How do I define success? Is it a one pound/wk loss or is the motivation to continue when there is no loss and has been little loss since Christmas?
I was really cooking last year - not literally although I did that, too! I mean I was really shredding the pounds. I started in mid-June and from then until the week before Christmas I tracked a 50 + lb weight loss. Then, I bottomed out. I don't lose - I don't gain. I just stay the same.
I've tried changing my exercises, confusing my muscles. Began a more diligent write-down of all daily caloric intake and attempting (and mostly succeeding) at maintaining at 1500/day. Pushed myself harder with intervals and strength training. Learned my max heart / min heart rate for fat loss (BTW: for me this is 90-153 bottom to top zone) and bought a Polar heart monitor which I use religously. I've tried changing my diet - incorporating leaner proteins and less carbs. Watching my H20 - yummy!
Finally, I've just decided that I'm tired of the work it takes and concentration/focus to break this plateau - instead I'm going to concentrate on having fun learning new exercises and doing things I never would have done before. I want to try kick-boxing and pilates. I'm going to sign up for the unusual 5K - a Warrior Dash. I'm going to do more yoga and connect with the elements. Just for the fun of doing something new.
I define success by moving forward and not letting the scale stop me (of course, if I break my plateau I'll be psyched)!
Of course, anything y'all have learned on your journey I will love reading about and incorporating it into my own.
| Pounds lost: 76.0