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How do I get past a weight loss plateau?

I started in January and lost about 20 lbs. I count calories (between 1500-1700 per day) and I exercise everyday for and hour or more. I also take my dogs out for a walk every day for about an hour. I stopped losing weight or getting thinner about a month ago. So then I tried kicking up my workout but there's only so much I can do. I don't have all day to dedicate to working out. I don't want to eat less calories or it won't be enough. Also it's pretty depressing to eat healthy food all the time and workout everyday without any results. Do I just have to accept my body at this point? I weigh 143 lbs. now. I'm only 5'2" I have a very curvy but also very muscular frame. I wear a size 9/10 jeans. I'd like to weigh like 135 if possible, which I don't think is unrealistic. UGH! it's very frustrating!

jtp139 (author) 7 years ago
First of all, thank you guys for the uplifting comments. It helps a lot to hear encouraging words. I started all of this in January because I just felt just uncomfortable in my own body if that makes any sense. I also have pulled my back out a few times so I had an extremely weak back. So before I started I did research on the correct way to drop fat and gain muscle to be healthy. I'm not interested in being perfect. I've never been thin, I never will be it's just not me. I naturally have more muscle mass then your "normal" girl. So here's a break down of my daily schedule: Wake up 6am - have recommended amount of Fiber One cereal with skim milk, a banana, and 1 cup of coffee with coffee mate Workout 8am - Interval training (running/walking) on treadmill 2-3 miles (about 45 min.) calisthenics (situps, pushups, pilates) weights (10 lbs. hand weights and ankle weights.(30-40 min) 10am snack - hard boiled egg 1pm lunch - lean cuisine sandwich and special k crackers 3pm snack - 2 rice cakes 6pm dinner - lean cuisine entre 7pm desert - small amount of chocolate I drink up to a gallon of water per day. I have a cheat day 1 or 2 times per month where I eat what I want for the day. I have lost a lot of inches and lbs. but both have stopped about a month ago. Nothing has changed. In these times I don't have the money to see a personal trainer. Ahh well... I should be satisfied. I certainly do feel healthy and strong, which was the original goal. Even in a better mood generally. I guess I got too used to watching my body change. Thanks guys for listening to me vent ;)
barband jtp1397 years ago
Sounds like you're becoming healthier psychologically as well, which is good... because the mind is the single biggest hurdle in any fitness challenge.
if all your workout is muscle based you might be too muscular and depending on frame never drop below a certain weight. Some times soft and squishy weighs alot less than firm and toned just as a thought. My wife just recently lost alot of weight on weight watchers. She is below her target weight but by no means hard and firm so its a balance between muscle and acceptable fat. its up to you to decide that balance. But heck of a job just getting to where you are at and putting forth all the effort. You have already surpassed millions.
You might consider swapping one or more of your regular exercises for something with more impact. You walk your dogs daily... Try jogging your dogs for around the same distance. Just remember to take it slow and ease yourself into any new activities. Extra muscle adds weight too. If you're carrying an above-average muscle mass, you're always going to weigh more than average. The trick for you in that case is to reduce the percentage of fat and increase the percentage of muscle in your body. Weight training is good for this, balanced with a good aerobic routine. You might also consider that you need to round out your exercise routine. A good balance is needed between aerobic (jogging, dance) and anaerobic (weights) exercise. I can't help you with this over the internet, so please seek the advice of a trainer who can help you further. Free advice can often be found at your local YMCA. Your bathroom scales are not the only indicator of change, and they can often be misleading. You might therefore consider getting some measurements and diet/exercise advice from a professional. It could be a fitness trainer, a doctor, a dietician, etc. The point is, find someone with the tools and training to be able to measure you more thoroughly and offer advice as well as statistics over time.