So, my weight has been fluctuating from 159-164 for the past three weeks.
It is SO FRUSTRATING to see the beautiful 5 in the number for a day, and then see that I’ve gone back up to 163 the next day. I’m really wondering why. I have been running 4-5 mornings per week and eating about 1500 calories per day routinely since the beginning of September. So why this fluctuation without loss?
A lot of people have talked about the weight loss plateau. Our bodies become used to our newly formed healthy habits and just adjust to a maintenance weight. I’ve read several “solutions”: cut out carbs for a week, add a spike day of 2,000-2,200 calories to jump start my metabolism, go on a fruit and vegetable cleanse, eat “clean” for two weeks, etc. None of those really sound that useful or doable for my lifestyle. Cut out carbs? Not for me. Eat 2,200 calories one day per week? Yeah right, I will remember how DELICIOUS that is and never go back to 1,500. Fruits and veggies only? I need protein. And who even really knows what “clean” eating is anyway?
Here’s my plan: to continue what I’m doing. I’m going to keep running every morning because that is an exercise that fits into my lifestyle and schedule without causing extra stress, dread, or inconvenience. I’m going to keep eating about 1,500 calories per day because that is a number that works for me – I feel neither hungry nor stuffed at the end of the day. I’m going to look more critically at how I “spend” those calories though and make sure I’m using those calories on healthy foods. But beyond that, I’m not going to worry about it.
It might be a plateau. It might be the weight that my body wants right now. It might be a PCOS struggle. Who knows. What I do know is that my habits are a whole lot healthier these days, so I’m going to stick with them, regardless of the number on the scale. That is sure to pay off in some way.