Pouting Plateau Panic

Monday, January 28, 2013

Okay, well, looks like I have officially entered "plateau time". I was not able to weigh myself while at my friends. So, now I have been finally able to weigh myself, and I have only lost a pound in the last two weeks. I have been exercising a lot, and except for last weekend, I have been following my calories spot on. Sigh. Only one pound. I know it is better than GAINING a pound or 10, but it still makes me a little sad.

Now there are a few things this might be. 1. I have heard that changing your exercise routine and adding a significantly more hard core exercise can make you gain weight. I have added jogging/running last week. To me this is significantly more hard core as it really gets my blood pumping and me breathing heavier than any other exercise. And also the cycle class, which is pretty hard core too. I was walking about 3 hours a day while at my friends. This is different than my normal routine. I don't know if that might be affecting the scale.

The other thing is my doc changed my BCP last month. He put me on a pill that made me completely skip my period. It was SUPPOSE to start Wednesday of last week. It did not start at all. I felt like I was going to start. I was cramping like I was going to start. I was bloated like I was going to start. I didn't start. And now I am on my next pack. I can not see how that is good for weight loss. I am hoping that maybe during the week things will all go back to normal. And I might lose that water weight that might be in there and then I won't feel so bad.

The thing is the scale is not changing, but I swear my body is. For example, my mom bought me a really cute little purple work out shirt for Christmas. I think I may of blogged about it. It was the Nike shirt. The one that I moaned about that what drugs are they on that it is a large. I couldn't even get the thing over my head. Literally it would not go of my shoulders. It was REALLY too small. My mom didn't get a chance to return it. Guess what? Fits. I look adorable in it too! A choker that I could not wear in November is now too big. I can totally wrap the tiny bath towels from the gym around my body.

All of these things are SO spiffy. I can side plank on my legs for a while and not just my knees (I couldn't even side plank on my knees when I started). I am pumping heavier weights at Body Pump. I am jogging.

...I should be happy at my progress, but I am sad because the scale doesn't say 166. I was hoping the scale would say 166. I wanted to be 165 by February 1st. I know I have made leaps and strides on progress, and mentally I know that things will slow down as I lose more weight..but..but...but...

This plateau is not my friend.
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  • BRENDA_G50
    Look at the bright least you have had a lot of good things going on with your body. Being able to wear something like a shirt that once was to small, the choker, the bath towel that you can now wrap around you. You're doing great no matter what the scales say. Scales like age are only a number. The most important thing in life is YOU!!! So what if you've hit a plateau, at least you're taking steps in the right direction to a healthier life. emoticon emoticon
    1968 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2013 9:46:48 AM
    any routine or med change will throw a monkey wrench into the scale, so will being on vacation. you are amazing- making those healthy choices, adapting your workout routine while you were away (dealing with how many birthdays and an extra Christmas?) and NOT GAINING, now on to the non scale victories- look at you go, post a photo of your cute self in the purple tee and celebrate YOU. the choker.... the pants that fit loose.... the belt that needs another hole.,....and the list goes on.

    celebrating you today emoticon
    1968 days ago
    It could be a few different things. You could be overexercising and/or undereating, things you've mentioned before. You really need to make sure you're eating enough food for all the exercising you do or you're body's going to hold on to any excess fat for fear that it's not going to get fed. It's important to have a calorie deficit for weight loss, but if it's too large of a deficit every single day, then your body's going to go into starvation mode.

    The other thing could be that your body composition is changing. You say a shirt that was too small fits now, so I'm guessing this is likely part of the picture. Do you track measurements and/or fat percentage? If not, you should!! This will give you the full picture of the changes your body is making. As your weight goes down, you're less likely to see huge changes on the scale and frankly you should start to focus on that less. The truly important thing is that you're dropping inches and your body fat percentage is going down. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you can add muscle and lose fat and still be the same weight. You're still making progress, adding fat and losing muscle is what you want, it just may not reflect on the scale.
    1968 days ago
    you just gotta be patient you could be me at it now for three weeks walking more weights at gym and home ellpitical yoga stretching etc and drum roll please a half pound really lol it was two pound and a half but it taken away the same day lol. think of your body toning that what i do . I want to look my best at any weight but lower would be better it will happen.
    1968 days ago
    Sounds like between hormone chaos and workout increases, you have the explanations for your 1lb loss. Wish that I was wearing that Large shirt-that's for sure!
    1968 days ago
    I have the same frustrations. Plateaus end. They're just a test, LOL.
    1968 days ago
    It sounds like you have a lot of good things going on in spite of what the scale says. It also seems like you've been able to come up with a couple explanations for what else might be affecting your weight.

    There's not too much to say that could change your mind, but just know that we're here for you and that we're all doing this one step at a time.


    Also, thanks for the comments on my blog about the weather. It was sweet.
    1968 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2013 5:51:23 PM
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