Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hitting a plateau (or just not trying very hard)

When I made my public admission about wanting to reclaim my body, I entered into the next month with determination, energy and confidence. I carefully monitored what food I ate (eliminating my high caloric mochas, eliminating snacks after dinner, eating clean, yada, yada yada). And I exercised religiously (at least 4-5 times a week). I was the picture of dedication and the results starting showing on both the scale and in how my clothes finally fit me again.

BUT.

(And why is there always a big "But" that rears her ugly head in weight loss stories?)

Once I got a little comfortable, my motivation began to wane. Actually, it disappeared into complacency. Resulting in a huge plateau.

I've been hovering at the same point on my scale for the past month. But I haven't seemed to care...at least enough to actually curtail what I'm eating and or exercise more than once or twice a week. I guess there's something about the weight I am that triggers something in my brain.

"Oh, you've been here before...it's a 'good' weight...perhaps not exactly where you want to be...but that would require A LOT more work and isn't it just easier to coast by where you're at?"

Please tell me I'm not alone about these thoughts. You all have had them, right?

After reading my friend's post last night, I was convicted with a new sense of motivation (perhaps not quite as strong as my original desire, but motivation none-the-less).

If I want to reach my ideal goal weight. I. Must. Do. Something. About. It.

I WILL attain my goal, despite the hurdles I present for myself.

There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. Just plain hard work. Burn more calories than you consume. Period. End of story.

7 comments:

A Mom on Spin said...

I know from experience that plateaus are very hard to get over. They should be called hurdles instead. . .

Amanda said...

Ohhhh can I relate about my "good weight" (139) not motivating me to get in better shape. Even worse is when the scale actually goes below 139 and I feel I can eat anything just because the number is lower!!! What a vicious cycle we go on! Good luck!

Shari said...

Well, I'm the skinny girl - always have been - so I'm not much for weight loss advice, but when I'm trying to reach a goal I do 2 things: 1 - talk about it - nothing better than holding yourself accountable (I think you've got this one down) 2 - simply do it - no excuses - it takes 3 weeks to make something a habit - stick to it

You go girl - you can do it!!!

OHmommy said...

Im sooooo going to repost a better photo once I get started in my new routine.

You can do it. We can do it together!

JennyMac said...

Tomorrow is a new day, and don't be hard on yourself. :)

Good luck.

Krystyn said...

Good luck! And keep us posted on the progress....maybe you'll be the motivation I need.

LZ @ My Messy Paradise said...

You are not alone! It's so easy to get to a certain point, especially after losing weight and shaping up, where you say "Well...I'm much better off than I was a few months ago" And you are. Just break out the skinny clothes!

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