Plataeu Busting Plan
Friday, July 20, 2012
I think in the past 3-4 weeks, I’ve hit a bit of a plateau. I had one weekend that wasn’t ideal (ate on the higher range of my calories one day and had to walk the second half of my long run because I got dehydrated). Outside of that, I’ve been maintaining my workouts, eating on the lower end of my calorie range daily, weighing/measuring all my food, and not snacking. So what the heck?!
I dropped 8lbs in two weeks, followed by bobbing up and down on the scale averaging in the lower 150’s. Prior to that, I was consistently losing 1-2lbs per week, with the occasional 2.5-3lb week in there somewhere. I also try to keep a decent variety in my workouts between training for a half marathon, yoga, cross training at the gym, and strength training on weight machines AND workout dvds. I workout 6 days per week and I’m not counting my daily dog walks, which are generally over one mile each but slow.
SO here is my plateau-busting plan:
1.) Eat a better breakfast. I usually eat a Slimfast bar on the run, but I’m going to add a light yogurt.
2.) Make lunch/ dinner with more variety. I currently eat the same lunch every single day (lean cuisine pizza).
3.) At least 3 days per week, do my cardio in the morning instead of after work. Hopefully it revs my metabolism a little bit.
4.) Try a different setting on the arc trainer at the gym (instead of cardio setting, even though it’s still pretty challenging).
5.) Continue blogging my workout plan weekly (it helps me stick to it), working out 6 days per week.
If I don’t get results in the next 2-3 weekly weigh-ins, I will revisit increasing my calories. I’m hesitating doing this because I’m nervous I’ll gain. If anybody has any other ideas, I would LOVE suggestions.