Wowzers, I have been a slakin’ on the posts lately. Let that end now….for a while, anyways.
I have been super “on” my weight-loss goals lately. Getting picky about diet, focusing on workouts, etc. he main reason is that I have been dragging myself out of a plateau. I feel like it’s been my first but hump, and getting out hasn’t been easy by any means. Today and yesterday, for example. Last night I had to make cookies for my family. I made it through without so much as a lick or dough off my sticky fingers. However, we went to church today and they had sooo many tempting desserts/snacks after it was painful. Then we come home and there’s a tub of leftover cookies in our cupboard. I have stayed strong, and will continue with all of you as my witnesses.
But. It’s. So. HARD.
Please don’t think I’m depriving myself. I let myself have some treats, but I’m keeping it to “healthier” ones (that’s I really do love and am satisfied with) for a time until I’m back in the zone and losing at a more consistent rate.
I have compiled some things to try that are not so typical when you hit a rut. I’m working on them, so enjoy!
- Switch up your workout routine. This is important. Don’t do the same thing month after month. Try to switch it up every 6-ish weeks.
- Do cardio before strength work. This one gives you more benefits from the same strength routine. It makes pushups a bit harder, but the benefits are greater than the extra effort.
- “Reverse diet”. I first heard abut this term on a RW forum. I’m not sure what is exactly means, but all they said was that you should spend some time eating more. Not more calories than your body means, but not a deficit. I believe the point is that as you cut calories, you may cut a bit more, then more, etc. until you throw your metabolism out of whack. Basically, what I did was increase my calories to a maintenance amount for a week. I did this by eating by hunger – you have to have the self control and “intune-ness” with your body to eat by tummy hunger, and not head hunger to eat by feel, though.
- Try eating in different frequencies. Sometimes all you need is to switch it up. Try eating more breakfast and skipping your mid-morning snack, or do the opposite. This one is from experience. Sometimes you need to stick to eating many mini meals. However, changing frequencies for a short time can help some people.
- By a cute dress in a size too small. Sorry gents, this one will need to be modified for you. ;PI just did this one. I have been eyeing a dress I’m in love with for a while (here it is – I’m obsessed with ’40’s fashion!), and I got a coupon. I noticed they only had it in a size too small. The things is, I have enough weight to lose (and the proper build) to fit in that size when I reach my goal weight, so I ordered it as “Christmas present” and I’m not going to put it on until Christmas. The thing is, I have to lose weight for it to fit, so I have a goal – lose 10 pounds by Christmas (about 8.5 weeks away). Unbelievable motivation to not eat 5 cookies!
I also want to let you know that I will be announcing a special fundraiser I’m doing for a cause I’m supporting next week. Stay tuned!
Hope this helped someone. Keep running.