Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Good morning everyone,
I have finally stumbled upon my first plateau, and I have to say this experience stinks. I have weighed the same (within a .6 lb range) for the last two weeks. It's really a bummer, but I am trying really hard to stay positive.
I found some great articles on this website (it's a series of three articles) about what to do when you hit a plateau. Taking to heart what I have read, I am working on changing up what I'm doing.
First of all, I am making sure that I am getting a good night's sleep every night this week.
Second, I am adhering to my nutrition tracker more carefully by remaining within my calorie ranges. It seems that I don't eat quite enough carbs, and push the limit on my fat grams. I would like to eat more protein as well.
With my diet, I really want to work on eating a better breakfast, and eating healthy snacks between meals. That way, I don't feel like a hungred by the time I get to dinner. I want to focus on eating more vegetables and fruits. And I think I need to work on distributing my calories more evenly between my meals also.
Third, I am going to mix up my exercise. I had no idea that I was supposed to mix up my routine every 6-8 weeks. I've been doing the same thing for the past three months! I have worked out 3 times a week doing cardio and strength training each time.
With that being said, now I'm going to still do cardio three times a week, but do my strength training in between those days. With my cardio I am going to try some different things. I want to incorporate the step-master, and also try swimming. These are both things I haven't done in awhile (I haven't swam in years!). I am also going to get the new Xbox 360/Kinect Game Yourshape: Fitness Evolved 2. I really liked the first one. I still like using the elliptical, so when I use that I want to push myself harder (in a good way) and have a more intense workout.
Fourth, I have started to read The Spark. I am figuring reading this book will be another great way to give my weight loss journey a boost.
I must stop weighing myself every single day!!! I've been doing that since Saturday, and I know good and well that leads to nothing good. I have to stick with just weighing myself once a week.
To end on a positive note, I will say that I'm on a Sparkstreak. I've drunk at least 8 cups of water per day for the last two weeks. In addition, my hip hasn't hurt for three whole days now, which makes me happy and is very exciting. I've also dropped off 4 points from my BMI since joining Sparkpeople.
I must break this plateau!!! I've made good progress but I still have a way to go, and I cannot remain where I'm at. Thank God for my encouraging, supportive husband as well as my great Sparkfriends!!!