Working Through Plataeus

Measure What Matters

Plateau: an area a relatively level high ground; a state of little or no change after a period of activity or progress.


Twelve weeks ago I started training at the gym again. I have experience a weight loss of 15 pounds. I lost several inches on my waist and hips while gaining on my chest, thighs, and arms. Alas, I seem to have reached the inevitable weight loss plateau. But I am not concerned, and here’s why.

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Does the Risk of Failure Trump the Risk of Cheating

Why Students Cheat

Students cheat. It’s a fact. No doubt, you have students who cheat. You may have seen cheating today. Maybe you’ve even cheated yourself. The definition of cheating seems to have morphed into something unrecognizable to Generation X and Baby Boomers. What used to be an activity of only the most incorrigible students has become something that is more or less acceptable until caught. And even then, the consequences are often negligible. Maybe this is why studies are showing that high achievers are no longer the exception. In some instances, the instructor is the one reprimanded for catching the cheaters. Look no further than the Harvard Cheating Scandal of 2012. Students eviscerated their professor on the course evaluation for holding them accountable for cheating, and it affected the professor’s career growth.

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If cheating is the most egregious violation of academic integrity, then why do so many students cheat? According to an article by Tim Walker in NEA Today, 80-95 percent of high schooler have admitted to cheating. In my opinion, the decision to cheat reveals something about an individual’s world view and provides a glimpse into his or her character. High stakes testing plays some role, though not as big as some believe. High stakes tests have extreme security measures, and it’s usually educators you read about helping students to cheat on those exams.

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Fourth Quarter Routine

After an entire week of rest and recuperation, I was chomping at the bit to get back in the gym yesterday morning at 4:30 am. (I have been sneaking up for afternoon cardio sessions.)


This next stint will be for 12 weeks, training Monday through Friday from Oct. 3 through Dec. 23 when I will take another week of long-term rest and recuperation. Twelve weeks on followed by one week off results in a 13-week cycle that I will repeat 4 times a year. (4 cycles times 13 weeks per cycle equals 52 weeks — exactly one year!)

I have changed my routines to keep my muscles confused and growing. The next 12 weeks looks like this…

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An Unforeseen Benefit of Rising Early

Improved Diet?

benfrankearlytobedThe week starting Monday, Sept. 26 is my week of long-term rest. The program I follow (Max-OT) recommends a week of rest and recuperation every 8-12 weeks. After 8 straight weeks of heavy resistance training Monday through Friday, I am resting my joints and my mind. My goal is 12 weeks starting October 3. But since I just started back into the heavy lifting, I opted to play it safe. At my age, injuries take longer to recover from. As I reflect on the last 8 weeks, I have noticed that my diet has improved each week. My waist is over an inch smaller, and I am down 11 pounds from August 1. Here’s what I think is happening…

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