I haven’t posted about my getting healthy journey in awhile. To be honest, this hasn’t been the quick or profound trip I had hoped. I’m coming up on a year now and am not where I had planned to be at this point. In fact, for the last 7-8 weeks, the scale hasn’t budged… well, that’s not true. At my last official weigh-in it went UP half a pound and some of my measurements also went up incrementally. I was so frustrated! My trainer told me my body had entered its own “maintenance phase”. I have officially reached a plateau. Ugh!
Oddly enough, I had been feeling “plateaued” in other aspects of my life, also: specifically in my spiritual and vocational life. Dictionary.com defines plateau as:
1. a land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons.
2. a period or state of little or no growth or decline; a period of little or no apparent progress.
Yeah… that second definition pretty much sums me up. I was bummed. So I prayed about it. “Lord, what is going on?” I got an interesting answer in my spirit.
“It only looks like a plateau from your viewpoint.”
“If you looked at your driveway from an ant’s viewpoint, it would look like a huge plateau. From your viewpoint, it’s not. I can see you are not on a plateau. There is an end to the level spot, you just need to pull up your tent pegs and get moving.”
Just so we’re clear. This was not an audible voice I heard. It was an impression in my mind and spirit; an idea I believe was from God since God was who I was talking to when I was praying… actually I guess I was kinda whining…
Ok. So the point is I need to do something different. If I keep doing the same things the same way, I’ll keep getting the same results. The good news is:
- I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! <—- huge deal.
I have NEVER stuck with an exercise regime for an entire year… EVER. When I started this, I HATED exercise. Now, if I go more than two days without working out somehow, I start getting a bit panicky, edgy, and irritable. That is not like old Tammy, at all!!! Although I don’t always WANT to work out, I feel so much better after I do. Now it’s just time to bump up my intensity, push a little harder, eat a little less.
And in all honesty… I did eat a bunch of M&M’s the week before my weigh-in… and by bunch I mean… nevermind what I mean… I should know and do better. Time to stop resting on my laurels and get on with this.
Even though I haven’t lost 100 pounds this year, I have made progress. I will post my official one year results on or around June 2.
How are you doing with moving towards your goals?