It finally happened, as I knew it would. After 5 weeks of great weight loss results via healthy eating, low sodium, and beginning at a HUGE starting weight, the scale slowed down this week.
In the past, a number like this would have upset me quite a bit, but I can honestly say that today I am fine with it. Would I have liked more? Of course. However, I knew this would come soon and actually predicted yesterday to my brother-in-law that this week was it, despite having another ridiculously on track eating week.
I knew the weight loss would slow because I haven't yet upped my exercise. I've walked, on average, twice a week for about 40 minutes each most weeks so far.
I knew that even at this high weight, I'd eventually stop the monster numbers that have been based on the healthy change in my eating habits and a little exercise. I knew the day would come due to the lack of exercise and the natural plateau I usually reach between 5 and 8 weeks.
My number this week was 5 pounds lost.
Now this week, I will begin to up the exercise; here is my plan: Lift weights 3 times this week; starting just with the various arm, chest and shoulder exercises I can do with my dumbbells and barbells here at home. I am also going to up my walking to at least 3 days this week.
Lastly, I wanted to say that though I walked it instead of running of course, and though it was obviously very slow (one hour and 20 minutes) in the grand scheme of things, that on Saturday morning I walked a 5k.
Not an official 5k event or anything, but I set out to walk that distance myself Saturday morning, and I did.
I feel AWESOME about it.
So, I challenge anyone who reads this to, when you are feeling like not exercising, or even better, when you are feeling like you don't want to push yourself any harder while walking or working out, remember that a 587 lb man did a 5k a few days ago.
Because, if I can do that....what can you?