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First weigh-in, day 8. And What do you do when you plateau?

Friday, January 05, 2018

I stepped on the scale this morning after 8 days of beginning a fresh weight loss journey. The first day, after making a sparkpeople profile, I took some honest pictures of myself and took measurements of arms, hips, waist, and bust and then also weighed myself. (I love that Sparkpeople has all of these metrics for tracking.)

My starting weight was 189 and this morning I was down to 186.2! It was a different kind of excitement from what I've experienced in the past. I feel like I've finally hit a stride that is sustainable, and it's taken me years to figure out how vital that is to reaching my goals.

I've fasted, gone on super low carb diets, crazy exercise routines, etc. None of these made lasting impressions or changed anything long term. Sure, I lost 10 lbs. in 2 days on a water fast, or 10 lbs. in a week on the low carb diet, but it didn't matter, because a month later it was back! lol

Long story short, I feel good. but it also got me thinking about something else and I would love to hear some of your insights on this. As I am taking it slow (my goal I'm hoping to reach isn't until November if I keep my pace), I know there is definitely the possibility of having a week or two where I don't seem to lose, or perhaps somehow I even go up a pound. How do you guys cope with plateaus, and how do you re-calibrate to start losing again? I'd love to hear your experiences.

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  • no profile photo CD22544916
    Plateaus are hard, but inevitable. I try to stay with exactly what I have been doing, as long as it doesn't go on more than a few weeks. At that point, I am going to really be sure that my portions haven't increasedor there aren't some hidden calories lurking, and maybe increase my activity. I track everything, so it is very easy to look back and see what works. Hard to remain positive, in plateaus, so I do try to remember what I have lost, what I want to achieve, and also look at plateaus as a way of practicing maintenance! ( I know, sounds way easier than it is!!) emoticon
    1300 days ago
    I let my body stay there for a while and focus on non food activities to avoid frustrating myself
    1300 days ago
    Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden ~ 1/5/18
    1300 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    good luck. You can do it
    1300 days ago
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