Stuck in Plateau Hell
I confess. My weight loss efforts have gone in the garbage over the past month or two.
I’ve slacked on my tracking. I knocked my workouts down to 3-4 days per week instead of 4-6. I’ve been busy. There have been holidays. Weddings. Parties. Could I find some more excuses for you?
The good news is that I’m not really gaining weight. I’ve bounced around losing and gaining the same two pounds for probably about 6 weeks now.
That’s not good enough for me and I’m ready to get serious about reaching my goals.
I’m guessing most who are on a weight loss journey go through the same thing. We come out the gates like a bat out of hell completely immersed in our new lifestyle. We see results. We get excited. However, for some reason, we hit a wall and become complacent. We let the excuses creep in. We get lazy.
Since my bridesmaid days have come to a close and is no longer a motivator, I think it is time that I start some new reasons for my journey and reset my goals.
1. In my last post, it dawned on me that the picture of bouncy-land at the school carnival actually included my ass. I can’t say I’m thrilled with it. I would really like to have no fear of anyone taking ass pictures of me.
2. Now that I am 16 lbs lighter, I can once again enjoy shopping at stores such as The Limited, Loft and Express; however, it would be nice to not always have to go to the back of the rack to find my size.
3. Swimsuit. Nuff said.
I will also reset my series of mini weight loss goals. Let’s face it, I’ve got 45 lbs to go until goal. Daunting. I cannot look at it that way.
July 1: Down 5 (21 lbs lost)
Sep 1: Down 10 (31 lbs lost)
Dec 1: Down 10 (41 lbs lost)
Feb 1: Down 10 (51 lbs lost)
Apr 1: Down 10 (61 lbs lost) GOAL!
So my hope is that I will reach my goal weight a little less than a year from now. I’m sure I will gain momentum in the summer and have to reboot again at some point this fall just like I’m doing right now. It think as long as I keep rebooting, I might actually make it there at some point.
I have to remind myself that my current medication may very well be the cause of my weight loss stall. Looking back at my graph, my plateau started right about when I stared the meds. I will officially be done with them at the end of July, so worst case, I might have to hang out at my current weight for a little while longer.
One thing I can be really proud of is my sticking out the Couch to 5K program. It has really been a great source of workout motivation for me and I am actually starting to enjoy running- from the challenge of it to the awesome endorphins. I can’t believe I just used the words “enjoy” and “running” in the same sentence. Because of the million degree weather earlier this week, I chose to take my training indoors on the treadmill and was surprised at how much I hated it. No trees. No people. No doggie. Just the endless lonely trot. Thank goodness for good tunes along with some serious air-drumming skills.
I would love to hear from you!! Let me know what you do to bust through plateaus.