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~How I BUSTED through my plateau!~

Sunday, December 13, 2009

emoticonHello my friends.Thanks for stopping by.
I promised a couple of my Spark friends I would make this blog.
So if any of this helps ANYONE I will feel blessed emoticon
My plateau lasted a whopping 2.5 months!!

I mean I was working out HARD!! emoticonAt least 1 hour 6 days a week(cardio).
Strength trained 3 days(toning,weights,resistance band).
But each weigh in came and went..The emoticonbecame my enemy.I was obsessed with it!

I tried a few things..(I'm NOT saying NONE of this works,it just didn't work for me)
Calorie Cycling-Fasting-Increasing my cardio-Changing up my routine
I would look on the internet for FAST ways to lose weight emoticon Which I'm so upset with myself for doing.

Still 2.5 months later I'm not losing weight,OR inches.Or noticing improvements in anyway.

So I was Sparking when I realized I could SOOOO look back at my progress reports.I track EVERYTHING so I knew it was pretty close to being accurate.
First I looked at when I was consistently losing..Not only pounds,but inches as well.
Then I would open a NEW window so I could compare that with how many calories I was consuming..To my fitness minutes.
It was like a emoticonwent off!! It was ALL right there.And it made sense.
So the conclusion was to go back to basics!!
What Spark says is what I do!!
I cut back on my workouts..
I noticed I HATED to exercise.I use to love it.
BUT as soon as I turned into this ugly person obsessed with the number on the scale I dreaded exercising.
I had to make it fun again.
So now I'm back to working out 30 min everyday.I think of it as improving "ME"..If I sit and think.."Oh I DO NOT want to do this"..Chances are I wont!
But since I look at it a different way,and hey its only 30 min.I am up and at it!! emoticonSometimes 30 min turns into 45min.What I'm saying is I enjoy it again.Its no longer a chore.

As for food.NO more cycling..Its just not for me.I stay in my ranges that Spark gives(try to stay on the low end).

Lowered my exercise..Eat what Spark recommends.Like I said
"Back to basics" emoticon
And BOOM!! Ya BABY I stepped on that scale and Like magic I was down 2 pounds!! emoticon AND an inch off my waist!
So I guess maybe even though I have lost SOOO much weight (306-228 lbs) Maybe I got lost along the way.Forgetting that I'm creating a "Healthy Lifestyle".And I'm not gonna get there by trying to lose pounds FAST.
Once I tried quick fixes,It didn't take me long to forget all the SIMPLE LITTLE things Spark had taught me before.

So if you start to get lost along the way.And nothing seems to help..Just try going back to basics emoticon
People want to change..I want to change.Sometimes I yell at myself,because if I want to see a change on that scale,or inches,or just the way I feel..I must do it!! No ONE can do this for me!!
You don't get something for nothing.

Sorry for rambling on.This might sound meaningless to some..But hey it worked for me!
Lets hope when the next plateau comes along it doesn't take me 2.5 months to figure it out,lol!
Thanks.HAPPY Holidays.God Bless,Christina
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  • THECRAZYMANGO
    I really enjoyed your blog! It reminded me of things that I think we all need to be reminded of! Thank you..
    4066 days ago
  • MOMMAROLEMODEL
    What a great post and thanks for sharing. Way to go on busting your plateau

    Love,
    Timberlee
    4144 days ago
  • TRWOKER78
    thanks for sharing. i got that way too. always crunching numbers. working out more. obssessive is probably nice. weighing not only everyday, but every morning and everynight before i go to bed. the last couple months finally just hit burn out. backed off the workouts and off journaling. now im getting back at it with a fresh head and the same idea. start from scratch.

    great job on your loss!! and yes, mine has been extremely slow, but no yo-yo. slow and steady wins the race. the slower, the more likely it will stay off. that is waht I always tell myself.
    4153 days ago
  • CAROLMAROL54
    WOW! emoticon emoticon Your doing exactly what chris said in the spark book do Spark streaks 10 mins or for me it says 22 mins but that's the way it works,Great Blog! and great advice! Keep it up! ~Carolmarol54
    4153 days ago
  • LADY_KATHY
    Great advice. Best wishes on your continues successes and weight loss gains.
    Also... congrats on being MOD. : )

    Happy New Year... Happy New YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kathy
    4158 days ago
  • RUNNINGOMA
    Oh, you are so right about getting back to the basics and not been obsessive. I am so glad for you that you figured it out. I will definitely let that be a reminder to me.
    4165 days ago
  • DANGEL117
    Thank you for sharing your story, it was very inspiring, reminds me what I need to do! Way To Go!!!!!
    4171 days ago
  • PONYFARMER
    Oh Bestie~

    You did it!! I knew you would, you are the picture of perseverance. I am going to try to do the same, with my new plan in place.

    I am so proud of you for keeping it at it and solving the puzzle. Sometimes we all try to take to much control and end up messing up the success we are having now.

    You rock, Bestie!!!
    4172 days ago
  • TINA48R
    That's Wonderful that you broke through your plateau Christina emoticon I'm so happy for you!!!

    And also Thanks for Sharing emoticon
    4172 days ago
  • GO_ROBIN
    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    That is SO great! I know you must be very happy. I seem to be doing better after cutting back on some exercise too! Odd, isn't it?
    4172 days ago
  • ZIRCADIA
    YES!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! :)
    4172 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2244005
    Congratulations for busting through that plateau and losing the two pounds! You're on a roll again! Good for you for not giving up! Keep up the good work!
    4172 days ago
  • ROZAROONEY58
    Great message! Sounds familiar. I have also been on that same ride and it is very frustrating, so I really appreciate you taking the time to write your story. I have all the infornation from the past 2 years at my spark fingertips, so I will now try what worked for you and hope it will also help me. Thanks again and keep on sparkin'!!
    4172 days ago
  • ROZAROONEY58
    Great message! Sounds familiar. I have also been on that same ride and it is very frustrating, so I really appreciate you taking the time to write your story. I have all the infornation from the past 2 years at my spark fingertips, so I will now try what worked for you and hope it will also help me. Thanks again and keep on sparkin'!!
    4172 days ago
  • LJRW170
    Great blog! Wonderful sense, and progress again! Keep up the great work!
    4173 days ago
  • BARNFISH
    Excellent! I've also discovered that eating too little causes me to hit a plateau - less fuel, slower metabolism. It was the nutrition charts that helped me figure it out.
    4173 days ago
  • LUVSBULLDOGS
    I'm glad going back to basics is working for you. emoticon

    The planer the food is that I cook, the better it is for me. I don't get into fancy recipes and a lot of different ways of cooking things. That works for me also.
    4173 days ago
  • HAPPYMOM8
    Thank you!!! Makes good sense to me. I will try to go back to the basics. Pat
    4173 days ago
  • PATERMAS1
    Congratulations for finding your way off the great plateau! I'm so proud of you. And thanks for sharing your story with the rest of us. I'm sure it will come in handy for many of us. :-)

    Lynne
    4173 days ago
  • ERIECANALGAL
    I just loved your blog. Great advice. I am going to try that too. I've been at the same weight for at least 6 months now. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Dottee
    4173 days ago
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