Well it looks like I have hit some type of weight loss plateau. Or maybe I am just not pushing myself hard enough. If I was a betting person I would say a little of both.
Here are my stats this week.
I know 1 pound gained or lost is not a huge deal but honestly, it is driving me crazy. You see the bulk of my weight came off during the first 7 months of my weight loss journey. It was so encouraging to see consistent weight loss numbers each week as I got on the scale. The first week alone I lost 7 pounds! I am sure it was mostly water weight and my body going into shock but still 7 pounds is a lot. After that first week the scale dropped another 3 pounds then leveled off at around 1-2 pounds a week until May 2011 when I got down to 141.5 pounds. Since then I have fluctuated between 141.5 – 149.
My conclusion to all of this is my body has become comfortable. Basically, my body and weight has adjusted to the cleaner diet and level of exercise I have adopted. In a way I see this as good because I am able to maintain the bulk of my weight loss without really thinking about it. However, on the other hand for me to reach my goal weight I need to step out of my comfort zone.
I am not looking to make any major food changes or complete a food overhaul. I am not even looking to decrease the amount of food I eat because I have been doing really well with keeping my calories and portions under control (thanks to My Fitness Pal). Of course, I will continue to learn about and evolve my clean eating lifestyle but overall, right now, I am satisfied with my eating habits. Sure I have slip ups every now and then but for the most part I feel good about the food I eat.
So if it is not the food then what is it? It bugs me to even type this because at this point I am starting to sound like a broken record. My issue is exercise! Ugh!
Over the last couple weeks I have been doing okay with exercising. My goal is to run on my treadmill 4 times a week and also add in some strength training. That is my goal. What I have been really doing is walking on my treadmill 2 -3 times a week, watching a video on my iPad, and barely breaking a sweat. Now I know this is better than nothing and has helped me maintain my weight loss but….this mama needs to sweat! I need to get out of my comfort zone and push myself. I need to get off my treadmill and immediately want to take a shower! You get my point.
Moving forward I am going to focus on sweat! If I am going to take the time to go into my freezing cold basement to exercise then I need to make it count.
Your turn. How did you do this week? Enter your stats below. Also, I would LOVE to hear about the ways you get motivated to workout.