Thursday, May 24, 2012

What? A Fateau?

So ... I've been walking with my neighbor, and I've been staying in my caloric budget on Loseit, but I've been at 237 (or 237.5 or 236.5) for about 5 or so days now.  I must admit it's a tiny bit discouraging.  Not enough to make me stop, but I've definitely felt some disappointment.  The good thing is that when I checked my weekly report (as opposed to obsessing about the daily numbers), I was still down 2.5 lbs for last week.  Since the max I can tell the loseit app I want to lose a week is 2, that's pretty good!

Which reminded me of a time I recently turned on the TV and watched an episode of The Biggest Loser.  One of the girls was REALLY UPSET that she'd only (ONLY!) lost 5 pounds in a week.  Seriously, honey?  That is what is wrong with America.  But I digress.

So I'm wallowing in my disappointment a bit when I stumbled on something in the Loseit forums.  Someone is asking for help in the Plateau Department.  The comments to her were spot on and helpful, but the one I liked the best was this:  Are you taking other measurements? I noticed pants that didn't fit at the beginning of my plateau suddenly started fitting. For people who are doing everything right, I think the plateau is often the time of a metamorphosis. Your weight doesn't change but your body composition and shape does. 

You know what?  That's exactly where I am right now.  Perhaps my body is making muscles out of the fat.  Perhaps my body has gone into starvation mode and is trying to preserve fat.  Who knows?  But EVERYTHING is fitting differently!  I mean, everything!  And so just a little while ago, I went to my drawer today and got out a shirt I had put away because it fit too snugly around my bagel belly.  This picture is not only goofy but doesn't quite do it justice.  Suffice it to say this shirt is not hugging the part it used to at all.  This shirt!  -->

So what if I'm stuck at 12.5-13 lbs of weight loss?  Guess what?  My breath returns to normal almost immediately now after walking an hour with my neighbor.  And although I really want to lose weight; that's just for vanity and because I like cute clothes.  It's the healthy heart and lungs I'm after right now.  The rest will come.

2 comments:

  1. This is so encouraging and I want you to know that I'm rooting for you. I was so excited when I'd lost 30 lbs for Dave's wedding and then so depressed when I gained almost 20 of it back! I've been trying the last few weeks to get back on track. I've lost 3 lbs and wish it was more, but at least I'm losing again. So I understand what you're going through and just wanted to say - You go, girl! (even if it is an outdated phrase). ;) Love you.

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  2. Pat, THANKS! I so appreciate your encouragement! AND, at least you didn't gain all 30 back :) Yay us!

    Love you too.

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