I didn't have time to post this before work this morning, so I'm a little later in the day than usual, but here are the results:
Weight lost this week: 0.3kg (0.6lbs)
Total Challenge weight loss: 4.5kg (9.9lbs)
That's right, 0.3kg. The scale remained stubborn all week. I hoped in vain as I went to bed last night, that somehow the little whoosh I'd been hoping for would save the day at the last minute, but no.
The bad news is I was doing everything I should have been, and nothing I shouldn't, so there's no reason for me not to have lost a proper amount of weight. The good news is I have been doing everything I should be doing, and nothing I shouldn't, so there's no reason for me not to lose proper amounts of weight next time.
Angela Pea posted a timely link about plateaus and the scientific theory behind them, which (while not making the scale any less frustrating) made me feel a little better about it. Even if we don't know exactly what's going on, a plateau isn't arbitrary. There are reasons and it will start to move again.
One other good thing is that I was on plan all week. A lot of the time when we don't lose a lot/maintain/gain we can look back at our week and (if we're honest) see what the culprit was, in my case I know everything was fine. When I didn't see any change for my last post I was sure to be extra careful with things as my numbers were see-saw-ing a little, up and down. Posting a gain would have really dealt a blow to my motivation, so my diligence paid off in that respect. I had a weak moment a few days ago when a market find of some lovely cheap fresh cherries coincided with my 'baked and delicious' magazine subscription delivery, but after a bit of a struggle I realised baking could only lead to two outcomes:
a) bake. eat. cry.
b) bake. don't eat. sulk.
so for the sake of both the challenge and my mental health I decided against it.
Let it be noted that I will not be keeping my more positive attitude if I see no movement next week. Should that happen, I have a rather large tantrum building specially for the occasion.