I stayed the same! Now lets take a look at these numbers. Last week I was 218 pounds on weigh in day. Friday that went up to 219.5! Saturday it was 219 & 3/4, Sunday it shot up to 221 & 3/4! Monday it came back down to 220. Tuesday it was 219 & 3/4, Wednesday it was 219 and now today it's back to 218. That's a fluctuation of almost 4 pounds in one week!
I ask myself why I'm not more worried or more upset at my stalemate. Even though May shows a loss of 3 pounds it was really just losing the 3 pounds I had gained the last week of May. I hit 218 pounds on the May 21st weigh in and have been maintaining since then. That means that this is the 7th week that I have maintained my weight at 218 pounds. Sometimes during those weeks I've dipped as low as 217.25. I've been as high as 221 and 3/4. So Ive messed around with 5 pounds for almost two months. Somehow Ive managed to land back at 218, or a variation of it, in time for weigh in every week.
In past weight loss attempts I would have long ago given up this weight loss thing having gone 7 weeks without a loss. But this time is different. I don't even feel discouraged. It's weird. I think its because I've totally changed my mindset about weight loss.
Before embarking on this new way of eating last January I spent at least a year preparing my mind for it. I cut out a few things from my diet and replaced them with healthy choices but I wasn't losing weight. I was just sorta experimenting. I kept close track of Mel's loss over at Diet Naked. She was really the catalyst for me finally getting in the game.
So I spent a year, reading about health and fitness, diet and nutrition but I just wasn't ready to bite the bullet. After Christmas that year I hit my highest weight when not pregnant. I hit 252 on the scales. My highest pregnancy weight with my 11 pound baby was 256. This was scary stuff. I went to the doctor. I had a physical and it was then I decided to seize the moment. It was time to get this weight off.
I have never been thin but it wasn't until the last 10 years that I was considered obese. Somewhere in those years I went from obese to morbidly obese. I needed to reclaim my life. My mind was in the right place having prepared myself mentally for a year now. When I began I gave myself 2 years to lose 100 pounds. By then I would be 50 years old. I want to go into old age healthy.
So now that Ive stayed the same weight for 7 weeks it doesn't have the same feel as it used to when I crash dieted. I see myself making better choices. I see myself reaching for lean meats and veggies. I even see myself drinking water when I used to go days without a drink. Now I feel all panicky if I get in the car for a day out and I dont have my water with me.
Its these changes that make me feel positive that Im heading in the right direction. My frame of mind this time around is just so different. Rather then going off the diet when I plateau I just keep making healthy choices. I'll tell you one of the hardest times to eat healthy has been during my migraines. I don't want to have to think about what to eat. Its just easier to grab stuff. My migraines can often last for 2 weeks so I have to get this mastered.
Today I'm cutting up a big salad to store in the fridge and boiling some eggs and grilling some chicken so I have some good protein choices.
I want to end my plateau though. It's time now. I usually don't set weight loss goals by the week but this time I am. I want to lose 2 pounds this coming week. That would pull me safely out of this place where I have landed.
Okay so lets weigh in!
Mamaolive) - 4.5
Nikki) - 1
Mrs darling) 0
Brandi) + 2
Vanessa) + 2