So, as thrilled as I am with my current weightloss (39 lbs as of last week), the last 2+ months have only yielded a 3-4 lb loss in total. I definitely feel stalled out, and while there may be many reasons for this, I need to get the scale moving again.
Yes, I know I am building muscle, but I still have at least 30 more pounds of fat to lose. A plateau will happen at times, but this is my second one since August, and this one is going into week 10. Unacceptable!
I suspect a lot of this is lazy habits. I have been successful at low carb for months now, but in a way, I have allowed quite a bit of “carb creep” to happen – fruits that are too high in natural sugar (oranges & bananas are just SO good!), an occasional breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts, and those damn cookies from the holidays. I got back on track in the New Year, but I need to get the lazy eating habits totally back under control.
The good news in this is I know I can maintain a weight loss without gaining. There is always a positive spin on the things that happen in life if you look for them. I really believe that! Anyway, I will be making a few adjustments to my current efforts.
Step 1 is to track all of my food again. This will help me see the carb creep and keep me accountable online. I haven’t been tracking my food on Lose It.com like I was in the beginning and I think it shows. Starting today, I am going to make an effort to faithfully track every morsel. I need to see what the carb counts are for all the foods I am eating and stick to the ones that keep me losing and not stalling.
Step 2 – measuring. I need to measure again & make sure I am actually eating the amounts I think I am eating. I am pretty good at eyeballing, but again…lazy habits have been creeping back in. This is especially true of my fat intake. I know that fat is important for a healthy, low carb diet, but this is one of the areas I have gotten a little lax in. Yes, I can have sour cream and bacon, but I am probably eating too much. On the other hand, I could stand to eat more coconut oil.
Step 3 is exercise. Yes, I have been running faithfully and I met my first running goal of completing a 5k. However, I need to balance it out with strength training and flexibility. My left hip has been hurting and I have decided to rest from running for a week (at least), work on some physical therapy stretches for my hip, and add different exercise in to mix things up. I decided on Jillian’s 30 Day Shred and some yoga. Once my hip feels better, I will be back on the asphalt for sure, but I need to build more muscle anyway. I want a higher resting metabolism and I want to look good naked, not just in clothes! I want beautiful muscle definition and strength as much as aerobic endurance.
This is my three-step plan to break this stupid plateau. I am putting it into action today and I am hopeful I will see the rewards on the scale and in my clothes very soon! I am definitely not going to let this discourage me or use it as an excuse to give up. In the past, once I quit losing weight, I used it as an excuse to go back to bad habits. NEVER AGAIN!