Sunday, January 29, 2012
I've been plugging away at the same weight now for about eight months. I dropped 30 pounds pretty easily at the beginning of 2011 (hooray for fruits and vegetables), but have remained about the same weight ever since. Some days, it can be very frustrating or discouraging.
Over the past few days, I have been repeatedly listening to some Jim Rohn messages I found on YouTube. In one of them (The Day That Turns Your Life Around), he says that eventually, after we see the results of the positive changes we've made in our lives, we will look back and know we will NEVER GO BACK. I heard him say it for at least the hundredth time last night and finally, it hit me. I really "heard". And it triggered in me the memory of what SparkGuy says: when we keep making effort toward our goal, one day, everything tips. It stops being hard. It becomes natural to choose an apple over chocolate, grilled chicken over a deep fried tenderloin with mayonnaise, or a three-mile run over an hour nap. That, I believe, is the time Jim Rohn means we will never go back.
What does this have to do with my stagnant weight? Well, if I had reached my goal weight by now, I would likely not be motivated to continue building fitness and nutrition into my daily habits. But now, ach day these are becoming more ingrained deep into my habits, my heart, my mind, my psyche. Would I still be motivated to do these things if I was skinny? I doubt it. The feeling I get from fitness is something skinny could never do for me though. I would rather be at my current weight and feeling strong and vibrant, learning to live and grasp hold of opportunity, than be skinny on the couch, still wondering if maybe I wasn't meant for more. Maybe this seemingly endless plateau is just what I need so I will reach that tipping point, that point when I can look back and NEVER GO BACK.
I am grateful for my plateau.