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Weigh In Wednesday: Stuck in a Holding Pattern

Weigh In Wednesday

 

Whew- Wednesday already? It has been a whirlwind of a week for sure. I just realized that since last week’s weigh in I have only worked out twice! We left at 2am on Friday morning and spent the whole day in the car driving some equipment down to my family in Florida. Spent Saturday and Sunday with my family and left to drive home at 2am Monday. So we spent close to 40 hours in the car, had a short time to get things done while in Florida which meant no workouts and less than stellar food choices. Not to mention road trips always make me dehydrated. I don’t ever drink enough because I don’t want to have to stop to go to the bathroom.

So, all that to say I wasn’t expecting a huge loss this week… I was just hoping I wouldn’t gain a ton like I did on our last road trip.

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Whew. I can handle this. Of course I would have preferred a loss… but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I didn’t do the work this week. As much as I tried to make good food choices I still had some of my daughter’s birthday cake and didn’t stress over food while enjoying the short time I had with my family. I call that a win.

I have been kinda stewing over things in my mind regarding weight loss recently. I really feel stuck in a holding pattern. I’ve gained and lost these same 5-10lbs a lot in the last few months. When I did the 60 day Fat Loss Challenge I lost a ton of weight and made huge strides in my fitness. After the challenge was over I was sitting at 197. That was like 6 months ago. How is it that I have stayed in the 190’s for the majority of 6 months?! I know I have worked hecka hard, and seen some great improvements in my fitness… But it is still SO frustrating Β to know I’ve worked so hard and don’t have a lot to show for it. I feel like I get super motivated and kick those LBs in the butt, then just get mentally (and physically) exhausted… and super busy… and get stuck. I don’t know what to do about it. I’m still trying to figure out my relationship with nutrition. I want to find balance… but I also want to see progress. Because I believe it is possible. For the longest time I said that my “goal weight” would be 175. Because I didn’t think I could ever do more than that. Now that 175 is just 15 lbs away – I feel more confident than ever that I can reach that, and go beyond it. I just have to get over this hump… physically and mentally.

So there you have it. A weigh in and a brain dump. ha.

How was your week? How do you get over the humps that come with a long weight loss journey?

Linking up with Erin and Alex

18 thoughts on “Weigh In Wednesday: Stuck in a Holding Pattern”

  1. Plateaus aren’t fun, but you can push through them! Remember that sometimes when you jar your body with a moment of relaxation and then get back into it, it can kickstart those metabolic parts! (yay for learning in my CPT book πŸ˜‰

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  2. I’ve been stuck for about 10 months and after 6 or 7 months I started to gain. I gained back 20 of the 40lbs I lost so I’m back to trying to lose weight I have already lost more than once. It’s very frustrating but I focus on the good things Im doing for my body and tell myself that I can keep trying and at least get healthier and be proud that im trying or I can give up, gain it all back and more and be miserable forever. Neither sound super fun but the first one sounds a bit better and more beneficial lol. You can definitely do this and you will. Best of lucK!

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  3. Plateaus are the worst! I have basically been stuck in the 160’s since September so I know where you’re coming from. You can definitely reach your goal and then some – just keep up the good work and know that you’ll get there!

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  4. I hate plateaus! I finally broke through one I had been having this week by changing some things in diet and adding in a couple of extra workouts during the week. Don’t give up!

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  5. Everyone goes through a plateau its how you react to it that will define your weight loss journey. Have you considered mixing things up a bit? Maybe have some high/low calorie, points or whatever it is you follow kind of days to get your metabolism working more

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  6. Plateau’s aren’t fun, but usually there’s something sticky there that needs to be changed up, and you’ll break through. I’m in the same boat, hovering around the same 5 pound range. But I realize that I should be focused on maintaining more than losing now, so my situation is a little different. I also have to keep in mind that I’m been trying to gain muscle, which will weigh more than fat. So even if I’m losing fat (which you might be doing), if you’re putting on muscle, your number on the scale can still go up!

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  7. Honestly, the only break through I’ve had is that weight loss happens in the kitchen. Working out definitely helps, but it is more about my food choices. I think I eat better when I am working out more too… I have also been struggling at the same weight for months. It is incredibly frustrating for SURE!!! We can do this!!!! ((and I would have eaten a crap ton of birthday cake))

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  8. After losing like 140 pounds I was stuck at 220 for what felt like FOREVER!! I kept thinking “wow, do I really have 60 pounds of extra skin?” but I just kept doing what I was doing, and it took me really looking at my food and exercise tracker to see that I wasn’t eating enough based on the calories that I was burning at the gym. Not a lot, but I needed like another 200 calories per day. So I started eating 2 apples in the middle of the afternoon and BAM…within 6 months I had lost that last 60 pounds to hit my goal weight of 160 and now I’ve been at 157 for nearly 2 years!!

    do you journal your food/exercise??

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    1. Great advice Jenny! I do keep workout logs and track my food on and off. I make generally good choices which makes it easier for me to rationalize not tracking all the time. I know that’s what I need to do to get to my goal I just have to decide to do it….

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  9. Plateaus stink… Although I haven’t had one in forever (I’m usually just gaining my way along life…) I do understand your frustration, and just know that it can’t get the best of you. So many suggestions – eat more, change up routine, cycle intake values w/ high/lo – – lots and lots of choices. Have you thought of taking a month off the scale and just take measurements, to keep your motivation going?

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  10. I’m in the same situation. I’ve been stuck in the 10lb range I’m in for about 3-4 months. Relearning nutrition is what I’ve been focused on. Keep it up lady – you are ROCKING it πŸ™‚

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  11. I think this is terrific! Do you ever measure or check your bodyfat? I think things like taht are more telling than weight. I know my mom often feels the same way about yhe scale but the fact that she’s doing more and eating better us more important than the number.

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    1. I have had DXA scans before – I am aiming to have one done once I get down to 175! I have made huge progress in other areas, but knowing how much weight I still have left to lose, it is still a good thing for me to keep track of.

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