Thirteen Weeks Way-In


If you’ve ever seen Mame, then you’re familiar with the joke about Upson Downs.  I think I’m going to rename my life Upson Downs.

I’m still at a weight loss plateau.  I think I’m going on, oh, up to three weeks of a plateau.     I suppose I need to be a bit more vigilant about what I eat, and how, to make sure I haven’t become complacent with that aspect of my lifestyle.  Plus, I have several after-work events coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I should make an extra effort to eat healthy when I can to prepare for those events where it’s not so easy.  (Breaded chicken cutlets and pasta seem to be very popular at these kind of events.)

I should also mix up my exercise.  Case in point:  I didn’t do any yoga last week.  Zip.  Zilch.  I miss it.  I need to do it.

Speaking of mixing up workouts, Sundays have become my de facto day to shake it up.  Yesterday, I ran the trails instead of the treadmill.  I purposefully did interval training.  I have no idea how many miles I ran, but I was on the trails for an hour.  At one point, I really ran.  I mean knees-pumping-feet-pounding-the-ground-sprinting-flying ran.  It only lasted a minute (if that), but it felt great.  As for the treadmill, I averaged about 11:52 per mile.  On Wednesday, I ran 2 miles in 22:57 (or about 11:29 per mile).  Now that I know I can run on the treadmill for a mile or two, I feel like I should mix it up and spend some time doing interval training on the treadmill.  Maybe that will break my plateau.

How was your week?  What are your goals for this week?


6 responses »

  1. Hi there!
    It is extremely frustrating to hit a plateau for so long, but keep going and do not give up! Eventually, the weight will come off. I think mixing up the exercises you are doing is a perfect way to break your plateau.
    Best wishes,


  2. Interval training is an excellent way to burn calories. This just might help you out of the plateau. When we do treadmill sprints in boot camp, we do approximately 15 minutes. We warm up for about 3 minutes and then do approximately 10 minutes of sprints. During the sprints we RUN as fast as we can for 30 seconds then rest for 20 seconds, then fast again for 30 seconds, etc. The instructor says we should really be trying to get some air in during the 20 second break. You should try it and let me know how you like it.

  3. I struggle so much with interval training! But it is really helpful – increases your speed, helps your endurance, and helps you increase your BMR so your body keeps burning even after you leave the gym! Good luck getting through the plateau, and keep up the good work 🙂

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