A Lesson in Dealing with a Plateau
Monday, December 06, 2010
I've been working on becoming healthier since June of this year. I joined sparkpeople.com and started slow. I gradually worked my way up to the point that I was tracking all food on sparkpeople.com's nutition area. I then set some goals and started exercising. After a few weeks, I was in a groove and rolling along loosing 1 to 1.5 pounds per week all the way up through October -- over 40 pounds of loss.
BUT, rather than being over-joyed at my progress, I've been feeling very discouraged. This is because my weight loss has stalled out over the last 6 weeks or so. This even though I'm exercising longer and at a higher intensity than ever.
I have had a huge NEGATIVE emotional impact from this. I feel like I'm failing on my goals. But when I stop and think about it and talk with my wife, I'm astounded!! Despite all the progress and benefits, I'm obsessing on the this plateau, not the progress! And plateaus are very common in weight loss!
Sparkpeople.com has helped me not only recognize this emotional component that is needlessly causing pain, but also helped be keep moving forward.
Some of the things I'm doing:
*Remembering that the weight is not the goal, only the by-product of the goals
*Enduring the plateau being mindful to vary my exercise routines and to actually increase my calories in order to break my metabolism out of starvation mode
*Enjoying my new found energy and improved appearance by being active
*Taking it easy on my self and, in fact, encouraging and affirming myself in this effort
Peace everyone and merry CHRISTmas!