I’ve plateaued, or so Sally South, my nutritionist from Cornerstone Health Coaching Group, tells me. I’ve dropped some weight, and a pant size, but now my weight is hovering. I’m not too happy about that but Sally tells me it’s normal. Normal or not, I’d prefer for my weight to continue its decline. Now, I don’t want it to continue to decline until – “POOF!” – I disappear, literally wasting away to nothing. But, I’d be happy to continue losing weight for a while – quite a while.
So, hitting a plateau isn’t a welcome development, even if it is ‘normal.’ If I want a plateau, I’ll do some traveling and check out the Tibetan Plateau, which, I’m guessing, is in Tibet. I could go see the Atherton Tableland in Queensland, Australia. The Aussies must call their plateaus tables. Does that mean the family gathers at the kitchen plateau to eat dinner?
There’s an Antarctic Plateau with an elevation of about 3,000 meters (a meter is a European way of saying a little more than a yard). This plateau includes a portion of the South Pole, according to infomory.com. It was explored (I suspect that’s PC speak for discovered) by Robert Falcon Scott and Ernst Shackleton in 1911. They named it the King Edward VII Plateau because it was so big and because they didn’t follow the Australian tendency to call big, flat, elevated geographical figures tables. I’m guessing that the King’s name was scratched off the plateau in the name of PC, too.
Fortunately, if I do want to explore plateaus, other than the one I’m struggling with myself on the bathroom scale, I don’t have to go that far, or freeze my … get really cold. There is another big plateau in America – the Colorado Plateau. This sucker covers 337,000 square kilometers (a kilometer is the European way of saying a little less than a square mile). It’s divided by the Colorado River and includes Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. And, it has a rather unique feature called The Grand Canyon. I may have a canyon in my plateau, but let’s not go there.
Another nice thing about the Colorado Plateau is its pressurized groundwater. The pressure forces the water up to the surface in certain places creating springs called Artesian wells. Apparently, any groundwater that reaches the surface under natural pressure is a flowing Artesian well. I knew this because John Matthesius, of McHenry Water Well & Pump, who knows a real lot about groundwater, told me so a while back. Still, the term Artesian well has a nice ring to it. You almost expect to find leprechauns soaking in an Artesian well. But, of course, none of this has anything to do with my plateau.
Frankly, I want to get off of my plateau and Sally has some tips on how to climb down from this bugger. Here is what Sally has suggested as a means of conquering my plateau. None of these ideas will put my name in the history books beside explorers, such as Scott, Shackleton or Dmitri Mendeleev (the latter discovered a table called the table of elements, which has been used for decades to torture children in science classes everywhere). But, if I can climb down off this plateau, I could make a new dent in my pants size.
- Remember Intermittent Fasting: I say ‘remember’ because Sally got me started on this a while ago and I done did forget. This is where I make a point of going 16 hours without eating. I can have water but I’m not to eat until the 16 hours is over.
- Have yogurt, fruit and granola on hand for breakfast: I’m often running out the door going to meetings and such. Often, I don’t have time to eat until it’s 2 or 3 p.m. This isn’t good. My body starts to think I’m starving and begins to store food. Stored food won’t help me get off the plateau.
- Buy sugar free yogurt and add my own sugar, if I want it: As Sally put it, “I guarantee you won’;t use as much sugar as they put in the sweetened yogurt. We also discussed making liquid sugar, like the liquid sugar they serve with iced coffee in Japan. To make liquid sugar, I merely put a cup of water in a pan with half-a-cup of sugar and boil it down until it turns into a liquid. Then, I store it in a bottle or jar.
- Increase my workout somehow: I mentioned to Sally that I have a WiiFit that I won a few years ago in a raffle. However, I’ve never hooked it up. She thinks it might be time that I do so.
Well, I hope to see you when I get down off this plateau, or even around the kitchen table.