Hey guys!

Life has been a little hectic lately with a few things that I can't mention online yet - but I will soon! So I apologize to my regular readers who have noticed some outdated information on here. I will try my best to update as much as possible this week.

In the meantime, here is a summary update of what is going on:
- I'm still 'cutting'
- Since I started re-cutting a couple of weeks ago, I am down 4lbs - progress was expected to slow since I am getting low in bodyfat%
- My current weight is 143lbs
- I've been feeling extremly tired and run down so I got some blood work done
- Blood work came back normal so we think the tiredness is caused by my menopausal symptoms (for those of you who don't know, I have something called premature ovarian failure - similar to menopause).
- I began hormone replacement to help with symptoms and I am already feeling a bit better
- I am also taking a powder forumlated multi vimatin to give me a boost of everything!
- Things I need to remind myself: I could experience water weight gain due to the added homrones.

Stay tuned!! On a fun note, here is a picture of 9 months of my progress (I started 10 months ago).

Face it, we all love electronics. They’re usually a ton of fun to play with (at least for me), and they almost always make life easier. But like most things in life, there comes a point when they just stop doing what they’re supposed to do.  So, how do we fix them? We hit the reset button! 

Now, what if I told you that you can do this same thing to your body when it plateaus, or stalls during your weight loss journey?  Sounds pretty hokey right? 

Well, it may not be as simple as pushing a big red button, but I just found out that there is a way to reset our body when it stops losing, and that is what I am about to embark on myself! 

For the past couple of weeks, my body has been stubborn. I have been sitting at 148lbs no matter how hard I try to keep losing! I’ve cut more calories, I’ve changed my routine a few times, and I’ve even tried increasing my fiber intake – but, nothing! So, after consulting my online trainer Kim (www.iron-kim.com), she immediately knew what to do – it’s time to reset my body! 

At first I was puzzled, I believed that the answer to continuous weight loss was through constantly cutting calories, but that isn’t always the case. You see, when you’ve been dieting (eating in a caloric deficit) for as long as I have (8-9 months), and you’ve slowly been cutting back on calories, your body begins to retaliate. 

It’s almost like it’s screaming out to you, “Hey! You keep taking away my food, so I am going to stop shedding your fat! Take that!”. Now, although it does this as a way to protect itself, it can be rather discouraging for the average person looking to lose more fat. So, the way to get around this is to trick your body. 

For 4 weeks, or so, I am going to give my sneaky little body all of the calories and macros it needs to satisfy itself and maintain it’s size – this is called my maintenance caloric intake. Then, just when it starts to get comfortable, I’m slowly going to begin scaling back the calories again – much like I did when I first started my journey.  

Why does this work? Well, the body stops freaking out, for one, and instead it becomes comfortable with the idea of shedding again. And because it feels like it’s not at risk for starving anymore, cutting a couple calories here and there (afterwards) no longer shocks it– giving me the ‘upper hand’ again and allowing me to continue losing fat. 

Like it is for most women, this type of change to my diet can be very nerve-racking. Over the past 8-9 months, my brain has been programmed to keep cutting back, but it’s important for me to remember that this is part of the process. 

Yes, I will gain a little weight along the way, but if I do it the right way and avoid treating it like a big cheat month (making healthy choices instead), I will only gain water. This means that as soon as I begin cutting again, it will fall right off! Yay!

So, here I go! I begin my maintenance calories today! Check back in the diet section, where I will soon be posting all of the details. 

If you’d like some more information on pushing past a plateau, read this article – I think it explains it well. 

 See the picture below?

On the right, I was about 170-180lbs and 14 or 15 years old (sad, I know - plus I was shorter!)
The left photo, I took on Saturday. I am now 150lbs and 21 years old.

Things are coming along!