“Weight loss is not linear.” I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read those words on the MyFitnessPal forums. And it’s so true. Most people when trying to lose weight are ruled by the number shown on the scale.
The scale doesn’t move for a few days, or weeks.
The scale goes up a pound.
Freak out and reach for the nearest donut. This is obviously not working!
But the scale doesn’t tell the full story.
And the scale lies.
I’m close to my goal weight now. For the past two weeks or so I’ve been fluctuating up and down a pound. Then I gained an extra pound.
I did not worry about it. I did not stress out. And I did not reach for a donut.
It’s all part of the game.
There are other ways to see the changes happening to your body. Changes that are often more motivating than the number on the scale.
Your clothes start to fit better.
You can see changes in your face.
You start to feel bones you never felt before. Or not for a long time, anyway. Collar bones, hip bones.
If you work out, your fitness level starts to increase. You find you can do things you couldn’t do before. You can go longer. You have more energy.
These are the things you need to look for when you’re on a weight loss / health journey. These are the things I used to keep myself motivated when the scale didn’t move. No matter how frustrating a plateau can be, just keep doing the right activities. Keep exercising. Keep counting calories. Plateau’s are just tests of your willpower and your determination to succeed.
My weight had gone up two pounds. My wife and I went to a Zumba class on Saturday. We had an hour of intense movement. And yesterday we had pizza for dinner. Sunday I dropped a pound. Today I’m another pound less so I’m back to my lowest weight since I started my journey a year ago. In fact we’ve both lost two pounds! Sometimes plateau’s happen because we get into a bit of a rut. Our bodies get used to our routine. The old saying, “a change is as good as a rest” is especially true when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Doing something different seems to shock the body into getting back on track. Now I’m looking forward to resuming my weight loss. I only want to lose another five pounds or so and then I’ll be in maintenance.
For those of you who are frustrated if your scale isn’t moving I hope this helps motivate you to keep on track. And to stay away from those donuts. Unless you can fit one into your weight loss plan, that is.