Part of the problem with being proud of my weight loss and overall health was that I began making too many exceptions. I allowed a little oil. I allowed flour tortillas instead of corn or whole wheat. I quit eating as many starches and veggies, and so I was constantly hungry. Instead of opting for something healthy, I grabbed something calorie dense.
I plateaued for about a month, and then I gained a little over the following month.
In some ways, I'm happy that I felt so good about myself that the plateau didn't bother me too much (at first). I had always felt so bad about myself. My internal voice was incredibly harsh. I NEVER gave myself a break about ANYTHING.
So looking back at that small weight gain, sure, I wish I'd been able to work through it, but I gained valuable information. I learned that I didn't need to show myself love through bad food, but good food. I could and should make progress and be happy with that progress. I didn't beat myself up emotionally until I reached a goal, and THEN be happy with myself. I could continue treating myself with love and respect and also reach my goals.
I have a dislike for the "Two steps forward, one step back" expression. Most likely because I used to beat myself up so much for taking a step back. Our society (myself included) looks on mistakes and "taking a step back" as a bad thing. While nobody WANTS to take a step back, sometimes that backward motion is essential, information is gathered, and, if learned from, should not be looked upon negatively. In the end, that step back can be so much more valuable than those two steps forward.
In gaining that weight, I learned more about nutrition, and I re-discovered the McDougall Maximum Weight Loss program, which has been so helpful to me. I was patient and took care of myself. This helped strengthen me, and the next time I waver, I'll have this experience to look on and help me through.