Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pity Party Table Of One. // Andrea D.

I have hit a major plateau during my get fit journey and in the process have sent myself into a serious pity party! Back on 7/18 I hit an 11 pound weight loss in just 1 short month taking me to 184lbs. Since then I have only lost one pound. 41 DAYS! 1 POUND! Every single day this plagues me, every day I weigh myself thinking its going to say something different... and it does but it says 183.0, 183.8, 183.6, 183.4, etc.

I have continued to eat healthy regardless and I have also continued to workout. One thing I have noticed is that I was going to the gym to run or running outside almost everyday the month I lost 11 pounds, this to me was key in my big numbers that month not to mention the inches that it melted away.

Pictures speak for themselves:
On the left 195 - on the right 184 and down 6 inches over all
So what changed? I still eat like a champ, I rarely drink, I still workout. Why is this happening to me? Life is not fair, I must have some terrible disease that no one has ever heard of that is making this happen. Nope! Then today I read a John Wooden quote (he was a very famous NCAA Men's basketball coach at UCLA) and it totally clicked for me:  "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

This is exactly what I was doing! I was doing the minimum that I would let myself get away with to not beat myself up for not going to the gym.

So here is what went down, I bought Jillian Michaels 30 day shred DVD a few weeks ago as a supplement to running. I think however this gave me a false sense of getting my workouts in. I basically stopped going to the gym and running because I was working out with Jillian AND I was getting it done at home, BONUS!

So, I have decided that this is my week, this is the week that I hit 179, and never look back. Saturday is also an end to a 6 month journey that started back in March. I set out to lose 50lbs by then, I will fall short of that goal, but I can't complain about losing 30 pounds since March either. This week and for the rest of this journey I will quite literally kick my own ass (a little Jillian humor for you girls that Shred) and I will not sell myself short anymore. I have 3 hot Yoga sessions scheduled (did one last night) and have all of my runs and Shredding on my Google calendar so I get it all done.

I had to dig deep to get myself out of this funk and figure out that I was to blame for my plateau and not my body or any other silly excuse I could come up with.

My challenge to all of you is to add an extra workout into your weekly routine, it may make the difference you were looking for! One more John Wooden quote for the road:  "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."

**9/24/12 Update to my post***
I just wanted to let you all know that I did in fact break through my plateau that week, down to 178 now and still losing. I had to step up my game and I am so glad I did. Hard work and dedication ALWAYS pays off!

For more of Andrea's ramblings, check out her personal blog: United States of Andra

13 comments:

  1. Great post! I'm in the same position and thanks to you, I now know what I gotta do! Good Luck with the rest of your weigh loss journey!

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  2. Thanks Danielle. Im so quick to think its anything and everything but me and when it really came down to it, I wasnt doing my personal best.

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  3. Thanks for posting! I am in the same 'stuck' position. I can get rid of these 2 freaking pounds to get down to the next decade!

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  4. Congrats on breaking through!!! I bet even though your weight stayed the same inches came off if you were eating right and still working out... esp since you went from cardio intensive to weight training.. building muscle!!! Good job!!!

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  5. Congrats on breaking through and getting into those 170's... and even more congrats for digging deep and realizing where you were falling short. Great job lady!!

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  6. great post! Way to break through! Keep pushing and don't look back! Great job girl...
    P.S. You are looking amazing :)

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  7. WOW .... 6 inches speaks louder than 11 lbs! CONGRATS to you!!!

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  8. yayyyy!!!!!! con.grats.ma'am!
    i totally needed to read this post today. thanks!

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  9. OH girlie!I hope I look as awesome as you do when I get to that weight! I am at 195 pound this very moment and I am striving for 175. Your post makes sense and I am so glad you shared it with us :)

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  10. Wow! What a difference 11 pounds makes. You can really see the difference. Congratulations on making it through the plateau!

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  11. Thanks ladies. This losing weight is hard business, but I will be glad when it is gone!

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  12. It's hard to admit when you're not doing your personal best. I'm in the state right now. I have to watch the portions of what I eat and dig deeper with working out. Way to go on getting into the 170's!!

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  13. That is awesome! I've seen consistent weight loss for a few months, but it's verrry slow. I'm adding some extra workouts this week in hopes of seeing the scale drop a little lower. Thanks for the encouragement!

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