I've been at this weight loss thing for 21 months now. I'm so grateful to say that I've lost about 70 pounds! However, while a normal person would be ecstatic about this, I tend to be bummed out when I think about it. But of course I'm not normal, right? I kid...:)
The frustrating part is the plateau I've been on for a year now. That's right - a whole year. I lost those 70 pounds in the first 9 months and while I've gained a few and lost a few since then, the scale has basically been steady all this time.
At first I was majorly frustrated - I was angry at myself for not having the will power or drive or motivation to push myself to that mighty "next level" that everyone talks about. Then I thought, well maybe my usual consistency and discipline will eventually pay off and I'll start losing again - no dice. Now I'm at a point of reluctant acceptance. In the back of my mind I know that I still could make some radical changes to my diet and I can still up the intensity of my workouts, but my drive to do it is non-existent at the moment. Does that make me lazy? A failure? A schlub? I don't know. I do know what I've accomplished and I know what I have yet to accomplish. Getting there is still TBD.
Share your thoughts:
Have you ever reached a plateau in your fitness journey? How did it make you feel?
Have you ever busted through a plateau? How did you do it?
There is one thing that works against your fitness routine worse than any other element: Procrastination.
It’s so easy to follow the mindset of “I’ll start tomorrow.” We’ve all done it – we have for some reason come to believe that one can only begin something new on the first day of the week or the first day of the month. But there’s no rule that says that – it’s just a form of procrastination. Besides, when you allow yourself to put off starting or restarting (because of some need to begin on the 1st or a slip in your diet) you’re giving into the fear. Because isn’t that why we’re really putting it off? We are afraid it will be hard, or we will fail at it, or it will cut into our fun/comfort/schedule too much.
I say just go for it! Start over every day if you have to. Every morning you can decide to do your best to stick with your fitness routine. Every morning is a fresh opportunity, and spoiler alert - we have a finite number of mornings to take advantage of those opportunities. So start right now, even if it’s mid-afternoon. No one’s fitness journey is perfect – just keep going.
Share your thoughts:
When do you feel the strongest urge to procrastinate when it comes to your health and fitness?
Do you have a trick you use to get back on track when you’ve slipped from your routine?