Break Through Plateaus

Struggling…Just Like Everyone Else!:

This week has been discouraging weight wise, going from 211 Jan 1 up to 215 this Monday. But after a hard core interval session yesterday (plus a 15 min walk and 15 minute yoga session – yes, all 3 in 1 day!), went from 213 down to 210.8 this am!!!

That’s amazing because it has been a very tough week emotionally and daily fighting depression. However, kept up daily walks and yoga practice, plus other activities. Still felt crappy. Sore, tired, and crappy.

But losing 4.2 pounds over 4 days is actually a cumulative effect from exercise, carb cycling, and yesterday’s intense workout.

It’s the feelings of discouragement, the classic BP catastrophizing, and downward cycle thinking of “I’m stuck”, “I’m busting my butt and nothing’s happening”, “this is so hard”, and finally “why bother”. That coupled with low energy and having to drag myself off the couch by the scruff of my neck to do anything have been a double whammy.

What To Do?:

See pretty picture above.

Keep drinking your water.

Try to get in some “loving movement”, even if it’s housework or a quick walk, every day.

Try to get in veggies in at least 2 meals / day.

If you eat something outside your “norm”, do it mindfully, enjoy it, and let it go.

Take care of yourself – take meds, shower daily, go to work, get at least 6-7 hours of sleep.

When it gets tough, look at your before/now photos, read your weight loss diary to remind yourself of your actual progress, and be gentle with yourself.

Bottom Line:

Weight loss is a start and stop progression (a bit like BP), fluctuating from day to day, even hour to hour. Plateaus WILL happen and you WILL get through them! Hard times, both physically and emotionally, will also happen – and you will also get through them. Hold on to the knowledge that like our moods, tough times will transition to good ones. And don’t be afraid to reach out for support and care – now is the time for “you”!

P.S.:

Made the “raspberry vinegarette w/fresh garlic” commented on in yesterday’s post but used strawberries instead. IT IS DELICIOUS!!! On a spinach salad with egg and chicken, it is wonderful. Thank you and please keep these great suggestions coming! Will be trying the fresh herb vinegar as well.

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