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Plateau Busting

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I was stuck at 260 for about 6 weeks. Feeling demoralized, losing motivation. My carb and calorie counts were creeping up. I gained two pounds. Pneumonia put my exercise on hold.

Something is different this time, though. I said to myself, "This is not the end. You are not going backwards. You will get going from where you are right now and you will keep going." That is an incredible breakthrough for me. Typically once I am the point where I start backsliding, it's all over -- just a matter of time before the weight is coming back and I'm back to my couch-sitting, binge-eating ways. So for me to decide that I am not doing that again, well, it's HUGE.

I decided that even if I didn't feel like it, I would drag myself out the door and exercise. Even if I didn't feel like it, I would count my carbs and log my food. I would fake it until I made it. Guess what happened? My motivation is back. I have a new goal (a 7-day streak of 10K steps per day). I lost 4 pounds this week! Plateau BUSTED!

Who knows what I will do tomorrow, or next week, or next month? I do know that this time feels different than all the times before. I do know that I have stuck to my lifestyle changes longer than ever before. I do know that my attitude feels different than before. I think that this time, I can break through those plateaus along the way. Not just the plateau on the scale but the plateaus in motivation, too. I hope and pray that I am right.
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    Congratulations - good for you. I am in fear of backsliding once the scale stops moving down (even if it is extremely slow going at least it is going down). I read this post (
    log_id=5300637#comments) and it provided me with some reassurance - have you seen it? I liked her take on the time spent on a plateau!

    I love your attitude and idea to JUST KEEP GOING.

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    1852 days ago
    Oh yeah Trixie!! What a powerful post!! filled with great tidbits on powering through the rough times (and we ALL have them!!)... Congrats on the 4lbs.. that is freaking AWESOME!!!.. and your 10,000 steps a day! wow... you are doing it!
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    That's an amazing accomplishment on all fronts! Good for you! emoticon
    1852 days ago
    Yeah, you're gonna naturally have downturns and slowdowns now and then. Waiting out your slump is the toughest part, but you did great! Onward!
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  • SENIOR62
    Good for you that's great. Perseverence pays off. Hope I can act the same when I face obstaces.
    1852 days ago
    Excellent! Congrats on losing 4 lbs! That's how I feel this time around. Everything is different. I just know it's working and that I will succeed. When I feel like I'm slipping or just not moving forward, I switch things up and most of the time, it works! Faking it until you make it works for me too. I'm looking forward to hearing what your next goal will be, once you've mastered the 10k steps every day for a week!

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    You have the right attitude! Remember that success is created by doing small things consistently each day....and that is exactly what you are doing!

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  • LADYJ6942
    Congrats; I found in filing getting past my long time plateau that by reducing carbs and limiting them to dinner time plus reducing prepacked processed foods I've been able to keep the scale moving while even reducing my workout frequency while increasing intensity. Feels great, good luck.
    1852 days ago
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