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!
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  • PSALM22
    Plateaus happen anytime. Look at how those other measures have improved even if the scale isn't budging! You are making progress!
    2975 days ago
    You can reach a plateau at anytime, especially when you have increased your cardio. As you muscles get stronger, they gain wait. You should see a favorable change shortly.
    2975 days ago
    I am in the same right now, I lost some lbs. before staring sparkpeople and after a lost more in total around 24 lbs. and I had been in the same weight for 3 weeks, but I feel great, just keep positive like I said sooner or later the number will change, but right now the important is how are you feeling and if you are like me you are feeling great, keep doing the right thing and we will see that scale number move. emoticon
    2975 days ago
    The building of muscle is definitely a factor. I'm on a plateau after 16 lbs, but I can now run up flights of stairs - not seen for several years and my girth is definitely still changing. People comment on it and I've had to buy new bras, twice, because my underbust size has changed so dramatically - and all in 8 weeks!

    Like you, I know the weight will start moving again. In the meantime, I'm pleased to tread water and not let it creep up.

    I also intend to up my excercise, by adding in at least one more ten minute quick hit cardio each day. Hopefully, that will kick start my metabolism and get the weight slipping off again.

    Good luck with the healthier you.

    2975 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2010 5:38:10 PM
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