I finally did it. After being stuck at -28 or -29 for two weeks, I can now say that I’m thirty (THIRTY!) pounds lighter than I was when I began this journey. Although, if I’m being honest…. it’s actually thirty-one pounds. And I feel better than ever!
My husband and I took the boys down to south Texas over the long weekend to do some hunting–it was special whitewing weekend in the south zone! We won’t be able to go down again for about six weeks because of my oldest son’s fall baseball season, so we were pretty excited to be able to go this time.
I was a little nervous about going down to the ranch, though. Reason being: after hunting, the guys (because it’s always mostly guys, of course) like to eat a lot of delicious food. Meat-and-potatoes type food. Steaks, baked potatoes, buttered rolls, fried veggies… and beer, can’t forget the beer. And the food is always wonderful! So I knew that I could either be very diligent about what I was consuming, or write the weekend off as a holiday and try not to go TOO crazy. I really didn’t want to do that, but I also didn’t want to have a pile of my own “healthy” groceries in the camp fridge, and cook for myself while everyone else ate together.
I ended up splitting the difference. I ate whatever was served, but watched my portion sizes and avoided the unnecessary calorie traps altogether (sweet tea and ranch dressing anybody?). I diligently logged everything (even the fried okra and hush puppies) and stayed under 1600 calories a day the whole weekend.
On top of that, I was definitely active: dove hunting involves lots of standing in the hot sun carrying a bunch of stuff. Vest, ammo, water, my shotgun (a very nice Browning Citori White Lightning 12ga that was a birthday gift from my father-in-law a few years ago), any birds you get. I also wear a pair of Chippewa snake boots, since I don’t want to worry about rattlesnakes if I have to look through the brush for a bird, and those puppies are pretty heavy.
Even though the hunting wasn’t great (was anybody else in the south zone out this weekend?), we had an awesome time with family and friends. When we got home, I was confident that I hadn’t gained any weight. But when I stepped on the scale Tuesday morning and it read 168, I just about lost it! I was still 171 when we left on Friday, like I had been for the last two weeks. I actually woke my husband up five minutes early to tell him, and I was so happy he didn’t even complain about it. 🙂
Regardless of the number on the scale, I’m feeling great. I don’t hit the snooze button on my alarm clock anymore. I wake up each day refreshed and energized, looking forward to spending the morning making my family breakfast and preparing us for our day. Sitting around the table eating breakfast together might be my favorite part of the whole day, actually.
My weight loss has improved my mood, too. Because I’m not so tired all the time, I feel less stressed and anxious. I don’t cling to my bed every morning wishing I could just stay in it all day. I’m also much less self-conscious all the time: before my weight loss I was constantly worried about how I looked (fat). How I got winded so easily during any activity. How none of my clothes fit properly so I was stuck wearing the same three shirts and two pairs of jeans over and over again.
While I know that my healthier lifestyle is a great thing on its own, even without my actual weight going down on the scale, when the number won’t move it can be SO frustrating, especially when you know you’re doing everything right. Calories in less than calories out, even when recalculated based on new lower weight. Healthy level of activity.
Fortunately, I’ve read enough about plateaus to know this: if the numbers are right, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. The scale may stick for days or weeks. But it WILL eventually move. You just have to persevere. Be consistent, be mindful of your habits, be honest with yourself. Are you really doing everything you should be? Are you logging every single thing that you eat or drink in a calorie tracker? Are you accurately weighing and measuring your food?
If you can honestly answer yes to all those questions, then your weight loss will continue. Have patience, grasshopper.
Are you on your own weight loss journey? Have you ever encountered a plateau? Maybe you’re stuck right now and wondering what you’re doing wrong. Here’s some more info from Mayo Clinic about plateaus, why they happen, and what you can do to reassess your habits to stay on track.
It’s all about MINDFUL, HONEST habit-building. It’s a numbers game.
YOU CAN DO IT. WE CAN DO IT!