Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So much for the honeymoon phase

If I see the number 187 on the scale one more time I am going to throw it across the room. But then I'd have to buy a new scale and would be even more upset... What a dilemma.

Back in April, I wrote about how after doing this whole weight loss journey for about 8 months, I was still in the "honeymoon phase" of weight loss. Why? Because all my work was paying off. Now? Not so much. I am here to tell you today that the honeymoon phase is officially over!

I guess I have hit a plateau. This is what I was worried about. I have had steady weight losses every week, averaging 2 lbs a week, and now nothing. Nothing! A small gain, even!

This week, I'm doing shorter, more intense workouts. Also tracking what I eat and eating my daily points. And drinking tons of water. Anything else?

Have you hit a plateau? What did you do to push yourself out of it? I would LOVE any and all advice!

12 comments:

safire said...

I think one week of no loss isn't really a plateau! It really depends on your body adjusting itself and getting used to shedding the weight. Is it close to TOM? I stall for 1-2 weeks before my period comes.

Also, if you consistently have been losing 2 lbs, one week with no loss isn't a plateau! Keep at it and I think your plan for this week sounds perfect!

Lisa Mancini said...

YEP!! Safire is a very intelligent woman. Are you doing any sort of weight lifting? Yoga is also good, but if, and when you DO hit that plateau, it's one of the best ways to bust through it.

Joy said...

Keep in mind that as you start getting smaller and smaller, it will be harder to lose weight as consistently. I know when I get down to about 170 is when I get really frustrating stalls. But, look at the bright side, it's pretty much just physics that if you keep at it, the weight will come off eventually. I know that's probably not what you want to hear :( but don't give up hope! The best advice I could give would be to switch up your exercise and/or your eating. That's usually how I hear people burst out of their plateaus. Experiment.

Dawn said...

I think I went through this last month, I don't weigh so I can't be sure but I know my loss stalled and I found it really hard but just kept doing the right things and surely enough it came good. I think patience is the key..if you are eating less than your body needs to maintain and doing CV exercise, the weight will come off.It will.
Dawn

'Tasia said...

I think that the most important thing is not to get so discouraged that you throw in the towel. I don't know exactly what your exercise routine is, but i hear interval training is great for weight-loss when it comes to cardio, and circuit training adds a boost to weight training. Don't give up! You'll get through this and be back to losing in no time :)

Brendalyn said...

One week with no loss, or even a gain, in my opinion, isn't a plateau. In my opinion it's life. Be gentle with yourself. I think the weight lifting is a really good idea for many reasons. If you are eating the correct amount of calories, or points, based on your basal metobolic rate, plus your workouts, you will lose weight. Just don't get discouraged, just hang in there, you will see the numbers on the scale move again soon.

Baby Weight and Beyond said...

Plateaus are hard! I think what you are doing is the best idea - switching it up is what worked for me in the past!

Thin Lizzy said...

I hit a plateau awhile back. To get through it I really tightened up my eating habits and hit the gym double time and extra hard for a week. Also incorporated weights into my routine.

Diandra said...

If you don't want to see that number again, do your best and at the same time stay off the scale for a while... I've got "magic numbers" in my head which, when I reach one, will stop me dead in my weight loss tracks. (The last one was 75kg, the next appears to be 72kg (below which I will have a "normal", though high, BMI.) I maintain around these "magic numbers" for a while, and it used to drive me nuts! Well, until I decided to keep on going and not weigh myself for a week (or two). Once the numbers don't mess with my head, it's easier to lose, and the next thing I see (if I do everything the way I should) will be progress.

(I've actually considered weighing myself only once a month and may do that below 70kg, since the weight loss is supposed to slow down even more and I don't want to discourage myself by seeing the same number again and again.)

V said...

I just found your blog and I love it. I'm going through the same thing right now. I think trying to mix up your workouts and food will help you bust through. Keep up the great work!

Bonnie said...

For my plateau, I actually ate more....I know that sounds silly but I just upped my calories by 200 a day, and it tricked my metabolism into working harder.....

Missy said...

Water, water, water. And add more intense weight training. That's what seems to work for me. Mainly though, listen to Safire ;)