As I have mentioned in other posts, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and have been for about two months. Actually, I weigh 3.5 pounds less than I did prior to becoming pregnant. However, I would still like to loose a few more pounds… 7.5 to be exact.
Unfortunately, in the last month I have hit a plateau. Two years ago when I was initially loosing weight, at almost the exact same time of year and at the exact same stage in The New Rules of Lifting for Women (Stage 6), I hit the exact same plateau. I never did make it to my goal weight of 140 lbs, but I am determined to get there in the next 5 weeks.
I have laid out a plan to hit my goal and am hoping that some of you may join me in my efforts.
So, here is the plan…
Today I will finish my last workout of Stage 6 of NROL4W. I will take the recommended one week off from lifting next week and stay active by doing 3-4 sessions of yoga using various DVDs and free online videos. I will also take at least five 30 minute + walks or bike rides with Matthew (and Allan).
The following week I will begin Stage 7 of NROL4W, which is hard core circuit training. 🙂
We all know that physical activity only contributes 10% to our weight loss efforts, 80% of the impact is made in the kitchen.
Next week during my week off from heavy lifting I will be doing Cooler 1. I will be cautiously monitoring my food intake to ensure that I am consuming enough calories because I am still breastfeeding Matthew four times per day. I may need to add an additional carbohydrate (fruit, grain or sweet potato) and/or an additional fat to my daily food intake.
For more information on Cooler 1 and the Eat-Clean Diet, you should either purchase or loan The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged from your local library, not only because it is a great book, but also because I my story is featured on page 102. 🙂
After one week of Cooler 1, I am embarking on four weeks of The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped.
As you may recall, I did a modified version of the Stripped plan back in March where I eliminated all sugars (natural and refined), processed grains (including whole grain and sprouted bread, pasta, etc.) and dairy. I saw really nice results and think that this way of eating will help to push me out of my plateau.
In addition to the eats mentioned above I will continue to drink warm lemon water upon rising each morning and am going to start experimenting with apple cider vinegar prior to eating meals.
Who will join me?
I know that there are several of you who want to start eating clean. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your Eat Clean journey with a back to the basics approach to eating clean. Clean out your cupboards and stock up your fridge with fresh food and join me on Cooler 1 next week!