Friday, October 01, 2010Dr. Seuss wrote a great book called "The Places You Will Go". In this story the main character goes to many different places on his way to success. One of the places he stops is in the "Waiting Place" where everyone is just waiting. Waiting for a bus. Waiting for a date. Everyone is just waiting.
During my weight loss journey I often come to this waiting place. I am currently in a waiting place. My scale hasn't moved in about a week. No big deal, but not the usual. I do weigh myself every morning and every morning the scale does a little something. It might be up a little. Usually it goes down a 1/3 or even an 1/8 of a pound. When I hit my "waiting place" it stays the same no matter what I do. I can work out, eat more, eat less, drink a lot of water, drink no water. It stays the same! For example, I have weight 222.4 for 4 days in a row. The scale has not moved even a 1/10th up or down in 4 days. Strange, huh?
I get to this "waiting place" every 5-7 weeks. There doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason for my arrival. I'll be in my "waiting place" for a week or two and then SNAP I'll get right out of it. The week following my "waiting place" brings me big losses on the scale. Someone might be discouraged in this waiting place, but I see it as a healthy reminder that the scale is NOT the only thing that matters. I am healthy, strong, and getting better every day!
So, what do I do when I hit a little plateau? I log my food, exercise 5 days a week, drink water and get enough sleep- the same thing I do every day!