I had been stuck at the same weight since the end of November. 195lbs. The first real plateau I have had since my weight loss surgery nearly 16 months ago.
Then it got worse. I came home from holidays and I was up 9lbs. I would like to put all of the blame on travel bloat, period bloat, etc but a big part of it was crappy eating on my part during my holiday. I was eating a lot more sugar and processed carbs while I was gone. There was no tracking of my calories and I was eating and drinking at the same time. When I do that, it pushes the food right through my stomach and I can eat more because of it.
So what did I do?
I wanted to just eat more; exactly what I would have done in the past. Wallow in self-pity.
Instead, I found control again.
We came home on a Saturday and Sunday I started a four day stint of just liquid proteins. I had protein shakes made with milk, muscle gel (another protein goo stuff), protein pudding, homemade soup high in protein and a heck of a lot of tea. So no refined sugar and very low amounts of carbohydrates. Okay, that isn't quite right- I still have a bit of sugar in my tea. I just can't drop that one.
The next two days I moved into mushy proteins. So still some protein drinks but then cottage cheese, greek yogurt, tuna, and a bit of pork that I put into my grinder.
That brings me to today. For the next two days I will be eating soft proteins. I have stopped grazing; my meals and snacks are at certain times of the day and inbetween there is a lot of tea and water. I am back to employing my anti-eating tactics of keeping busy through reading, cleaning, and the never ending lego construction!
And the results? In the last six days I dropped 9.5lbs. So I lost the 9lbs I was carrying after our holiday plus another half a pound, bringing me into new territory! The two month plateau is over and I am hoping to hit 189lbs by the end of this month (if not sooner).
I am still going through some withdrawal symptoms from cutting out the sugar and carbs. Those symptoms combined with a sinus infection I have right now have made me rather miserable for the last week. But I am on the mend both physically and mentally. No self-pity here! Next week I am looking forward to getting back to squash and running.
Any one else fall off their own wagon lately? How are you getting back on?