And I realize it's not a long plateau and not (necessarily) a big deal, but I'd still call it a plateau.When I first started writing this blog, I regularly read a blog by Jonathan. He wrote the best explanation of what a plateau is (back in 2006... how quickly time passes) that I've ever read. The key point is this:
‘When you are experiencing a true plateau –that is, you are not gaining, and you are not losing– it is the result of the fact that your desire to change is exactly equal to your desire to stay the same.’
This Truth has nothing to do with playing scale games, making up excuses like "I'm building muscle and that's why I'm not losing weight" or "I'm eating too many carrots" (which some weight counselor once told a blogger was why she wasn't losing weight).
It's an in-your-face, look at what you're really doing kind of explanation for a plateau.
I am at that point of exactly equal.
My desire to stay the same stems from:
I don't feel obese anymore. Size 12 is average. I am still overweight, but I can run and lift weights and hold my body weight in pilates. I'm not eating sugar or processed foods as my main meals (although my nights are still a problem as far as that goes). My husband likes the way I look. And I feel good.
But all that combined isn't the true, deep down reason for staying this weight. The real reason is that I feel SAFE at this size.
Nobody comments on my body or my clothes. Nobody asks if I've lost weight. Nobody asks me about diets or exercise or "what's your secret?"
At this size, I'm still invisible.
Understand, though, that Safe isn't where I want to be. Safe is not a happy place. The need to feel Safe stems from childhood damage and comments from men I received when I was thin in 2008 and recent issues with my uncle. I wrote in detail about the need to be invisible here.
Deep down, who I want to be is what Vickie described in her zip line post (which I found easily because Vickie is the Queen of Tags, and yes indeed, she has a tag for "zip line." Love it). I want to feel like this, as Vickie wrote in this post:
"I am not an average person.
That illusive "normal' that bloggers often think about wanting to be.Getting beyond Safe is, I believe, going to take some more therapy sessions. I don't know any other way to get past it. I had the breakthrough of understanding a few months ago. Now I need the breakthrough of change, so that I can get my head around learning to live beyond Safe, beyond Normal.
I am above, beyond, better than a 'normal' person. Because the average joe in line at the license bureau is a 'normal person'.
And what I do to take care of myself is beyond what those people know, do, understand.
And what I have, physically and emotionally is (in my opinion) beyond what they have too."
Deep down, I know I can be that person. Now to start digging through the layers to bring that deep down belief to the surface.