Thursday, July 8, 2010

I've Plateaued

Many times, too many actually, in the past several years I've made the drive between Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT with my preferred route being Highway 70. Although I grew up in Utah (I haven't lived there since I was 19) I pretty much took for granted the amazing scenery all around me, so these trips have been my tutorial in learning to appreciate the spectacular grandeur and breathtaking beauty of the Rockies and the desert. I'm always fascinated by the amazing geography and vistas, particularly the mesas or plateaus that one sees on the drive for mile after mile.

I must confess though, that I'm not amazed by the plateau that I have reached in my efforts to lose weight. I'm tired of what I have been eating, I'm desiring what I'm not eating and I wish that exercising didn't take up so much time and then leave me feeling tired. I had hoped to reach my weight loss goal by the end of July now I'll be lucky if it's August or September. Yep, I'm feeling flat!

I know this will pass but I must admit, I prefer viewing plateaus in the desert rather than being plateaued!


  1. OH, the lovely plateau! How we hate you but need to embrace you. This is a normal function of your body just trying to adjust to all the changes that you've been making.

    All I can say is hang in there and stop putting so much pressure on yourself to be a certain weight by a certain date.

    As for you're food I think you need to find a way to change things up a little but you've got to be willing to venture out without fear. Food is fuel! And you're suppose to enjoy what you're eating!!!!

    Good luck. We all know you can do it and blast right through that plateau!

  2. My sister hit a plateau a few weeks ago so I just did a little research on this topic to help her out. I found some great advice on the trainer momma site. She actually has a three part series on the plateau. Here are the links. Keep plugging along, you can do it!

    Sorry I don't know how to make these links live so all you have to do is click on them.

  3. Trainer Momma probably says what I'm going to say, but I'll say it here anyway. I read this book once, I think by Bob Greene. You know, the guy who was Oprah's trainer for a while, and they wrote a book together. Anyway, he wrote about a client he had who was going through the plateau, and what he had her do was readjust her calorie distribution, meaning he took her calorie allowance and had her break it up into smaller pieces throughout the day. For instance, if she ate 4 times a day, she was supposed to break that up into six times a day. It affected her metabolism just enough that the last few pounds came off.

    P.S. Everyone might be wondering who I am. I am Sue Richardson's sister, Becky. I want to join your group. I sent out an email yesterday to Audrey, so hopefully I can contribute even more to your wonderful group!

  4. Yes, I was wondering who Becky was. So excited you decieded to join us and can't wait to get to know you better! Queen, you are an inspiration to all of us. Keep going! Trainer Momma always has good sound advice.

  5. I get the same way. When I eat too much of a certain food, I burn out on it. My senior year of high school, I ate an apple everyday for breakfast (we had early morning seminary at 6). I have eaten maybe a dozen apples in the 14 years that have followed. I just don't like apples anymore. I've done the same thing with Twizzlers (probably a good thing), I just don't like them anymore. I'm sure there are countless other foods that I'm burned out on. I haven't quite figured out how to not do that. Anyway, we all hit plateaus, but remember that the beautiful, flat shelf ends at some point. And I'm with Audrey, be happy with what you've accomplished so far, and be flexible with time-frames.

  6. I've been getting burned out on the same meals, too. It's just easy to do what you're already used to doing. We're visiting Dan in Rock Springs right now, but when I get home I'll work on a post with the red beans and rice recipe and the recipe for chicken and yams.

    Have you considered trying something new with your exercise? Your trainer might already have you doing intervals with your cardio, but if not, try that. Or perhaps you could change up or increase the portion of your workout that you spend on weights. Trainer Momma insists that interval training and weight lifting are a great way to boost your metabolism and fat burning capability.

    Keep on truckin'!

  7. It's time for some new healthy meals and snacks, some different exercising routines (maybe go rowing, swimming or hiking), and a maybe a fitness magazine or food magazine to re-inspire you! You're doing great, though.

  8. Better to be on a plateau than continuing in a downward spiral of unhealthiness, I say! Instead of focusing on the plateau, continue to make good choices and celebrate the amazing changes you have already made that have that "menopausal body" of yours looking FAB-U-LOUS! The good news about plateaus is that they eventually have an edge - the choice to go up or down after that is yours. Love you momma!

  9. What terrific and sound advice and encouragement, thank dear ones for your support.

    Today I had lunch with one of my very bests friends at a fab restaurant called Coastal Flats. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating her birthday, a 3 hour chat fest and a mango chicken salad which was drenched in a sweet tangy dressing. I didn't even think about the calories in that dressing but instead focused on all the yummy ingredients in the salad and the protein in the grilled chicken. It lifted my spirits as did all of you and now I'm floating above my plateau.

  10. That would be THANK YOU dear ones (all you healthy wives); I need an editor.