you with the weight loss. Gotta agree . . . look @ the pattern with weight loss overall . . . over time. And don't forget other tools . . . measurements, energy levels, how clothes fit.

    I have found on this journey that my body needed to get "adjusted" as the weight changed.

    Doing a great job. You're THE BOSS!
    2338 days ago
    Hey there.....
    One week a plateau doesn't make!!! If you start expecting losses every single week, you'll be disappointed a lot. A real plateau is weeks, months, of stagnate losses.

    The body is a fickle agent. It holds and sheds water; metabolism rises and falls; and just generally, your body sometimes thumbs its nose at you and plays dirty tricks, in spite of your best efforts.

    You're doing fabulously! Step back and take the long view.....graph your weight loss month to month rather than week to week. I think you'll like what you see.
    You are one determined dude!! And that's everything...............

    wer your expectations.....and you'll see greater successes!

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    2338 days ago
    Good on you. I've decided that I can't use strict formulas to gauge weight loss. Ideally, calories expended minus calories in should lead to a net weight loss.

    But there are so many other factors involved in the equation; water, nutrients, muscle gain vs fat loss, hell even climate and time of year for all I know.

    Bottom line, keep doing what you're is a big part of it, so adjust those if you can't get in the exercise

    Good luck
    2338 days ago
    Might it be thanks to your "lover extremities"? emoticon
    Anyway, I am glad your plateau has disappeared and you're on your way emoticon and dropping weight. Hope you feeling better and your toe isn't so painful.
    2338 days ago
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