Drumroll Please…..

Stars_StreamersThe Plateau is officially broken! One week before my one-year anniversary with Weight Watchers, the scale finally showed me some love! Would you like to know how much love?
3.6 pounds worth! Hard work paying off.

I lost 50 pounds from July 2008 through the beginning of April. It was slow but consistent and I was happy with that. I had my first race on April 18, and after that it was like my metabolism decided to just take a break. From April 18 to July 3, I lost 5.4 lbs. total. Not one of those weeks were losses without a decimal point in front of the number. But I stuck to it. And about a month ago, I started making changes each week to see if I could make the scale move. Nuthin, or at the very least, very little.

So last week, after my weigh-in (I stayed the same after a very rigid couple of weeks), I let it go. I decided I would focus on my triathlon training, part of which meant paying closer attention to the quality of the food I am eating, rather than making sure I stayed in points. After all, this is about being “fit,” not the number on the scale.

Fourth of July, I had Godiva chocolates (3 truffles), a killer dinner (more than usual points but all really healthy stuff) and even ice cream. Real Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. None of that light stuff. I paid attention to my portions. I tracked everything. I made points a secondary focus. I didn’t get hungry. And I really enjoyed my food.

This entire week I went walking, running, biking, swimming. I did abdominal work…all the stuff I’ve been doing, although I may have ratcheted it up a notch because I’m getting closer to my race date.

It was an epiphany for me because even though I was going over points some of the days, the number on the scale actually went down. I realized I had gotten myself into a weight watcher’s rut of  sorts. I was staying in points but maybe not making the best food decisions. So all this week I focused on the quality of my food. After all, the ultimate goal is good health. I’m going to continue with what I did this week into next week and beyond to see how it goes, although after this week’s loss, I’ll be content to stay the same next week.

175 was a comfortable weight for my body. I have been stuck here before many years ago. But now that my body has let the number go, I’m hoping to keep moving downward until I get to the weight that’s comfortable for my head.

I know getting healthy is not about a number. I do. But when the scale reflects our hard work, it feels good. It really, really does.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Good going!!!!!!!! That is fantastic!!!!! I think focusing on fitness and making good food choices – including DELICIOUS and satisfying food choices- is the way to go. That is so great!!!!!!!!

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  3. Posted by Fran on July 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    And that’s so true: when the scale shows you your hard work paid off it feels really good!

    Congratulations: you did very well this week!

    xxx

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  4. Awesome! You did great! Not just this week, but during all those plateau weeks. The work you did then paid off on the scale this week. It all counts.

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  5. That is a lot of love this week! Woohoo! Congrats on an awesome week. Glad you got past that plateau!

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  6. Posted by Ruth on July 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    YAY! Way to go. This is a huge weight loss… that scale really does love you. Share that love with some of us too 🙂

    http://shefit.wordpress.com

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  7. GREAT JOB BUSTIN’ ON THRU THAT PLATEAU!!!

    have a great and mooovement filled weekend,

    Miz.

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  8. Posted by maggieapril on July 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Awesome. Persistence , not perfection. Good lesson.

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  9. Congrats on the 3.6 loss! It does feel so good to see the fruits of our labors, doesn’t it? 🙂 I’m a WW member too, and it’s gret for portion control. But I’ve learned a lot on my own about what kind of foods I should be eating, how much fiber, sodium, etc. And that, along with weight training and cardio, is helping me lose at a good pace.
    It takes time, but it’s so worth it.

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  10. Posted by maria on July 14, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    You are awesome! Have you ever heard of the site mapmyrun.com? You can get an accurate mileage total from your run by clicking on the streets you ran and/or map out a run of any distance you want in your neighborhood, or anywhere you want to run. I recently found this and it has saved me from having to drive all my routes! I hope this helps! Keep it up!

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