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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Today is day 18 of my current streak of being on track with eating and exercising!

I haven't weighed myself since September 3rd, but I think I've been at a plateau since October. Okay, since I haven't weighed myself, you might wonder how I would know that I've been at a plateau. Well, I don't need a scale to tell me if I'm losing weight or not. I can tell by the way I feel, and by how well I can move my body, and by the fit of my clothes. But things have just seemed at a standstill for a few months now!

In the past, hitting a plateau was just like the end of the world to me. A plateau meant "failure." A plateau meant "time to give up."

But its different this time. I think the fact that I'm not weighing myself has been the best thing I ever did, because instead of focusing on the numbers on the scale NOT moving, I have been focusing on my NSV's. (Non-scale victories.) And yes, even at a plateau, I'm still having NSV's! The weight might not be coming off, but I am making progress in other ways, and that helps me to keep on going!

My energy level just increases all the time. I can do so much more now than I could before. I am getting stronger, too, and more flexible. I have more endurance. My body, while not as firm as I'd like it to be, is a lot less jiggly than it used to be! I feel better in just about every way...and mostly, I feel proud of myself for working so hard. That is such a new thing for me, this feeling of pride. I always thought that being proud of yourself meant arrogance or being conceited. Now I understand that its just a way of loving yourself...and you NEED to love yourself in order to be successful on this journey to weight loss and health.

So in spite of this plateau, I am not discouraged, and I am not giving up! I'm still working hard, and I KNOW that this plateau won't last forever. I decided to switch up my exercises. I've been doing the same workouts for a long time now, and I know my body needs a change. I love my DDP Yoga very much, so I am sticking with that. But instead of cardio kickboxing, I've now switched to Zumba! I have only been doing it for about 3 weeks now, and I love it. It really kicks my buttinski! I am so absolutely terrible at it, lol. I have no rhythm! But just trying to keep up with the moves really gets me sweating and breathing hard! And I'm slowly getting better. Plus, its fun, so that keeps me coming back for more every day!

Hopefully, this plateau will end soon and I will start going down in clothing size again. I'm going to start having hubby take front and side pictures of me at the beginning of every month, starting in February. I think that will be a powerful motivator for me to keep going!

Thank you to all my Spark friends who have supported and encouraged me since I started my journey last March. I am rooting for you to make progress too. Don't forget to love yourself enough to work hard. You are so worth it, you know!

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