After plugging away as the slow tortoise in a new health journey for the last 9+ months, things were going pretty well. With prayer, help from God, hard work, and determination, I lost about 62 pounds by the end of August.
Then it hit ...
the ever dreaded plateau ...
So, although I continued to eat within my diet perimeters and pushed myself to exercise the same every day, the scale stopped moving all the month of September - it kind of floated between 2 pounds: 196 - 197.
I'm sure most of you understand how frustrating that is and have had it happen to you at some point!
When this has happened to me before, I would figure it wasn't doing any good to keep working so hard when there was no improvement. I would feel like a loser (not the good kind where I am losing weight), get depressed, beat myself up mentally, get mad, and quit all my efforts.
So, this week a dear Sparkfriend asked how my progress was going. My initial reaction was to want to respond that my "progress" wasn't going at all - that I was frustrated and failing.
Then I thought about it. I realized that I didn't want to quit. I am not a failure. I am building muscles. I am fitting into smaller clothes. I have a better mental attitude now. I am feeling stronger than I ever did - both mentally and physically. I am in this "new me" for life!
I AM MAKING PROGRESS!!!
So, while I am hoping to break the plateau this week with the Determined Daisies "5% Challenge" and with the Golden Phoenix "Biggest Loser Challenge". I know now that I AM making progress because I am not giving up, I am continuing to stay on my plan, and if I keep working with determination, eventually I will reach my goals with God's help.
I want you all to know, Sparkfriends, that you are making progress, too! Just being here, taking an active roll in your health, working towards your goals - every small step is a step in the right direction. I am praying for all of us to make healthier choices and to keep our eyes on the goal. We can do this, Friends!