GAME Plan: Plateaus and maintaining.

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GAME PlanHello, Dragons! I have been fighting the same 2 lbs back and forth for the last six weeks. I haven’t been particularly good, but I also haven’t been particularly bad. I reached that combination of frustration where it feels futile to keep struggling with nothing to show for it, but I also know that I can do better and feel guilty about not working harder. I feel like I have hit a bit of a plateau.

Not all plateaus are created equal. I’ve hit a bit of a soft plateau. A hard plateau would be if I was doing everything right and still not making progress. This plateau has more to do with motivation than anything else. I think there are a lot of factors that are contributing to it. It’s the end of the school year which means things are busy. We’re also entering the 6th month of home renovations. These things definitely affect my motivation.

Sometimes maintaining is the best you can do…

With no working kitchen and a lot more time at work, it’s hard to focus on diet and exercise. It’s easy to use these as excuses, but there is also a level of reality that I have to accept about my current work and living situation. To ignore where I’m at in life and still struggle against it is counter-productive. So, instead of dragging myself uphill against snow, sleet and rain, I’m sitting down and waiting out the storm.

The key is not to jog back down the hill and start over. I’m not giving up this week, I still have to make decent choices and not go crazy eating stuff I know I shouldn’t. At the same time, I need to realize that trying to lose with everything that’s going on is just going to frustrate me and that can lead to giving up. Instead, I’ll maintain for 2 weeks and then, when I’m ready, start back at a higher level of focus.

Plugging this week into the GAME Plan, this is how I fared:

Gradual Changes

In my last article, I decided to avoid my major temptations and up my activity levels. Despite the fact that I gained a pound this week, I didn’t cheat and I did get more activity in. It was other areas where I didn’t cut back as strongly as I could have. I didn’t worry about carbs as much as I usually do and I didn’t make the best choices throughout the 2 weeks.

My goals for the next two weeks: Maintain.

Over the next 2 weeks, I’m planning to focus on making good decisions. I’m not going to focus on anything specifically because I know I’m not in a place for that to happen. Instead, I’m going to try and make consistently good choices in the hopes of simply maintaining where I’m at right now. Once the school year is over and I’m finished with the end of the year stress, I can go back to focusing on losing the pounds.

Accountability

I didn’t tweet anything this week because I didn’t cheat. I avoided my 4 problem areas and while it wasn’t always easy, I stuck to it. With the weather warming up, I really wanted ice cream, but I held strong and didn’t give in. This week, I’m going to have to be accountable to myself. My goal is more vague than it usually is, so it will be up to me to judge if I’m being successful or not.

Moderation

These 2 weeks will be about maintaining balance. If I want to have something I’m not supposed to, I need to figure out how I’m going to balance that out. I’ll be spending a lot of time at Phoenix Comic Con, so I’ll be starting off with more activity, but it also means my eating may be a bit more erratic. I also am going to try and focus more on water again over these next few weeks. I’m still struggling to get more water into my system when soda or worse is around.

Enthusiasm

I’m excited to not worry about losing weight this week. I’m not taking a full break, but I’m not going to worry about what the scale says next week. As long as I don’t gain, I’m fine. I think that gives me a little bit more flexibility and may actually result in me making better decisions.

The scale says this was a gain week, but I think it’s a chance to look at the reality of my situation and acknowledge that this has been a rough couple of weeks. I met my goals, but didn’t lose, so taking 2 weeks to focus on just maintaining will give me the ability to hit the summer hard and up my goals when I can reasonably accomplish them.

What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!

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