Fitness Friday: My Big, Fat, Epic Plateau Update (3 Month Mark)

It’s been about three and half months since I publicly admitted my big, fat, epic plateau and December was a really, really hard month for me. Basically, I spent the entirety of the last month cramming everything that didn’t move into my face (emotional eating) and not working out at all (anxiety combined with trying to spend time with my family combined with the holidays combined with grief). However, something very interesting happened – I lost 2 pounds. No FRIGGING clue, y’all. I have absolutely NO IDEA how that happened (I suspect high levels of anxiety had something to do with it but y’all – I seriously ate a lot).

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On the Left: My Alaska "Uniform" / On the Right: Me. In Leggings. LEGGINGS!

Currently, I am 5’5” and weigh 140.2 pounds with a body fat percentage of 31.8%. My measurements are: chest (35.5”), hips (44”), waist (31”), and hips (41”). Wow. Wow. WOW.

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On the Left: In September 2011 / On the Right: In January 2012

I’m amazed that I was able to lose 2 pounds without trying (yes, yes – my tummy is HUGE but that what happens when you stop doing ab workouts for a month and survive on cupcakes and Cup o' Noodles). I makes me a bit confused (seriously, if anyone can help me figure it out – please do!) and a bit more confident. Confused because I was doing so well with the whole cardio/strength training for an hour 5x a week + 1,500-1,800 calories a day thing and then STILL lost weight while absolutely NOT doing those? Huh? And confident because I’m getting to the point in my weight loss process where I’m looking ahead at the maintenance portion of this health journey. Losing a bit of weight while pretty much slacking off for four weeks makes me a little more secure in the knowledge that, when the time comes, I WILL be able to do it.

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Image Courtesy of: Geek Without Braces

Alrighty, as I have done in my other Fitness Friday posts – here were my goals from the last 4 weeks:

  • Workout five times a week (at least 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training). Pffffft.
  • Try to make good food choices over the holidays and while in Alaska. HA!!!
  • Try jogging on the treadmill for seven straight minutes at a 5% incline. Managed a solid five minutes but also tried running – managed that for a little over a minute.
  • Do one unassisted pull-up. Didn’t even remember to try.
  • Come in under 135 pounds. At 140 – not too shabby, considering.
  • Hold full plank for one minute. Didn’t even remember to try (dammit, because I think I can do this one).

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Image Courtesy of: Pop Streak

And here are my goals for the next four weeks (which includes my birthday [aka, a day off from calorie counting]):

  • Workout five times a week (at least 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training).
  • Stay within my new calorie count on My Fitness Pal.
  • Try jogging on the treadmill for seven straight minutes at a 5% incline.
  • Do one unassisted pull-up.
  • Come in under 135 pounds.
  • Hold full plank for one minute.

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Image Courteys of: The Honey Bee

So, I’m putting it out there again and asking Team Tulle for your support for the next month. Bug me on Twitter, Facebook, check out my Fitness board on Pinterest, and be my friend on My Fitness Pal (I’m akbuilt – invite me to be your friend and I’ll add you to my group!). And please, please keep those practical fitness tips and nutritional suggestions coming – they are REALLY helpful to me. Are you in? Do you want to publicly declare a Fitness Journey of your own? Did you join me in September and now you want to share your progress with Tulle Nation? You know how it goes, y’all… fire away in the comments!