Weight Loss Plateaus

I got a great question from a reader:
“i was looking at your weight loss log & i seems that you never really plateaued or temporarily stopped losing weight. congrats on your weight loss by the way! ive made a huge plateau right now and i think im going back to calorie counting to get off the final 20 pounds – any feedback on how to stayed on the weight loss train without getting off periodically?”

Oh yes…..I plateaued A LOT during my weight loss journey. If you look at the dates in my Log, you can probably see that I didn’t always “weigh in” each week. In reality, I weighed in once a week EVERY week for the two years I was losing weight. However, if the scale didn’t budge, or I gained weight that week, I didn’t log it, I just wrote down whatever it said the following week. The reason behind this was that for me, I didn’t want to get discouraged by seeing my log go up and down, up and down. So I just recorded losses.

In a previous post, I said my friend Rachel (above) started Weight Watchers. She’s weighing and measuring every Saturday and logging it online. I think that’s fantastic. It shows her progress on a graph too. So if she happens to plateau or gain a few during her time at WW, the graph will show that.

There was a time when I plateaued for MONTHS. It was really frustrating. After seeing so much progress each week, to be at a standstill for weeks (sometimes months) of hard work, it was discouraging. Keep at it! Don’t get discouraged.

The above picture was taken at my 27th birthday (I think) when I weighed about 175.

The advice was I was given by my personal trainer to get over my plateau was pretty simple: DO WEIGHTS! A weight training program is the FASTEST way to lose weight when you get stuck. And it’s important to mix things up!

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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