Pushing past the weight-loss plateau

Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2015 Get Fit Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 21. This week, IB checks in with Bonnie Bailey, business development, SVA, who is competing in the individual challenge.

Weight loss plateaus are not much fun. That is my thought for this week.

I’ve been doing really well with my eating and exercise, and the weight and inches have been coming off nicely. My check-in with my trainer showed I’ve lost 5 inches in my waist, which is totally awesome in my world. I’m very happy with the progress I have made over the past four months. And now is when the rubber meets the road. It is getting harder to take off the pounds. It is easy to become unmotivated.

But the challenge is still going on and I am so glad it is. Participating in this is helping me stay focused and on track. I did some website browsing and found these three facts about weight loss plateaus:

  1. They are very common.
  2. The more weight you lose, the more your weight loss slows.
  3. Losing weight becomes harder the closer you get to your ideal weight.

Well, to this I say, duh! Now, what should I do? It’s time to re-evaluate what I eat, switch up my exercise routine, and not get discouraged.



Here is my three-step plan:

  1. I’m enlisting my friends and family for support. Encouragement really helps me. My husband has been hiking with me on weekends and his support motivates me to keep going. Last week he told me, “You have been doing so great, keep it up. I’m proud of you!” He, of course, maintains he doesn’t care how much I weigh, which is nice, but his positive comments on my progress feel great!
  2. I’m focusing on two-week goals. What exercise and meal plans should I concentrate on for the next two weeks? What weekend activities can I work in? Looking at two weeks out rather than months out makes the goal more achievable and not as daunting.
  3. I’m concentrating on inches rather than pounds. Weighing myself daily isn’t as much fun now that the scale doesn’t drop as dramatically each week, so I need to focus on inches instead. My head knows that inches aren’t expected to change as fast as I’d like the weight to change. It is a bit of a mind game for me right now, and okay with that.

Firming up, getting stronger, and feeling better is my next focus. I can tell the difference in all of these areas, but I know there is more I can accomplish. I’m excited to see the results of my lab work next week to see if my cholesterol and glucose counts have changed. Both were becoming a concern, so lowering those will be a huge boost for me. I guess the moral of my tale today is weight is just one measurement of success. Now it’s time to focus on some other areas.

Meet all of the competitors here and see who wins at the In Business Expo & Conference.

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