False Plateau?

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Body Image | Posted on 21-06-2010

Weight: 228.6
WiiFit Age: 36

I just confirmed something I suspected was going on … my plateau is weight alone. My body is still getting smaller.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been measuring my waist on Mondays. Today, my waist was 38″. Last week it was 38.5″ and the week before that it was 39″.

During this two-week period, my weight has stayed roughly the same.

What does this tell me?

It tells me that I’m still moving toward my goal, even when it doesn’t show up on the scale. This is because my ultimate goal really isn’t to achieve some number on the scale (although that would be nice). My ultimate goal is to have a slender, healthy body that looks and feels good.

Because muscle tissue weighs more than fat, you can actually weigh more but be thinner when you are toned. And that’s O.K. with me.

So, I’m happy that during this little weight plateau my muscles have been improving, because that also translates to a higher metabolic rate. (Muscle tissue demands more energy than fat tissue.)

I’m going to count my blessings, focus on the positive and look forward to the coming reduction of the numbers on the scale.

Look for the Lemonade

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Mindset | Posted on 14-06-2010

Weight: 227.3
WiiFit Age: 26

I subscribe to an inspirational newsletter called “Motivational Nuggets” from Carolyn McCormick. I think it’s daily, but it could be weekly.

Any way, today’s quote was:

“You are fortunate if you have learned the difference between temporary defeat and failure; more fortunate still, if you have learned the truth that the very seed of success is dormant in every defeat that you experience.”
– Napoleon Hill

This quote really hit home for me. In case you haven’t noticed, my weight has been pretty stable the last few weeks. I haven’t been loosing and I’ve been a little bummed about it.

That said, I’m not looking at this plateau as a failure, but more of a “temporary defeat” … if even that. In fact, the plateau could very well hold the “seed of success” for my goal to reach 143lbs.

Think of it this way:

  • My body could be resetting the set point to a lower point. It is easier for the body to do that in smaller increments. So this is just a resting stop on my releasing weight journey.
  • My body could be building muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so as you lose fat and gain muscle, you can actually be getting thinner while gaining weight.

One thing that makes me think the latter may be happening is that my waist got half an inch thinner since last week. You see, the WiiFit Plus has a place for you to record waist measurement. So last Monday I measured at 39″ … today I was 38.5″. This could be measurement error … or I could be getting thinner. I’m going to go with the latter. 🙂

So what does all this have to do with Lemonade? Well, when life throws you lemons (a weight loss plateau), make lemonade (look for the positives)!

Is My Scale Possessed?

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Food, Mindset | Posted on 03-06-2010

Weight: 229.0

On Monday, after a long day of cleaning the old apartment, lugging junk to the trash and moving a selection of grocery bags and open boxes full of last-minute stuff into the new apartment, we went out to a Chinese buffet for dinner. The restaurant had left a nice “Grand Opening” flyer offering 10% off our order on our door that morning.

Erg. Monday morning I weighed 226.5lbs, Tuesday morning and every morning since I’ve weighed 229.0lbs.

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the new buffet, tasting sesame balls for the first time and trying out their version of my favorite, coconut shrimp.

But really, three pounds?

Really?

For several days?

What’s up with that?

I’m beginning to think our scale is either broken or possessed by a weight loss sabotage demon.

I can see it now: this demon lives inside digital scales and holds onto an unflattering weight so that the person weighing in will loose heart and falter in their weight loss journey. (Yes, I used to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

Well, I’m having none of that. I’m persistent. I am rapidly approaching 210lbs and that’s all there is to it … even if the scale doesn’t believe me! ;-b

A more likely scenario, however, is that there is no demon possessing my scale, I’ve just reached what is called a weight loss plateau. This is where your body does its best to maintain status quo. So, maybe all this moving has caused me to lower my daily calories too much … so my body thinks I’m in some sort of crisis situation.

Therefore, now that things have settled down, I’ll regain my normal routine and the weight will begin being released again.