I’ve been really fortunate to have steady weight loss since I started my journey.
Every week the kilo’s came off and I was riding high my friends! It’s such a buzz to see the scales reflect what you feel, but as you’ve heard me say before, the scales are not everything.
My weight loss has been consistent – until about 3 weeks ago. It stopped. It just stalled and I sat at at EXACTLY the same weight for almost 2 weeks. I was confused, then disappointed, and then just really frustrated. The old me would have simply given up (and has done, several times in the past). My internal dialogue would have gone a little something like this: “Why bother, it’s not working, just eat whatever you like. You can get back on track again later. You just need to reset your body”.
Not this time. I felt it creeping in for sure, those old bullshit stories we tell ourselves to justify our bad decisions. This time was different. I have had such a reset in the way I think about food, lifestyle and balance that I didn’t crumble at the first plateau. I won’t lie, it rattled me, but I had the right tools to actually sit back and THINK about this and reflect on some of my own advice that I’m pretty good at dishing out. The scales are NOT everything – I say it all the time. They are not the be all and end all – they are simply one of the tools we use to measure our success. We put so much stock into those scales, they become everything – and it’s so important that we break that cycle.
We need to be less emotionally tied to the scales and have more confidence in ourselves and our journey.
How do we do that? Trust yourself. Put away the scales and reflect. Only you know what is going on in your head. Only you know what is going in your mouth. If you stop and THINK and you’re honest with yourself, you likely know why the numbers stopped moving. This is what mindful eating is all about.
For me, over time I had increased my sweet treats. Yes, they are all refined sugar free and they are the right kind of treat – but just because something is made with dates or maple syrup instead of refined sugar, doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. Sugar is still sugar.
I was falling into an old habit of too many sweet things and I knew it. I was heading out of balance.
It took me about a week to figure it out (and realise I wasn’t getting away with it!), and then a week to do something about it. Treats have gone back to being just that – not something I have every day, and the weight started to move again. Because I took the time to put some thought into what was going on, I figured it out and I fixed it. It wasn’t hard – I just had to go back to being super aware of what I was doing for a few days to reset my good habits!
I feel it’s also really important to keep your head in a positive space. It can so easily spiral out of control and break us. Don’t let it break you. Stay the course, do something that reminds you you’re doing awesome or you’re on track. A few days ago I decided to clear out all of the ‘too big’ clothes in my wardrobe. Thinking it was going to result in a few grocery bags full of clothing, I started trying on each item. I got such a confidence boost as old favourites literally hung off me. I ended up filling a large 90L container to donate plus an additional large box for selling. Stuff like that makes you want to keep going and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
So, lets recap.
Be mindful. Think about what you’re doing and what you’re eating. If you have an inkling that something you’re eating is not good for you – you’re probably right.
Don’t put so much emotional investment in those scales!
Stay positive! Look at some old photos or put on a pair of jeans that are too big for a confidence boost.
Finally, have a little faith and go easy on yourself. This is a journey, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing and they trying times are what can make or break us.
It’s ok to stumble, the important part is that we get back up.