Sunday, July 18, 2010

Plateau Power

Here is a summary of my Weight Watchers meeting on July 13th, 2010.

Can Plateaus Help You Lose?
Article By: Melissa Sperl

We'll help you overcome your plateau and get back on the losing path.

If you've been with Weight Watchers for a while, you've probably heard Success Stories talk about their plateaus — the times in their weight-loss plan when they couldn't lose, no matter how hard they tried.

Sounds like a bummer, right? After all, you want to see results for all the hard work you're doing!

But look at it this way: Plateaus are like resting spots. When you've been going, going, going for a while, there will come a time when you have to stop, rest, and take a look at the map.

Weight loss is much different when you have a lot to lose than it is when you're working on your last 10 pounds. Doesn't it make sense that you should need to take a break and reassess your plan?

Plateau power
The next time you get to a plateau, think positively and proactively: "This means I have to try something new now. What is it?" Try different things until you find an approach that gets the scale moving down again.

You've probably heard your Leader or other meeting members talking about the kinds of things that can get you through a plateau and moving again. Things like:
• Attitude is everything. Do you need to re-motivate?
• Recheck your daily POINTS® Target.
• Look at portions with a fresh eye.
• Commit to your POINTS Tracker.
• Get moving!
• Try some zero POINTS value foods.
• Check your medications. Are they affecting your weight loss?

A plateau is a good time to get prepared for the road ahead. It's the perfect time to reassess your skills, knowledge and behaviors. At your next meeting, ask the friends around you if they've been through plateaus, and what they did to get through them.

A plateau is like a pebble. Hold it close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper viewing distance and it can be examined and classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting-just one more tiny bump on the pathway to Success!

"Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain." ~Author Unknown

2 comments:

KellyRickels said...

im one month in, only 3 ibs down and havent gained but havent lost either (my goal is 30-35 ibs total to lose)-- ive been SO upset. i needed this :) looking forward to starting a new day tomorrow with a fresh attitude!

The Newsham's said...

I hope that you are really able to start your day on the right foot. I find that if my attitude is in check it helps me to stay on track. Continue to stay the course!

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