Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pushing Through the Plateau



Some days, you are just tired.  It doesn't matter if you have been killing it with your diet and workouts.  It doesn't matter if you stepped on the scale and were another pound down.  Some days, you just aren't bursting with energy.  On those days, you can't let yourself get discouraged.  You have to move forward.

I promise that I'm taking photos of food and working on a recap (there are still TONS of smoothies), but tonight I wanted to focus on the plateau.  I have reached the point in my weight loss progression where I usually quit.  I'm down about 15 pounds, and I'm feeling excellent, but this is definitely the time I start falling into bad habits (if I get this far at all.)  This is the time that I start letting things slip a little, and then I plateau.  It's usually my first step into back sliding, undoing all the good I did, and making things worse.

Being conscious of this is what changes things.  Because if you know you want to make a change and meet a goal, you can do it.

I am here to tell you that you're doing great.  Whether you are deep into a successful fitness routine, or it's day one, you are doing great.  Just by making conscious food choices, you are already ahead.  I know it's easy to get discouraged.  It's so easy, but push through it and know you are doing something good for yourself.

A few months ago, I was trying to get back to yoga, something that I love, and I was struggling.  Even holding my body in down dog hurt, a pose that gives me such pleasure and comfort now.  Every move I did, my belly seemed to get in the way, and it was a constant reminder of how I had forgotten myself and my needs.  I tried to put my head down in child's pose that night, and tears ran down my face.  I felt defeated.  I wanted to go home and hide and never try again.

Those are negative thoughts we all have, and we have to learn to separate them from the truth.  The truth is that you're beautiful at whatever size you are, you can make changes no matter how little you think they are, and you're a runner even if you run 14 minute miles.  I didn't quit a few months ago, and I kept going back to yoga.  Monday, when I leaned my body back into child's pose, I soaked in the fact that my belly no longer got in the way, that I was folding completely, and I was happy.

So, even though I'm tired today, and I didn't want to run, I ran anyway.  Your journey will have ups and downs, but keep going, because the process is the reward.

7 comments:

  1. I need you to keep going. Selfish I know, but you are my motivation.

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    1. I will keep going :) Thank you for the comment. It is a good reminder that there are people doing this with me. We can do this!

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