I've read all the previous threads about plateaus, so I'm not looking for advice. I just need to vent my frustration!
I was losing weight fairly steadily at the rate of about 5 pounds per month, which I thought was an achievable pace. There were times I thought that wasn't ambitious enough -- I managed to show a 2 pound loss a few days after Christmas! Whoo hoo!
Or so I thought.
Weighed in at 163 after Christmas. I've bounced between 163 and 161 ever since. Last week I weighed in at 159.75 (I'm SO not a % of a pound type person, but I wanted to mark SOME change) -- and I'm back to 161.
I'm exercising 5-6 days a week: 3 days with 15-20 minutes of cardio and then I do weights. The other 2-3 days I do at least 5 miles, or, like yesterday, I do a 13-mile trail run (which involves running up and down hills).
Now, it's true: I fell off the write-everything-down wagon after Christmas. So I have to get back on that. But the days I have written stuff down, I've been averaging 1500 calories.
My measurements have remained the same for the past month. So it's not muscle-into-fat.
I'm not an experienced weight loser -- the only other time I've intentionally gone about trying to lose weight I was on a liquid diet. (To lose 20 pounds! I laugh at myself now.) "How come it isn't just a simple equation of calories in + energy out = weight loss???" It's so unfair.
Calorie King (the program I use to write down what I eat) suggests that I eat approximately 1350 calories to lose weight. This seems like way too little for the amount of effort I'm putting out, but I'm so tired of 161 I could scream!
Okay. I'm through. (Breath.) i feel much better now. Thanks.