I've received a couple of e-mails from blogging friends who are in a plateau or dark space. I get it...I just returned from several months of "don't care" and had to get back on plan. Clearly, I am no expert given that I have been inconsistent. But I will offer up the best ideas that seem to work for me.
Here is a link to the original post that I still use to help me climb out of the hole. http://clydesdaleproject.blogspot.com/2010/07/in-slump-try-my-lowered-expectations.html
At one time, I called it my "Lowered Expectations Plan". But if you are a glass is half-full person, I suppose it is a "Jump Start Plan". Also, I know that some of the tough people out there just double-down on their exercise plan and go hardcore. Pick whatever plan will get you back in the groove.
Finally, I was asked about my goal weight and calorie levels. I'm 6'4" and weighed 217 when I was 22 years old and living in Japan. I rode a bicycle everywhere and basically consumed only noodles, chicken, fish and beer. I was broke and starving. I think I will never see that number again. Fine with me.
I was 235 on my wedding day in 1990. I may never see that number again.
I'll be very pleased with 250. That is my current goal weight.
I intend to stay at approx 1200-1300 calories per day for another few weeks. As I increase my walking/jogging and cycling, I will allow myself to go up to 1,500. I know that these will be weekly averages. On occasion, I may slip or indulge and get around 2,000 cals in a day. That means I will be firm at 1200 for the next two days. I also choose NOT to off-set my exercise-burned calories into this equation. I only count what I eat. Any exercise, is just going to be a bonus. My goal is a 3 pound loss per week.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!