I suppose it could be argued that, after I decided to lose the “Newlywed 19,” I started on the weight loss plateau. For several weeks after my husband and I began running together and trying to figure out how to feed ourselves good food, I didn’t see any progress. I’m not going to lie — it was discouraging. I thought maybe I would just be the chubby little wife forever. I thought maybe I had ruined my body. And it was really hard to even want to try when I wasn’t seeing any results.
Slowly, however, things began to change. I kept at it, ran until it hurt, cut back on sweets, and learned to cook. And pretty soon I started to feel like a better version of myself: more energetic and confident in my body, more capable of doing the things I needed to do, and more interested in making healthy choices and leading an active lifestyle.
My experience with losing weight and building a healthy living pattern is pretty typical. Common, even. Many people — from endurance athletes to former-couch potatoes — reach a point in their journey where their progress stalls. This could be a signal that their body has adjusted to their new diet and activity level, and needs more effort if it’s going to continue to become healthier and more efficient. Or it could be a signal that they’ve grown tired and are less vigilant.
Whatever the reason, don’t let a little (or a lot) of time on the weight loss plateau keep you from working toward the healthy lifestyle you have planned. These tips will help you out of your rut and on the track to better health.
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