Weight Loss Plateau

I bet if you’ve been looking at my recent pictures, I’m not telling you anything new – anyone can see I haven’t lost any weight, since I last wrote about it in March. 

And yet, I’ve been hitting the gym consistently, 3 times a week.  Even though I stopped going to Muay Thai a month and a half ago, I’m still dropping a good 1 to 1.5 hour sweat on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, moving things around so I still get the three workouts in, even if I go on a trip.

The weightlifting?  It’s making me strong!  I can see how much I’m improving from week to week (I can now deadlift holding 35lb dumbbells on each hand, for 4 sets of 12 reps,  and am thinking of increasing it if my grip can hold it – which for me is a big deal).  I can also see how my calves are getting their muscle tone back and how things feel tighter to the touch, even if outwards, they are still (very) jiggly.

But the weight?  Same.  Stuck.  No change.  “Oh, but it could be measurements?” you say?  Nope.  Stuck there too.  My fat legs are just as fat as they were 3 months ago.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s the picture I took back in March…


Here’s the one taken after yesterday’s workout, I even put the same shirt on for proper comparison (though I can tell the gray shorts are not doing me any favors…).


On the side view, you can *kinda* tell that maybe my legs are in better shape, and maybe my it-looks-like-I’m-constantly-3-months-pregnant-stomach-pooch is slightly diminished.  (My hips are actually looking wider, but can I blame that on the gray vs black shorts, pretty please?  The measurements have not changed.  Plus, it’s that time of the month and all.)

So what I’m doing to change and actually see some change?  I’ll talk about it tomorrow.  (No worries, I won’t be breaking any grounds with amazing ideas or anything.)


Filed under Diet, Weightlifting, Workout

12 responses to “Weight Loss Plateau

  1. I think you look slimmer and firmer on your profile and back pics… Looking forward to your tips tomorrow 🙂

  2. Mary Ellen Mahan

    From personal experience I would recommend http://www.myfitnesspal.com or use the smartphone app. I found that tracking everything I eat or drink has ensured that nothing is omitted and so far so good on my personal journey. It is my favorite app. If I lost my cell phone I would miss the app more than dial tone!

  3. Mary Ellen Mahan

    uh oh….this is why you should read the Top Posts section before commenting….I see you are already using MFP….whoops.

  4. Eve

    You are so inspiring and brave to write so candidly about this. I’ve wanted to do something similar since trying to lose the baby weight (though, I’m nine months out, not sure if it still counts as such) I really admire you. Are you running in addition to wts?

    • That’s what I’m writing about tomorrow — I need to up my cardio again. Running in Manila is just not doing it for me (I was so spoiled by the trails and the running buddies of DC!), but obviously just weights are not enough…

  5. I work out a lot but don’t lose any weight since I eat whatever I want. I hate restricting what I eat. Sometimes I think that is what it takes to lose weight!

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