I’ve hit a weight loss plateau. And you know what? It really sucks.
Since my last weigh-in at the beginning of March, I haven’t lost any weight. I’m up about 3 pounds from where I was and my weight won’t go down. It seems that no matter what I try to change, there’s an invisible floor beneath me that I can’t smash through and get my weight any lower. That’s why I’ve decided to do something (possibly a little) extreme.
For the next 30 days, I’m going to focus on being active every single day (instead of my 4-times-per-week-but-in-actuality-usually-just-the-weekends plan) and eating as clean (my preference is mostly whole foods plant-based) as possible.
To keep myself accountable, I’m going to blog it all. That means for the next 30 days, you’re going to see a daily post from me on what I’m doing, what I’m eating, and how I’m feeling.
The goal is for me to put my health as my #1 personal/non-work priority. For me to do that, I need to dedicate enough time to building habits that support that choice. In the same way that what you spend your money on tells the economy what you care about as a consumer, what you spend your time on should tell you what is most important in your life.
“How you spend your days is how you spend your life.”
I would love it if at the end of these 30 days, I no longer need tons of motivation to eat well and exercise because they’ve become healthy habits that my body craves. It would also be amazing if I saw great progress in the mirror and on the scale, but I’m not going to put that pressure on myself because I know that I will be incredibly disappointed if I set a weight goal that I don’t meet. Instead, I’m going to focus on my behavior, mental state, and habit-building.
In case you’re new here, I’ll give you an idea of where I’m starting. I’m 23 years old, 5’8″, currently 188.9 pounds. I’ve recently switched back to a plant-based diet (which I did for a year in college, then 2 years off after graduation, and back on about 2 months ago). I’ve struggled with overeating my whole life. It’s a bad habit/coping mechanism I learned as a child and that most of my family has. I have successfully lost weight in the past, but never reached my long term goal, so I’ve been overweight for pretty much my whole life. In 2016, I put on more weight than I ever had. As a result, my weight went over 200 pounds (203.2 to be exact), something I never wanted to see, and I tiptoed into the obese BMI range. That was enough of a wakeup call for me to start to change. I’ve lost 15 pounds, but I’ve still got over 40 pounds left to lose to reach my long term goal of 145 pounds.
To be honest, I’m really nervous. I have a huge fear of failing, magnified by the fact that I’m putting this on the internet. But my desire to break this plateau is bigger than that fear. I’m going to ride that wave of motivation as far as it will carry me and hopefully, when it starts to wane, some of you will be there to cheer me on.
Screenshots from my LoseIt! food diary for 5/27/17
Screenshot from my Fitbit app for 5/27/17
Today’s exercise: I went for a walk (with a bit of running) for about 50 minutes in the morning and cleaned my apartment in the afternoon.
Today’s food: I had my current favorite smoothie for breakfast, homemade green juice and watermelon for lunch, snacked on more watermelon, and had baked, breaded potato wedges for dinner with even more watermelon. As is typical for me, the food was all pretty healthy and clean, but I just ate too much. I felt good after breakfast and lunch, but the afternoon snacking is when I started to eat even though I wasn’t really hungry. I was a bit tired and bored, two major causes of unnecessary eating for me that I really want to work on over the next 30 days.
Today’s calorie totals: Even with the overeating, I still burned enough calories to be just barely in the black today. (2116 consumed – 2165 burned = -49 kcal). My LoseIt! calorie goal is set for me to lose roughly 1 pound per week.