Day 33, How Do You Get Off a Plateau?

“Plateaus are a manifestation of the law of diminishing returns, and when we reach one it simply means that it is time to adjust our methods.”
 

Morning

 
 
I have not lost weight for several days.  This is called a plateau.  According to Cronometer, my fasting has not been as regular either.  (The shaded areas are fasting.)  I can correct that.
 
I am feeling better this morning than I did last night.  Last evening, I was not even able to finish my blog entry.  I left the washcloths in the washer and forgot they were there until this morning.
 
However, I am still committed to this journey.  I made a green drink this morning and started on my way again.  Thank you for coming along with me.
 

Afternoon  

 
Our carpet cleaner came this morning.  My husband is nervous that I am not caring for him as well as I used to.  His care has been making me very tired lately.  I spent some time with the library book I checked out yesterday, Why Smart People Hurt by Eric Maisel.  He addresses two problems I suffer from:  mania and insomnia.  He says our evolved brains do not come with an off switch, which we need sometimes.  His description of mania did not get as in-depth as I understand it.  Perhaps he does not know it first hand, or if he does, he does not want to get into how far it can go.  He described it as very dangerous, which indeed it is.
 
I ate a bit more than I intended again today.  However, there is a chance I may lose some weight by tomorrow.  I did not take my thyroid medication at the right time today, which may hurt my chances of losing weight.
 
Fortunately, after reading for a while, I got some rest.
 
Diet Diary
 
I overdosed on vitamin D, calcium, and sodium.  Getting in an extra meal is not helping me lose weight.  I may have to return to my two-meal-a-day plan.  Also, I am getting a little run down.
 
 

Evening

 

Weight and Sugar History

 
I am looking at my monthly average sugar intake stats in the past decade, which I juxtaposed against my average weight for the month in pounds.
 
 
I am aiming to eat less than 30 or 40 grams of sugar now.
 

New Goal

 
My weight loss is on a plateau.  I may need to cut back my calories again.  Let me aim between 1,000 and 1,200.
 

Weight Range

 
It is pointless to think I can keep my weight steady at a specific point.  However, I can do my best to keep it within a range.  In the above example, my weight stayed between 109.6 pounds and 114.18 pounds.  That was a five-pound range over two years.  Not bad.  I made many green drinks during that time, but I also ate out sometimes with my friends.  I tried not to eat out two nights back to back.  I wanted a day to recover from overeating.   I was careful about what I ordered, too.  Sometimes we went to fast food places, but usually, I convinced my boyfriends to take me someplace better.
 

The Marriage Effect

 
During this time, I was single.  It is probably easier to keep your weight down when you are single, depending on your social life.  Married life has been a weight challenge for me.  Feeling loved can help you lose weight.  However, if your husband is worried that you will die of anorexia, it makes losing weight a challenge.  His former wife had bulimia, which complicated her cancer, which took her life in 2009.  My husband has been afraid that will happen to me.  Since college, I have not purged by vomiting.
 
I printed a picture of myself when I was less than 110 pounds and showed it to my husband.  He liked it.  I did not tell him what my weight was.  However, it helps me believe that he will not panic if I reach my goal weight.  I will look more like I did in the photo.
 

Vision Boards

 
If you do not have a photo of yourself at your goal weight or you do, but it is decades old, try to find a model that looks like you at your ideal weight and put his or her picture on your vision board.  If you do not know what a vision board is, you can learn what I did in my ebook, Joyful Vibrance:  Transform Your Body Image, Energy, and Mood!
 

Walk

 
I did not walk to the library and park today.  I feel like I missed out.  I had to be home between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM for the carpet cleaner.  Then I was tired most of the early afternoon.  Fortunately, I got a long nap.  Tomorrow, hopefully, my mood and energy will be much better.
 

Carpet Protection

 
You will not believe this.  After we got the carpet cleaned, and I told my husband the bill’s amount, he agreed to sleep on our new tarp!  Now we can protect the carpet.  That is a big win for today.
 
Caring for My Husband  
 
Minutes ago, I rubbed my husband’s back.  He did not need much scratching tonight.  He did not ask for a lotion treatment either.  Hopefully, he will overcome the fear that I will not care for him as well anymore.  I got exhausted from everything and needed a break.
 

Looking Back

 
In 33 days, we have come far, have we not?  You know me much better.  I am not a perfect example.  However, I have been willing to share what I am doing.  On the days I lost the most weight, I ate between 900-1100 calories.  However, I had a troubling side effect.  I literally found myself on the floor.  I did not fall, but I had to get down to avoid fainting.  Then I had to break my fast to bring my blood sugar back up.
 

Hypoglycemia

 
I have a condition called hypoglycemia.  A doctor warned me that it could progress to diabetes.  I am careful with my diet to prevent that.  So far, so good.  I want to diet strictly, but threatened fainting could happen again.  The fear of suddenly losing consciousness is real and recent.  Dieting less strictly will slow weight loss considerably.  So how do I resolve this dilemma?
 

Possible Solutions

 
I could stretch out my diet, assuming it does not stay on a plateau beyond the 110 days I set up initially.  I am not there yet, so I do not know if I would need that.  However, the techniques I used over the past two years were not consistent enough to reach my goal weight.
 
If I hold fast to fasting, I think I can still arrive within 110 days.  You can see from my recent weight chart that my fasting waned in the past few days, leading to my plateau.  Resuming that will help.  If I eat any time of day, my calorie intake is more challenging to control.  If I have to break my fast due to threatened fainting, then I must.  
 
In the last few days, my husband has been on a shrimp rampage.  I have joined in.  The cocktail sauce has ketchup in it, which has added sugar.  That could be interfering with my weight loss.
 
I will have to find another solution, perhaps plain shrimp.  I could also try sriracha sauce.
 

Prayer

 
 
EVENING PRAYER
 
Dear Lord,
 
Another day has passed.  I learned that I have been consuming added sugar in the last few days.  Sugar is sneaky.  It is everywhere.
 
Help me to recommit to my diet.  My weight loss is on a plateau.  If I pass up the shrimp, it will not matter too much because my husband will eat it.  He loves shrimp.
 
Lord, please revive me from my recent fatigue.  I feel better tonight.  Still, I must be relentless about getting enough sleep.  I suffer from mania and insomnia due to having an overactive mind.  Help me to manage those conditions, or they will control me.  Mania can kill.  Insomnia can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
 
Bless my readers with rest if they need it, too.
 
Amen.
 
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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