I thought nothing could top yesterday, but something has! An unbelievable, marvellous, magical weigh-in this morning, which revealed I now weigh 87 kg! That's a 1.9kg loss from last week, and 16.5kg over all! WHOO HOO!
Those of you who've been reading regularly will know that last Monday I was very depressed about being 88.9 for the third week in a row. But I decided instead of moping around, eating chocolate and living to regret it, I would kick that pesky plateau in the butt! Paulene has an excellent inspirational thought on her journal today (which I have borrowed as my inspiration of the week - thanks Paulene!) which reads: "Unless you start doing something different, you are in for more of the same.” All the advice I received from my wonderful fellow Bloggers carried the same message. I needed to step it up a notch - I needed to challenge myself, I needed to give the body something different, that would make it say to itself "Oh yes, Philippa's trying to lose weight, I forgot!".
And I had such a fun week, challenging myself and setting myself manageable goals. I even managed a treat of Tim Tim icecream and a South Melbourne Market dim sim! These are the changes I made to my eating and exercise last week, which have resulted in my finally lifting the fog:
- Made sure I've eaten a minimum of 20 points per day, to get the metabolism firing on all cylinders;
- Changed some of the meals - I have had a different breakfasts every day, alternating between peanut butter on toast, fruit and yoghurt, or yoghurt and muesli (or yogut and moosli as Kath and Kel say!) - and I have been eating pasta and rice more often;
- Stepped up the challenge factor of my exercise. I have started running - I do a challenging power walk, then run for as long as I can, then walk again, then run again, etc. I have experimented with different yoga and pilates DVDs.
I guess for all of us there comes a point where the weight loss slows right down and the exciting days of when you first started the journey seem very far away. The fact of the matter is, if we are in a bit of a rut with our weight loss, we have to make it challenging again if we want to keep seeing results. We need to keep the body guessing, so it never knows what's coming! The important thing is to keep going, no matter what.
To anyone out there who is experiencing a plateau at the moment, or worse yet is thinking about chucking it in all together - don't despair. I am living proof that things will go your way if you are prepared to get out of the comfort zone, keep going and DON'T GIVE UP!!I have spent the morning cleaning my house - the floors are swept and washed, the dishes are sparkling clean, the washing is hanging on the line, stiff with the heat, and the fragrance of fresh flowers is in the air. Outside, however, my garden reeks of manure - we've started our organic vegetable patch! Tomorrow on Cup Day we're going to finish it off and get planting! I'm about to relax with some lunch - a pitta bread stuffed with salad and some leftover homemade tabouli, and an ice crush made with frozen pineapple juice, fresh strawberries, fresh mint, and a splash of passionfruit cordial and Multi V juice. I'm one of those cooks who hates to waste anything - my freezer is full of bones, carrot tops, celery leaves for making stock; ice-cube trays with leftover sauces or plunger coffee (great for making iced coffee). Whenever I open a tin of pineapple, I pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Perfect for making icy drinks and smoothies, especially this time of year!
Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and many thanks to you all for your support and encouragement throughout last week. It was all worth it!