7:00 – New Body, New Clothes. Help me dress this foreign body! Please 🙂
Basically…not much progress was made since my last progress report from week 16. The last 5 weeks were a wash, as I went on vacation and took plenty of liberties in that time. I reached my milestone briefly, but then bounced right up out of it not too much later.
But I’m back now…settled in, and ready to WORK! I will reach that milestone again, and I will go farther than ever.
I did, however, manage to work with my Nana to alter those slacks I had that were ginormous! Refresh your memory HERE.
And while I was on vacation, I picked up a new pair of jeans that fit without a belt or further alteration, lol. But umm, the whole shopping experience was dreadfully overwhelming. So many options available that weren’t there before…I haven’t a clue what to do! H-E-L-P!
I’ve experienced an increased sense of smell since starting this journey to healthy. I can smell food ingredients from a mile away.
The other day, a couple with 3 Papa John’s pizzas (I recognized the box) walked past me. They didn’t walk directly in front me…they were actually a little ways away, but in any case, we crossed paths.
About 50 ft later, when they were clearly out of my path, I could smell the pizzas…vividly. I could smell the fresh veggies, the tomato sauce, and the CHEEESE.
Man, I know Papa John’s so well. That was my SPOT! I was reminded of a coupon I had for a free pizza, and I was all set to cash it in and throw my eating plan out the window. But thankfully, the coupon had already expired. The Lord had saved me from myself!
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.