End of Week 9 – Perils of a Plateau

Report: Weigh-in date Friday, July 20, 2012.  Weight 286.  No loss.  Total loss at the end of nine weeks, 14 pounds.  What did I tell you?!?  Didn’t lose a pound this week.  Somehow I just knew this was going to happen.  Now, I didn’t gain either.  I guess that’s something.  The question is how do I start losing again?  The answer is: Why did the losing stop?

There are several reasons an otherwise successful plan can temporarily stop working.  If I’m going to figure out what happened to me, I must look at the past week with brutal honesty.

As I said earlier, I am a creature of habit.  I exercise the same way and eat the same types of things day after day.  It is possible my body has become used to what I am doing, so that it is not as effective.  In short, my body is bored and is taking a nap.  So, how do I wake it up? 

I could shock my system with some forbidden food.  Hey, how’s that for an excuse to be bad?  Of course, I’m not talking about pigging out, but maybe a little something like a couple of chicken tenders or a few fries or onion rings.  I have heard that eating red meat is one way to shock your system.  Of course, the shock could be the extra cholesterol.

Back to the brutal honesty.  Besides the possibility that my systems are in a rut; there is also the influence of the white chocolate.  Yes, I ate some white chocolate last week.  I’m sorry, but white chocolate is heaven on earth, and someone sent me some from Germany for my birthday.  So, this wasn’t just white chocolate; it was German white chocolate.  I didn’t eat all of it – my mommy taught me to share – but it is so rich and has so much sugar that I’m sure it should have a “diet ruination” disclosure on the wrapper.

As good as it was, I’m glad it’s gone.  I allowed myself a treat.  Now it’s time to get back to work.  Perhaps strict adherence to the plan this coming week will jump start my systems.

No analysis of the week would be complete without a look at exercise.  Although I got to the gym all five days (Monday through Friday), I usually try to go twice each day Monday through Thursday.  Last week I got to the gym only once on Thursday, due to an afternoon appointment.  By itself this difference probably would not have much of an impact on weight loss, but in combination with the evil white chocolate it sure didn’t help.  This coming week should be normal and I should be able to get to the gym on schedule, if not a little more.

“Don’t get discouraged.  You’ll lose next week.”

I’ve heard this from my husband several times this weekend.  I guess that’s what I have to keep in mind.  Get back to the math – be sure to “eat less + move more”.  There is no guarantee I’ll weigh less next Friday, but at this point the worst thing I can do is give up.  My diet buddies would never forgive me!

Until next week….

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