Thursday, October 21, 2010
For all of you who are fighting a plateau or watching your scale go up and down even though you know you are doing the right thing, keep fighting the good fight. Don't despair, don't let it affect your mood.
I for one admit - the scale has been my enemy. I've been on a plateau since mid July (wow coincides with exactly the same time my husband got laid off). Then suddenly my weight changed within two week.... UP..... eight pounds at the highest point. I work out 5-6 days per week, keep my calorie count within the spark recommended or not more than 200 calories higher, so how do you think that made me feel? Not only was I struggling with our financial issues, the job and shift change and now my weight has gone nutso in the upward direction? Believe me I was ready to chuck it all.
But - before pictures... they are a great motivator. Look at them and look how far you've come. If anything in your health has changed - ask yourself, - Do I want that back? Mine was knee pain, I seriously cried every night after bowling and winced going down stairs (I work on the second flor).
Change a few things. I figured it was probably a little hormonal (cortisol out of control), which brought on water weight, because I KNOW I had not eaten an extra 28,000 calories in two weeks. If I did, I SURE didn't remember enjoying it. So, changed the breakfast, back to high protein (two eggs in the morning) and doubled up the water. I'm already drinking 64-72 ounces a day. Now I'm way over 100 ounces. Yes I pee .... A LOT. But, in four days, the scale is back down six pounds.
So those of you with the daily fluctuations of a half pound or a pound, don't despair. Just keep tracking and working out. For the plateau people, find something to change up, one thing at a time, either change the workout, or do what I did, add more water. Or, start measuring those inches. It's crazy the way the body works, but the inches do creep off slowly, especially if you are doing strength training.
I can't say the plateau is broken yet as I haven't gone below the lowest weight. I did reset all my trackers and just said, oh well, this is a new set of goals, go for it.
And vent if you have to. We've all been there. We all have some ideas and maybe one of them will work for you. Don't give up and don't despair. It will happen if YOU keep trying. You are accountable only to you. If you know you are doing the right things, your body will respond. It may not respond according to our mathematical calculations, but it will. I promise. (I feel like I've blogged about this before.. oh well, repetition sometimes is good for the soul).
and sometimes there's that one comment from someone who has watched you workout and workout and then says "You look fantastic". That just tells me to tell the scale....... BITE ME, I got this.