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World's longest plateau

Friday, March 18, 2011

I have been on a weight plateau for close to 3 years now. In a way it is kind of aggravating, but in a way it isn't either. I haven't gained weight...I've kept the weight I lost off for over 3 years. That actually gives me hope that it isn't coming back and that what I am doing will be permanent as long as I keep on track. Now for that last 20lbs or so...I've bumped up my exercising. I am trying to get in at least 3 days a week for 45 minutes. I would like to incorporate strength training, but right now I am working on being consistant with my workouts first. I have gone back to tracking my food...or at least I trying to. Weekends are hardest for me because they are so unpredictable. I haven't figured out how to fix that yet. But I know the key is to controlling my food. I will check back later if I have gotten it all figured out. :)
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  • ARCHIMEDESII
    You can start strength training before you get those books. Do check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has some short online workouts you could try. You could also buy a set of resistance bands and do some resistance band exercises. Resistance bands are a very good way to strength train. If you're looking for some basic workouts as well as good information on how to use them, join member SERGEANTMAJORs resistance band team. go here for more info.

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    3482 days ago
  • MARYROTH
    Thanks for all the suggestions! I am going to look for those books because I don't have a clue how to get started. I have to go to a gym for most of my exercising because I don't have enough room in my house for gym equipment and the only time I can go to the gym is on my lunch hour, so I am crunched for time. That is why I usually just do cardio. I am hoping to do cardio M-W-F and strength training T & Th, but I also have to use my lunch hour for other things like appts and kid stuff...so hopefully soon I will have this worked out. That's my plan anyways...it's initiating the plan that is the hard part. :)
    3482 days ago
  • DETERMINED56
    I concur with all the experts here..ST is the bomb. It makes a huge difference in how your body looks. I know a lot of women are resistant but it is so empowering AND sexy! Who knew?

    I used to be so into cardio but st while very hard, makes me smile when I am done.

    The book that was suggested is terrific.
    Good luck!'

    3482 days ago
  • ANDEENNATE
    I have not lost any weight in months, but I am down 2 more sizes. Sometimes it isn't about the numbers on the scale (this is hard for me). Keep up you good work, track your food and add streght and you will be amazed at the changes. emoticon
    3482 days ago
  • ARCHIMEDESII
    I agree with SKYWATCHERRS, if you really want to impact your body as well as your health, then you must make strength training part of your exercise routine. Adding more lean muscle will not only make your body more efficient at burning fat, it will also help tighten you up. Muscle is dense and takes up less space on the body than fat. As a result, you could lose 1-2 clothing sizes, but maintain your current weight. Yes, that can happen if you add lean muscle via a good strength training program.

    I would recommend looking for these two books to get you started. You can find them at any library or amazon. Bill Philips Body for Life and the New Rules of Lifting for Women. Both are good beginner weight training books. Don't be afraid to lift ! It really can change your body for the better.

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    3482 days ago
  • SKYWATCHERRS
    I'd strongly suggest strength training as soon as you can manage it. If you're down to the last 20lbs, then strength training is what's seriously going to transform your body.

    Best wishes!
    3482 days ago
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