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Guest Post: Learning from My 25 lb Weight Loss Plateau

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A few guest posts did trickle in! Today’s maternity leave post is by Patty from A Day in My NYC. Patty is one of the friendliest, warmest bloggers I know. I’m so glad I got a chance to meet her at BlogHer this past summer and I’ll get to see her again at FitBloggin’11!

Side note: All is well with the little bean. We are setting into a routine–taking a short morning walk, nursing every 2 hours and sleeping when we can. :) Now… Enjoy Patty’s post… :)

When I began my weight loss journey back in 2009, I had a great first year and lost 30 lbs. I felt amazing and was so dedicated to eating healthy. I rarely ventured off to indulgent foods. In fact I didn’t miss them at all. How I wish that “honeymoon phase” of my weight loss journey could last forever. Coincidentally Summer of 2010 hit just as I reached this weight loss mark. I was out of the plus size clothes and comfortably wore a swimsuit that year. It had been the first time in a very long time I didn’t have to wonder if last year’s summer clothes would fit me. In fact I knew they were a little loose on me. With this new confidence came the desire to be out and about town with friends, meaning were more meals eaten out and I had to make do with my best choices.

At first I didn’t veer off my food plan but then I started to “get cute” and having an extra french fry, an extra scoop of ice cream, or an extra fruity drink. To rationalize this the feelings of entitlement kicked in. “I deserve this because I’ve worked so hard to lose weight”, “Just one won’t hurt”, and other self-sabotaging thoughts like this. I indulged and by Summer’s end I had gained 5 lbs. Now while you might say this isn’t such a big deal, it is not where I need to be. I still have to lose about 40 more pounds to reach my goal weight.

For awhile I didn’t know what my motivation to keep going was. I was happy maintaining and at the same time I wasn’t. I had to dig really deep and find answers within myself. Which brings me to where I am today, still down 25 lbs and seeing a breakthrough coming. I lost 1.8 lbs last week, that has been the first significant loss this year. I’m working really hard to keep that scale moving down. The truth is that I am not satisfied with just losing 25 lbs. I want to reach my goal weight. Thanks to my fantastic Weight Watcher leader, I’ve learned that my weight loss pace is unique to my lifestyle and body. She always points out in the meeting that it took her 5 years to lose 45 lbs but she never gave up. I may not drop the pounds like you rock stars every week, but I’m not giving up on this journey. I’m sticking it out for as long as it takes for me. Here are just a few things I’ve learned about myself that have kept me sane and motivated to keep going.

Your mind and body need an adjustment period.
Hitting a significant weight loss mark did something to me psychologically. I was feeling great and thinking “I’ve got this!” Maybe it was over confidence or the thrill of finding yourself “smaller” for the first time in a long time. I’m slowly giving this less focus and redirecting my energy to getting to goal and thinking about how that will feel. Also my mom, who is no weight loss expert but a very smart lady, keeps pointing out to me that maybe my body needs some time to adjust at this weight before it can move on. It could be, because isn’t that what plateaus are about anyway?
Do not give up.
I am the person who goes to my Weight Watcher meeting every week. I wouldn’t say my attendance is 100% for the year, but 94% of the time I am at my meeting. I’ve seen these 5 lbs go up and down for months. It’s frustrating as can be, but for me the idea of not going to a meeting is just too scary. If I don’t go to meetings I may fall off this weight loss journey and that is something I’m not okay with me. So for better or worse I go to my meetings because something a member or my leader may say will make me think about my food choices and I will strive to do better than the previous week.
Focus on the positive accomplishments.
My friends, both in the blog world and in the real world, constantly remind me that it’s not a bad thing to maintain a 25 lb weight loss for a year. You know what? It’s a GREAT thing. I never give myself enough credit but it truly is. So I’m saying it here. If you’ve lost 5, 10, 15, whatever the number is and have maintained that loss, it’s a great accomplishment. Do not sell yourself short.
Move more.
This may also count under the positive accomplishment category. Summer 2010 was also the summer I took up running and ran my first 5k race. I never would have thought of running at my heaviest weight. I never wanted to run, but one day I just went for it. Running is the most rewarding exercise I have found. I’m already back out there running as the temperatures warm up and will run my first 5k at FitBloggin in May.
Ask for help.
I do this all the time. I blog about my weight loss, I talk to my WW leader about it, I tweet what I eat, I talk to my family about it, I read your weight loss blogs, try your recipes and participate in twitter parties focused on weight loss. I do all this because it helps me to stay focused. I get inspired when a fellow weight loss blogger hits a milestone in their journey. I love to celebrate their success and be supportive if they struggle because I struggle as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because if I’ve learned anything about weight loss bloggers is that we are a very supportive group.


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Discussion

There are 18 comments so far.

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    March 25, 2011

    I hear you loud and clear, Patty. I too lost a big chunk of what I intend to lose, and then just stopped for quite a long time. I see it more as my own motivation slacking than my body wanting to slow down, but I’m sure it’s a combination of both. You’re right though, keeping the weight off consistently for a year is a HUGE and awesome accomplishment! We should both be very proud, and remember that it’s not about seeing the scale go down every week… or every month. It’s about living a healthy and maintainable lifestyle. Thanks for guest posting! :)

    Mary

    March 25, 2011

    Wow! Did I NEED this post today. I’ve maintained a 35 lb loss for a few months now, but the scaled hasn’t budged in weeks. I know what it’s going to take to make it budge: more water, less alcohol (gasp!), no ‘nibbling’, more fruits and veggies. And now I begin Phase Deux of the new life adventure – I’ve got to start moving more. Congratulations to you on maintaing your weight loss for a YEAR and I’ll join you for the rest of the journey.

    And Roni – nice job on picking out guest-posters!

    WindyCityKnits

    March 25, 2011

    I am so in this boat but I am also so ready to get out! I lost 40 lbs since last April and still have about 15 to go. My motivation stopped after the holidays, I didn’t really gain any over the holidays but since January have gained about 6 lbs. I think it so true about getting too comfortable and not moving enough. Thanks so much for this post, it really put things in perspective for me.

    cassie

    March 25, 2011

    so love this post..i haven’t reached my goal weight yet, but i think your pointers are very helpful for me. for me the hardest sometimes is not giving up. i have been trying to lose weight for so long that sometimes i just want to give up… but i am definitely trying to stay positive and focus on the small accomplishments..

    i’m also going to fitbloggin and hoping to run vs walk the 5k…..good luck to you..

    Yay Patty! I know you’ll get to your goal!

    Patty

    March 25, 2011

    I love reading your comments because sometimes this journey can feel really lonely. The fact you can relate really helps me and I hope it helps others too. As weight loss bloggers our bond is unique and so supportive. I’m so looking forward to checking out all your blogs!

    Roni, I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity to guest post and thank you for the kind intro words. I look forward to seeing you at FitBloggin! :)

    Tanya

    March 25, 2011

    Thanks Patty..I love what you said about “getting cute” with having the extra treats!! I joined WW 16 wks ago and I’m down 20.6! Although I don’t blog I love reading them for motivation, weight loss tips, and some laughs ;) Roni’s is the first blog I ever read and have been following for 4-5 years. (it’s also my FAVORITE!) Thanks for the great post! I look forward to following you on your journey!!

    Sam

    March 25, 2011

    Patty,
    I am only at the beginning of my journey and have only lost 11 lbs so far with at least 45 lbs more to go. Thanks for sharing your experience and letting me know that even when I reach certain milestones I can’t lose site of the final goal and that my perseverance will pay off in the end. Also, if I do come to a “bump in the road” to just get back up and get back at it – no mistake is to big to give up.

    You’re awesome, thanks for sharing!

    Lisa

    March 25, 2011

    Congratulations on your loss!

    In my journey to lose 100+ pounds I had many plateaus. I learned a lot of things about each one:
    1. Am I tracking ALL the food I nibble/snack/bite? No? That’s the answer.
    2. Am I exercising too much?
    3. Am I drinking enough water?
    4. Am I stuck in an exercise rut? Bust out of it and do a completely different activity!

    Deanne M

    March 25, 2011

    I loved this post today!!! I feel as if i could have written it word for word. I lost 30lbs last year and have about 30 more to go….I have been struggling with the same 5lbs since christmas. I gain some, then lose it, gain it… What i did to lose the first 30 is clearly not working for me anymore. I just dont what i can do to switch it up. I started running last year and have done 4 5ks. I feel like i am also stuck in a rut with that too….my speed and distance are not increasing at all. Im hoping if i stick with this that eventually this plateau will pass!!!!

    Ana

    March 25, 2011

    I like th post a lot, thank you!!!

    Glamamom

    March 25, 2011

    Love you Patty! We’ve ALL been there. Fortunately we have beautiful people like you to inspire and say, “Hey, it’s ok.”

    Emily (ertelmo1)

    March 25, 2011

    This totally happened to me! 2 years ago I was on a weight loss journey (summer of 2009) and I lost 30 pounds. Somewhat in preperation for a cruise. Once I hit that 30 pound mark my attitude about things kind of changed. I was by no means happy with my weight, but I was getting there. And I just kind of gave up on trying to lose weight. I really let my eating go. I had gained only about 5 pounds back over a couple of months, but then I got pregnant with my youngest and I gained it all back plus 40 pounds. So I am now working back down to where I was before. This time I am not going to allow myself to get comfortable until I have reached my goal. Thanks so much for sharing this! It definitely resignated with me!

    Kim

    March 26, 2011

    This was an excellent post and I must say that it sure did hit home. Within my first year on WW, I lost 50 pounds and then all the BLT’s along the way has help me put 25 pounds back on. Thanks for sharing, I will totally be posting this on my fridge to add to my journey to continue my weight loss.

    Patty

    March 26, 2011

    Ladies, reading your comments have really inspired me and it feels great to have a support system of people in similar situation. Thank you so much for all the support :)

    Lori

    March 27, 2011

    You just described my journey. I am down about 25 #s and have about 15 to go but I keep losing 5 and then gaining 5. I break a plateau only to hit another one but like you I am scared to death to “leave” WWs. It seems to keep me focused. I took up running and will complete my 1st half marathon on 4/16/11. I try not to focus on the number so much as I do on how I feel. I figure if I keep mostly doing the right things it will even out in the end. I am healthy and teaching my boys to be healthy and that is most important to me.

    Momo Fali

    March 28, 2011

    I bet it was that frozen hot chocolate.

    (And, I think you look fabulous Patty!)

    Weight Loss Plateau

    April 8, 2015

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