Never Ending Plateau

Saturday, August 18, 2012

For the last 6 weeks, I have stayed within the same 2 pounds. Up a little, down a little but overall the same place. I've been keeping up my walking everyday (or something else if it is raining), mowing the grass, riding my stationary bike... I've been a lot more active than usual. I've been careful with calories, sodium, protein, fiber, etc. I am almost always within my ranges. I know that I have gained some muscle, but there is no real reason I shouldn't have lost SOMETHING in the last 6 weeks! My calorie differentials are good - always between 1000 and 1500 (and a few 1800+!) I am getting plenty of sleep at night, I'm not retaining water as far as I can tell... I am doing everything RIGHT!

Please... give me your best tips to get over this plateau so I can move forward! I hate feeling that the last 6 weeks of effort have been a complete waste! I should be another 10 pounds down at least! :(
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    Been here plenty of times. Mine have lasted more than 6 months, so, be patient. First off....your calorie range should never dip below 1250. Your body thinks it is starving and holding on. Second, my guess is that this weight is one that you have been at in the past. Believe it or not, our bodies like familiarity and they will hit a point from the past and linger. To get over this....log every morsel of food. Even sugar free gum, calorie free soda etc. Try to make sure that you are getting at least three meals and 2 snacks. Healthy ones. An ounce of almonds is very good for you. I am sot sure what diet you are following but you may be consuming too many carbs or fat. Try to tweak your diet. Eliminate or reduce your red meats. Once a week at the most. Most importantly....change up EVERYTHING. If you usually work out in the evening, do it in the morning. No excuses. Well, you can make excuses if you want, they are just that though, excuses. Do your cardio harder or longer. If you strength train and then do cardio, switch it up. Do the cardio and then the strength. You may want to take a look at my last blog. My work dealt me a schedule change. I changed things up and lost 5.5 (this from the slowest loser on planet Earth). I follow a very low carb diet. I feel lucky to have learned that I have a carb addiction and that it affects me like I am using drugs. Just stick with it! Do NOT give up. Also, stop weighing yourself. Start trusting that you are working hard to achieve this goal. The scale does not dictate your success. How do you feel? That is the measure of success. You've got this! Hang tough.
    2991 days ago
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    i say....get rid of sugars and simple carbs (or even very few complex carbs) in your eating and see what happens. i know those two things have made such a difference for so many that i know. fruits and veggies to be like 80% of your meal.
    gosh, i don't really know what else to say. good luck and keep us posted
    2992 days ago
    Not really... everything is pretty much the same :(
    2992 days ago
    Have you taken measurements? If so, are those changing?
    2992 days ago
    I have no idea about my glucose levels... I haven't been to a Dr in 5+ years...
    2992 days ago
    keep the faith. It is not the scale, but the journey. Drink water. What I do is stay away from process foods, do portion control and exercise 5x a week. Hope this helps. Stay off the scale. emoticon Track food. How is your glucose levels?
    2992 days ago
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