Breaking Through the Plateau

On my weight loss journey, the hardest thing I’ve done so far is stick with the plan while on a four-week plateau. Though the experts say plateaus happen and are to be expected, discouragement is difficult to conquer. I’ve been on diets before and when I hit a plateau, I’d give up. And, in doing so, I became caught in a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting, each time gaining a few more pounds than I’d been before beginning.

Weight Watchers isn’t a “diet” but actually a new way of eating. I’m able to eat things I LIKE and as long as I control portions and follow the Good Health Guidelines, I’m able to stay on the plan. Exercise is key for me, but I’ve found that it doesn’t really take doing hours of sweat-intense activities to lose the pounds. Instead, it requires keeping more active throughout the day.

Here are some of the things I do:

  • There are some television programs which I watch. So, I pick up my yarn and crochet while I’m watching the good stuff. When a commercial comes on, I stand up and march in place.
  • I’ve set up a portable desk which I add to my treadmill and I spend at least an hour writing and walking at a low speed (2.0 mph).
  • 30 minutes of walking at 3.0 to 3.5 mph while reading or watching a television show.
  • Park farther away from the entrance to stores I frequent.
  • Spend a few hours each week gardening and mowing the lawn.

None of these are hard to do. And, when the weather is nice, I sometimes go to a local park and walk the trail instead of walking on the treadmill.

Eating healthy is easy on the Weight Watchers plan. I’m never hungry, and I don’t make special meals for myself. My hubby enjoys the healthier meals. We always have at least two veggies, a protein, and a complex carb for dinner. I eat two to three portions of fruit each day. And, I never skip breakfast, which I used to do. Mainly for me, the biggest change is the portions of food I put on my plate. If we go out to eat, I never finish my meal. I stop when I’m full, and take the rest home with me (which is usually half the meal).

Weight loss is a slow process. If it isn’t, then it won’t be permanent. That is one of the hardest things for me to accept. I want it and I want it now is a personality trait I’m not happy with. So, the very slow loss has been a journey in faith. God led me to Weight Watchers when I turned my overweight burden over to Him. And, He’s been with me every step of the way.

To God be the glory!


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