Lately I have been afraid. Afraid that I will not be able to lose any more weight. Afraid that no matter how hard I work I will stay stuck. I do not want to live in fear but I am at a loss at how to move past this spot on the scale.
For about 4-6 weeks I plateaued. I gained and lost the same 2-4 pounds. Then finally I broke through and for two weeks consistently lost. Then last weekend happened. I hopped on the scale Saturday morning. Up two pounds. “Ok, don’t panic. It’s water retention; no way you ate 7,000 extra calories.” I told myself. I thought, I’ll try again tomorrow. So Sunday, hopped on the scale. Same thing. Monday was another repeat performance.
I did not record scale weight or measurements this past weekend. I am dreading next weigh-in day. I don’t know how to shake the doubt that this is what I am destined to be. It’s not terrible but it’s not what I want.
Before you say, “but what about your measurements?” or “how do your clothes fit” the answer is my measurements are about the same as they have been for the last 8 weeks or so. All my clothes fit about the same. I am not gaining enough to cause my clothes to be too tight. I’m not losing enough to make the tape measure get tighter. I am in the black hole of weight loss.
I am going to focus on continuing to eat better, including more whole foods to help with my high blood pressure. I am going to aim to work out at least 60 minutes each day (minus a rest day of course). I need to keep up my running so I can start my half marathon training in July. I need to finish P90X. I need to accomplish other things so the weight loss feels less significant.
I am going to leave my calories at 1624. It worked for most of my weight loss and it broke my plateau. I am chalking last week up to in irregularity unless it continues for a few more weeks. Then I will reevaluate my calories.
Tell Me: What are you afraid of currently? Have you ever plateaued during weight loss? If so, what did you do to “jump-start” your loss again?