Off-scale accomplishments

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I am finding that after losing a bit more than 50 lbs my body is rebelling. Well maybe "rebelling" is not the right word. Okay - uncooperative...

I am trying to eat clean and get my workouts in. From my limited experience, I think 4-5x a week at the gym should be good enough. Yet the scale number is stubborn. I have gained and lost the same 2 lbs all month.

I have read the articles and understand the reasoning behind the dreaded plateau. I know my body is recalibrating itself to a new "normal" and that I have to be patient. That said, I still want those last few pounds to get under 200.

*Change up my workout - I know. Doing that
* Change my weekday food routine - yup doing that too
* Blog - I'm here...

Still, it is easy to find bits of discouragement creep in. So I am trying to focus on the off-scale accomplishments.

My wife recently commented that she can see muscle and tone in my arms and back. That is cool since I want to rock in a white racer-back tank top this summer.

My dermatologist told me I have beautiful skin - a good compliment from a skin doc!

I am fitting in pants in the misses size department and I have packed away the XL, 1X, 2X, and 3X shirts. My size LARGE tops and sweaters are looking really good.

This should be enough - right? Still the number nags me.

Last night I was on the leg press machine and pulled the pin to increase the weight stack. Then the light bulb went off. When I started this I was only able to do the first or maybe second weight. Now the pin goes in at a much heavier level. This has to be an accomplishment too.

So I am getting toned, increasing my stamina, and improving my skin. I am sporting form fitting shirts and sweaters with no "X" on the label. I am able to run a little, and walk much longer.

It is all working. I still want that number under 200 - but at least I am still making improvements while I wait for my body to cooperate.

Thanks again to all my super supportive Spark sisters. You all are wonderful and insightful and beautiful. Your encouragement, and butt kicking, are exactly what is keeping me moving forward.

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    Plateaus stink.

    Hang in there and keep up the hard work. I am sue you will break thru soon.

    3374 days ago
    remember, too, that you're building muscle mass and gaining definition in your form, all of which is fabulous and adds bulk/weight while the fat cells shrink. understanding that plateaus are the "diet nemesis," on the one hand, you intellectually know that your body's adjusting, changing, reforming itself. on the other hand, you're emotionally struggling with the fact that half is gone and the other half remains...and is stubborn, to boot! you're doing just what you should be doing, gurla! keep it moving, drink that water, watch what you put in your mouth, monitor your mindfulness, and know that you've already kicked some serious butt. the downslide of your plateau is coming and we all know YOU CAN DO IT!

    yours in sisterhood, nancy

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    3375 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2009 8:34:40 AM
  • CKELLY16
    plateaus can be discouraging but only if you let them! 50 LBS. is awesome! Rock on girl! Somedays I will eat way more calories than I'm supposed to so that my body has some more to burn and keep it going - maybe you should play with your intake a little see what happens? emoticon
    3375 days ago
    Plateaus can suck.... but what a wonderful place to pause- 50 down, whoot, woot! Congrats! you are a hero, and doing great... pauses and all.
    3375 days ago
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