Sunday, February 5, 2012

Plateau: BUSTED!

I did it. I did it. I did it. I broke my plateau! BAM! I had been on a 3 month plateau with my weight loss. I reached my -90lbs mark in the beginning of November and up until yesterday had only been to -94. Now, I don't like the word "only" but that was weeks of up and down, up and down, up and down. I was stuck!!

But it's a new day! I weighed in yesterday at 157.2, a loss of 1.8lbs for the week, and a total of 95.8lbs GONE!

 It felt so good to finally break through and gave me the renewed sense of motivation that I had been waiting for. Now I am 4.2lbs away from -100 and 9.2lbs away from GOAL! So exciting!!! After giving birth to my daughter I was upwards of 270+ lbs. When I started WW, I was 253lbs. I can not believe that I currently weigh 157lbs. It's so surreal!!

I came across this photo of me at my sister's baby shower in Summer 2009. Gross. 

Mark my words: You will NEVER see me look like that again.
No siree bob! 
This is the real me and I am a work in progress: 

Yesterday there was more exciting news for my dear friend, Daphne. I have spoken about her before, as she has been a huge inspiration to me and a huge part of my journey. I met Daphne through the Weight Watchers community and have become great friends with her. Well, yesterday, after 3 YEARS of perseverance, my girl Daphne reached her ULTIMATE GOAL WEIGHT!!!! She lost an incredible 111.4lbs!!!!! Check out her before and after shots:

Congratulations to my friend!!! You continue to inspire us all!! 

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she said "The thing I love about you, Krystle, is that you NEVER give up. You never even talk or think about giving up. You just keep pushing" ...She's right! I noticed that even through my 3 month plateau (which is the longest plateau I have been through yet!), giving up or changing my goal weight to something higher never even crossed my mind! I just kept going and I can say this for my friend Daphne, as well as many of my other weight loss friends! WE JUST KEEP PUSHING!!!

I often get asked, "how do you stay motivated to keep going when things get tough?" or "How did you find motivation to workout all the time?" along with other similar questions.

  • Don't focus too much on the long-term goal. Set several short term goals that add up to the long-term goal. This week I was able to cut a new notch in my belt that I just bought not too long ago!
  • Focus on non scale victories - most of the time they are more exciting than the scale victories. SHOUT OUT to my friend Amanda who today is celebrating wearing size 10 jeans!! Go girl! 
  • Create a vision board: I posted previously about that. See my vision board here.
  • Keep track of your results, both on the scale and off. Keep your measurements and look back to see how far you have come. Document in pictures also, take a look back at old pics before you started your journey. You may be surprised to see the difference! I never realized how BIG I actually was until I looked back later. 
  • Surround yourself with like minded people and people after the same goal! 
  • Don't set the bar too low. Saying "I'll do my best" is not enough. Set a specific goal and then do your best to reach that specific goal.
  • Just do it. Don't think about it. Just get up and go. 
  • When the going gets tough, KEEP GOING!!! Nobody is going to do this for you except YOU! 
  • REMEMBER: You are WORTH it!! Wake up with determination if you want to go to bed with satisfaction.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race."
Calvin Coolidge 



DaphneCT said...

Yeahhhhhh great work on kicking that PLATEAU to the curb!!! You're friend is right, you never give up and looking at that picture that you found is proof! You are an awesome awesome woman!! And man what a wonderful friend you are giving me a little shout out on your blog in celebration of my goal yesterday! I loved hearing personally from you!! I thank you for continuing to not only inspire ME but for all that you do for others! High Five all around for all of us!!!!

Sarah said...

I have old pictures that I look at and I feel disgusted. I can't believe I looked like that! Some of them I wonder what the hell I was thinking because I know I thought I looked good that day when I left the house. You look fantastic!


Rachel P said...

You look amazing!
You really inspire me and after a hard week reading this post made me realise I HAVE to keep going. Thank you xx

RubyAlison said...

I just found your blog a few days ago (from a link on I have been very much enjoying going through and looking at your posts. You are amazing! Congratulations on your wonderful success! More than anything, I am really in awe of your positive attitude. And you have a great smile!

I pretty much look like that before picture now. I am about the most I've ever weighed and just starting today to really try and change that. I've tried many times in the past and after a few weeks, given up. I want to say this time will be different, but I've said that before... But I am trying not to think about the past and just focus on the future. Today I am going to work on a list of goals, both short term and long term.

Your after picture gives me a lot of hope and motivation. Check you out in shorts! And knee high boots! Those are things I've never really been able to wear as an adult and would love to. You look sensational!

I notice you do a lot of high intensity workouts. I can't even begin to imagine doing anything like that. Would you blog a little sometime about your exercise journey and how it changed from when you started and the path along the way?

Have a great day!

Sherrie said...

Big ups to you for whupping that plateau! I found your post very inspiring and reassuring because I'm in nearly the same boat. I recently reached 95 pounds lost, and almost immediately started sliding backwards...two pound gain, 1.5 loss, etc, over and over for weeks. I'm finally back to only 8 tenths of a pound from my original 95 and "only" 5.8 pounds from my ultimate goal weight. I say only, but I know what a challenge that last 5.8 may prove to be. My goal is to follow your lead and just roll over those last few! :) I also have a vision board, though I refer to it as my inspiration board- same concept though. Thanks for kicking around that platueau, I'm working on being just like you this week, lol.

Teresa Halminton said...

Thank you so much for the inspiration!
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