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Moving Ahead While Standing Still

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Artist: Rembrandt (1606–1669)
Title: The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the ‘Night Watch’.
Date: 1642
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 379.5 cm (149.4 in). Width: 453.5 cm (178.5 in).
Current location: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

January, 2013 is the first time in a year, I did not show a weight loss for the month, not even a half a pound. I saw 188 and 189 appear briefly on the scale, but they vanished within hours, never to be seen again. I could not break through the 190 barrier.

It may be time to adjust my calories, and each time I think about that I become filled with anxiety. I am comfortable right where I am and can remain in my target range almost instinctively now. Of course I continue to measure every morsel and track everything. I have boosted my exercise, in spite of the fact that I couldn’t walk for most of the month due to a health issue. I’m now working out for at least 45 minutes every day and last week added 2 90 minute yoga classes. I am determined to get to 60 minutes, at least 30 minutes cardio each day.

I cannot say that January was a waste of time, and although it is a struggle, I try to continue to keep my focus. To do that, I have to concentrate on the non-scale benefits I experienced in January.

I am a side sleeper again
My blood pressure numbers are fantastic.
I feel good when I get out of bed in the morning.
I can see my stomach getting smaller.
I can put my shoes on in a normal chair with arms.
I enjoy working out (who is this woman?) because I know how I feel at the end.
I could do some of the yoga poses at the yoga class and know that if I stick with this I will reap the benefits.
I enjoy green smoothie protein drinks sometimes for lunch and making those is as easy as eating out.

Time is going to pass whether I put in the work I know or not. I can pass this time in a productive way, heading toward my goal of good health or I can let time pass me by and return to old habits when I did not feel well most of the time, my sleep was not restful and food was controlling me.

I guess when I put it that way, it’s a no brainer. I will make sure I’m drinking enough water and give it a few more days. It is so much harder to focus without the incentive of the weight loss that I probably can make some adjustments in the calorie range without a meltdown.

I chose The Night Watch for this blog because although it is a painting, everyone in it appears to be moving. So even though the weight on my scale is static, I know that I continue forward to my goal of optimum health.
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    Those NSV's are awesome. Good for you! Hang in there with consistency on the plateaus and make sure you are eating enough and getting enough protein. I was told that the plateau is the body's way of learning to maintain consistency. Hang in there, you are doing great!
    1898 days ago
    Investing in our health, longevity and vitality is never wasted time. Re-examine and maybe take a break on the cal counting and take a break. Sometimes it's just what the body needs to release the tension and ease into a new range. Hang in there, I've held at almost every 10 spot (200 and 190, etc) but always broke through. Now I'm dealing with 180 but this too shall pass. emoticon emoticon
    1900 days ago
  • JILL313
    Wow, Your NSV are Awesome and I'd say you did have a good January and have enriched your life just by the wonderful things you are able to do now. It can be a plateau, it's hard to tell for sure. You sure shine bright with all the hard work you're putting into your Journey--WTG! I am really proud of You and I hope you are proud of Yourself. Continue onward doing as well as your doing now and I have no doubt you will be shouting out you've hit your Goal Weight!! I only wish was at your present weight as that's not far from my healthy weight. I used to be 5'9" but I've shrunk an inch or two. I assume you're shorter than me? Take good care.


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    1900 days ago
    My are making such terrific progress! Good for you. I prefer to think of the scale readings as just one more thing on a list to monitor and keep track. For me that kind of takes the over-riding importance away from the weight reading as the most important. While important, it is just one of many things, including all those NSVs that you listed above. Wishing you much success and continued progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1900 days ago
    Those plateaus are hard to break. But if we keep doing the right stuff, eventually we will see numbers change.
    1900 days ago
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