Plateau

I’ve always been skeptical when people have reported “plateaus”. To me it sounds like a bit of bullshit that you magically stop losing weight through no fault of your own. But it’s happening to me I swear!

I’ve just run a half marathon and put in a shit-ton of effort to get around the course – easily the most exhausted I’ve ever been. The three weeks leading up to it were all 20+ mile weeks and this week probably will be too. My diet (I think) is sound. It could always be a little tighter, but right now I feel like I’m eating well, drinking no alcohol but lots of water, sleeping 8hrs a day and doing everything right. So why does the number on the scale seems to disagree?

I know there are loads of variables, I know the scale might not be a good reflection of my progress, yet after 19 months of consistent weekly losses it’s frustrating that the game seems to have changed. I’m thinking of ditching my beloved for a month or so. If the number isn’t going to behave, then I need it out of my mind. I can deal with it so long as my expectations have been adjusted: stick to the same nutritional values, train hard, trust the “science”.

Diet is the slightly grey area. I can’t show you a food log with everything I’ve eaten, so I can’t say that it isn’t a problem. This week there would have been a few bad entries, not major things but the odd extra slice of bread here and a biscuit there. I said it before, but I need to really nail that before I worry too much.

Everything else is going great.

4 thoughts on “Plateau”

  1. Oh yes plateaus are real my friend, so, so real. After 12 months (12 months of “why, oh gawd why me” crying and hairpulling) I increased protein intake in the morning keeping carbs the same and then completely cut out carbs at night. It works, but the weight just won¬¥t come off as quick and in the same quantities as it did the first year. Now I finally know why those horrible skinny people cry so hard over their stupid 10 pounds 🙂

  2. I don’t think I’ve been in a gym this year, which sucks. The new program I’m kicking off tomorrow includes a couple of weights sessions / week. I agree that resistance training is definitely missing from my regime, there’s no doubt that it will help.

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