Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Yesterday as I was riding my bike, I began thinking about the weight loss plateau I've been on for several weeks now. Well, I suppose in my case it's more of a slow down in weight loss because I did lose 3 lbs in June, but before that I was losing 7-10 lbs per month and I guess I kind of got used to that!
Anyhow, as I was riding it occurred to me that one positive function of a plateau is that it tests our will and motives. It's like the body is saying, "Will you still pursue health if I do not return the particular benefits that you want to see? Are you in this for health or are you in this for a quick fix, for particular tangible results without which you will quit?"
Pursuing health is fun, and even easy, when the pounds are flying off. But in the end, the pursuit of health is about so much more than that and I think plateaus help us by forcing us to think seriously about why we're doing what we're doing.