This may not be what you want to hear, but realistically you can't lose 86 lbs without plateauing at least once. The sooner you accept it as a natural part of long-term weight loss, the better off you'll be. I've run into several myself & guess what, none of them lasted forever. I always viewed them as a test; I was being tested to see if I'd really stick to the lifestyle I committed to even if the scale didn't back me up on it.
Of course you want to meet your goals, that's why all of us are here. We are all frustrated & impatient at times. I found that when I let go of the notion of "ok, now I'm finally ready to lose weight so I want it to happen right now" & acknowledged that I can't reach my goal overnight, I was much better off mentally. There were times I had to block out my goal altogether because it was too overwhelming, & instead focus on the dozens of little milestones along the way.
My entire progress has really been a series of 2-5 lb losses. Right now I'm working on losing the last 4.6 lbs of the weight I gained last week on vacation. I'm not even thinking about my goal weight right now. Once I lose that 4.6 (which WILL happen eventually as long as I stay on track), I'll be working on dropping 3.4 more lbs to get me to my next multiple of 5 (80 lbs lost). Then after 5 more I'll celebrate 85 lbs lost. Then after 2 more I'll celebrate hitting the 220s. You get the idea.
Narrow your focus & don't panic. You can do this as long as each & every day, you make food & exercise choices that will get you moving in the right direction. The scale will fluctuate up & down so don't let that discourage you. If you find that it does, stop weighing daily & go to weekly instead. Daily weighins are not an accurate measure of FAT loss, only gravitational weight. From day to day we carry different amounts of fluid in our bodies & other things like digestion can play a role too. It's not a big deal.You can do this.
| NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS
| Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost2013:
still up from 1/1, but coming back down...2010:
50.4 lbs lost | 2011:
17 lbs lost | 2012:
1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/