I have hit a Plateau in my weight loss journey!! If you read regularly you will know that I sustained an “injury” of sorts in January that limits the amount of exercise I can do. With that in mind and with very sore joints, I researched an anti inflammatory diet I could do while being processed through the medical system and while healing. I also know (as was expressed by the Doctor as well) that I need to loose some weight. This is very hard to do with how often I blog about food! But with the pain I am in I know it HAS to be done. I found a decent anti inflammatory diet on the Mayo Clinic website. I slowly experienced a 14 lb weight loss after I started following this, but after a month of zero weight loss I think it is safe to say I am “officially” in a slump. What I was doing was easy & it’s pretty straight forward which I like, here are the highlights:
- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables the brighter in color the better (Red/Purple Good)
- Limit sugar and processed carbohydrates
- Eat healthy fats like olive oil and avocado
- Eating a small portion of nuts (watch salt intake)
- Consume very little red meat (THE hardest one for me to follow!!)
- Say goodbye to processes meats (I am crying for bacon still!!)
- Limit tomatoes and eggplant (not hard but I do make a lot of salsa and caprese, I just cut back or replace/reduce tomato with cucumber) For “some” people these trigger inflammation.
- The diet suggest quite a bit of fish , I do not like fish, but have found some ways I can tolerate it.
- Bye Bye Deep Fried
- Limit Hard Cheese, high in fat. It says Feta, Parmesan and Romano like cheeses are ok in moderation
** This is not intended as an outline for any diet, just sharing what I am doing. I have no claim that any one “diet” works for any one person. Consult a Registered Dietitian for advise.
Mayo also suggest a list of herbal remedies and supplements that I am using.
For the most part this has been easy, except when I get invited to parties and events where temptation is rampant. But even then I try to pick and choose carefully. I love peppers so I have been adding them to everything. Making fajita bowls with lots of peppers and black beans. I posted last week the Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai which was AMAZING!! I have a little bite of Dark Chocolate every now and then to curb my sweet tooth. I love blueberries so I eat them fairly often.
I started eating this with a little thin sliced Jicama, which is pretty good. (No chips for me…*sigh*)
Pretty Potato Salad!
So WHY the slump!?! Well I am not sure, but here are some of my thoughts. I am technically supposed to be on bed rest, and limited activities. But as you all know with three kids that is impossible. I did however stop my exercise routine, which was mostly yoga, some mild lifting and walking on the treadmill. Oh ya and sitting in the steam sauna for about 5 minutes and then dry sauna for about 15 minutes after a work out. (All at the gym) I hope they release me to moderate exercise soon in June. I really feel this will help me kick it back into gear.
Another problem I am a creature of habit, I can eat the same thing every day, every meal for days/weeks/months. Even though I like a variety it seems to keep me grounded when I just eat the same thing daily. But I feel like I need to mix it up to make progress. The slippery slope here is just making sure I do not use it as a excuse to jump off the rails. My mind is a very tricky beast! I will think about changing my diet and then negotiate with myself a full weekend of going off course because of the transition, then two days will “accidentally” turn into three and then if I blow it the third day I might as well wait until the following Monday to get back on track and there in lies the error of my thinking. I am really happy with the 14 lb loss, I know it is a big deal and something to celebrate, especially now that I have kept it off. I just don’t want to loose sight of my goals.
Have you ever hit a major plateau on your weight loss journey? How did you overcome it? Have any suggestions for me?