Friday, January 17, 2014

Stalling Out--Motivation Refound

Honeymoon--June 2002

I have been doing this healthy eating thing since April 2013.  That would be 9 months with a few weeks here and there off plan due to life--vacations, summer camp, appendicitis, holidays.  I've lost 37 pounds so far, with most of that being quick and painless.

But here I have sat, gaining and losing the same 3 pounds for the past--oh, probably 4 months.  Nothing I've done has budged the scale.  Exercise, faithful, 100% compliance with the eating plan, mixing up my fuel types so I am eating more E-carb meals versus S-fat meals (I have a tendency to lean toward S meals.  Okay, it's more than a tendency.  I have an addiction to S meals.  But without the switching up of fuel types, our bodies get used to the one way of eating and that causes the metabolism to sloooooowwww down).

I have gone back and forth about this stall.  My thoughts range from "37 pounds is nothing to sniff at.  I have done good and am happy with where I'm at.  I can just sit here at this weight and call it good enough" to "I have come this far, this weight is not my goal weight, I need to kick it in high gear and get past this stall and lose the rest of the weight."

So when Hubby decided that we were going to go on a vacation this spring, and then booked our trip making it a reality, I realized a few things:

1. We are going to an all-inclusive resort near Cancun just like we did for our honeymoon.

2. Said resorts require nice attire to eat in the non-buffet restaurants.

3. I have two sizes of dresses hanging in my closet--size Tent and size Tight.  Tent is clearly out; in fact, they need to really clear out and go the way of the rest of my too big clothes and be purged.  Tight would be the dresses that I wore 11.5 years ago on my honeymoon that zip up but leave little room for actual movement.

Which led to my determination:

I am going to wear those Tight dresses in Cancun and they are going to fit.
I am going to be the same size as I was on my honeymoon.  
I am within 10 pounds of it now; I can do this thing.  

Enter new-found motivation.  Which I kicked off with a Fuel Cycle.  A Fuel Cycle is a specific pattern of eating the various style meals in such a way that it kick-starts the metabolism.  It is 3 days of S meals, followed by 2 days of Fuel Pull (low carb and low fat) meals, and ends with 2 days of E meals.  Rinse, repeat.  This cycle can be repeated for a total of 3 weeks before you need to give your body at least a 6 week break by eating freestyle before doing again.  

I am on day 5 of my first week.  So far I am back to my original low weight.  The scale isn't really moving at all.  And I admit, it's a little discouraging.  But I am not a quitter and I am going to repeat the cycle two more times.  Add in restarting my daily exercise routine.  And hopefully, by the end of it, my metabolism should be a flaming hot blacksmith's forge.  

Because I am wearing those dresses.  I refuse to come this close to my mini-goal only to fail.

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  1. I'm in the same situation (with the scale, not the vacation, lucky you!) I have the same attitude. I am not a quitter, and I am not parking at this weight. (I have lost 60 lbs, so far and want to lose another 40) I have just had an unbelievably busy week and I am ready to start back in earnest on exercise and clean diet! Thank You for the encouragement! Keep up the good fight!

  2. You can do all things through Christ who Strengthens you! I'm going to pray for you right after I hit publish. I've been stalled, too. During November (funeral month) and December (holiday month) I called it maintaining. The fact that I've been back on plan for three weeks without results is stalling! I keep telling myself I'm 50 lbs lighter than I was this time last year (30 w/THM).

    BUT- If I don't see some results soon, I'm going to Fuel Cycle.

    Have a blessed day! I'm so happy for you.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  3. Hey!! THM, "Gwen's Nest" linked to this blog post of yours! Way to go!!