Monday, July 27, 2009

Case of the Mondays

Ugh. Weigh-in Day.

It’s amazing how Weigh-in Day affects my mood. I could be having a blah day looks-wise, but if I know I’m going to weigh less than last week I’m in SUCH a great mood. On the other hand, in a situation like today, I got dressed in a kinda cute outfit, did my hair and makeup, and felt pretty great when I looked in the mirror. Then I stepped on the scale. Wah waaaaaaaaaaaah. It’s a gain week. An anvil smooshed my good mood.

At this rate, I’ll be happy to lose 5 lbs of my 10-lb goal by August 1. (Yikes! That’s Saturday!) Jen and Annabel’s Challenge has enlightened me as to how much work I’m going to need to put in to lose my last 20 pounds. My first (almost!) 60 pounds didn’t come off easily, but it certainly wasn’t THAT difficult. It’s so much easier to shed pounds when you have a lot to lose. When you’re closer to goal — not so much.

I reeeeeeeeally don’t like the word “plateau.” I hear it too often in my WW meetings, on blogs, and just generally from people who are trying to lose weight. I understand that it’s natural for the body to take some time to regulate itself and process weightloss. The body wants to maintain equilibrium. Sadly, however, I think that word is thrown around too loosely, and it’s turned into an excuse. Oftentimes a plateau is a result of our actions. We get comfortable. Our portion sizes grow. Our workouts are shortened or skipped.

This is where I am right now. I’m using my “plateau” as an excuse. I don’t say the word out loud, but it’s looming around my head at all times. It’s taunting me because I’m really not at a plateau at all. It’s a faux plateau, if you will. I’ve been hovering around the same weight for almost a month, and it’s COMPLETELY because of my lax efforts. I need to quit having healthy Monday-Fridays and oops-I-forgot-to-count-calories-and-workout weekends. I’ll have one great week of working out and eating mindfully, and the next week is crap. Of course my weight gain is due to my actions!

Chin up, I say! No more pity party. I’ve been coasting for too long, and it’s a new day. I’ll be doing this healthy-lifestyle thing for the rest of my life, so I’d better get used to it.

On a FABULOUS note, today is my 6-month veg anniversary!!!! I feel great! I’ve tried so many new foods that I wouldn’t have even thought of before I went meatless. I definitely get my fruits and veggies in every day, and my bod thanks me for it. I just feel cleaner and more energetic. I don’t have it with me right now, but I’ll share one of my fav recipes for a black bean chili later this week. It’s incredibly flavorful and extremely filling. Pretty much I’m salivating right now just thinking about it.

WARNING: What I’m going to say next is totally TMI, but if you know me in real life, you might know that I have no problem talking about poo. Ever since I stopped eating meat, I #2 on a very regular basis. Like at least once a day. I know that’s how the body is supposed to work, but I don’t know many people who can say that. It’s pretty great. Aaaaand that’s enough with the BM talk.

I weigh in at my 5:30 meeting. Wish me luck. I hope the damage isn’t too horrible. I’m guessing a 1.5-lb gain from last week. That’s a lot to backtrack, BUT I had an amazing weekend with superduper friends and some superduper food and drinks. I suppose it’s worth it :)


  1. Good luck at weigh in tonight! I totally know what you mean!

  2. but what color is your poo, B? and the consistency? that's when it reaches the point of TMI. :D

  3. congrats on 6 month's of being veg!!
    I am just coming up on 3 month's and feel amazing about it!
    My poo, too, is very regular! :)

  4. plateau is a swear word to me. But how often I use it! I always claim I'm on one just because it is a safety net, an excuse as to why nothing is happening, a word to hide behind when I don't want to admit I'm really not trying hard enough.

    Normally when I begin to mutter the word pleatue I have gone off my counting and allowed myself to move into maintain mode, which is exactly what a plateau is, its maintaining!


  5. Hey there, I'm Cheryl and I came over from Jen's PFG's blog. I HATE the word plateau!!! AND I hate it when you tell someone you gained a lb or two and they say "It's ok, you gained muscle!" What a bunch of crap! ;) True, SOMETIMES it's the case but rarely.

    You're right, it all comes down to choices. What we eat and how much we move. YAY for you for blogging that!

    Good luck with your last week of the challenge!
    GO get em!

  6. Don't let a little slip up get you down. YOu have come SO far! You really are an inspiration! Keep up the good work, you are amazing!!!

  7. Amanda, thanks for being real & sharing where you're at! Being honest about what got you to where you are today is going to get you WAY further towards your goal than hiding your head in the sand! You know what you've gotta do...I look forward to reading that you're doing it!

  8. I am so here with you. I'm having trouble getting started again. The first 100 or so came off so easy! You would never think 20 lbs could be so sticky! /sigh...

    And true that about the scale. I can feel awesome and get on the scale and have it crush my day sometimes. I try not to take it personally but sometimes...ARGH!

  9. I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to tell you that I am so inspired by you and Jen. Congrats on all your hard work. I will be watching your blog on a regular basis now!