Happy Wednesday kiddos. This post is going to be a little more on the heavy side, you have been warned. But before we get into that, happy WIAW! Thanks again to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting this little party :)
Yesterday I was in Providence, RI for the day for a conference. I forgot to grab something to eat for the ride, but luckily when I arrived at the Conference Center they had put out a breakfast buffet for all the attendees. One point for the work conference ;) I grabbed a plain bagel, Chobani Strawberry yogurt, and OJ and sat down before the sessions began!
The morning was broken up into two 1 and 1/2 hour sessions with a fifteen minute break in between. The first two sessions were informative and interesting, but by 12:30 my stomach was grumblin’! The conference provided lunch as well, and I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for us!
I was blown away by the buffet options. I was imaging a few hamburgers, hot dogs, and a salad for the vegetarians. I was happily mistaken! The buffet menu consisted of: iceberg and romaine salad with balsamic dressing, roasted green beans and carrots, mashed potatoes, chicken in an artichoke garlic sauce, salmon, and vegetable lasagna.
So what did I do? Oh, why I tried one of everything…
And here’s plate #2 ladies & gents ;) YUM!
Oh, and did I forget to mention the 20 foot dessert table full of cakes ranging from cheesecake to ice cream cake to red velvet cake, more cookies than I knew existed, cupcakes, and the list goes on and on! Unfortunately I didn’t try all the desserts (although I thought about it for a good 20 minutes ;)) but I did try the cheesecake and it. was. mouthwateringly. delicious.
I wasn’t feeling too well after lunch and unfortunately I had to leave the conference an hour early because I felt so sick. Luckily I made it home in one piece but I quickly crawled into bed where I’ve been for the past 5 hours. I’m feeling a little better thankfully, but dreading tomorrow morning considering I have an 8:00 AM appointment and personal training tomorrow afternoon.
Dinner was a turkey sandwich with guacamole, red peppers, and crunched Tostitos Scoops chips with a side of green beans. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I had a craving for guac and I went with it. I finished dinner before I could even snap a photo (woops!).
And speaking of food, let’s move onto the heavy stuff. Lately I’ve been feeling extremely anxious anytime I eat, and I’m not quite sure why. Lately, the amount of guilt I’ve felt can’t be normal, and I wonder if it’s the stress of trying to get into shape before my sister’s birthday cruise in August.
I joined Weight Watchers shortly after getting a personal trainer about two months ago because I was ready to get back into shape and I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. And, frankly, when I stepped on the scale one morning the number petrified me. I decided then it was time to make a change.
Over the past 3 and a half months since making my lifestyle change I have lost 13 solid pounds. And although I’m happy with this achievement, I’m also beginning to get frustrated. I’m frustrated because I have altered my eating habits, my workout routine, basically my entire lifestyle to become healthy and in shape. I’m frustrated because I feel as if I should see more drastic changes and results in my body because I have worked so hard to change so much. I’m frustrated that losing weight is difficult for me. I’m frustrated because I think I’ve hit a weight-loss plateau.
Logically, plateaus make sense. I understand why people experience them. What I don’t understand is why I can’t overcome it. For the past 5-6 weeks I’ve been consistently at the same weight fluctuating a pound or two up/down every now and then. And I feel upset. And angry. But most of all, I feel discouraged. Discouraged that after spending so much time, effort and money on personal training and Weight Watchers, I’m still about 25+ pounds away from my ultimate weight goal. Discouraged that I don’t have the self control I wish I had when it came to eating right. Discouraged that I may never achieve my goal.
But I’m also proud. I’m proud of how much progress I’ve made, although it’s been slow. But you know what they say, slow and steady wins the race. I’m proud that I ran a mile in under 10 minutes for the first time in almost 8 years with the help of J, my personal trainer. I’m proud that the next week I ran a mile on my own without anyone standing by my side pushing me in 10 minutes and 30 seconds. I’m proud that I have changed my eating habits dramatically for the better which, in the long run, will help me become healthier. I’m proud that my clothes are starting to fit better (although I still have aways to go). I’m proud of the mental strength I’ve gained. I’m proud that I won’t accept anything less than my goal of losing 40 pounds. And I’m proud of the 13 pounds I’ve lost to date.
So although there’s days when I feel like I can’t keep doing it anymore, I know I can. I know that this is temporary, and I’m going to overcome this plateau and continue on my way to my ultimate goal. In honor of this resolution, I’m starting a challenge for myself and all of you.
I challenge you to make one healthy decision a day. It could be passing up that extra slice of cake, or simply walking to the store instead of driving. It all starts somewhere, so let’s start here: We’ll make one healthy choice a day while on our journey to a healthier lifestyle :)
…But let’s start this tomorrow because these animal crackers are calling my name ;) Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Have you ever found yourself in a weight loss plateau? How did you overcome it? What’s the best advice you would give to someone trying to lose weight? How did you deal with the frustration of how slow the weight loss process tends to go?