Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while knows that I haven’t been reporting any great weight loss in a while. That’s because I’ve been sitting on the longest plateau of this journey of mine so far. I’ve been stuck at around 177 lbs for months with one weigh in at 174.4 lbs. My weight fluctuates within about 3 lbs normally, so the range 174-177 was about right for me. Annoying, but okay. I got used to seeing the numbers get smaller and smaller for so long, seeing them stagnate within +/- 3lbs has been annoying.
Well, that all changed last night. I finally got to a new low: 173.4 lbs! On top of that, when I weighed myself this morning, it was 174 lbs. It seems that my weight has truly dropped a bit. So, while I’m super excited about it, I have to wonder: what changed?
Well, I think the honest truth is that nothing really changed. I still eat the way I have been for the past six months, and I stay away from bad foods just as well. I’ve been running every other day and have been making good, steady progress in increasing distance and pace. Heck, I even had a record-breaking personal best last night!
The bottom line is that I believe the key to success in getting past the plateau was perseverance. I stuck with eating right, exercising regularly, and I never let myself sabotage my progress. I may have a treat here and there, but they were very rare and very small. I even countered any damage by those treats by eating a smaller portion of good food, or if I ate a larger portion, I would limit my next meal and perhaps do some exercise.
The lesson here is just stick to it. It’s a journey, not a destination. Sure, we have goals, but that isn’t an end-point. Rather, once we reach the goal, that gives us an opportunity to make a new one. Not necessarily to lose more weight, but perhaps to maintain that healthy weight, or to instead focus on fitness. I have 8 more lbs to lose to get to my final goal before I turn my focus to maintenance and increasing my pace and distance more on my runs.