Tags: plateaus



 I think I've hit a serious plateau.

I've been stuck here around 234-236 for the past 3 or 4 weeks. I can't seem to get the weight loss kick started again. I'm still following the points, I'm tracking everything that I eat, but it seems like it's stopped working.

Any suggestions on how to jump start things again?

It's just a matter of when, not if.

Today is a very good day. I've finally lost 15% of my original WW starting body weight. The first ten came off so effortlessly that the next five felt like it took an eternity. Slow and steady wins the race, though. I whole-heartedly believe that.

Now that I've finally come to a point where I accept that plateaus will happen, despite all my best efforts, and that they will stick around for as long as they like, I'm really frustrated with myself for giving up so many times in the past. If I'd just kept with it like I am now, how long ago could I have gotten to my goal weight? Could I have PREVENTED getting to my maximum weight? It's frustrating, but at the same time it's motivating.

So what if it's taking longer now? If there are some weeks where I just can't get the scale to budge? It's still working. I still look and feel better than I have in years. I get compliments and asked for advice on a weekly basis from people I don't even really know - that says more to me about how well this program works than how fast the numbers change.

I'm so close to being half way there that I can taste it. Seven and a half pounds. I need to start planning how to celebrate that. The only material thing I can think of that I want is maybe an iPod shuffle (which is a totally frivolous purchase since I already have an iPod classic), but that's not really a big hurrah type thing to me, just something I want and haven't convinced myself is worth buying. There's nothing I really want to do, and even if there was it'd be something like a show or concert and I don't know that I could time it well enough to coincide. I guess I could look into things in the coming month or two and see if anything catches my eye at least.

I've got some time to figure it out, thankfully, but I still want to make sure I come up with something. It's not an insignificant accomplishment and I need to remember that. Whatever it is I wind up doing, I'm definitely making sure I come away with a physical token of it so I have that reminder of "Yeah, you did it" to look at whenever it is I feel the need.

P.S. I love that there isn't the vaguest doubt in my mind that I WILL get there, too.

WW Journey Began: 10/11/09
WW Start: 210 | WW Current: 177.6 | WW Goal: 130