I've plateaued and I'm pretty irritated about it. I've spent the last few weeks hovering around 224/223/222...back and forth between those three numbers and no matter how little I eat, how much I eat, how little I exercise and how much I exercise I can't seem to bust through it.
And the worst part is that this is exactly where I stopped losing before...its the lowest weight that I've been at in over 10 years. Warning...temper tantrum alert...**I DON'T WANT TO STAY HERE!**
I really really want to be in Onederland by the time I next see my husband. I'm not going to make it if I keep bouncing around in the 220's for the next month. It breaks all my goals I set for myself and is very demotivating.
I'm feeling grumpy.
My daughter totally understands my grumpiness and empathizes with it. (isn't that the CUTEST grumpy face ever?)
So I've been poking around online and found the 5 day back to basics pouch test and I'm going to try it this week. Starting tomorrow.
The idea is that it breaks a carb addicts cycle (totally me right now) and it shrinks your pouch back to small so you can get a fresh start on your eating behavior.
I decided that my carb intake must be to blame for this plateau. I'm guessing that really because I'm eating far more than I should be with each meal because I WANT carbohydrates...I'm talking crackers, bread, etc.
When I went to see my nutritionist he said I shouldn't have to exercise 5-6 days/week for an hour to lose weight...he said that my eating should automatically be making my weight loss happen.
But its not. I'm afraid if I wasn't being a zumba-maniac I'd start GAINING weight and that is SO NOT HAPPENING.
(I'm yelling at myself...its helpful when one feels grumpy and can only type out the frustration.)
So...because I've been so bad about follow through I'm going to document my journey daily on my blog. Its all about accountability for me. And if anyone else ever gets in the same bind they can see what it is that worked (or didn't work) for me...
So, my preplan is this...1. I'm writing out a comprehensive 5 day meal plan following the 5 day pouch test rules. 2. I'm headed to the grocery store this afternoon to stock up on what I'll need.
Interested in the 5 day pouch test? Go HERE or just read the condensed version below...
Days One & Two: Liquid Protein
low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding.
The first two days are all liquids. You can have as many low-carb protein shakes as you like to satisfy hunger or cravings. In addition drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of water each day. The purpose of all liquids is to break any snacking, grazing or processed carbohydrate habits. In addition the liquids will work to cleanse your system and prepare you for the following three days.
It is very important to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day. This will prevent dehydration, will help curb cravings and will flush your body of toxins and fat. Sufficient water intake improves kidney function and cell processes.
Day 3: Soft Protein
canned fish (tuna or salmon) eggs, fresh soft fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy.
Day 4: Firm Protein
ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, lamb), shellfish, scallops, lobster, fresh salmon or halibut.
Day 5: Solid Protein
white meat poultry, beef steak, pork, lamb, wild game
The next three days you get to eat as much as you want as often as you want! Ahhh, but there's a catch: it has to be solid protein and you only get 15 minutes each time you sit down to eat. No drinking 30 minutes before or after meals and no drinking with your food. A dry pouch will hold your soft protein longer helping your to feel full and fed longer.