Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Looking Great in 2008 Week 24

Week 24 here for the Tales from the Scales challenge. While I have lost .6 from where I was at on Monday, since last weighin for the challenge, I have maintained.

And yes, the whining will now commence.

True, I know maintenance is so much better than a gain. And technically, I am glad to be down from where I was on Monday. However, I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going wrong here. I am still up from where I was almost 2 weeks ago. I am definitely fearing a plateau coming on.

I will wait another week and see what happens. There is still the possibility that TOM is a factor. However, I dont really think that my weighin on monday was up due to what I was eating, otherwise I would have been really down today after eating clean since Monday.

I am still getting a lot of variety in terms of my food. I am trying new meals (some of which I will post soon, I promise!), and Im still getting my water in.

Exercise is lacking, but it always was. Perhaps that is the key to getting these last 11 pounds off or avoiding a plateau. I hate to think this is the reason that my weight loss has kind of stalled.

I remember when I was at 194, I dwindled up and down for weeks and then did the dreaded Take Off. I may have to do that again. I dont really want to because it definitely wasnt fun, but it did help me break that plateau and I lost steadily since then.

In the meantime, I will just keep taking baby steps and I guess I will revisit this in a week. I know I will get lots of comments telling me that its ok and that its better than a gain. Hell, thats what I would say if I was reading this post. However, I am being honest here and this is part of my journey. Just when I thought that I had learned almost everything that I needed to from this, I realize that I still really need to learn to be patient and to grit my teeth and keep trudging along.

11 comments:

Bobbie said...

keep trudging along. That is the key. Try some exercise- that you like to do- that is not really exercise.

Lidian said...

It's a long process, you are doing fine! It's keeping going that matters, in the long run.

Holly said...

So are you opposed to exercise? I have a feeling that may really give you the kick start to get the weight coming off again. Of course, that's probably not what you want to hear... ;)

40 by 40 said...

Stay positive...so great that your pants were too big on you..WOW. What is that like?!?! Don't worry about the plateau..you have come so far! Maybe exercise is the key to getting things moving..You have leanted such better habits and made great lifestyle changes so don't forget about all that goodness!

Bev said...

Get to exercising, it will make a difference! When I made goal in 2005 and also in 2002....it was exercise that helped the most it seemed for me. I started Tuesday and have done it for 2 days now.

Stay strong and take it one day at a time! ; )

Mama Bear June said...

I exercised for several months and lost very little. It took changing how I ate. So yeah, just eating good probably won't work either. You kind of have to have both. :-)

But I'm also a slow loser even when I'm doing both, so go ahead and whine a little. But remember that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. ;-)
Path to Health

Teale said...

At this point, I have been able to lose pretty consistently without exercise. But I know that it will come to a point that changing what I eat alone will no longer give me the results I want. It is very possible that you are at this point now. I'm not saying that this is necessarily true in your case, but sometimes when I'm at a "plateau" it's really just me being a little lax with the program. Not keeping track of things as diligently as I did on day one. Like I said, that may not be the case for you, but it's just something to think about & evaluate.

Hanlie said...

You know, there's this myth that thinner people have a faster metabolism that fat people. It's rubbish. In order for the metabolism of a fat person to accomplish all it needs to do in order to keep the body going, it works much faster in a fat person. Your metabolism slows down when you lose weight, especially when you are restricting your calorie intake. That is why it gets harder to lose the last bit of weight and so many people stall so close to the finish line. The only way to accelerate your metabolism is to exercise and keep exercising. If you don't, you will not only fail to lose the last bit of weight, but you will gain weight. Exercise is an incredibly important aspect of health.

Get moving, girl!

B said...

Look at it like an awesome show of how dedicated you are to your new lifestyle - lots of people can lose weight and gain it all back, but few people really muscle through the tough times to get to their goals!

... and I would be remiss if I didn't advocate adding exercise into your current plan! That might be just what the doctor ordered!

jb said...

It is a long process but you already knew that! I think exercise would definitely help those last few pounds come off. Other than that, keep up your good eating habits and stay positive. You can get passed the plateau!

Scale Junkie said...

Just hang in there, you are doing everything right. It takes time, I know its not what you want to hear right now. Everyone is right about the exercise, maybe some cardio and strength training 3 times a week, nothing too demanding, just get your body moving. You can whine if you want, I'll always listen.