Thursday, February 14, 2013
Patience and perseverance. That's what characterizes what's been going on for the past several weeks. And, the scale is finally moving downward.
I was talking with a friend about plateaus, what causes them, and how to break out of them:
First of all, we reminded ourselves, long term weight loss is going to be slower, so defining a "plateau" is hard, and the scale is an imperfect measurement of progress.
Second: we are in it for the long haul, and life-long healthy choices are really the sustaining actions.
Third: take a hard, long look at what you are really doing. Did you stop measuring? Are you eating out more? Are you in a food rut? An exercise rut? The longer we engage in our healthy habits they become just that - habits. Which is great. And, because they become automatic, it's possible that we are getting a bit sloppy too. Or, you might be going to the gym on your regular schedule, but has it become a bit too regular? Are you reading to make the time go faster? Maybe it's time to up the energy level so that you are working out too hard to be able to hold the magazine. Treadmill workouts - are you sweating as much as you used to? Throw in some intervals to really challenge yourself. Know what move your aerobics/cycling/pilates instructor is going to call out before s/he gets there? Consider switching to a different instructor or trying a different class. Your body is designed to adapt. So give it - and your brain - something exciting.
Be honest. Challenge yourself. Be curious. Be patient.