Earlier this month, I felt like I was living through the longest plateau ever. In response to that, I ran harder. When that didn’t work, I then cut out 100 calories from my daily limit. When THAT didn’t work, I ran even longer and harder. My body finally got more stubborn than me and insisted on gaining weight until I realized that I was pushing myself too hard. Because your body just knows, right?
After getting on the scale to see another day of gains after a particularly long run and looking in the mirror to see that I was super bloated (during the wrong section of the month for that), it finally dawned on me that I had not taken any rest days in a while. I have so much trouble taking rest days, since it feels like if I take one, then I take another and another until I realize that I haven’t done anything in a month or two or five. It’s happened before.
After a week (yes, a week and it was agonizing), the extra 5 lbs literally fell off. Point taken, body, you win this time. Now, results-driven as I am, I’ve been incorporating more rest days. It’s still not coming to me naturally, but I’ll get there.
Takeaway: Everything about wanting to be healthier requires balance and moderation. Too much of a “good” thing can still cause you harm. I’m still on track to lose weight before my goal in June, but I am not so sure about losing enough to hit my goal. I’ve hit the point in this journey where the pounds don’t fall off as easily as they used to, and I have to adjust accordingly. The main thing here is that I am still losing, still changing, still getting stronger and healthier. The speed at which I get there is irrelevant.
Are you on a weight loss journey? What are your most recent successes?