Stepping Off the Scale

Well…it finally happened. The dreaded plateau. The moment when the scale decides to stop moving south. I’m there.

I have noticed it for at least 2-3 weeks but kept living in denial. I didn’t want to believe it but when that scale kept moving within the same 2-4 pounds (I fluctuate between 235-239 lately) I had to eventually accept my weight loss efforts had come to a halt.

As a result of this annoying yet eye-opening revelation I’ve decided to step off the scale for a week or two and let my body do its thing while my mind works on a new strategy. I’m a wee bit discouraged but I refuse to give up. And I can look at non-scale successes that tell me that pesky scale is kind of a liar.

Case in Point #1

Every shirt I wear on a regular basis (I swear I rotate the same 5-6 shirts every week) is looser. It’s hanging in a way that looks sloppy and messy. Granted I am no fashion diva but when I start to look like I pulled something old and baggy out of the hamper it’s time to work on updating the wardrobe.

Case in Point #2

Even my underwear is looser and fits better (What? TMI? Shaddap). Jury is still out on whether the tata holder is fitting better. I know I need a new bra since the one I wear daily is losing shape and giving me torpedo tatas (now there’s a visual for ya!). Until the skivvies start falling off I’ll refrain from buying new underwear.

Case in Point #3

I finally had to drop a size in my favorite capri workout pants. Take that evil scale! My larger sized pair of pants still fit comfortably but if I were to go out and walk/attempt to jog I’d probably end up giving drivers and fellow walkers an unwanted eyeful. Yea, no bueno.

I should also note my eating habits have kind of sucked as of late as well. A good example is avoiding breakfast or having a small lunch that consists of watermelon and a slice of cheese.

I’ve also noticed my calorie intake has been a bit low. As in, barely 1,200 calories a day low. I feel like I’m nibbling a lot but the calories, fat, protein, and carbs say otherwise.  Must be all that dang watermelon I nosh.

One thing is for certain: The weight will NOT return. I have no interest in eating the foods that got me this way and the new habit of watching portion sizes and making smarter choices has stuck (okay, I indulge a little bit but overall I do well). I can handle a few pounds but there is no way in hell I’ll be hanging out with the 240s, 250s, 260s, and 270s ever again.

For those who are also working on weight loss have you hit a plateau or even more than one? What did you do to get past it?



  1. Cheryl Davis says:

    Yes. I’ve hit a plateau. I’ve hit it several times! What I am about to tell you, will probably freak you out! When I hit it I start to do a thing called “Calorie cycling”. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but it works for me. I increase my calories. I have an all you can eat day and then the next 5 days I go back to clean eating. It jumps starts my weight loss again. I did this just last week and within 7 days I dropped 4 pounds! The day I did my calorie cycling I ate M&M’s, cookies, cake etc. I filled up on “Junk”. Hell, I even had a pepsi, and that is a HUGE no-no! I ate this and felt so awful and dragged down. The next 6 days I hit it hard with the clean eating and 7 days later I dropped 4 pounds! Keep in mind i didn’t not gain any weight. I was stuck in the plateau. My personal trainer told me about this technique. I thought he was out of his damn mind, until I tried it, so when I get stuck I eat like a pig and trick my body. Then go back to clean eating! Take 1 day a week as a “Cheat” day. That’s 4 days a month. I chose Sundays. Eat what you want in ( in moderation ) then hit it hard the next 6 days with clean eating habits. It works for me. Try it and see if it works for you. :)

    • It IS insane but it makes a buttload of sense. I doubt I’ll go too nuts (the thought of creeping up over 240 again scares the shit out of me) but a little bit of relaxation and re-grouping will probably do wonders not only for my body but my mind as well.

      Thanks, Cheryl!

  2. Ah, the dreaded plateau…how I hate that crap. When I would go to the gym, I was doing the same thing every morning..with the elliptical machine and then weights after. Although I saw some changes, once I hit that plateau, I couldn’t shake it. Then I started a new job where there is a gym in the building and I heard everyone was working out doing P90x. Now, I know what you’re thinking, too much for me and believe me, it will kick your butt, but it got me past my plateau ten-fold. I huffed and puffed like crazy the first week, but now, I can get through all exercises and I sweat my buns off.

    What I learned is not just changing machines, but changing your routine period. Try a few things out, modifying your eating habits (dreaded) and taking a Zumba class to see what you like. Everyone has their own preferences, time schedules and such, but once you see something different that you like, do it 2 times a week and then switch it up doing something different week to week.

    Now, that video Insanity…OMG!…it’s truly insane and instead of huffing and puffing, you will be passed out. I tried it 2 times and I felt like I was in the desert crawling for water. Keep at it girl…You got my support!

    • Change my routine. Hmmm. That sounds familiar. LOL. I know! Back to walking again! I have gotten a little lazy with exercise. Oops. After a few days relaxing, re-grouping, and just enjoying myself I’ll get right back on track again and be better than ever…at least that’s the plan. Haha.

      Thanks for the support, Sonia! Much appreciated!

  3. I love your sense of humor! Torpedo tatas!! Yes I have those! Thank you weightloss! I’ve hit many plateaus and while I claim I’m maintaining I could probably lose 5 more to get those last fat pockets to go away. Yeah, throw away the scale and celebrate your NSV victories! Oh yes, EAT THAT BREAKFAST! ;)

    • Thanks, Kris! Glad you enjoyed the torpedo tatas comment. Haha.

      Won’t be throwing away the scale any time soon but I will certainly ignore it for awhile. And yes, I will get back to eating breakfast regularly. I was feeling so much better when I did that I am surprised I let it slip. Just life I guess. =)

  4. Good for you for staying determined! It’s easy to not see progress one week and just give up.

    I’ve never heard of calorie-cycling. It sounds really interesting.

    • Thanks for stopping by Kristiina!

      I’d never heard of calorie cycling either but it does make sense. As long as I’m staying on track overall I think I’ll be fine. Sometimes we just get burned out and have to back off for a bit. As long as we stay focused and determined, the energy will return eventually. =)

      • Kim, I’ve been feeling super burned out at work lately and that is exactly what I needed to hear. Wise words. Thank you.

  5. Jumping over from MomComm. Your blog’s title is one of the best I’ve heard! As a coffee addict, it drew me in. :-) In 2010/2011 I too had hit my highest weight and decided to make a change. I lost most of my weight following WW, then this year began Clean Eating. It’s a definite daily challenge to make good food and exercise choices (I used Couch~to~5K program as I was a total couch potato)…. I somehow thought once I lost the weight that chore would be over. But as I wrestle to get the last few pounds off, I realize it’s a daily (and sometimes hourly) battle to make the right choices when it comes to what I eat and whether or not I get the workout done. Looking forward to being a regular reader…. And wishing you all the best with your healthy living goals! You can do it!!! And the success will be SO sweet!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

      I’m interested in the Couch to 5k Program as well and will definitely be working on it when the weather cools off. Vegas weather would not be kind to a newbie runner. Haha. I’ve gotten a little off track lately but it’s no reason to give up. :)

  6. I’m dealing with a plateau right now! I’ve lost 38 lbs total, but the past couple of weeks have been at a standstill. I’ve also decided to stop weighing myself for a little while. Losing weight is just as much a battle of the mind. Just keep on keeping on and eventually the scale will start moving again. Good luck!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

      Congrats on losing 38 pounds! Those plateaus do suck but it helps to let yourself relax for a bit and avoid the scale…but not too much! I wish you luck as well on your weight loss!