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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Plateau, I knew someday I would hit one. But boy I didn't know it would feel like hitting a brick wall. The first signs of this plateau arrived as I gave up smoking. It was a great disguise for the plateau. Gaining and losing the same two or three pounds. I thought this was reasonable, because of the extra calories in the gum and mints I was popping in my mouth. That was six weeks ago. The quit is going well and the gum/mints are gone.

Now as I start week seven of my quit I realize for the last two weeks my weight has stayed the same. This despite the fact I am training for my first 5k in a looooooong time. Time to look at what I am doing. Drinking water - check, Eating with in range - check, Exercising - check, Quit still going - check. That is when I hit the brick wall. I picked myself up, checked for broken bones and then dusted the dirt off. What can I do to move this wall?

Go back to the basic and make sure I am eating right, look at my rest and my exercise. Something needs to be adjusted. At first glace I checked off eating within range. However I am eating on the low end of everything, body is thinking I am starving it. As my exercise has increased. Next I notice my sleep, opps didn't check that off. If I get 6 to 7 hours of rest that is a good night. Now there are two strikes against me, my body is not getting enough rest. It is time to put a new plan in place.

Add some calories and protein each day - make a smoothie with protein powder
Change up my workouts - add incline to my treadmill and use the nu step machine
Sleep - this one will be hard but I will try and add another hour

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people." ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

I know this journey to a new me is worth it, so I will just find away around my plateau (brick wall).
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  • JACKIE542
    First of all, congratulations for giving up smoking, that is a big boost to your health.
    I have hit the dreaded plateau quite a few times, it was a sigh that I needed to change my routine, I would up the intensity of my exercise for 3 minutes than slow down, half my time on my elliptical than my bike. Be sure to read the spark motivation pages on spark about plateaus great info.. Don't give up, you are doing great. emoticon emoticon
    1954 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Its not easy to get off a plateau, I know!
    Changing your exercise and make it slightly different sometimes helps.
    I have found recently that if I exercise before breakfast, eat a big breakfast after and my smallest meal at night. Its working. I eat when I get hunger pangs.
    Good luck!
    1954 days ago
    You have got a great attitude. Scales don't always tell the complete story.What about the fit of your clothing; your energy level etc. Hang in there! Keep doing the right things. Pay day will come. Best of luck.
    1954 days ago
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