Plateau

When I started this blog back in June of 2012 I was aiming to become a fitter me.  The main reason why I decided to do this was because of a gout attack I suffered in April 2013.  For those who haven’t experienced it before – good for you!  For those who have – I feel your pain!

In June 2012 I missed calculated my weight.  I thought I was 220 lbs (99.8kg).  Good thing I quickly saw my error.  I was actually at 247 lbs (112 kg).  To counteract this error I made I decided to push myself even more.  In July 2012 my right knee, which was already damaged because of my Tae Kwon Do days in high school, started to act up and made it almost impossible for me to do any exercises until November 2012.  Then at the last month of the year I decided to give my knee a try and jogged around my block.  I was happy to find out that my knee held up!!!

2013 started with me at 242 lbs (109.8 kg).  I’m happy to report that I am now at 217.2 lbs (98.5 kg).  That means I’ve lost around 24.8 lbs (11.2 kg) since January 2013.

I’m off by quite a bit based on my first few calculations back in January 2013 but that’s ok.  Why?  Because compared to the start of this year to now I feel healthier and happier.  The sad thing though it seems I’ve reached my weight loss plateau.  It’s been getting harder and harder to lose weight.  Earlier this year I was losing around 1 kg per week.  That went on for quite a lot of months.  But in May 2013 all that 1 kg per week stuff suddenly stopped.

But again…it’s ok.  I’ve kept on moving my body as much as I can.  Sometimes if I can’t do real exercises I just walk a lot like from my house to the train station and vice versa (it’s a 1 km walk each way).

I’ve read that people who do undertake weight loss programs or at least attempt at it encounter this plateau so I guess it is normal.  Another reason would probably be the exercise I’m doing now.  When I started I was just focusing on cardio so I was just doing jogging.  That was obviously shredding off the fat from my body back then.  Then I started incorporating strength exercises to build up my muscle (add muscle mass) because I didn’t want to look like I fell sick or something like some of my friends who just did cardio.  I did gain some muscle and it shows especially around my thighs, calves, biceps and shoulders.  So adding muscle mass could have some effect on the weight loss since muscle is heavier than fat.

What I’ve learned so far is to not base the progress on weight loss alone.  It’s not a good indicator of the current status of your body.  Several other factors should be considered.  One of them is visceral fat or the fat around the abdomen area.  In my case I have lots of it and this puts me in a higher health risk than others.  But again, so far my visceral fat has gone down which makes me smile.  The war is not yet over though.  I still need to persevere and continue the fight for James V2.0.

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