Thursday, April 25, 2013
I was stuck at 260 for about 6 weeks. Feeling demoralized, losing motivation. My carb and calorie counts were creeping up. I gained two pounds. Pneumonia put my exercise on hold.
Something is different this time, though. I said to myself, "This is not the end. You are not going backwards. You will get going from where you are right now and you will keep going." That is an incredible breakthrough for me. Typically once I am the point where I start backsliding, it's all over -- just a matter of time before the weight is coming back and I'm back to my couch-sitting, binge-eating ways. So for me to decide that I am not doing that again, well, it's HUGE.
I decided that even if I didn't feel like it, I would drag myself out the door and exercise. Even if I didn't feel like it, I would count my carbs and log my food. I would fake it until I made it. Guess what happened? My motivation is back. I have a new goal (a 7-day streak of 10K steps per day). I lost 4 pounds this week! Plateau BUSTED!
Who knows what I will do tomorrow, or next week, or next month? I do know that this time feels different than all the times before. I do know that I have stuck to my lifestyle changes longer than ever before. I do know that my attitude feels different than before. I think that this time, I can break through those plateaus along the way. Not just the plateau on the scale but the plateaus in motivation, too. I hope and pray that I am right.