When I logged in to write a post for today, I realized that this will be my 100th post on this blog! Yippee! It was around this time last year that I committed to starting 5 Foot 2 and Shrinking, not knowing exactly how it would affect my life or how long I would commit to it — and now here I am, February 7, 2011, 32 lbs lighter, doing my 100th post and still in the game of healthy living! Definitely something to be happy and grateful about today. Definitely something to THANK myself for.
Thank you, self, for sticking to your goals and working hard to accomplish what matters to you. 🙂
I am the kind of person that has always charged ahead in life, sometimes out of necessity, or survival, and sometimes just due to my own impatience. This blog has helped me to achieve a more balanced approach to an issue I have struggled with for many years, one that you can’t really charge ahead in or expect fast results from. I have learned patience in weight loss. I have learned to be proud of myself for small achievements, i.e. a pound or two lost in a month, rather than upset with myself for not getting from A to Z at light speed. I am still working hard for this and the journey isn’t over. I am 100 posts into this blog and I’m sure I’ll write another 100 posts before I am at goal weight. And you know what, that’s perfectly fine with me. This girl is finally learning to do things the healthy way and treat herself with patience and respect.
Having said that, there is something I came to terms with this weekend that must be shared and brought to light — I have plateaued.
YEP. There it is. I said it. I HAVE REACHED MY FIRST OFFICIAL PLATEAU.
I’ve been hovering around the 160 lb mark for months now (since October). It has a lot to do with quitting hot yoga and not adding enough extra exercise to compensate for that. Also, I have not continued to aggressively curtail my not-so-great eating habits. I have known for a couple of weeks now that there are still things I need to eat less of or cut out completely, mainly sugary foods and dairy. There is a part of me that has been resistant to this because I have already made so many changes and cut out so much that I don’t want to have to cut out anything more. BUT, weight loss is more important to me than these foods when it REALLY comes down to it. I’m not saying I can never have French fries or a piece of chocolate cake again in my life, only that I have plateaued and because of that I need to let go of the high-calorie, high-fat foods again for quite a while until I am able to push past the plateau and get to the next level!
And exercise. Well, when I read about weight loss plateaus it seems like one of the most successful ways of getting out of a plateau is to change up and intensify your workout routine. To be honest, this feels very challenging and somewhat intimidating to me. I am very pressed for time right now as I work two jobs and also fitting in a social life, a romantic relationship, and hobbies that I love. Adding more time for exercise outside of the 50 minutes per day at work I have already committed to seems like a bit too much to ask from me! And yet, I know I can find a way if I really want to. It’s only going to make me feel better, look better, and LIVE better if I step things up! I’m just stalling cause, well, like I said, I’m a bit scared. :S
I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do to accomplish this. I will need to take a few days to re-organize myself and come up with a plan. It has to be realistic for me physically, it has to fit into my schedule, and it has to accomplish as much as possible in the least amount of time. In the back of my mind I hear the voice of healthy happy me that’s saying “Amber, go back to yoga!”. Hmmmm. You know, HOT YOGA, that activity that helped me successfully lose 20 lbs in just a few months without drastically changing my lifestyle or diet? Yeah. That would make a lot of sense, and yet the frugal part of my brain is rebutting with “but you can’t afford $100 a month for a feaking yoga membership, you hippy!”, to which the healthy happy me is responding “you can’t afford not to!”. GAH. Internal struggle lives on.
So. This is a week for making some decisions. I either need to go back to hot yoga (I would do Bikrams Yoga at a studio near my house this time around for $96/month, which is an even HARDER workout than hot yoga at YYoga) or I need to create a new exercise routine that challenges me more than my current one but costs nothing. ONE WEEK. After that, a decision must be made and action must be taken, because 100 posts into the game the reality is plateau has crept up on me!
I don’t resent this, I accept it and am ready to do what it takes to get to where I want to be.
Any advice? Pass it along! firstname.lastname@example.org!