I have managed to lose 50 lbs. and maintain my weight between 135 to 140 lbs. for the last 2 1/2 years. I've been trying SO hard to lose the last 10 lbs. Hard to believe that it was easier to lose the first 50 than the last 10. Any suggestions?
I bet we can help you bust through your plateau by taking a closer look at what you're doing and not doing, currently. I'm sure its a simple tweak of your nutrition and exercise. Give us some more info to go off of and we'll keep the conversation going. ~Toby
Well, I get up at 4:45 every a.m. to go for a half an hour run before breakfast 5 days a week. On the sixth day, I run for about 45 mins to half an hour. I also weight lift 4 evenings a week followed by one week off from lifting whereby I will start a new program for the next 4 wks. continuing the cycle. As far as my diet goes, I eat bran buds and oatmeal every morning for breakfast. For mid a.m. snack, I have a dare simple pleasure bar. For lunch, I have either a sandwich of some sort with mustard on whole wheat bread, or soup and salad, or left overs from supper along with an apple. For aftn. snack, I have yogurt and an apple. For supper, I have lean protein and vegetables. Sometimes tho', I'll sneak a potato in there. After my work out, I will usually have a glass of milk or a cup of green tea. Oh yeah, I have a cup of green tea every a.m. I will also sometimes sneak some dark chocolate in with one of my snacks. That's pretty much my eating pattern everyday during the week. Here's where things may be going wrong...the week-end. I usually stick to the same foods during the week-end only I'll allow my self a day with a couple of cheats which includes 4-5 coolers (probably my downfall...just hate to give up my last indulgence). Well, that's pretty much it. So, what do you think? Looking forward to some advice.
Hey Julie, thanks for sharing this info as it def helps us better understand your current levels of output and input. You said you're 10lbs. away from goal weight so this could be acheived as easily as ramping up your cardio output and making some changes to what you eat (eat this not that approach) or you could try our 8-week advanced weight-loss training program (FREE for a limited time!) that yours truly created with Tara Coleman, CN. We'd love to get your feedback on how you like our program! Or, if you just want to slightly tweak what you've got going on already, then try these 10 Great Workouts to Spice Up Your Running Program or even attempt to Double Up Your Daily Runs. Just remember to keep it fun and interesting and "don't let your groove become your rut."
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Hi Julie! Your current meal plan from a quality standpoint is very good. However, I wonder if we could tweak it a bit from a quantity standpoint. Typically when I see a plateau from a weight loss standpoint it is due to undereating. I know this sounds counterintuitive but when you don't give your body enough fuel it tends to hold onto weight. You usually don't experience weight gain but it can certianly halt your weight loss. Have you looked at what you eat from a calorie standpoint?
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I haven't actually calorie counted in total throughout the day, but I am conscientious of calories per item. I usually try to keep my snacks under 200 and my meals under 450. One of my pitfalls is that I will take bites of my family's "junk food". For the last week, I've been diligently avoiding doing that. I'm hoping to see some results from that effort. We shall see.