Kalin’s Challenge: The Plateau
First off, a huge thank you to everyone for your emails, messages and chats in the grocery store about the journey. My favorite part is leaning about your own struggles and successes, we are all human and not alone in this! I am very lucky to have such a support system.
The plateau has arrived and with it I’ve learned lots. For about 3 weeks I’ve been bobbing around 199 and 200. I’ll weigh myself one day and be 199.9 a few days later…199.0 a few days later… 200.9 and then back to 199.8. It’s been a definite emotional roller coaster. But I’m happy to say that I think I’ve found a solution.
Everyone in their journey hits the plateau, and what I’ve learned from the experts at Munson is that its here that most people quit. When we are used to getting ‘instant’ results, we grow frustrated and then think we ‘may as well stop trying’ when things slow down. Trust me, some days I have really felt like giving up and going back to eating whatever I want whenever I want it. But it’s not going to happen.
When I first hit my plateau everyone had an idea for me, but the best idea came from Ron at The Healthy Weight Center who said to just keep doing what I’m doing and stop stressing about it! Stressing about it can actually be leading me to not lose weight, our bodies do crazy things under stress. So I’ve decided to stop weighing myself so often and just go with the flow. I know now what my body needs and what it certainly does not like.
Our bodies eventually catch up, but it can take time. The initial shock to my system from working out and eating healthy is passing, but if I stick with it, I know the scale will reflect my hard work. I already feel a zillion times better, and lifting that 20 lb. weight was amazing. I really can’t believe I carried that around everyday.
I’ve had multiple operations on my knees and to know that just those 20 lbs are done pushing on my knees everyday is a relief. I have a bit more of a spring in my step! I’m over being sad about this, I’m motivated now!
Here are 5 things to help with your plateau:
-Stay on track. You are going to want to quit here. But keep doing what works, your body will catch up.
-Stop stressing! If you think about it non-stop, you’ll go crazy. I’ve gotten back into yoga to help me with the stress.
-Do not drastically change what you’re eating. Giving up all breads, or going “_____-free” just to see if it’ll jump start weight loss isn’t a lifestyle, that is a diet. Avoid the temptation to try something new for a quick result.
-Celebrate your success so far. When I slip into the jeans I wore my very first day at Munson I can’t help but be excited. It helps remind me how far I’ve come already.
-Take care of you. Self care is not selfish. When I was a bit upset about my plateau this past week I went and treated myself to a ‘me’ day, which included yoga and a massage. Talk about a way to feel better!
I’ll be back in 2 weeks with the latest update! Sending you all a big hug on your journey! Let’s kick this plateau out of here!