I have been very lucky that I have been consistent with my weight loss with Noom from January 5th until now. In the beginning, I was losing anywhere from 3 to 4 pounds per week, but gradually slowing down to 2 or 3 pounds per week, then down to 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. Of course lately it seems to be 1 to 1 1/2 pounds or less per week, but at least there was weight loss. This week however, I don’t think there will be any weight loss at all.
Last week I was 196.6lbs and just a few days ago I was asked to weigh in and I weighed in at 196.4lbs. Today I weighed 197lbs and I only have 2 more days before my next weigh in day, so I don’t think I’m going to make it to 194 or 195. 194.4 is my estimated weight, but I just don’t see that happening. I mean, stranger things have happened and who knows, I might be 195, but I doubt it. No, I think that after so many months I have finally just hit my plateau.
A plateau isn’t uncommon for people who are trying to lose weight. What causes that? Is it stress? I haven’t been under too much stress. Is it that my body has already lost 66lbs so it’s just harder to lose more weight because there isn’t a lot of fat left to lose? Or maybe perhaps it is because I have been going for 2 or 3 mile walks a few times per week that might possibly be making me gain muscle weight. That could actually be it.
In the past when I have hit my plateau, after so many weeks of not losing weight I start to think if I’m not losing weight, I might as well eat this food and that food because obviously the healthy foods aren’t helping me. I might as well go back to eating the old crap that got me fat in the first place, and I end up gradually going back to my old eating habits. Well, that just isn’t going to work for me this time because I am serious about losing this weight this time. This time it WILL be different, I will continue eating healthy, even if that means that I will be 197 or somewhere in that vicinity for 2 months before the weight starts to come off again. I will not let the plateau rule my life because I really want to succeed in my goals.
To be honest, I probably won’t plateau for too long, that is if I have even hit a plateau. I still have 2 days and like I said before, stranger things have happened. Who knows, I might end up being 195 by weigh in day, so I’m not going to start having a negative attitude about plateaus because I am not even sure that’s what will happen.
Of course negative thinking like this is a factor in halting the weight loss process. I could be sabotaging myself by having a negative attitude. Stress thinking and acting negatively can release a chemical in the brain called Cortisol which is actually what will put me in a plateau, so I need to stay positive because having a happy go lucky positive attitude will help me more than being a negative Nancy.
So let’s just see what happens in 2 days and I will go from there.