Weigh in: 127 kg
Weight loss to date: 27 kg
Another week another kilo, well not exactly…
Anton had been warning me, and my doctor had as well, “you will plateau- be prepared it will happen and is part of the whole process.”
Well it has happened this week, I didn’t lose weight. And even though, I had been warned, I still felt winded.
I actually weighed myself 9 times in a half hour and there was still no movement, stead fast on 127 KGs.
Then came the questions, I worked hard, I trained hard, why why why!!!!
Again, it was with the support of Anton that I have now put all of these questions into perspective.
My body (and lifestyle) are undergoing some massive changes, and all of a sudden I am taking away what my body has perceived as its fuel. My body is saying I must stock up and hoard away this energy (fat) in case of an emergency. I also know that this week, for whatever reason, I retained fluid.
For any one that is embarking on a great weight loss, please be prepared for these plateaus and for the body to readjust itself. I again say that even though I knew this plateau would come, I can’t explain the sinking feeling I went through. “I let Anton down, I let myself down, I’m not working hard enough,” and just doubting myself in general.
As you are all aware, I am the General Manager of The Quality Hotel Cambridge, and have to be truthful and say that I would rather deal with 50 complaining guests then deal with the feeling of not achieving a weight loss.
Now as you know, I weigh in each Saturday and after trying to get the scales to tell me something different (nine times) I texted Anton to let him know. I then sat down and the dark clouds started to appear – sort of the little devil on my shoulder. “Why don’t I just go out and get a Chicken Burger, Fries, Sundae and a Double Chocolate Malted Thick with extra Ice Cream? Now that would make me feel better!” This went on for about 4 hours and then just like a bolt from above, my phone alerted me that I had a text. Impeccable timing, as it was from Anton and this refocused me on what I have achieved – 27 KGs lost, now that is no easy feat. I feel better than I have in a long time, I look healthier than I have in a long time and have more energy and gusto than I have in a long time, and am definitely fitter than I have ever been…. (Last week for the first time, I achieved 3 x one minute planks).
It took the text for me to stop feeling sorry for myself and to say to myself WELL DONE !!!
I say phooey to the scales, they are only a guide and even though they are telling me I have not lost weight, I know that I am smaller than last week (not that I call 127 KGs small) – I took my belt in another notch. This week, I even had the luxury of going into Rebel Sports and was able to buy a track suit off the rack. I never thought that I would venture into the holy grail of sports stores and be able to actually buy clothes. I was always banished to the “Big and Tall Shop” or the big men’s section in the cheap and cheerful department stores.
I then jumped off the lounge and stared at the scales and thought loudly (if you can think loudly ) “you are not going to take away that feeling and sense of overwhelming achievement that was actually buying clothes off the rack at what is perceived as a normal every day store.”
The lesson I learnt last week is that, yes the scales are a tool to guide you, however there are other factors to consider such as, yes, I am stronger and it is a known fact that muscle is heavier than fat.
So take guidance but don’t be controlled by the scales.
That’s me for this week, keep the comments coming!!!
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