Seriously, that’s it. The first time I had a plateau I went through frustration after frustration for 3.5 months, while I tried to “solve” the “plateau issue” and meanwhile everything else came to a screeching halt.
It took me a long time to realise… the entire problem was that my obsession with the plateau was what was causing it to become such a huge obstacle. Once I gave up on fighting it and went back to my regular nutrition and exercise, everything returned to normal and I started losing weight again.
So when I saw myself facing a new plateau about three weeks ago, I applied the lessons from the first plateau. I did have a couple of days of freakout, but then put that behind me and continued on as normal. Normal nutrition, normal exercise, normal everything, ignore the scale, doesn’t matter, it will pass.
Et voilà, it passed relatively quickly (a little over two weeks) and I’m reducing again.
So yeah, I’m not usually a “keep calm and carry on” kind of person (more like “get angry and attack it from all sides with the strength of a thousand armies”), but this has been an important lesson in trusting the system and trusting my efforts, and most importantly, not flipping out at every little glitch.
Please note: Although I do track my weight and have a number in mind of a weight I think I’ll be when I’m as fit as I want to be, weight loss is NOT my primary goal, but rather a side effect of good nutrition and consistent training. In turn, the good nutrition and consistent training have been a side effect of doing the necessary psychological work, i.e. dealing with the emotional and mental issues that led me to obesity in the first place. So If you’re looking for my magic success formula, there it is: sort your head out, the rest will follow.