Posted by HealthyLoserGal at Thursday, June 24, 2010 comments (17)
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It’s Beth and Heather, Registered Dietitians from Vtrim Online, and we’re here again with answers to your insightful questions from HLG’s birthday blog post.
We were excited to see so many great questions that indicated you do not take your health for granted. At Vtrim, we also value credible, scientific information – no gimmicks! So with that in mind, we narrowed your questions down and merged a few into one response to get more of your questions answered.
We’ve had several questions centering around the dreaded plateau…
Mostly Meg asked, “I've lost 18 pounds and would like to lose 10 more, but I've hit a plateau. Does Vtrim have any advice for getting over the plateau and reaching the next goal?!?”
Benita also asked about plateaus, “My question is, how do you break out of a plateau, especially when you're struggling with being peri-menopausal? I've been on a weight loss journey for a little over 2 years now & lost about 60 pounds, most of it in the first year. This last year, I've been maintaining, but I'm only about half way to my goal weight & just can't seem to lose anymore.“
And another reader asked, “I've plateaued and can't seem to get past it, any ideas?”
It’s also important to know that weight plateaus are completely normal and an expected part of weight loss. Everyone experiences them. Even research shows that it is normal to see a plateau in weight loss, especially after about 4-6 months of engaging in an active weight loss plan. While researchers haven’t been able to explain exactly WHY plateaus happen, it’s thought that the body needs time to adjust to the changes that have been occurring in your body.
With that in mind, let’s talk about what you CAN do to get the scale moving again. One of the best things you can do is to shake up your exercise routine and take it up a notch. How is your exercise routine going—have you been doing the same thing for awhile? Are you bored with your routine and slacking off a bit? To help bust through a plateau, start pumping some weight.
As for your food goals, sometimes cutting yourself a little slack for a week or two can actually give your body a chance to reboot its weight loss efforts. If you’ve diligently counted out every carrot stick and ounce of chicken, giving yourself permission to relax your calorie goal for a few days (we said “relax” the goal, not shoot it to pieces) can make your body feel a little more willing to start giving up some extra pounds again. Allowing yourself an extra 300 calories or so per day can typically create a little more breathing room without running the risk of weight gain.
Thank you to Beth and Heather for helping us out of the plateau crazies! :) I can add only one thing to what they've said and that is that I know that if I keep eating right (the way I'm learning to weekly with Vtrim Online!), keep exercising and if I stay POSITIVE, this plateau will be busted and the scale will move in the right direction! And, believe me, I'll let you know when that happens in a very big one-derland way!! *grin*
Posted by HealthyLoserGal at Sunday, June 20, 2010 comments (11)
So here I am again. Now fifteen months into my weightloss & "get healthy" journey! I am proud of how far I've come but not ready, by any means, to say 'this is good enough'. It isn't. I'm getting out of the "overweight" BMI stats and will be able to take whatever my trainer, Parker, throws my way within the next three to four months. By Columbus Day of this year, I will be at my healthy weight and I will be able to RUN! :)
Today is Father's Day in the U.S. and I cannot help but think of my Dad, whom I loved so very much and was so close to, and how proud he would be of me now. He died over 25 years ago now and - of course - I miss him, but somehow I think I may not have been on this journey at all were he still around. He had a way of cutting to the quick of the matter if he thought I was steering off course. Somewhere along the line I would have heard something like "those pants are kind of tight, don't you think, Jan? You might want to lay off those Pepsi-Colas!" and he would lift his eye brow and give me that 'all knowing nod' as if to say "You hear what I'm saying to you, right?" *grin* And because his approval meant so much to me, I probably would have 'laid off the soda'! So, I can't help but think today that he may be smiling down from above, knowing I've worked damn hard at this and would be proud of me.
Many of you who I yack with on Twitter or have followed the blog here for awhile know that I have a dream board. It is a way of keeping your dreams and goals front & center in your mind throughout everyday. I have made my dream board my laptop's wallpaper as well as the background on my Twitter home page. One of the pictures I included on the dream board (although you can't see it on Twitter) is a photo of a fit woman on a beach, her shoulders/head on a stability ball, her hips raised, her feet planted square on the sand as she is doing chest presses. I saw that and included that photo because I thought "when I can do that, I will be FIT!".