Defeated Plateau! 16 lbs down!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
So I have the answer for anyone who has hit a plateau. Well, that's a little arrogant, but I feel like I solved my own plateau, and I thought I'd share. I am trying to go down from 175 lbs to 125 lbs (5'5 F) in one year, from April 19 2014 - April 29, 2015.
Those first ten pounds were easy. Too easy. I was like, "seriously, all I had to do was work out, and it just melts off? This is awesome!" Nope - after about two months and ten pounds, my body stopped losing weight at about 162 or 161 lbs, even when I was running up to 25 -30 miles a week!!! I'm not a stressed out person normally, I'd been eating less than 1500 calories, running like crazy..... what gives?
After about two weeks of plateauing and feeling more and more perplexed at not seeing the numbers on my sleek Aria Fitbit Scale go down, I just said F$%^ it and went out to eat almost every day, drank awesome cocktails, and didn't go to the gym once. I expected a crazy setback of like 3-5 pounds, but guess what? The scale still read 161.8 just this last weekend. I was baffled. But in a good way. Obviously, I had lucked out. And in spite of my apathetic binge-fest, I was actually motivated to shock my body with diet and exercise once again.
And it worked! After my week-long bacchanalian feast, I went back to the gym and got back on my diet hard core. Yesterday: 160.1. Holy s#$@. Today? 159.4. CH#$T! I haven't seen a number in the 150s since 2010! I had only been doing elliptical before, and I added doing 3 miles on the treadmill instead and a couple miles on the elliptical, and I am sore, people - feels good, and it has definitely shocked my system.
Okay, I know "weight is just a number." That's why during my plateau, I stopped being a crybaby and had my husband measure me - I lost a WHOLE INCH around my waist during the three weeks that I was plateauing. My skin was cinching itself back up around my body, and I was just getting impatient!
The answer for anyone plateauing: TAKE OFF A WEEK. Treat yourself. Stop being a crybaby. Measure your waist, hips, biceps, etc. And then SHOCK THE HELL OUT OF YOUR BODY with interval cardio and a strict diet. You'll get back on track.