I mentioned earlier that staying motivated through a plateau involves defining success in additional ways beyond just the numbers on the scale. I've been running all summer and have achieved some goals that I had never thought I could accomplish.
When I started on the C25K program the 30 seconds of running just about killed me.
I could not run 90 seconds just a few months ago.
I climb mountains with teenage boys and I'm the slow person in the fast group but that is better than being part of the slow group.
I climb mountains
I can do things I could not do before. I am healthier than I've ever been. Even at my target the most I ever ran was about a minute, as I was chasing someone while playing a game, so only sort-of voluntarily running anyway. Zumba is a rest-day activity now and I feel pretty amazing. I've realized the problem is what to eat, satisfying hunger and body needs while running is an art-form much different than satisfying needs and hunger when exercising less intensely. I've started to progress again. By carrying tons of food with me, lots of low calorie highly nutritious snacks to avoid the hungry horrors and need to eat whatever I can get a hold of I am making smarter choices, I actually have to eat all the time but it's working! Sometimes you just need to step back and mediate and really listen to your body instead of fighting with it.