I’ve now hit my 3rd week of plateau – just 1 pound away from my 20 lbs lost milestone – and while it’s definitely frustrating, I’m happy to say that I’m not losing my cool over it. This is my first real test of this weight loss round so I’m doing everything I can to keep myself on track mentally.
To do that, I’ve been:
- Focusing on how much better my current weight is than my starting weight. I may want to lose more weight but no matter what, I’m healthier than I was before.
- Looking at my plateau as a challenge. So far my weight loss has been relatively easy so I think this is my body’s way of telling me to amp it up, which is something I’ve been wanting to do but just haven’t gotten around to yet.
- Considering this to be practice for maintenance. That may seem strange but I recognize that I have a weight loss problem because I’ve always gone back to bad habits once I hit my goal or even just a lower weight. So even if I don’t lose more weight for a bit, it’s still a win if I can maintain my current weight.
In addition to everything above, I’ve decided maybe this plateau is happening at a good time. This past weekend, I had some kind of back spasm that has kept me from doing even my normal amount of walking. That means that my weight loss would probably be slowed down until the pain goes away, even if I’d gotten past my plateau before this.
I also have a weeklong vacation coming up next week. And, as we all know, weight loss is difficult to maintain during vacation. That certainly doesn’t mean I won’t be trying but somehow, knowing I’m already in a plateau before vacation, makes me feel less stressed about the plateau.
So for now, I’m just coasting. I’m going to start focusing on getting through my vacation without gaining weight and then after that, all my energy will go into beating this plateau’s butt! 🙂