Well it’s happened, I’ve hit the weight-loss plateau. If you do not experience a weight loss plateau as you approach your ideal body weight,consider yourself very, very lucky.
Last year I worked my butt off (literally) to get in great shape for our wedding – because let’s face it these pictures will last forever and I want my future children to be like damn my mom was/is a hottie. I dropped a bunch of inches off my body and started to turn my excess fat into muscle. Our wedding was on Halloween, and I felt amazing. My dress hugged my body perfectly, and it was even a little big in some places. But after the wedding bells stopped ringing, the holiday season was upon us – which means family parties, holiday cookies, and lots of booze. The holidays totally wrecked my body, and it felt like I had to start over. So back to the gym I went…
Let me explain what I’m trying to accomplish at the gym… I’m not a stick, and I never want to be. I have an athletic build and curves… and I love my curves! If I didn’t have a butt, I think I would honestly feel like I lost my identity (baby needs a back). I’m not trying to lose weight, but instead tighten up my body and lose inches. I believe that the best measurement for me is how I feel in my clothes and my confidence. My true goal is to feel confident in a bathing suit. For as active as I always have been, never once have I felt confident in a bathing suit – I think now being 26, its time to change that.
When I first hit the plateau my first instinct was to say its my diet – maybe I’m not doing enough portion control, maybe too much protein and not enough veggies, maybe it was that one piece of dark chocolate. My husband keeps saying to me “you know that this is the hardest part”… I know it is, but it can get super discouraging (especially so close to bathing suit season) after waking up at 5:30am for the gym everyday and meal prepping for days. So, here’s a few things I’m going to do to help get through this and rattle it up.
- Cutting down on the “creep”foods: Creep foods are foods that don’t need to be your daily nutrition but always seem to creep in. Almond flour, maple syrup and alcohol are just some examples.
- Switching up my workouts: Instead of the daily routines at the gym, I’m going to try to mix up and challenge my body with new workouts like hot yoga or even just sprinting outside more.
I refuse to get discouraged, and if you are in the same boat as me keep your head high! It’s only a plateau and it will pass! Like all good things, it takes time 🙂