Progress Report: Breaking Through Barriers

When I started this blog I wanted to make it clear that it was not going to be only about my weight loss and healthy living. While that part of my life is very important, it is not the only thing that I have ideas to write about, which is why I have been working on trying to incorporate different kinds of posts on here, especially over the last few weeks. That being said, I think right now might be a good time to give you an update on what’s going on with this whole weight-loss thing.

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The progress poster that I have in my room. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to fill in another bar, but hopefully that might change soon 🙂

The very first post that I wrote for this blog was sort of an introduction, and in that post I said that I had lost almost 80 pounds. That was in January, and a lot has happened since then. I have never really stopped eating healthy, but when I got sick in February and was put on steroids again, I started gaining back a few pounds. By a few pounds I mean about 10, which considering the circumstances isn’t that bad.

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Photo Credit: zirconicusso at freedigitalphotos.net

While I wasn’t really that upset about this and worked to remind myself that I was doing the best I could, I was kind of afraid to share with you guys that I had gained even 10 pounds. I did talk about hitting my plateau a couple of weeks ago, but I was still afraid to reveal that I had not only stopped losing weight, but that I had actually gained some back. I have never stopped working towards living a healthier lifestyle, but it was hard not seeing results for the work that I had put in.

So why am I telling you guys this now? Well, it’s still early, but I wanted to let you know that breaking through your plateau is possible. I’ve been telling myself this for months, but I’m finally starting to see it. I keep a record of my weekly weigh-ins at home, and so far this year I had not seen a loss more than one week at a time. I had a lot of small gains, a few weeks of maintaining, and then a few random weeks of a single pound temporarily lost. The number on the scale was basically hovering within a five-pound range, and it was driving me nuts that I wasn’t breaking free. Well, for the first time in 2013, I have lost consistently for three weeks in a row! I’ve lost about all the weight that I had gained from being sick, plus an extra pound or so over the last month and a half, and it feels pretty good.

Like I’ve already said, it is still early, and I don’t want to let my guard down just because I’ve started to see results again. And before I go any further, I need to stress what I’ve said before and I’m going to say it again as a reminder to you guys (and myself): the number on the scale is not the only way to measure success. If anything, now is the time to really focus on eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep (I need to work on that), and really treating my body with respect. Being consistent is key, and you guys want to hear a secret about that? I would not have had the strength to keep pushing forward through this if it were not for the people that have been cheering me on, and that includes you guys.

Photo Credit:  zirconicusso on freedigitalphotos.net
Photo Credit: zirconicusso on freedigitalphotos.net

The number of views on a post is not important, but in knowing that even one person reads my blog has made me feel accountable to someone other than myself. The simple act of someone reading what I write has continued to remind me that someone cares, and I cannot express how grateful I am for that. You guys are awesome, and I love you all!

Comment Question: Hitting a plateau is something that we all do from time to time, and not just in regards to weight loss. Sometimes we lose touch with something that we love or have worked towards, or we put time and effort into something but cease to see results. So what do you do to get through those plateau’s? If you could give any advice to someone who is dealing with that right now, what would it be? Let me know by commenting in the comment section below!

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