Operation Skinny Jeans: Plateau

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Ugh you guys! I have hit a plateau.

I have been gaining and losing the same 5 lbs for about 3 months, which is really discouraging. I am not going to lie and say I have been giving 100% at the gym, and my eating hasn't been as clean as it should be. I need to make a plan and really get back on track.

A couple weeks ago, during the DHCC, I injured my lower back. It has been really temperamental since then, so I am trying not to overwork it. Not that that is an excuse, but I am afraid of overdoing it again. I saw my doctor and she said that my core muscles are not strong enough to support my spine, specially my butt muscles. I thought my ass was big enough, but apparently it just isn't strong enough lol

So that's where I am at. Does anyone have any plateau advise? I am really considering an Advocare cleanse. Wanna join me?

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  1. If you're going to do a cleanse (which I probably wouldn't--they're gimmicky and can even be dangerous), you can get a cheaper version at Trader Joe's. A friend just completed one and "lost" 9 lb.

    Having lost weight myself, and helped my husband lose 100 lb, I know that the best way to overcome a plateau is to shake things up. Up the protein, maybe even up the fat, lower the carbs. Eat less often, cut out snacks or vice versa. Each new method would yield about 20lb of weight loss before things had to change again. One thing I would consider in your stead would be intermittent fasting, especially since right now, you're eating often and not seeing results. Being hungry (while difficult)part of the day might be something you should try. It's done me a load of good.

  2. If you're not already working out in the morning, I'd definitely suggest it! I used to work out 3-4 days a week after work (around 5pm) and I was suck right around 200lbs. I decided to switch it up and try mornings and it has been wonderful! I get up a 6am and get my ass to the gym. I think that little metabolism boost early in the morning truly helps! And the best part is, you're done for the day.

  3. I'm battling the same plateau, Jess. I finally had a heart-to-heart with myself about my eating and working out. I'm doing much better this week.

    I hope you get out of your slump soon. I know it's SUPER frustrating! I would change up workouts and even the time of day you do them, if possible. I personally have started to count my calories a little more strictly.

    Good luck, girly!

  4. I am glad to hear that you are owning some of this with reduced workouts and sometimes eating too many calories. Most people just talk plateau like it is not in their control. Cleanses like the one you are planning are a great way to give money to the diet industry. You can certainly get the same benefits in a variety of healthier and cheaper ways.

  5. I've heard that the AdvoCare Cleanse works for plateaus. I personally used it to jump start my weight loss and I'm a believer it TRULY helped. Let me know if you have any questions :)

  6. Gosh, I truly understand your frustration! I think plateaus really happen like this. When you have been losing weight and you hit a plateau, the first few weeks you are like "hey, what gives? Why you no move scale?" And you keep doing what has been working. But it isn't working anymore. So you give it another week or 2 but maybe you sneak a piece of candy here or a French fry there. And shockingly, the scale doesn't budge. And it just spirals from there. Well, at least that's what happens with me! That's where I am currently. I've done the Advocare cleanse twice. First time was great. Second time, no results. I probably did it too soon and I was eating clean already. But I've fallen off the clean eating wagon for the last few weeks and my workouts have been inconsistent, at best. Back on track today. I can only take it one day at a time.


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