It may have been obvious to many of you, due to the lack of “weekly weigh in” posts, but I have been on a mini-break of sorts. I wrote about hitting my first plateau, and for the first few weeks, it really bugged me. I didn’t want to go to Weight Watchers because I knew the needle wouldn’t move. Then I had legit conflicts. Then I made a semi-conscious choice to get through this plateau with my sanity intact — I went on a “diet” mini-break. I didn’t stop eating healthy, and I didn’t stop weighing myself (at home)… but I stopped tracking religiously, I stopped going to Weight Watchers meetings, and I stopped being so hard on myself.
And it’s been really good for me. I’m “back on the wagon” as of one week ago (though I was never really off), and yes, I was all sneaky and didn’t write about any of this previously. On the one hand, who wants to say “hey guys, I”m not going to Weight Watchers!” but also it was a wee bit of an experiment. And while I was confident in myself and in my decision, I didn’t want to announce to the universe that a plateau mini break is Something To Do, have it not go well and then be seen as giving shit advice. Not everyone can take a “mini-break,” as it is the first step to quitting. It might have been for me in the past. But not this time.
Sometimes, especially when our progress slows down — or just when it’s the height of summer and there’s a lot going on — you need to take a break from being Super Awesome At Everything. Since weeks of being rigorous didn’t move the scale one iota and didn’t promise to do so for at least a few weeks, I decided to take a break from my food/number and focus on fitness for the month of July. My goal was to go to Slimmons three times a week, plus add in one other workout each week, and to get a good cardio burn each time. What’s a great plateau buster? Increasing your exercise. But I needed to get good at the exercise.
I didn’t track my food and had some consecutive days of crazy (Thai food truck, I love you), but I kept one half of my mind on what I was eating. The goal was to maintain and work on fitness — not backslide and gain weight (it’s not a plateau if you gain lol).
I also had to reevaluate Weight Watchers, and how it has been working for me. Finding the right day/time/meeting & transport to and from said meeting has been tricky. I live in Los Angeles without a car, which is a-ok most of the time, but when the ONLY meeting time I can get to with my work/bus schedule means getting up mega early on Saturday or Sunday — or choosing between a meeting and physical activity… Weight Watchers kept losing. Plus, the bus to get there is creepy. I’m generally pretty unflappable, but JEEZE, the 212 is a creepy ass bus on Saturday mornings. (and the bus driver is always so grumpy – and once drove right past me! Lame.)
I’d never seriously considered Weight Watchers online, because I didn’t think I could stay accountable, and I didn’t have a decent scale. I use my analog scale to give me a general idea of where my weight is, but it’s usually 2-3 pounds off from the Weight Watchers scale, and involves a lot of guess work. (plus, my cat uses it as a toy. Pretty sure that throws the calibration off) During my mini-break, I considered it — if I had a quality scale, one I decided couldn’t lie to me – and I couldn’t ignore – could doing all the Weight Watcher’s stuff I’m doing anyway work, with my weighing myself in at home each week?
I decided that it could. I’m not giving up on meetings, but I did get a good scale (more on that later), and I’m going to use it, going forward, to accurately and honestly track my weight, regardless of whether I go to a meeting. My mini-break is over, my weight stayed exactly the same (yay?) and now I’m ready to bust through this plateau.
And just as a disclaimer: this doesn’t work for everyone! But taking a “break” was right for me at the moment, as I was discovering a place of zen about my body and my “number.” Funnily enough, during this time, several people tried to call me out for not losing much weight. It didn’t phase me, because, deep down, I knew what I was doing was right.
Onward and downwards (on the scale)!