n. pl. pla·teaus or pla·teaux
1. An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.
2. A relatively stable level, period, or state: Mortgage rates declined, then reached a plateau.
intr.v. pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing, pla·teaus
To reach a stable level; level off: "The tension seemed to grow by degrees, then it plateaued" (Tom Clancy).
[French, from Old French platel, platter, from plat, flat; see plate.]
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Does one pound over 6 weeks count as a plateau?
I think it does.
And it's not cool.
Most weeks there was a reason that I didn't lose, or a reason that I maintained, or even gained. This week? No reason.
I tracked. I ran. I gave up Diet Coke.
Yes, you read that right. I gave up Diet Coke. For three straight weeks. None. It was bordering on torture.
And then weigh in came. I thought for sure I would be down at least a pound.
I stepped on the scale. She smiled at me. She handed me back my pocket guide. And told me to have a good day.
So I looked. And I gained a pound. Excuse me? A whole pound? When I was good? When I did what the plan asks of me?
I am frustrated.
And kind of defeated.
So I drank a Diet Coke or two this weekend. Because apparently the fast did nothing.