The Dreaded Plateau

I seem to have hit a plateau in my weight loss. My doctor mentioned this would happen. He said that after losing some weight, your body would have to get used to your new weight, and kind of “catch up.”

I last weighed in on March 5th and was 324.9 pounds. I weighed again on March 10th and was 324.8 pounds. Since it was only a 0.1 pound difference, I decided to weight myself again the next morning. On the 11th, I still weighed 324.8 pounds. Determined to see some weight loss, I weighed again this morning. It was 325.9. I gained a pound!

I don’t normally weigh myself 3 days in a row, but since I wasn’t seeing any change, I felt compelled to weigh in every morning.

I can’t help but feel a little discouraged about this. In the beginning, my eating habits were boring and simple. I wasn’t using a lot of sauces or flavorings. I eventually started adding low calorie sauces or broths or spices to flavor the food I was eating because it had gotten extremely boring. (There’s only so much plain chicken you can eat before you get bored!)

I have also been putting everything I eat into a daily calorie tracker. I have stayed relatively consistent with my calorie intake being between 1800-1900 calories a day.

I’ve also been consistently working out twice a week. In the beginning, I wasn’t working out at all.

I feel a little lost right now. I’m wondering if I should go back to the boring, simple foods I was eating early on such as grilled chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli. I have been having a lot of fun making healthy foods and making them taste good by experimenting with different flavors, but is this why I’m not losing weight?

I’m also wondering if the answer to getting over this plateau is to workout more often. I work some long days during the week, and I’m usually tired and hungry after I get home, but maybe I should be getting in more exercise.

I know what the doctor said about there being a plateau, but I guess I never imagined it would affect me this way. I’m trying not to feel down, but I am. I just feel like I’ve worked so hard this past 3 months, and I don’t want to stop, because I have so much further to go in my journey.

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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

What do you do if you hate apples?! I guess you have to go to the doctor, which is what I did today.

The appointment was just to recheck my liver enzyme level because last time it was high. So, they took blood and I should get the results back in about 10 days. The good part of the visit was finding out my new weight. I started at 372 pounds exactly four weeks ago, and today I weighed 351. That’s 21 pounds lost and I couldn’t be happier. My goal was to be under 350, but hey, I’ll take 21 pounds!

The doctor genuinely seemed proud of me and cared that I had made some good changes, which is exactly what I wanted. I also had a lower blood pressure number, so I’m glad I can SEE my diet working to make things better.

When I was talking to the doctor about my weight loss, he mentioned how sometimes when losing weight you’ll hit a plateau. He said that your body has to get used to the new weight and then it can continue to lose weight. In times past, I’ve lost maybe 15-20 pounds, hit that plateau, then given up…multiple times. I was really glad to hear him say this. It felt like a little extra boost I needed to hear because if I do hit that plateau, I’m prepared to face it and not let it get me down.

Even if I don’t see a smaller number on the scale, it matters that I’m making healthy changes in the right direction to get healthy. A very wise woman once told me, “The number on the scale doesn’t matter. Weight is just a number and nobody around you can see it. They only see what’s on the outside.” Thanks for that mom! 🙂