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Wednesday Weigh In: Plateau City

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I know I haven’t "weighed in" here the last couple of weeks. Part of me was just unmotivated to do so. It’s hard to come back week after week weighing the same thing when you actually are trying to lose. The last 8 weigh-ins go like this…

0
-1.4
0
+.4
-.2
+.2
-.2
-.4

That’s a grand total -.2 for 2 months.

I get the plateau question a lot and I understand the frustration, especially RIGHT NOW. My response is always the same… Just keep trucking.

Let’s think about this. What’s the alternate?

Am I suppose to get mad the weight isn’t coming off faster and then drown my sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s?

There’s no going back.

There’s no off plan.

If I never lose another pound I will still to eat the way I’m eating. I will still run and go to the gym. I will still dance at weddings, climb walls, go on hikes, and get lost in corn mazes.

I may have a weight loss goal but it’s secondary to my lifestyle goal.

I’ve reached that one a long time ago and nothing the scale says can take that accomplishment away.



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Discussion

There are 37 comments so far.

    Debbie

    October 13, 2011

    I love this post. These have been nearly exactly my words, having proudly sustained a plateau for nearly a year. I’d rather be on this plateau than gaining back 77 pounds. Nothing changes, there is no “off plan.” life goes on. Well said, Roni!

    Lisa

    October 13, 2011

    I have to say, Roni, that I couldn’t get good momentum on losing weigh (WW or not), until after I stopped breastfeeding my kids. No matter what I did, my body wanted to hold onto it. After they weaned (One at 9 months, and at 11 months), my body would finally let go.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if it worked the same for you!

    Ashley

    October 13, 2011

    You rock!!

    That’s all. :)

    Jeannie

    October 13, 2011

    I like your way of thinking! ;)

    RunEatRepeat

    October 13, 2011

    “I may have a weight loss goal but it’s secondary to my lifestyle goal.” <- Totally using this to keep me truckin'

    Charlie Hills

    October 13, 2011

    Am I suppose to get mad the weight isn’t coming off faster and then drown my sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s?

    Of course not! Use Cheez-Its instead.

    I am also on a bit of a plateau, but I think it’s due to gaining back muscle after having lost some during my mostly-stagnant August (I hope!). But you’re right, it won’t change anything. Those little nudges up and down can be frustrating but we’re on the right track!

    Jen@foodfamilyfitness

    October 13, 2011

    I love this!!! Thank you :)

    Michelle

    October 13, 2011

    Roni, I love your motivation and that is why I visit the sites everyday. And Charlie Hills, you crack me up!

    Dawn, Lay Down My Idols

    October 13, 2011

    Yup, awesome yet again!
    Dawn

    It’s true. Plateau bite the big one with relish but there is no alternative.

    Fran

    October 13, 2011

    HaHa – I have been stuck on the same plateau for nearly 5 months now(151-154), maybe longer but I am not going to do the math. Last week I decided to flip my frustration over. I am nopt failing to lose the last 10 pounds! I lost 25 pounds and maintained the loss for 5 months! I am in amazing shape! I feel much better about it, and those pounds will ease off when they are ready.

    Nicole

    October 13, 2011

    “I may have a weight loss goal but it’s secondary to my lifestyle goal. ” <— I like this Roni. Through out my life I have been on this quest to lose about 15 pounds – I used to follow all kinds of diet and then quickly gave up when I wasnt seeing results … Last year this time in October I made the switch to a healthy lifestyle – my goals were to tone up, sterengthen and yes I still wanted to lose those 15 pounds. the first 5-6 months I saw no loss infact I saw few pounds of gain which I understood as muscle gain since I had never excercised before and I had started running and strength training. Your blog was a HUGE inspiration to just live the healthy life style and everything will take care of itself … Today I am 11 pounds lighter – I have not forbidden anything from my diet … I have followed your policy of "everything in moderation" … 11 pounds in a year is not an accomplishment of any sort but my transition to this healthy lifestyle I have today is my accomplishment. Thank you Roni.

    Kate

    October 13, 2011

    Ahh… I just love your posts. Thank you for this.

    Robbie-Lynn

    October 13, 2011

    Thanks Roni I needed this today. After losing stead for 10 months I have gained and lost the same 5 pounds for 2. I appreciate this post. The scale can’t take away all the fun I am having being a much healthier mom. Thanks again.

    Banana

    October 13, 2011

    “I may have a weight loss goal but it’s secondary to my lifestyle goal.” maybe one of the most fantastic things you’ve ever said! – I love it, it’s so easy for all of us to get caught up on being a certain weight, or a certain size… but while we’re concentrating on those numbers – life is passing us by.

