It sucks. Just plain sucks. I had been doing really well, then went to LA at the end of March. I didn’t go crazy while I was there as far as falling off the Weight Watchers wagon, but I enjoyed myself.
I did well when I got home- I had about a month before we left for our Napa trip. That. That darn trip is what has thrown me off. It has been sooooo hard to get my body back in the swing of things. I think because of the 20 lbs I have lost so far plus my last two trips throwing a little wrench into things, I think I can safely say that I have plateaued.
While it is not ideal, and nobody wants it to happen to them, it does happen. It just does. It is frustrating and it makes it very easy to throw in the towel, but it can certainly be overcome.
After doing some research, here are some ways to overcome the dreaded plateau:
1. Change up your workout. If you are anything like me, you get in a rut. Lately for me, I have just been walking. While walking is a great workout, your body can get used to it (like doing any workout pretty consistently). Changing up your workout more frequently keeps your body on its toes. I know- easier said than done, but it can help break through the plateau.
2. If you don’t already, record everything you eat, nibble, take a bite of, lick, etc. Those little things can add up without you realizing it and may be preventing you from moving forward in your weightloss journey. While I do Weight Watchers and keep track of everything I eat, I don’t keep track of the two crackers I eat when I get home, the three pieces of pepperoni I have while making pizza for dinner. They don’t seem like a lot, but for me, those little nibbles could add up to a few extra points at the end of the day.
3. Get a pedometer (like a fitbit, jawbone, etc.). I had a Jawbone I was using for a while but it stopped working and I haven’t gotten anything to replace it since. I desperately want to, because Weight Watchers has a feature in their app now that you can link your workout device to the app. I will get a new one at some point!
4. Add strength training. If you are like me and only really do cardio, this might be something to try. It can increase your metabolic rate and just give your body an overall boost.
Now I am not a professional anything when it comes to fitness, these are just some suggestions I have heard/read along the way that could be helpful and that I will be trying!
What are some things you do to break through a plateau?