Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I hit the plateau & I want to get off!

I have been sitting steady at a 15 pound loss so far and I have been here for the past month! I am tired of it! So I did a little bit of research and found that in order for me to continue losing I will have to increase activity and decrease calories. 
This information came directly from the Mayo Clinic-

How can you overcome a weight-loss plateau?

If you're at a plateau, you may have lost all of the weight you will given the number of calories you're eating each day and the time you spend exercising. At this point, you need to ask yourself if you're satisfied with your current weight or if you want to lose more, in which case you'll need to adjust your weight-loss program. If you're committed to losing more weight, try these tips for getting past the plateau:
  • Reassess your habits. Look back at your food and activity records. Make sure you haven't loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise.
  • Cut more calories. Reduce your daily calorie intake by 200 calories — provided this doesn't put you below 1,200 calories. Fewer than 1,200 calories a day may not be enough to keep you from feeling hungry all of the time, which increases your risk of overeating.
  • Rev up your workout. Increase the amount of time you exercise by an additional 15 to 30 minutes. You might also try increasing the intensity of your exercise, if you feel that's possible. Additional exercise will cause you to burn more calories.
  • Pack more activity into your day. Think outside the gym. Increase your general physical activity throughout the day by walking more and using your car less, or try doing more yardwork or vigorous spring cleaning.
So, time to portion it down to the right size and keep on moving! I will need to go back to the planning board to make some changes and I will need to carry my crosstrainers in the car so that I can take an extra walk at the end of my day is my plan right now. I will change in the office and go for a run-walk for an extra 20 minutes. Then, hop in the car to get my son at daycare. 
I can do this! 
I know I can! 
You can too!


Mer and Mo said...

Hey Mer - don't get too frustrated, we all hit the plateaus from time to time. I am at the same point, but have realized that even if I am exercising I am not really pushing the limits. I will get there, you will get there and we will blow those extra pounds aside!! Keep it up!!

Chubby McGee said...

"JAAAAAAAAAAAANE, get me off this crazy thing!"

Stay put, babycakes. You'll make it over that plateau. I KNOW you can do it. You're one of the most determined weight loss bloggers I've seen (you both are!). I know it's frustrating (and overwhelming...and discouraging), but do NOT back out of this now. You've got 15 pounds in the bag...you can totally blast through that wall in front of you. :)


Dawn said...

I think plateaus are quite common in a long weight loss, but that doesn't make it even a tiny bit easier when its you going through it. Keep on going, follow the good advice you have already found and the pounds will come off. You are very good at tackling this through knowledge. When you want to do something, you read, and learn about it and then do it...and again, you have found inspiration in words. What about printing it out BIG and putting it up somewhere to read while you fight this plateau and move on?
You can do it...we all know you will

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Good advice. I recommend changing it up. Sometimes I think the body's need for homeostasis works against you, and a different approach helps. But another thing is to be rigorous in evaluating what you're doing - often those little things we eat add up. Anyway, good post.

Mer and Mo said...

Thanks everyone for the support - I know Mer will get past the plateau and I will be right there with her helping her over that hill. Thanks McGee for the flashback to one of my favorite cartoons....