Goal Check... Plateau Broken
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Despite the Holiday feasting that seems to be everywhere, I am proud to say I have stayed true to the raw whole plant food diet. I feel mentally sharper. I have begun to notice differences in how much healthier my hair feels and how much stronger my nails have become. They used to rip rather easily.
I joined SparkPeople when I had reached a plateau in my weight loss journey that began in August. At the time, I weighed 232 lbs. Today, I weighed in at 202.4 lbs. I plateaued during the month of November at 208 lbs. Nothing would budge despite doing everything right and working out regularly. For anyone else who plateau's, don't get discouraged. Stick with the fundamentals and almost always something in the daily checklist has gone awry.
This is what I consider my 7 healthy habits for life:
1. Everyday, move more than you did the day before.
=> If you walk 5000 steps in one day, make sure the next is at lest 5001 steps if not more. You climbed 3 flights of stairs one day, try 4 the next and so one
2. Remember to hydrate yourself.
=>I generally drink 3/4 hot water with a 1/4 room temp water 16 oz first thing in the morning. This helps keep me regular as my body flushes itself clean. Also, for many of us, we no longer distinguish the signal for thirst and hunger. So if a hunger pang hits, I reach for water first. If it was really hunger, those pangs would be there about a half hour later.
3. Be conscious of what you eat and when you eat.
=> Right now, I am not really tracking my foods or counting calories. I am extremely mindful of what I eat. I measured out a 3 weeks worth of menus when I first started and I basically rotate these days. Eating plant based foods became a habit for me at lunch a long while back (September). What is new for me is carrying that into my dinner. I am also conscious now that when I eat I will never do it while watching TV, surfing the web or working or any other kind of multitasking. This allows my brain to register the fact that I am indeed eating and to pay attention for when it feels full.
4. Chewing food thoroughly (mastication)
=> One of the habits that I picked up thanks to motherhood and the rat race is eating super fast. Those big chunks of food are extremely hard to breakdown within the body and never get completely digested. So I had to teach myself to set my fork down between bites and chew the food while counting to 20.
5. Sleep enough hours
=> I have so many hobbies and interests and so little time. This one was a hard pill to swallow for me. However, it was this very thing broke me out of my plateau. I have a fitbit one which measures sleep quality. This has given me amazing insight until I got to the point where I dialed in the specific hours of sleep for my body.
6. Visual Inspiration and Personal Goals
=> Keep those in sight. I pulled together images that inspire me and I assembled a photo book on my computer and had it printed professionally. It is the first thing I look at in the morning and before I go to bed.
7. Appreciate the small gains
=>Perhaps it is our innate flair for drama or desire for headline news, I am not sure which. Most of us tend to miss the small gains because we are too busy watching for the big one somewhere else. That was the lesson of my plateau as well. While my body was busy getting healthier, I did not acknowledge the fact that I have more consistent energy through out the day or that my menses no longer hurt as much or that my mental acuity has gone through the roof or that I am down 2 dress sizes or that my knees no longer hurt when I climbed the stairs. I could go on and on and on. I started journaling about them and blessings became evident. When you rolled all that up together, it made for a rather impressive personal headline.
So today, I am truly excited by the fact that I am but 3 lbs away from the goal of 199lbs and I am celebrating a full 30lb drop since August.