The Wall ... I was hoping it would not become a reality this time around, but clearly it is here.
This is the plateau (283-284) I have not been able to break through, previously. I equate this to my body's mandatory rest stop. UGH.
I am up one pound from last week.
I reviewed my diet over the last seven days, and I've been right on plan - no overages whatsoever. So, all is good there. And I recognize this could be hormonal, fluid retention, developing muscles, or a handful of other causes.
So, now that I've hit this, what do I do now?
I have several options open to me:
1. Ignore the scale, and just keep doing what I'm doing.
2. Reduce the caloric intake.
3. Increase the exercise.
Quitting is not an option.
A few days ago, I posted:
" ... so I expect the body to make adjustments that will cause the loss to fluctuate or stall every so often.
When that happens, it will be my responsibility to carry on doing the right thing, making those good decisions. No excuses. No whining."
Little did I know!
Well, I'm going to hold to that. This is what bodies do.
I choose option 1.
I'll remain tight to my dietary plan, with perhaps a hyper-alterness to caloric intake this upcoming week. If the scale does not move downward next week, I will go to option 3.
There. Decision made. Back-up plan in place. Done.
I know I did well this past week, and I couldn't change anything even if I didn't do well, so no looking back. I've made my assessment, and now it is forward - onward and downward.
Some would say, "One pound isn't so bad." Hey, it isn't weight loss either. I choose to be pro-active and positive. No excuses and no whining.
BUT, I reserve the right to throw myself onto the floor and kick and scream if the scale doesn't respond to my efforts next week.
It IS exercise, after all. :)
Will my body respond to my efforts? It HAS to. That is science. I'm giving it no options BUT to respond. It is just a matter of how long will it take to get my body's weight moving again, in the right direction.
If I go to my old stand-by, of feeding my disappointment, I diminish my ability to remain in control of this process, and make this minor bump into a major challenge. I would also be reverting to the old habits that got me into this predicament of obesity. Not good. So, I'm going to tough it out, be the adult, and continue to work the dietary plan.
My measurements remain the same as last week, so no changes there.
In the back of my mind, I am aware my next doctor appointment is October 20th, and I'd really like to see my mini-goal reached by then (ideally). That is extra incentive to tough this out, but not extra pressure. The body is going to do what it is going to do, and my responsibility is to simply keep making good decisions.
My mindset is completely different this time around, and that is a good thing!
Bring on that wall! I'm ready to scale it ...
Day 55 and more determined than ever ...