POPULAR QUESTION: “Heeelp—How do I handle the plateau?”
How do I handle the plateau?
It is SUCH a common question!
A plateau happens when you’re doing everything right, but your body isn’t changing.
Boy oh boy do I feel your pain.
We all just want there to be a magic bullet!
Since there isn’t one, here’s three things to bear in mind to keep the “plateau panic” at bay:
1. Understand that plateaus are part of the journey.
If you think you’re the exception to this rule, what planet are you living on?
That kind of fantasy-thinking sets you up for failure because when the scale stops moving we go into the depression, frustration and self-judgement.
2. Take back your power from the plateau.
A plateau is just a plateau is just a plateau.
Stop believing the plateau has a magical superpower because that’s how we abdicate our own responsibility, and we abdicate our own power.
For example, how often do you make the non-movement of the scale mean all sorts of very, very unhelpful things?
Things like: “I suck….”
Things like: “I can’t do this…”
Things like: “I’ll never be my happy shape and size…”
The truth of the matter is: you don’t suck, the sky is not falling on your head – you’re okay!
Stop making the plateau mean something it doesn’t mean.
Just be patient, ok.
3. Stop trying to “break through” the plateau.
Many diet gurus teach us to break through a plateau by starving ourselves.
You know you do not need to starve yourself to shift this weight.
Just keep doing what you’re already doing – and be patient.
Do the deep breathing, the mindful eating, the slow eating, moving body every day.
Most importantly… stay engaged and keep on keeping on – step by step.