Here is a great way you can completely stop your weightloss progress!
Get yourself onto a sportive ride!
13KG down in 10 weeks - loads and loads fitter and stronger this is me stopping my weightless progress!
I've actually gone up about 500g over the course of the week! The Garmin said I'd burned 7000 cal - I'd been sensible with nutrition before the day, during the day, and after the day but my weight has actually slightly risen. I'm really thrilled with the level of fitness I've achieved. I remember a time about 10 months ago when I tried and failed to follow the route of a local club run - got about three miles and had to turn around and freewheel home. Hopelessly unfit, overweight and incapable. This weekend it was 100+miles and we trounced it. (100 Miles -7 hours ride time!) Just an example of what you can all do if you decide, take some action, do it over time and repeat what works and ditch what doesn't. The next ride is already booked and in the training schedule. Listen to me! training schedule LOL!
What is bugging me and I've still got to understand and master is losing the next 10KG to get to a healthy weight. The weight loss had slowed down and I think there are a few reasons behind this. Some of these are biological but there are also some psychological ones going on as well.
I'm doing well at sticking to 1500 cals a day with the flexibility to go over slightly a couple of times a week - never over 2200.
I'm killing the exercise - 6 KM run three times a week. Walking on other days and cycling at least once a week. And where I live there are only very very very big hills (1800 feet in every direction except one!)
Started some strength work daily too.
Very careful on the balance of food during the day.
Not even tempted by 'treats' a big blow out for me has been a banana! Honest! Crazy!
So why has the weight stopped coming off?
I've had to go out and buy new clothes as the old ones were far too big, and I've got back into a waist size which has been the smallest I've ever had as an adult. Thats been really great but I also think thats where the problem lies. Subconsciously I wonder if I think I've got there.
I've still got 12 KG to lose to get to a healthy BMI. I know that your BMI is a broad and blunt tool and I might be struggling to get to 88KG but at 100KG I know I'm still a load over where is good for me. And frankly enough is enough!
It feels like I've got to the size my brain thinks is good for me, but the numbers say different. I've been at or around 100KG for three weeks despite good eating and significant levels of physical activity. I've read all the stuff on weight loss plateau.
And then I've had a good think.
If you are just starting the 12 week plan then take heart. If I can do this then you can. (There is another before pic on an older post.) But, I thought, I could have been the weight I am now and decided to lose weight, gone on line and found the 12 week plan. So what I've decided to do is just carry on with the final two weeks of 12 week plan number one and then start again! So instead of an after pic or even an "I'm on my way pic" please accept my contribution to before pics!
I am going to look again at portion sizes and calorie counting.
I am going to look at my strength exercises.
I am going to look at 12 week plan No2 as if I was coming to it for the first time.
One of the things I am going to do differently is really improve my diet. I watched the first episode of Jamie's superfoods and bought the book from one of the big supermarkets - its full of calorie counted balanced meals and menus and that's something which will make a difference and start to build a way of cooking & eating which I'll like and I can easily carry on with. To be honest its the first cookery book I've been inspired by for a long time and its aims seem right in line with where I am right now.
I think my weight loss has stalled because my body has got used to the changes. The exercise I'm doing is building up heavier muscle, lets be honest not that much! The big events disrupt weight loss for a few days, but ultimately contribute to Weight loss. My diet has probably crept towards a few more carbs. I think the new clothes mean I've made it but I'm stopping at two pairs of jeans and one pair of chinos - nowt else until I've got a lot closer or got to a healthy weight. But perhaps the biggest change has got to come in my head not on my plate!
Two weeks to go and I'll be joining you on the 12 week plan!