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When you have hit a weight-loss or fitness plateau, how do you shake up your program and start seeing results again?

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LARGE BACH COOKING

I COOK IN LARGE BATCHES ON THE WEEK ENDS AND FREEZE IT . IT REALLY DOES HELP WHEN I A HURY DORING THE WEEK JUST POP IT I TH MICROWAVE AND THEN YOU ARE EATING MORE HEALTHY AND NOT GOING FOR BAD FOOD CHOICES! AND I CLEAN UP AS I GO ALONG THEN IT'S NOT SO BAD WHEN I AM DONE!

- Submitted by GHOSTFLAMES 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Lengthen Your Perspective

Often, I think that I am not making any progress towards my weight loss goal. Too often, it turns out to be a matter of perspective. If I weigh myself EVERY day and I don't see any results, I often have forgotten to look at my monthly chart of my weight loss. Remember, it wasnt gained overnite!

- Submitted by CORONASDETEXAS 3/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment

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Keepin' it real

Expectation-I expect that I will hit some plateaus along the way. I know that might sound weird, but if I expect to be perfect or to lose weight consistently for months on end, I will be really disappointed. So, I expect that plateaus will come, but, they are bumps in the road, not road blocks!

- Submitted by BLUEIZ07 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments

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Back to basics

I review my goals and motivation b/c I usually need to refocus. Then I get back to the basics-I return to some fast break goals, weigh, measure, track food, add or change exercise, review info in THE SPARK, stay positive, keep moving, etc

- Submitted by BLUEIZ07 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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track...track..
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Every time I think I'm on a "plateau" I have found that I am forgetting to track ALL my food and I'm also being careless about portion size. When I go back to tracking, suddenly I'm off the plateau...hmm emoticon

- Submitted by _SPARK526 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 6 Comments

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Changing things up!

I uped my daily calories and workout exercises.

- Submitted by STARLIGHT615 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment

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How well you may sleep/ make list of "habits"

I have been reminded by SP that I am at a plateau. I agree with each of you about doing something different to shock your body. I've been in a rut doing the same old thing, I think.

- Submitted by FREEOAK1 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment

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Stay Positive

When a plateau just won't break and you are doing all the right things, eating in range, exerciseing consistantly, weighing foods etc, etc - then I find that if I stay positive, KNOW that it will break when my body is good and ready, this helps me stay on track and the plateau always breaks.

- Submitted by EMMABE1 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 3 Comments

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Recommit to Weighing and Measuring

Think you can eyeball that bowl of cereal? If it has been a long time since you've measured out the 1 cup serving, check it again. Sometimes portion creep occurs, and that 1 cup ends up being 1 1/4. That's extra calories you're not counting, which might be why the scale hasn't budged.

- Submitted by SCOUT1222 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 8 Comments

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Increase water intake

In the past when I have hit plateaus, I increased my water intake by 1-8 oz cup a day, and the scale started moving again...

- Submitted by SHEILA_E 3/25/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 16 Comments
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