pla·teau[pla-toh or, esp. British, plat-oh] noun, plural pla·teaus, pla·teaux [-tohz, -tohz] verb, pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing.
Psychology . a period of little or no apparent progress in an individual's learning, marked by an inability to increase speed, reduce number of errors, etc., and indicated by a horizontal stretch in a learning curve or graph.
When I weighed in yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to see that I didn't lose any weight. I had really stepped up my game as far as exercising and was proud to say that, even without having the Active Link (remember, I lost it in the snow a week or so back), I kept my promise to know how I was going to be active every day.
That being said, I needed to take a look at everything I'm doing, especially if I think it is right. The week prior at our meeting, we focused on portion control and how to be handling it correctly. I assumed I was doing it right; how hard could it be if you are using the Weight Watchers issued measuring cups? Believe it or not, I wasn't doing it correctly and I probably was lying to myself a little. You don't always realize you are doing this; you think you would, however, for me, that is not the case. I missed some of the demonstration and was unable to stay after the meeting to see it again. That hurt me a bit, in the end.
In any event, I ended up taking a look last night at the instructions for the cups. A cup or 1/2 cup of one thing is not the same as a cup or 1/2 cup of another. I think the best option for me is to find a real scale, preferably a digital one (I have bought others in the past and were not pleased with their measuring abilities). I think that I also need to extend weighing and measuring when I am shopping, too. Supermarkets have scales and a lot of them are digital, so I will be employing them the next time I do a big shopping.
I also need to take some time and figure out what it takes for me to walk a mile. If it is nice enough this weekend, before we go out for the evening, I will take a walk in the nearby park since I know that to and from is 2.5 miles. I think my iPhone has a pedometer, so I can use that to measure a mile (I think). Once I know that, I will know what my time is and can truthfully report it in Activity Tracking.
I've also said that I will examine the DVD that came with my member kit; I haven't endeavored to do that yet, but I know that just keeping it in my purse is not going to help with my goal.
So, this week, I plan to make these changes. Our leader is going away for three weeks and she asked us to have something good to report when she returns. I will be happy if I've followed through with my promises and even happier if said promises result in some loss. That would be awesome.