Inexplicable plateau? Perhaps not.

I'm skating in circles on a plateau. Too hot to go walking; too lazy to exercise indoors. Eating too close to my max calories; going over some nights after the diary is "closed. Oh, dear! How do I ever end this plateau? First one to say "Eat less, move more" gets a kick in the teeth -- as soon as I get a horse and train it to do so

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  • FibroHiker
    FibroHiker Posts: 338 Member
    I was doing the same during the month of June. Almost no progress that month.

    I was able to cut back on my overall calories from 1500-1600 daily to 1300-1400 by cutting back on carbs from grain products and filling it in with vegetables and fruit. Doing this I still feel satiated with what I'm eating. I have not changed up my exercise at all. This month I have begun dropping pounds again.
  • hipari
    hipari Posts: 1,367 Member
    Maybe time for some ”unconventional” techniques: if you brush your teeth immediately after closing your diary, do you still feel like snacking?

    In the past I have broken out of that kind of funk by, unconventionally, planning a pig-out fest that I knew would make my stomach turn. Not necessarily a literal binge in terms of amounts, but enough fat, salt, carbs and computer games to make me a fluid-retaining, irritated-bowel-having, eyes-crossed, sore-from-bad-posture mess that starts craving lettuce, cucumber and fresh outdoor air just to feel like human again. Maybe not something I’d recommend to anyone, but has worked for me.

    BTW, if the recent evolution of your profile pics is any indication of your actual progress, damn girl. I don’t know if you’re personally happy with the changes, but based on your picture evolution I dare congratulate you.
  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,415 Member
    ^^^ agree!!! Keep hanging in there. You’ve got this!

    And can the “ancient” stuff. You’re only as old as you tell yourself you are.
  • Hanibanani2020
    Hanibanani2020 Posts: 523 Member
    If you want to get out of maintenance mode maybe remove those temptation foods for a while until you are in a new routine and have some control back. It’s hard at the moment. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Keeping a horse in a small apartment may be pushing it though 😂
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 27,893 Member
    As a retired lockdown member myself, in a small apartment with a stuffed refrigerator and pantry :lol: and even though it's hot - I get up super early (4AM) and get my walk in as soon as the sun is up. It's the only way I'll do it and it's also the only way I've personally found to keep my calories in line.

    Then - I don't buy and don't bring home ANY treat food. I've only done it once since lockdown, and that was because it was my birthday.

    Unless you count bananas on peanut butter toast "treat food." Because that ish has ended up on my "oops" list more than once.

    I used to live in South Florida with a husky. We both hated the summers. I forced myself to walk him before sunrise and after sunset.

    These days I have no dog and a different sleep schedule. On hot days I try to do a little gardening after dinner but before full dark, or exercise indoors.

    I'm perimenopausal and while I don't have hot flashes, I feel always hot, and the heat outdoors really saps me.

    I have been swimming twice this summer on a private pond and that was really nice. I'm having some health issues that prevents me from doing this as much as I'd like.

    If you added honey to your PB, banana, and toast that would 100% be treat food for me :smiley:
  • HeidiCooksSupper
    HeidiCooksSupper Posts: 3,831 Member
    Thank you, @AnnPT77. I'm sticking around and am finding more ways to keep active in the hot sticky season. Our fitness center and pool have opened and now I can use them some more. Every morning the scale refuses to dip I just keep remembering that my t-shirt/tunics are hanging down my front even fresh from the dryer. Life is good!
  • L1zardQueen
    L1zardQueen Posts: 8,754 Member
    Just keep going! Hugs