Weight Loss Journey 2:  Breaking the Plateau

Weight Loss Journey 2: Breaking the Plateau

I have officially lost 20 pounds!

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My period of no carbs has come to an end.  After eating (almost) nothing but veggies, meat, cheese, nuts and eggs since the beginning of July, I’m happy to say that I have lost 20 pounds and definitely some inches, although I haven’t kept track of those.

This past weekend and Labor Day weekend I reduced my limitations, but still tried to stay within a reasonable calorie range.  With Weight Loss Journey 1, the primary method I used to manage my nutrition was counting calories.  It was great because it was like a budgeting system for my daily nutritional needs.  If I wanted a splurge, I had to eat lower calorie foods for the rest of the day.  The wonderful part about that was that there were no restrictions.  None.  I could have dessert, I could drink alcohol, I could go out for pizza—the key was moderation.

All that being said, I have been surprised at how easy it’s been to maintain the no-carb lifestyle, and I wasn’t a ravenous beast like I remember being in college when I did the Atkins system.  Still, though, restricting myself so much has made me long for the day when I finally would have more freedom about how I choose to eat.

I love veggies, I love meat, and I love eggs.   And to be honest, I’m pretty sure I will continue to make low-carb choices as I move on from this point, just because high-calorie foods are not consistent with my goals.  However, I think the reason that I have been on a plateau for over a month is that I have had very little variety and enjoyment in the food planning process.

Was it easy to grab little pouches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and just heat them up in the microwave?  Absolutely!  Was it convenient?  For sure.  Did I have immediate results?  Most definitely!

But on the flip side…Did I get a little sick of veggies?  Yes.  Was it frustrating?  Yes.  After eating like a rabbit for almost 3 months and seeing my weight plateau after 6 weeks, I was ready to throw the scale out the window and stomp around grabbing for carbs like Godzilla storming Tokyo.  I thought to myself “stay consistent, Bridget, it will all be worth it”.  And truthfully, I was still seeing results, just not in the numbers.

I’m proud of myself for the amount of self control I’ve had.  Aside from the no-carb hiatus on Labor Day weekend, which I planned ahead of time, I never (knowingly) strayed from the plan.  Several times I had to send food back at restaurants, which is completely against my character.  One time I literally spit peanuts out after reading on the label that there was added sugar.

Those situations take a lot of discipline.

It would have been easy to shrug it off and think, “they went to all the trouble to cook this” or “It’s just one bite, it’s not going to make a difference”, but one bite could easily lead to an entire cookie, or an entire carton of ice cream.  That may sound extreme, but everything I put in my mouth takes me closer to my goals or farther away.  I am proud of the discipline I’ve had commitment  I have made to my health and my body.

So here, we are.  I’m still on a weight loss journey but my methods are going to change a little from what you’ve seen since July.  From now on, I will let myself have a bit of something sweet here and there.  My goal is still fat loss, and by default, weight loss.

This is my focus from here on out:

  1. Calorie counting with moderation will be the mode of managing my nutrition.  Carb-free no longer
  2. Increased exercise to help burn fat at rest and to manage stress.
  3. The focus is on long-term health, not weight loss.

I don’t feel the sense of urgency and time pressure that I did with weight loss journey 1.  My primary concern is to create and maintain healthy habits which will keep me healthy for the rest of my life.  Certainly I have goals, and a general idea of what size I want to wear and how much I want to weigh, but truly that hasn’t been the driving force for my actions.  Maintaining my health is a marathon, not a sprint (sorry for the cliché), and it will matter more what I did over the course of my life than it will over a period of time.

That’s all for now, folks!  In addition to finally getting through that plateau I’m happy to say I continue to sleep well and have a good amount of energy.  As I write, I’m able to cross my legs under my desk and my pants continue to grow loose.

How are you getting closer to your goals?

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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