My Weight Loss Journey: Hitting a Plateau

Everything was going great this year until I hit the dreaded "weight loss plateau". Thankfully my good friend "Dr. Google" came to the rescue!

If you’ve been reading about my journey this year you will know that I have remained pretty disciplined and have made a lot of progress along the way. I’ve been pretty honest about the challenges I’ve met along the way and how I’ve overcome them. At this point, my motivation remains just as high as it was when I started this journey. However, despite all of the motivation and diligence I’ve practiced, it hasn’t always resulted in continued weight loss success. It seems that I have hit the dreaded “weight loss plateau” in recent weeks. I may lose a pound or two here and there, but after that it will either stop or go back up a pound or two again. Since I don’t have the luxury of hiring a personal trainer or any other outside help, my only option is to consult with a little thing I like to call “Dr. Google”. Doing searches on the topic have given me some ideas on what I could try in order to help me breakthrough. Some of these ideas I am implementing now, but other information I’ve read has made me realize that I may have been overdoing it. In this piece I am going to talk about what I overdid and what I am trying to do to break through the dreaded weight loss
plateau I am currently stuck in.

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What Did I do Wrong?

For the first few months of the year, I cut all of the bad stuff out of my diet and I ran/walked several miles everyday without taking a day off. I pushed myself hard and stayed focused through it all. I even followed the same routine everyday in order to keep myself on task and in the habit of maintaining my new lifestyle. This plan worked out very well for the first several weeks, but once I lost 20 pounds, it more or less came to a halt. So why would something like this happen to a person who was so on schedule with their routines and so committed? As it turns out, this might have been happening to me because I was a little too consistent. I had long periods where I didn’t eat very big meals and even longer periods where I didn’t eat anything other than salads, oatmeal, and a small healthy dinner. I was doing all of this while never taking a break from exercise. Apparently, your body not only needs the little extra fuel from and variety of foods, but it also needs time to recover from the strain exercise puts on you. That would explain how my knee became so swollen despite not injuring myself in a noticeable way.

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My exercise calendar has looked a little more like this lately instead of the rigorous everyday diet and fitness schedule I had before. I’ve found that mixing it up is good for your diet!

What Did I Do About it?

Once I consulted “Dr Google” for advice on how to fix my problem, I started to notice that the weight was coming off again. For the past few weeks I’ve lightened up on my diet a little bit so that my body does feel completely full sometimes. It’s actually good news to me that I need these meals sometimes because I missed them. I don’t need to go out for a big dinner everyday, but a trip to BJ’s Brewhouse once or twice a week certainly makes the diet much more tolerable. I also decided to start running every other day instead of every single day. Before I started exercising this way, I became afraid that I wouldn’t be able to keep it up. I didn’t want to lose any momentum this time because I am very serious about what i’m trying to accomplish this year. As far as I’m concerned, every day counts! However, after implementing this new routine, I’ve noticed that my mindset hasn’t changed at all. My body, especially my knee, are thanking me for the extra rest as well.

Where Am Is My Weight Currently At?

Right now, as of today, my weight is down to 232 pounds. This is 8 pounds less than I was when I published my first weight loss blog a month ago. Although i’m not sitting here reporting another incredible 20 pound loss, I think what I’ve done is a big accomplishment. I got stuck in a rut that would have been easy to get frustrated with. I could have easily thrown up my hands and given up on the whole weight loss before 40 project. Thankfully, I did some research and found something that wound up working. The past few weeks have taught me an important lesson. The pounds just don’t melt off. You have to earn every pound you lose. I’ve also learned that you can’t give up when you come across an obstacle. The weight loss plateau can be overcome. It may very well have been easier if I had a dietician or personal trainer, but that is not an option for me at this point. The only option I had available was to consult the information available to me online and give it a try. I am not telling my readers all of this to persuade them to not go to the doctor, the gym, or seek other avenues for help. I am putting this information out there because I didn’t give up on my goals. I stayed with the my diet and fitness changes even though I hit a point where what I was doing wasn’t working anymore. From what I’ve learned, when it comes to dieting, your body likes it when you change things up a little bit. You more or less have to “trick” your body so that it continues to work for you. Switching up routines goes against my normal approach to life, but in this case it is necessary in order to avoid the dreaded weight loss plateau!

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8 Responses

  1. The Not Fake DC says:

    Congrats on the weight loss. You’re past the initial lifestyle/eaing change adjustment which I found to be the hardest part. I have done well the last year w DDP Yoga. It’s a good eating plan and I probably exercise 3-4 times a week (been a bit lax lately though) for about 30-45 minutes. I’d definitely recommend it. Anyway, best of continued success with it.

  2. Kaitlyn says:

    Congrats on the progress! Weight loss is a slow process, unfortunately, but never give up! Wish you all the best of luck.

  3. catcandothat says:

    Nice work – keep up the good work!

  4. Keep at it Marc! When I was losing weight I used an app called ‘my fitness pal’ which helped me monitor the balance of foods I was eating for health ( protein, fats and carbs) and the kilojoules I needed each day wkith the exercise I was doing … it helped me a lot and was ‘health
    ‘ based rather than than just a weight loss app.
    You sound like someone who is determined and will persist. Best wishes for a healthy progression! 😊

    • Marc Schmidt says:

      Thanks! I’ll have to check that app out. I’m always looking for new ways to do better with my goals!

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