You’re so close to your goal. Your daydreams of rocking those cute fits in your newly built body are actually coming to fruition, but then you’re at a standstill. And where are you standing still? That annoying, dreaded place which I will refer to as the land of PLATEAU. It’s a sucky place to be and if you’re living here too, I feel your pain. I think I’ve literally been here for years. Don’t get me wrong, I am comfortable in my skin and I love how far I have come. However, when I first started my fitness journey and entered into the final phase, I had a specific goal in mind. I pride myself in finishing what I start and this journey is no exception.
Flashing back to the beginning, the pounds melted away. As I shrunk, it didn’t take me long to realize that the smaller I got, the harder it was to lose more weight. These last 10-pounds pounds have been the hardest to shed by far. They make the first 50 look like a cake walk. Well, I have finally accepted the reality that I’m going to have to fight hard to get rid of these pounds and break through this plateau. I’ve definitely been fighting hard and pushing myself in my workouts like I never have before. And I’m seeing progress. Slow, but progress nonetheless.
Lately, I’ve been plotting my escape from plateau land by resolving to constantly switch up my workout routine. I’ve been doing Bikram Yoga classes three times a week along with cardio and a big emphasis on weight training. Side-note, those who know me know that I just don’t care for weight training. It’s just not “fun” for me like cardio is. I don’t know what it is. Maybe because when I’m running/jogging, or on the elliptical or on the spinning bike etc. I feel more in-tune with the music I’m listening too. Sometimes when I’m doing cardio, I’m almost dancing when a jam of mine comes on. With weight training, it’s just so much more still & serious which I equate to being more boring. But, I digress! I’m keeping at it and I think I have finally made it a habit so my workouts don’t feel complete if I haven’t hit the weights. I’m still a novice though. Another thing that I’ve done to lose these last 10 & bust through this plateau has been to purchase a Polar FT4 Calorie Counter Watch/Heart-rate monitor. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can (hopefully) gush about it on here :-).
- Switch it up! You can’t leave the land of plateau if you stick to your regular routine.
- Don’t get discouraged! “Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress…IS PROGRESS.”