Is This The Dreaded Plateau?

It has been a tough week and a half for me. I have been sick, and the children have been sick. Not terribly sick, but enough to be uncomfortable. No fevers but a nagging, aching, coughing, sneezing, and persistent cold in our house, giving us sore throats and unrestful nights. I have kept up with my exercises as it is scheduled but the results have been illuding me. While I have lost a little weight I know that it is likely not fat since my body measurements have not changed, and my body fat percentage according to the scale at our house has been holding steady while I lost 2 pounds, so that does not look very good.

A good and close friend of mine who is a winner at losing weight and gaining fitness explains that the body may be fighting back on my weight loss now that I have lost more than 10% of my starting body weight. I have noticed that my appetite has increased, though I had interpreted that as my increased metabolism at work… I have been recording my food intake pretty honestly, as much as it is possible. I have had two social occasions where I ate out and wasn’t sure of the calorie counts exactly. I simply made the healthiest choice possible and tried to make a good educated guess based on ingredients what the calorie might be of the food I ate. I have learned that eating at home is the best way to know and control the calories.

Could I be hitting a plateau? If I am not I best be getting ready for one. I only have another 10 lbs or so to go before I deal my ideal weight, and perhaps this is the hardest part hitting me. I will need to research this a bit because I simply have no knowledge of what the heck this plateau thing is. I am pretty darn sure what I am experiencing is not a “starvation mode” response since I do not restrict myself to low calories due to my hate of dieting and the fact that I am still breastfeeding after all.

Time to take a closer look at my food intake on MyFitnessPal and look at the exercise plan. I also need to keep reminding myself that this is a lifestyle so I just have to keep at it!

 

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