28.4% body fat
1198 calories against a budget of 1751
When I lost 54 pounds last year I was stuck at 207-something for over two weeks. I increased my excercise intensity, I decreased calories, I decreased intensity and added time, I cut sugars down to 15 grams per day, I increased protein…nothing. Stuck. Plateau. I was 207.7 on the 7th of May and 207.0 on the 21st. I don’t know what finally pushed me out of it–but by June 03rd I was 199.5
In this new push to get from 218 pounds to 175 (or body fat of 12%–whichever comes first) I have stalled again at the 207 something mark. I’ve been here since the 02nd. I’m not going crazy with a diet and exercise shake-up this time, I’m hoping it will just pass. I have started the weight training so that should help, shouldn’t it?
And to confess, I had a birthday last week, too, annnnnnnd I might have had a sip or two of wine. If sip=bottle. If bottle=case. Okay, I didn’t have that much. But alcohol is both a trigger for carbs for me and I certainly don’t need the empty calories. Today, though, is Thursday after Ash Wednesday, and though I am not a particularly religious person I have–for as long as I can remember–given up something for Lent. This year, that something is alcohol, and I am very sure that by Easter we’ll have seen that that’s made a difference to me.
It’s been a good week so far, lifting every day then hitting the treadmill afterward for 45 minutes. I need to figure out some ab and glute exercises to work into my days and do some research on protein amounts and timing, but I feel like I’m on the right track. Despite the plateau. I’ll get there.