    This entire notion, is far easier for me to speak of than actually put into practice – – but it’s a slow progression and I hope one day, the weight won’t even matter to me.

    We’re all in this together though :)

    Amanda

    October 13, 2011

    You are so amazing! Your such a role model to so many people! We are lucky to have you to look up to!

    Cheryl

    October 13, 2011

    AMEN!!! :)

    Hot Coco @ Flab to Fab

    October 13, 2011

    You go, girl! Fabulous post; fabulous perspective. :-)

    roni

    October 13, 2011

    Uh Nicole… HUGE accomplish girl! BOTH the 11lbs AND the lifestyle change!

    Did you do the math right? Or am I doing it wrong? I come out that you are down 1.6 total for the weigh ins.

    It is all about lifestyle — and you are rockin’ it!

    Valerie

    October 13, 2011

    Look how far you’ve come. Think back to where you were 10 years ago. Would you have had the same mindset that you have now? Way to go, girl!

    I started running and working out about 3 months ago. I’ve lost inches everywhere. It’s an amazing feeling to look down at my legs and see how fit they look now. The scale? It’s been stuck in the same place, withing the same 3 pound range for the entire 3 months. I just started counting points again to try to budge the number down. BUT – I totally LOVE how I feel and how much stronger I am. I am seeing a HUGE difference in how I look because I’ve been building muscle.

    Attitude is everything… Ben n Jerry’s and even Cheez-its are NOT the enemy. All things in moderation, right???

    You continue to motivate me every day with your upbeat attitude.

    roni

    October 13, 2011

    I let Excel do my math but I may have missed a week up there. But you are right.. It’s wrong! lol

    Oh well.. my point is still the same. :)

    Roz@weightingfor50

    October 13, 2011

    Hi Roni. LOVE this post. I plateaued for 3 months last spring, it was so disheartening. BUT…eventually the scale started to inch down a bit, and all I can do is as Dorie said in finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming”. Have a great Thurs.

    Karen@WaistingTime

    October 13, 2011

    When I started blogging almost 2 years ago, I thought I was doing it for accountability on my “last ever” diet. I had a weight goal in mind. Funny thing happened… I learned a thing or two about myself and my journey through not only my own blog, but from all sorts of amazing fellow bloggers and from my readers. And, while I made the leap to it being a “lifestyle not a diet,” it took me longer to have the epiphany that for me, my true goal is not a number on the scale, but my relationship with food. Unlike you, though, I’m still working on that one:)

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    October 13, 2011

    Brilliant post Roni! When you choose the lifestyle it isn’t something you can go off of there is no falling off the wagon so to speak.

    It all comes down to the daily choices we make. Some days my choices are better and healthier than other days and I accept the consequences of those choices, both good and bad.

    Ryan @NoMoreBacon

    October 13, 2011

    “I may have a weight loss goal but it’s secondary to my lifestyle goal.”

    THIS. THIS. AND THIS!

    Ryan @NoMoreBacon

    October 13, 2011

    And this is the first time I’ve clicked through to your site in a while. New look. Looks good! How are you liking PageLines?

    Susan

    October 13, 2011

    “What’s the alternate?”-Roni, I just love this line -it’s what I ask myself when facing a plateau.No there is no alternate- we are in it for the long haul, not until the end of the “diet” so we can fall back into our old ways and undo everything we’ve worked so hard to achieve—our well being will not be dictated by a number on the scale.

    girliefriend

    October 13, 2011

    Love that you always have a way of saying exactly what I need to hear. Thanks Roni.

    Michelle Harder

    October 13, 2011

    You seriously Rock!

    Karen in Tally

    October 13, 2011

    Your Best. Post. Ever! Thanks for articulating what I couldn’t say myself. I want your attitude!!! Now, I just might have it!!

    RunTheLine

    October 13, 2011

    Curry will always come before running in my book :-)

    When a person hits a plateau stage during a weight loss program, perhaps it is time to modify the physical activity (increase repetitions or level). The numbers showing in the weighing scale may be important to be in the healthy weight but there is far beyond these numbers which people should take into account: blood cholesterol level, blood pressure & sugar level.

    Paula

    October 14, 2011

    I am having the same problem and it is a bummer and I was getting so down on myself. Failure, failure failure. But that last 2 sentences “I may have a weight loss goal but it’s secondary to my lifestyle goal.I’ve reached that one a long time ago and nothing the scale says can take that accomplishment away.” Thanks for reminding me what is important…me

    afvallenineenweek

    October 14, 2011

    Thanks for sharing and keep up te good work !!

    Eva

    Barb

    October 15, 2011

    Hi Roni, I remember with my babies that last few pounds would not come off no matter what i did until i stopped nursing. It happened with all three of my kids!