Uh oh. Seems we might be back in that horrible place dieters find themselves from time to time. Plateausville!
Even if I am putting on muscle while losing weight it is still starting to feel like my old nemesis the plateau. Plateaus are common on longer diets and they probably are one of the top reasons most people end up quitting their diet. There are many theories on how to break through a plateau but at the end of the day it comes down to your resolve to wait the sucker out until in breaks.
Yesterday’s Meal Plan
Breakfast – Tuna fish with avocados
Lunch – None
Dinner – Brisket with salad
Snack – None
Calories – 1350
I ran out of time for lunch yesterday and couldn’t get to it. I decided to pick up some brisket from Hillbilly BBQ, no sauce. I’m sure the rub they use had higher than normal sodium so once again I might have held on to excess water but, I had very little sodium the rest of the day so I don’t think the excess from the brisket did anything.
Road Marker 320 – 6.4 Miles
I headed back up to the levee because from all appearances my good friend the flag told me the wind wasn’t too bad plus I hate riding on the street.
The way out, there was some wind but nothing I couldn’t handle. As I said I was going to do, I extended my ride from road marker 290 to 320. I was feeling pretty good and probably could have gone a little further but I noticed some guy headed the other way and he was struggling on his bike.
He looked fit and had a fancy bike, what could he be struggling with or should I say against…….
So there I was 3.2 miles from home, my longest distance to date and I had to head back into a nasty headwind.
Amazingly enough, I was able to get all the way home with no stops and I didn’t need to drop to the lowest gears. It still nearly killed me, but I am seeing progress in the stamina department which is good news.
I took a little time out on the stairs before carrying the bike up because I was too worn out to head up to the apartment.
I may have set the bar too high yesterday. Repeating the 6.4 mile ride will be a bit hard. Where is a good rainy day when I need one to get out of my ride? 😛
Tip Of The Day
Plateaus! They sure stink and cause most people to quit. How do you get through a plateau? Be sure to post a comment and let me know and let others know how you get through several days or longer with no loss.
Over the last year, I have handled them differently. I have just kept going on without making any changes, I have had a massive calorie shock, I have changed my diet and I have increased exercise.
I had several people tell me about the calorie shock. Essentially you eat about 3000 calories to fool your body into thinking the famine is over. I have no idea if this works or if it is an excuse to pig out. I tried this twice and both times I gained weight. By the time I lost that new weight, I probably would have broken through the plateau anyway. I haven’t used this method in months because I feel it was just an excuse for me to pig out.
There is some logic behind it, but I am not sure 1 meal would really shock your system back into normal behavior. Seems to me your body would just store every last calorie it could because it would think you got lucky with one good meal during the famine.
Breaking a plateau just takes tons of patience which could be in very short supply when we are already cranky and grumpy from being on our diets.
That is why it is so important you have an outlet to vent frustration, like a blog or a weight loss forum or friends. Weight loss forums and blogs are better suited for venting because the people there have the same frustrations.
Since I am probably putting on some muscle I am not sure this is a true plateau, but I think if it looks and feels like a plateau, it is one. Even if it is a muscle gain plateau it is still aggravating the dickens out of me . 😀
Be sure to let me know how you deal with these stinkers.
Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.
The Grumpy Man