Are you struggling to lose any more weight? Maybe you’ve lost 25 lbs or 50 lbs or 100 lbs and you’re not quite there yet with total weight loss, but you have hit a plateau.
There are a couple of ways to look at this. I have maintained at 152 for the last 2 years. I go up and down by 1 lb or 2 lbs all the time, but that is the limit to where I get to. So I have decided that my body is saying this is your ideal weight. According to past information from BMI records, etc. I should weigh approximately 110 for my body/height index. At 110 I personally think I would look sick. I like where I’m at in my journey. I love the fact that I have been able to maintain for over 2 years. This is the first time in my life that I’ve been able to do that. So I’ve stopped criticizing myself as I look in the mirror and it is amazing how that helps.
Another way to look at it is to do some calorie cycling. Something to jump start our systems. Maybe you need to increase your calories for a week or lower your calories which would mean either doing intermittent fasting or a 60 hour fast, taken under the watchful eye of trainers and coaches. (I love this one). Who knew that 60 hours without food would make you feel so amazing. It is like rebooting your computer.
If you’re struggling – don’t quit! Quitting sends a signal to the brain that you don’t believe you can do this. You are an amazing person and all you need is to believe. It doesn’t matter what the nay sayers say – if you’re like me you use that as fuel to the fire – just to show them you can do anything you set your mind to. But setting your mind to it is probably one of the most important keys. Pull deep from inside you with what your wants and desires are.
Pick an event – maybe a family trip to Disney World, or a huge hike out west – or maybe it’s just to be able to get down on the floor and play with your kids. Use that as incentive. Reward yourself every step of the way. Reach that first goal of 10 lbs lost and treat yourself to a pedicure or getting your hair done or a date night with your significant other or something that is not food related. Get to your second goal and treat yourself. We all love rewards and probably in the past you treated yourself with food, don’t use food to reward yourself.
Do some self development along the way and learn to love yourself. Know that as you lose weight you will have to change how you see yourself in the mirror. Stop being so critical of what you see. Be thankful that the scale is moving downward. If you reach that plateau try something different for a day or two, but only after the plateau has lasted a couple of weeks.
If you are struggling – reach out and we can help you get over the hump with ideas that maybe you haven’t thought of or resources that we can send you to. JUST DON’T QUIT!!!!!