Spring plateau impatience
Thursday, April 05, 2012
I'm finally taking the time to knock out a blog! Yay!
I've been wanting to blog for a while, but actually sitting still long enough to do so seemed rather impossible. Kinda like trying to talk on the phone when you have kids: next to impossible & highly stressful. But the kids are distracted making chair & blanket forts & watching a cartoon, so I'm making the most of it!
Ok, here's the gist of my problem: over the winter, *thinking* I was prepared & armed w/ enough knowledge to maintain my weight, I managed to gain 10#...I stopped tracking my food. Here I was, coming up on my 1 yr anniversary on Spark (in Jan), after maintaining a 20# weightloss from April thru thanksgiving & I'd gained 10 back in about 3 months! This is especially aggravating me now b/c April 2011 is when I first hit my 20# loss.
We got a Y membership in early Feb & I've been faithfully attending group fitness classes on average 3 times a wk. Well, apparently my body enjoys being 150#, b/c that scale is not wanting to budge! I aim for 2 one-hour long cycling classes, 2-3 Body Pump classes & some other random cardio activity a wk. I've noticed more muscle tone (yay!!), but the inches don't appear to be dropping either.
At my annual physical, I asked my doctor about the calorie range I should be reaching for, since the only time the scale seems to head down is when I keep the calories toward the 1200 end. She said based on the activity I'm doing, that I shouldn't let my calories drop below 1500. She said the weight wouldn't come off as fast, but it'd be more maintainable. She said setting my body's "comfortable weight" at this age is a good idea. It's much easier now than when you're older. (sidenote: 150 is on the very beginning of "overweight" on those BMI charts for 5'4", so it's a health thing, too, not just wanting to look great for swim suit season)
BTW, my blood work was all normal, w/ the exception on my vitamin D being on the extremely low end of the normal range.
I guess I'm just frustrated about what to do to break thru this plateau! My weight has fluctuated between 148-150 since Feb. Last yr, when I originally lost the weight, I was only doing Jillian DVDs 4-5 times/ wk & aiming for 1200-1500 cal/ day. Since my Dr visit early March, I've been aiming for 1500 a day, some days it's about 1300, other days 1600. Weekends I tend to not always track, or I'll track everything but one meal at a restaurant or other treat. Although, I admit I've only been tracking consistently again (more than 2-3x/ wk) for 2-3 wks.
Suggestions welcome!! Should I back off on the exercise, go back to Jillian for a month? Increase or decrease calories? Shorter more intense workouts (HIIT or interval training) instead of the endurance-based hour long cycling classes? Keep doing what I'm doing & just *try* to be patient?
On an extremely good note, the sun is shining! My 2 yr old went #2 on the potty for the first time today & the kids don't have school tomorrow & it's Easter wknd! My kids have been choosing healthy snacks...dinner is another story w/ my picky eaters, but small steps. The hubs & I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on Monday. & Ella starts swim lessons on Tues morning. I'm really looking forward to burying "magic" jelly beans Sat night & the kids waking up to lollipops "flowers" on Easter Sunday. The hubby's job is going really well (except all the long hours), but hopefully the new bonus structure they're starting means all the kids will finally get swim lessons this summer- yay!
K, now I'm just rambling b/c the kids are distracting me, haha. & Lilly, my 6 yr old wants to help me make the mini baked oatmeal muffins...thanks, Pinterest!
Hope everyone is having a fantastic day! Have a happy, healthy & blessed Easter weekend!