Life Unboxed: Have I Hit a Plateau with my Weight Loss?

Maybe this title is a little misleading – plateauing with an exercise regimen usually indicates that there’s no weight or any other evident change from your workout. My weight has stayed pretty consistent, aside from about 5 pounds lost. The upside to that is that I’ve gone down a pants size (almost two) and I can see definite changes in my body.

I’m not sure if my weight not going down is just offset by the additional muscle that I’ve built up over the last eight weeks (I’m sure some of it is), but it can be a bit of a downer to not see the scale drop. But really, if I have to choose between seeing the scale drop and fitting into a smaller pants size, I’ll choose the latter hands down every time.

My workouts have started to take on a sort of pattern too. Over a two week period, I have about two really intense initial workouts. The next four are easier since I’ve gotten the hang of the circuit training, and then they’re followed by two more workouts that make me question why I signed up (just kidding – I actually really love my workouts now).

I’ve also started seeing a marked improvement in my ability to run and do sprints. At last count, I ran sprints for 15 minutes as a warmup, which is a giant improvement over my panting while jogging just two months ago.

Overall, boxing has become a more inclusive part of my routine, which is nice. I’ve made friends at the gym and I have a sort of small support team there. And aside from the circuit training and running, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the ring, which is awesome (although really, really tiring). I’ve also heard that once I get past sparring with Kwame (my trainer), I’ll get to actually spar with other boxers. And who knows, maybe I’ll grow a pair and even video tape it for the blog.

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