Previous Weight: 177.6
Current Weight: 178
Total Loss: 50.0
After the previous week's killer weigh-in (and milestone moment), I'm a little torn about how I felt about this past week. On one hand, I didn't eat my best (but was well within my daily + weekly + activity points allowance for the week). On the other hand, I've been putting up some awesome losses in the weeks since Memorial Day, and while I knew they wouldn't last forever, I wasn't prepared for a gain (no matter how small).
|Last week's PP log the night before weigh-in. |
Eating was weird that day.
The truth is, I know I've had it relatively easy in my weight loss journey to date. I've been on WW for just shy of 8 months, and have only experienced "gain" weigh-ins 7 times (one of which was definitely a scale issue). This means I've experienced losses over 80% of the time-- pretty awesome!
I'm not out of the woods yet, though. I've still got 28lbs to lose to get to my first goal weight of 150lbs (which I may reevaluate once I get there). And as I get closer to goal, I know I'm definitely more likely to experience slower weight loss-- or worse: the dreaded plateau.
I know for certain that I've been thrown off my by PP decrease in the past few weeks. I was only at 30PP a day for 2-3 weeks, when I quickly dropped down to 29PP/day. And that is a hard adjustment to make, if not physically, then mentally. I could mentally "budget" 10PP/meal (although I never eat a 10PP breakfast) and be fine. Now I'm really trying to figure out how to spread my points throughout the day so I'm not starving mid-afternoon or gorging at dinner.
So, aside from July 4th when I
accidentally deliberately ate a 7/11 sandwich as a throwback to my pre-WW terrible eating habits, here are my goals (linking up with Jess!) that I hope will help in fending off a plateau:
- Stay HONEST about my tracking. I almost didn't track that damn sandwich, but what good would that have done me in the long term?
- Quality > Quantity. 4PP worth of avocado is way better for me than 4PP worth of Doritos (which, btw, I ate this afternoon. WHY?! I don't even really like Doritos. I blame my roommate. She left them on the counter after I got back from my long run.)
- Back to basics. Jess from Operation Skinny Jeans talked last month about getting back to basics and eating clean. Admittedly, I've yet to do the research + planning necessary for a fully clean diet, but it's still great advice. Getting laid off has thrown a strange wrench in my eating habits (skipping breakfast and overcompensating with lunch and dinner), so it's time to readjust and go back to what I know works for me. And I know that means more fruits + veggies, and three meals with two snacks.
- No skipping workouts. Half marathon training is ramping up, and all run distances beyond 6 miles (which is the long run this coming weekend) are foreign territory to me. No wimping out now.
I've been doing a little research on how others are fending off plateaus via WW, and there are a number of other strategies. Some advise increasing/decreasing your points (I currently eat all dailies and all weeklies, but I try not to touch my activity points, even though these always outnumber my 49 weeklies). Others suggest taking a few days completely off (exercise, eating, or both) to let your body "reset" after strict adherence to a plan for awhile.
Disclaimer: I realize I'm not currently experiencing an actual plateau. I'm just engaged in some good old-fashioned pre-medidated worrying, and trying to prepare myself (mentally, physically, nutritionally) for what could happen.
Did you ever experience a plateau on your weight-loss journey? How have you busted through a plateau?