Week 9: The plateau

This week was the first time since kicking off my getting healthier journey that the scales didn’t budge all week. Everyone who does any kind of diet and exercise plan knows that plateaus happen. Your body needs time to adjust, and some weeks it just says it’s not going to let go.

If it hangs around for a while, even if you’re doing all the right things, it can get depressing.

I’m not going to let that happen.

Instead, I am taking it as an opportunity to reflect on the last eight weeks, ensure everything is on target and that I haven’t gotten slack in some of the commitments I made.

Yep, a few more glasses of wine than necessary (ahem) have entered the frame. In the last week I haven’t been drinking absolutely all my water – in fact, usually half of it. I haven’t been eating enough (yes, not enough – lacking a protein here and there, or my vegies). And I definitely have not been as mobile as I should be.

All my best thinking happens when I walk the dog.

BAM: These are things that I can definitely fix. In fact, easily fix. The paper I was working on has been submitted, and I am reverting to very part-time hours for the next week, giving me time to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather Colorado is finally having.

Also, as a bonus, I made a pact with Lori from A Day in Motherhood. She and I have decided to take our measurements and use those in conjunction with the scales (which damned well LIE sometimes, especially about how healthy you are – don’t get me started), to get past our plateaus. Well, it seems that Lori just had to say the words pinky pact, and she knocked the plateau out of the park (check her blog – she’s fantastic). For me, well, that’s going to take another week to find out. Oh, and while we made the pact to take our measurements, I didn’t realise that meant putting the darned things on our blogs! Well played, Lori. And so, because she did it, so am I. Sigh.

Chest: 40.5in

Waist: 35.5in

Hips: 45.5in

I kind of like the way the 5s make the measurement look like a number plus the word ‘sin’. I think that’s where the fun ends.

So I’m still celebrating a really good overall loss so far, and am looking forward to my real commitment to knock this plateau out of the park, just as Lori did this week. Oh, and I did a vlog on my exercise theory – check it out below and leave your comments on my new youtube channel, mediamumtv! I’m looking forward to adding more vlogs to it over the next few months.

 

RESULTS

So this week I lost .2 pounds. That’s a sneeze, people. A sneeze.

Week One -4.6 pounds

Week Two -1.4 pounds (total loss: 6 pounds)

Week Three -1 pound (total loss: 7 pounds)

Week Four -.6 pounds (total loss: 7.6 pounds)

Week Five -3 pounds (total loss: 10.6 pounds)

Week Six – 1 pound (total loss: 11.6 pounds)

Week Seven -3.6 pounds (total loss: 15.2 pounds)

Week Eight -.8 pounds (total loss: 16 pounds)

Week Nine -.2 pounds (total loss: 16.2 pounds)

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