Riding Across The Plateau
After losing 30 pounds from cycling to from work and my doctor telling me I was no longer borderline diabetic I had hit a weight loss plateau. The cause wasn't because I had stopped cycling. In fact the complete opposite had happened. Cycling had actually become a hobby I did on the weekends where I would keep increasing the distances I could cover in a single day. The cause was something I hadn't anticipated. The cause was complacency.
In November 2011 my doctor told me I was no longer borderline diabetic which gave me a sigh of relief. I had done what I set out to do which was to lose weight and improve my overall health. I kept on the right path for about a month after my doctor's visit but shortly thereafter something changed. I stopped losing weight. At first I was perplexed, but after a while I realized what had happened. I was cycling between good and bad eating habits.
Looking back I think I think I started feeling that because I was cycling 100+ miles every week I no longer needed to really watch what I eat. Some days would be good and some days would be not so good. Even more than good or bad days I would group good or bad weeks together. If I was having a few bad days I would make it a bad week and if I had several good days in a row I would try to keep it a good week. I was in a good/bad cycle. I was struggling.
I have been struggling for the last 6 months I knew what I had to do. The answer to my struggle wasn't a fad diet or some magic pill. In fact it was far simpler than that. The answer was something that I had been hearing since I was a small child. Diet AND exercise. Calories taken in versus calories burned. For the first 8 months of cycling I did very well at both, but after my doctor told me I was in the clear the former began to suffer. The difference between now and the other times I tried to lose weight was this: No matter how many bad days or weeks I had, I kept trying. I never got down on myself. I knew if I ever did my forward progress would stop and, more likely, regress to where I was or worse. By keeping a positive outlook I was able to get off the plateau and in the last 3 weeks have been able to lose 10 more pounds simply by cycling and watching what I eat.
It doesn't matter whether there are good or bad days/weeks. What matters is maintaining a positive disposition and attitude. Just keep trying. Keep trying to do better and be better no matter what happens. Staying positive isn’t a free pass to keep being bad, but it is a tool to keep the mind in the game until the body can catch up.