I am experiencing a weight loss plateau. I rejoined Weight Watchers on August 18 and by Christmas I had lost 19.8 pounds. In January I lost the .2 I needed to make it a full 20 pounds. It is great. I am wearing a"new" size. I have purchased some new clothes, but found others in my closet that used to fit three or so years ago that I loved. But I have not been as faithful about attending meetings the last couple of months and have not kept a food diary. Here I am at the halfway point toward my forty pound goal and I am experiencing a plateau. For the last eight weeks I have continue to gain and lose the same couple of pounds. At my morning meeting today I was up 1.2 pounds.
On my drive home I thought about plateaus. I think plateaus can happen in areas of life beyond weight loss. Teachers can get a little bit comfortable about how their instruction has improved. Students and parents can enjoy the fact that they made it to the next reading level or mastered a new skill. A plateau is not all bad. It can be a time to savor an accomplishment along the way. However, it is important to remember the big goal and not loose focus. Spending some time on a plateau practicing the skills needed to move forward may actually be a good strategy for long term success. So, I am gearing myself up to move forward in my weight loss efforts. My short term goal is to make it to the 25 pound mark. My long term goal is to lose and keep off a total of 40 pounds. I have some other areas of my life that I need to move off the plateau and move forward too. Onward!!