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The Weight Loss Plateau

The inevitable weight loss plateau. It happens to all of us. You are spot on tracking your food and activity like a boss for days or even weeks on end. Maybe you have even noticed your rings getting looser and your jacket zipping up with room to spare. You hop on the scale with high expectations. You maybe even try to self- levitate as best you can. The number on the scale has stopped flashing blue in the early morning light. You glance down at the number. You stare. Exhale. You feel your facial expression drop and you step off of the scale. Hands on your hips you push the scale back up against the wall. Maybe a little name calling commences. You stand there in your birthday suite in the quiet dimly lit bathroom in the early morning hours. The cold morning air is beginning to sap your body heat. You start to chill. The number on the scale was not what you expected at all. Off to the shower to try and regroup under the warm steamy spray. You close your eyes. Argh! Why can’t I bust through this plateau?

We all know that there are a multitude of reasons your weight bounces around. Sodium intake, stress hormones, increasing exercise and building muscle, not drinking enough water. Or, sometimes your body is just plain being fickle for reasons we don’t yet understand. And, we all know that if you stick to the plan, as I have previously blogged about, your body will come around and bend and morph itself in to what you are working towards. I’m going to go ahead and share my before and after photos from my own 100# weight loss journey here for better perspective:

Just reflect for a moment on what I asked my body to do here over the course of 2 years. Reflection helps me gain a better perspective, and outright appreciation for my body, when I go back and look at these before and after pictures. I mean, my body has grown strong and continues to grow stronger even at the age of 64. It has given me 2 perfect children which have given rise to 4 perfect grandchildren. My body gets up every morning and continues to move me around and provide enough mental clarity for me to continue to work full and busy days as a Home Telehealth RN Care Coordinator at a major hospital. I feel good every darn day.

So, be patient with yourself and whatever it is that your body is working on that may not be visible to you at the moment. Your body is on track. It is innately set up for success even if you can’t see the change in the fleeting moment of your scale weigh in. Press on Platinum Muse readers. Stick to the plan and let the momentum begin to carry you. You CAN reach your 2021 goal!

Stick To The Plan

Several weeks back I shared some of my thoughts on belly fat and my plan to get rid of at least some of what I had. Check it out here if you have not already read it!

https://platinummusecom.wordpress.com/…/that-darn-belly-fat/

Here is how the plan unfolded. I started the “Hula Hoop Challenge” as laid out in my previous blog, and, indeed, I am now a better hooper. Did I hit every day like I had planned? No. I did not loose weight as planned either but I did maintain. This is huge for me after having lost 100# fairly recently. I did loose one inch off of my waist though! All in all, hooping is great fun and now part of my workout plan. I will not be doing hoop tricks any time soon as in the challenge, nor do I really want to. I’m just a straight up hoopster girl and love it.

This brings me to the second and more important part of this blog though which is that life unfolds all around us despite our best laid plans. I mean, here we have a global pandemic, social unrest, protests, a downright scary economy, and a big face mask debate going on. The list goes on. I’m telling you, it messes with my mind and my best laid plans. I stay positive and optimistic for my patients (I’m a nurse) but, sometimes I fall hard in my off time. The thing is, you will never have a perfect day. You are going to stumble and fall. Sometimes hard. The secret is to get back up. All or nothing mentally is not going to deliver the results you want. Stumbling, falling, getting back up and getting after it WILL deliver results. It’s that persistent sticking to the plan that will get you to your goal.

This week Platimun Muse readers, I challenge to you stick to your plan. Don’t change plans mid week and don’t beat yourself up if you stumble and fall. Just get back up and get after it!

Thanks for reading the Plantinum Muse and let’s grab a hold of the new week and make it count!