“Breaking through the weight-loss plateau—finally!” Weight-Loss Diary

Written by: on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Woman's feet on scale

Now this is a sight that makes me incredibly happy! The needle on the scale finally moved!

Here I am again, revisiting my ALL-TIME LOW of 201. Just 2 pounds away from ONEderland! Last time I made it to this point something went terribly wrong and the scale went in the worst direction and got stuck there. But I am here again, because I have NOT given up and I have NOT given in. I am still fighting because I aim to WIN.

Just 2 more pounds to ONEderland. 2. More. Pounds. Then I NEVER want to see a 2 as the first number in my weight again. I am going to get to buy my new outfit from Athleta when I get to 199 and it will get there.

Family with children kayaking

I love being active as a family!

My plateau-hitting downer led to some research and some insights. As a family we try to be pretty active. But time to step it up a notch.

Saturday, we paddled the Chautauqua Lake outlet for 3 hours. Sunday, we biked the Allegany River Trail for about 1½ hours. All of us as a family.

It would seem that a few things have helped break through my plateau: Persistence, continuing to learn more about nutrition, high intensity shorter duration workouts, and more activity!

Almost to ONEderland!

 

“How to overcome a frustrating weight-loss plateau”: Weight-Loss Diary

Written by: on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Consistency is key to successI don’t know if I believe this anymore, but I will act as if I do. My dietary transgressions are small—or at least they are to me. But they are apparently substantial enough that my scale does not move.

How is it possible???

I eat mostly right.

I exercise often.

Shouldn’t I see at least something?  But this week, my scale has not moved. Still 204. Last week I spent 200 minutes doing cardio. 200 minutes! How many calories is that? Must be thousands. Sunday, I did 80 minutes on the elliptical. That alone was 1,200 calories. Don’t you have to burn 3,600 calories to lose a pound?

How can this be? Well, rather than getting completely and utterly frustrated (and believe me, I am just about there), I decided to do a little research and here’s what I discovered:

1) Weight-loss plateaus happen to everyone who’s ever tried to lose weight. They are not just happening to me (as I thought). They occur because, as we lose weight, the metabolism slows down. That means that…get this…I’m burning FEWER calories than I did when I was heavier doing the EXACT SAME ACTIVITIES! The reason: the body is achieving a state of equilibrium. Great. *$#@! Insert a string of profanities here!

2) Once you reach a plateau, things have to be changed up—or no more progress will be made. This means, that despite all the hard effort I’m putting in, all the exercise, all the eating right…I still have to do more. To lose more weight, I need to cut my calories further and/or increase the amount of exercise I’m doing. If I still with what I’m doing now, I will stay the same weight…just as I have been doing.

3) You have to cut 200 more calories a day. This is what seems to be the typical recommendation to start; don’t go overboard with calorie cutting (and never say diet!), but it seems that I have to cut just a bit more.

4) Do even more exercise! I find this hard to believe—and find it harder to fathom how I’ll fit any more exercise into my day, but this is what all the experts say. Some recommend not doing any additional “formal” exercise, but just to add more walking, moving, etc every day to burn more calories.

I must admit, I do feel defeated sometimes, but just hearing that I’m not the only person who has experienced a plateau makes me feel a bit better. But it seems I just have more work to do.

Have you ever experienced a plateau? Can you please share with me what worked (or what is working for you)? I need all the advice and support possible to get me through this! Write to me at melissa@valerielatona.com.