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Best Pound I've Lost

Friday, August 05, 2011

I stepped on the scale this morning to see 159.2. I think this means I officially ended a 5-6 month plateau. In February, I had to buy a new scale which showed me about 5 pounds more than the older one. I didn’t like it but it was what it was. Since then I have fluctuated between 161 and 164. That’s a long time to see the same 3 pounds up and down. Two weeks ago I was at 160.4 and then this morning’s results…the plateau has ended. In this time, I lost a half inch to a full inch in the major places – nothing really to write home about.

About two weeks ago it hit me that I should buy myself a reward when I break the plateau. I have showed myself that I can maintain! How exciting is that?!?! I’ve been on this journey for a long time with fast weight loss at first and then very slow weight loss after. That’s the way my body has decided to work. I am thankful for it, really. Along the way I have learned to make healthier choices that can be sustained over time. Along the way I have learned that weight loss is just a great bonus to healthy living. Along the way I learned that if I stick with it, good things can happen. If I lost all my weight within a few months’ time, I wouldn’t have been able to learn those things – I would have probably regained the weight.

I didn’t miss a day of Spark in that time – my log-in streak of 422 days will continue. While I didn’t track my food every single day – I did have more healthy days than not. I drank a lot of water. In February, I started a “no candy from the boss’ candy bowl” streak that is still going strong. I ran a half marathon during that time and am training for my second. I have a couple pairs of size 8s in my closet. I ate more, food; I ate less food – trying different things. I stayed involved in the Spark community. While this is a small list of very positive things I did, the thing I’m most proud of is that I kept going forward. I trusted that if I kept looking at where I wanted to go, I will get there eventually.

I still have about 20 or so pounds to lose and it could take another year to get there but since I’m not really going anywhere, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.

Now I just need to figure out what kind of reward to get for myself for finishing this plateau!
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