Hitting a plateau this early???
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I've read a lot about hitting plateaus during people's weight loss, but I didn't expect mine to come so soon. As of last week I had lost 24 pds, but yesterday and confirmed today I gained 1.5 lbs, and 2 weeks prior only had lost 1 pd!!! My heart sank yesterday, and today I thought surely the mistaken numbers on the scale would correct itself today...not. I have been faithful in tracking my nutrient, and fitness calories. I bought a HRM a few weeks ago to keep "better" track of my burned calories. So I wonder to myself (and to anyone reading this)...is it because, I have had a lot of stress the past two weeks, and this week is expected to be especially hard. Is it b/c with the HRM I'm actually burning less calories than I had been b/c the machines were considerable off in calorie burn count, or could it be that I'm building muscle as I've noticed I'm getting stronger and lifting more weight? Is it because I need to bump up my exercise intensity, or because I miss calculated my calories eaten when I ate out? I wish I knew what to do to get out of the weight loss slump I'm in. I guess I wasn't expecting a plateau until 30 or 50 lbs lost. So this has been a shock to me. I think I am still trying to understand how my body fuctions. If this is truly a plateau...this is dang hard to work through...physically, emotionally, and mentally. BUT know this- I am in no way giving up, slowing down, or defeated. I am pressing on in this race to win the prize of a healthier me and look at the changes I've already experienced from my weight loss. My clothes are looser, I'm moving around better, my blood pressure has really dropped (praise the Lord), I feel better over all, and I know that I know that I know I WILL continue to lose weight...when my body is good and ready...pressing on!