Needless to say, I missed my goal to repeat my previous 18 lb weight loss.
But I did lose 4 lbs over the last 5 weeks, lowered my BMI by 0.6, with no change to my waist measurement.
So, that’s the good news. And it really is good news, because I actually accomplished the above results over the last 2 weeks. The 3 weeks prior, however, are a different story.
The Dreaded Plateau
It happens to the best of us. Everything’s going great, you’re doing (just about) everything right, and suddenly…the number on the scale stops moving. Even as I jumped up and down on the dang thing…that little red line stayed put.
[I use an analog scale. Only way I roll.]
There are many things that can contribute to a plateau, and that is the most annoying part of it all. It’s rare that there is just ONE reason why your body settles at a particular weight, and it’s rare that just ONE solution will get you going again.
I had a touching moment with my Mom this morning. She knows better than anyone how insurmountable the task of weight loss and weight maintenance has been for us. It’s been a tall order since I can remember.
And it feels like…we just might finally breakthrough YEARS of misinformation, ignorance, indifference, and defeatism.
We’re in this together. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
“I know what looks different about you…you’re getting skinny!”
We had casually walked past each other and said hello, but she doubled back and found me at my desk just to let me know she noticed my weight loss. And after a week where many poor choices were made…her comment brought be back to life.
Today was the first day that I started to get back into my rhythm, back to making good choices, and her words gave me that extra “umph” I needed to put the past week behind me and push through to the next one.
I’ve been doing well, and I’ve made some real progress. And although I had a minor setback this week, today I’m encouraged to continue making all of the right decisions, and furthering my weight loss.
In just 4 weeks, I’ve been changed. Not only physically, but mentally – which is the hardest element of oneself to change.
In just 4 weeks, I’ve learned to enjoy cooking. Beyond that, I value the time and care that goes into preparing my own meals. Anyone who knows me knows…“I don’t cook.” I can warm the hell out of a Stouffers Vegetable Lasagna; but slaving over a hot stove was never my thing.
In just 4 weeks, I’ve become addicted to water. I crave it, even. And I used to HATE water. So much, that if water was the only thing available to drink, I’d just go thirsty all day. I’d rather have nothing at all than drink a glass of water. Not anymore…
In just 4 weeks, I’ve found myself looking forward to gym time. And I HATE working out. I don’t do sweat. Eck, I hate to sweat. But something’s come over me, and I’m now a happy gym person.
In just 4 weeks, I’ve completely changed my priorities and HEALTH is at the top of the list. Everything that I need to do to BE healthy, which were burdens before, are now worth every effort.
“Don’t forget to take your ‘before’ picture,” Steve reminded me.
He knows something I don’t know. That a dramatic change is about to take place, and I’ll want to chronicle it along the way. He couldn’t be more right; so here is my attempt at getting ahead of this thing ‘before’ it’s too far gone. Change, once you’ve committed to it, comes swiftly. So swiftly, in fact, that if measures are not put in place, one may not recognize, or appreciate the change at all.
So here I am…preparing my ‘before’ for the recognition after. I realize I’m typing in riddles, but things are moving so fast that I cannot fully indulge at the moment. But soon. Yes, soon.
Believe me. I have plenty of ‘before’ to choose from; shouldn’t take long at all.