Change in weight (2/1/21 – 2/8/21): +1.6 LBS
I am a bit frustrated right now. I have been in denial about that fact that I’ve been stuck on a plateau for a while now. I have gone up and down and today weigh the same amount I did in mid October. I call it a lonely plateau, because despite the fact I know everybody goes through these, it feels like I’m alone while the rest of the world is moving forward.
I know all the common responses to hitting a wall. I am even getting fed up with myself for when I feed my own head the cheesy “break through” type of comments. In reality, I need to just own the situation, embrace it, diagnose some reasoning, and plan my next steps.
As I have started thinking about moving on from this plateau, I wanted to remind myself of some longterm goals. First, I have two weddings this coming fall and will need to purchase at least one new suit. I want to be closer to a goal weight/fitness by then so that I am not spending a lot on something that will not fit for long. Second, I want to run a couple 5Ks this year and a 10K in the fall. Third, I want to get stronger and also develop some more upper body muscle (I have huuuge legs, so they don’t need a lot of extra love right now).
Now that I have some good long term aspirations to keep my eyes on, I need to call out what has been causing more difficulty.
1-I have not cared as much about my portion sizes with dinner. I have been very good about breakfasts and lunches, but am blowing calorie counts in my dinner meal
2-I have been snacking more with little regard to consequences
3-My home situation is DIFFERENT. New baby, less time, less sleep. Work around this and make it work.
4-I have not been properly fueling myself leading to more fatigue and more empty calories.
I set a simple goal for my upcoming week. I need to track every bite. I say this all the time but I need to track even the random cracker, when I eat a leftover off my daughter’s plate, and so on and so forth. I also want to maximize the time I do have to work out. This means more targeted workouts and make sure to emphasize recovery on days where I have less time.
I do not like to set weight targets week after week, but I would like a good bounce-back week. A type of week to remind myself that I can accomplish this stuff when I put my mind to it and I am capable of overcoming the current frustrations.
Finally, I could use some encouragement. I feel selfish in asking for it, but hearing some feedback from some of you goes a long way. I, to a fault, am a personality that relies on hearing affirmation from others. So I am humbly asking for some. Let’s see what next week brings!
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Every day goals:
1.Drink 10 cups of water
2.Track every bite
3.20 Body weight squats
|Low impact Ride||Upper body Strength and stretch||Power zone, Wk3 Day 1||Power zone, Wk3 Day 2||Power zone, Wk3 Day 3|
|Power zone, Wk3 Day 4||Stretch and recovery|
|Meal Plan||Meal plan||Meal Plan||Meal Plan||Meal Plan||Modest takeout||Meal Plan|
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|Date||Change in Weight|
|1/25||N/A – no weigh-in|
* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning