Breaking Plateau

I have written many times about the plateaus I have hit while working my way through this extensive weight loss journey. I spoke on the dragon I had to slay and the wall I needed to crash through. There were long periods of time when I would lose a pound or two faithfully every week and then, without warning, I would hit a stubborn number on the scale that would not let me pass. After weeks of disappointment, I would feel so discouraged that it sometimes caused me to take a break from my entire program, only to eventually come back 10 or 15 pounds heavier than when I had left! But this time when I hit that pesky plateau, I went to my weekly weigh-in anyway and increased my water intake. I started eating fruit and I took up a new hobby….walking. This is no small feat when you carry the equivalent of a grown man on your back at all times. And still I walked…just a bit further every day. I resisted the urge to quit the WW program when I became disheartened…and believe me I felt hopeless on many occasions. I can remember, quite vividly, a day last month when I felt extreme dismay and disappointment. After what I thought had been an exceptional week, I stepped on the scale to see a tiny loss of .2, yes POINT 2. I honestly considered turning around and walking out the door that afternoon. I was so dismayed that I wanted to skip the meeting all together. Had I left, I am sure that I would have driven to the nearest fast food joint and filled the emptiness I felt inside with a bag full of greasy food. Instead, I tried a different approach. I went to two meetings that week, and I took a second walk that day. I signed on to my computer and poured my heart out to all that would listen, and in return I received encouragement and motivation from all of you, and for that I am sincerely thankful! The following week, it was with great pride that I stepped on the scale to find that I had finally beaten that THING, whatever that THING was that had held me back for so long. I needed to lose just a half of a pound to pass through the wall, so when she said “Well missy…you lost 2.4 today” I could have floated off that scale. I had finally broken that plateau and on my way to the next leg of my journey. What have I learned through all of this? This is the best I could come up with-“Feed upon your success and your failures will starve to death!”

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  1. Carol says:

    I find your postings so inspiring. I need to lose 15 lbs so that I can get a surgery. Hard as I believe I try, something gets in my way. Help!

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