Sunday, March 4, 2007

Plateau

As you may or may not know, my new found insanity for running was developed when I hit my first plateau back in September of last year. Everyone knows that during a long-term weight loss program, you are going to hit the wall every once in a while. However, it starts to get really frustrating when that wall is two months long.

In my first 12 months I averaged a weight loss of over 1.5 pounds a week. But since January, my one year anniversary, I have averaged a weight loss of ZERO pounds a week. Yes, you read that correctly, a big fat ZERO!

What makes this especially frustrating is that during this time I have continued training for my first marathon and reintroduced myself to the weight room (something I haven't done since I quit playing semipro football almost four years ago when my second daughter, Paige, was born.). My workouts these days are much different. I'm more focused on toning my core (back, shoulders and abs) where in the past I did nothing but meat-head workouts.

When you have an ultimate weight loss goal, you always want to see your progress at the scale. In the back of my mind, I know that I am doing good for myself even though the scale is telling me the same story week in and week out. But finally, this Friday, the scale showed me a glimpse of hope that the fruits of my labor are stating to pay off. A 5 pound drop on the scale. Hopefully, I have gotten over this wall.

2 comments:

Mallie said...

Are you measuring as well. You might be surprised to see that you're losing inches even though the scale isn't budging. Don't let the scale get you down...if you're keeping on track and tweaking your workout from time to time to stop plateaus, I'm sure you're making great progress.

Duane said...

My dietitian, whi is also a triathlete, makes her clients eat more when they hit a plateau and they usually start losing agin. Seems weird but it works.