Friday, November 30, 2012
How many times do I need to remind myself, "If this was easy, then everyone would be thin." Staying focused during the holiday season is tough work. I feel like I'm in control, but not enough to really lose any weight. Instead, I've plateaued back and forth between the same two pounds. This time around, my plateau is not much of a mystery. I'm struggling for several reasons, which I'll list below:
1. I only have 15-25 pounds to lose. In order to lose more weight I will need to make more changes to my eating and exercise. Am I prepared to make these changes? My motivation to do so waxes and wanes.
2. It's the holiday season. Enough said about that.
3. It's harder to exercise. I usually drive to the gym after work. Now, it's dark when I get off work and all I want to do is go home and curl up on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea and a warm tv. Also, exercising outdoors is not an option on most days.
4. I'm hungrier (yikes!) Is it my body fighting what it believes is a famine, or is there something I'm eating that's increasing my appetite? I don't know, but this is a problem.
5. I'm having a hard time escaping the mentality of needing to lose X pounds a month, so I end up frustrated and impatient.
6. My sense of urgency is gone. I'm looking good and in better health, which is causing me to coast a little because I worked hard for 10 months.
I know my weight loss journey is not over and my doctor agrees. My BMI is 27. My waist is still a disappointing 36", which is keeping me out of a solid size 10. All 15-20 of my extra pounds are around my middle. Although my blood sugar is normal, I'm still pre-diabetic. My doctor says I have "inflammation." My health is still at risk.
The only thing I'm keeping in mind, if I'm correct, is that Jennifer Hudson didn't lose her weight in one year. I think it took her nearly two years. I remember when she went from "thick" to "average." At 5'9", she looked like she had gone from a size 16 to about a 10. Then, in year two, she started to look "slender." I estimate she went from a 10 to about a four. Now, I'm not trying to be a size four, but it helps to know that when you have a lot of weight to lose, sometimes it's going to take longer than a year.
I don't think I'm going to hit the weight loss goal I set for December 31. I'm bouncing between 2 and 4 pounds away.
What I'm thinking about doing is just calling this "plateau" my maintenance phase, then get aggressive in January, when the rest of the U.S.A. is dieting. Maybe do a two week "jumpstart diet" to whisk away some weight real fast and reignite my motivation.
Like the saying goes, "It's hard to lose weight, it's hard to maintain, it's hard to be fat, choose your hard."
Just for now, I chose to stick with my baby steps and do the best I can each day, even if it doesn't show up on the scale.
Onward and (one day) downward.