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?
I want to achieve stability, but not total flatness. Call me mesa, though, ‘cause I’ve hit a weight loss plateau. That’s frustrating in itself, but I wonder if it means everything else is stalling, too. Have I flatlined on toning up? Is my cholesterol level staying the same instead of dropping? How do I break the plateau?
I did a little research, and it seems like there are 3 major causes for plateaus:
1. Not eating enough. Yeah, I was surprised, too. However, if you’re not taking in enough calories, then your body may go into starvation mode and try to store everything rather than burn it off. So those carrots could go straight to your waist if you’re not eating anything else or not eating a balanced diet.
2. Eating mindlessly. If you’re dining in front of the television or computer, you may not realize what you’re putting in your mouth, or how much. A handful of almonds may be a healthy snack, but you may be eating five handfuls if your hand’s in the bag and your eyes are on the TV.
3. Workout ruts. If we’re working out on a regular basis, we feel great about ourselves–and we should. However, the same workout–every day, week to week–makes a more efficient body, meaning you burn fewer calories. In other words, your body is used to the workout and needs a change. Mix it up to burn more calories.
So it looks like mindfully eating a balanced diet and mixing up workouts will help break fitness plateaus. Have you ever hit a plateau? What did you do to break it?