Hello again, savvy savers! It’s time again for another Battle Of The Bulge, Budget-Style post!
As always, this series will focusing on ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle while be able to afford clean, organic, obtainable foods! I believe this series can be worthwhile for many, who like myself, wish to get more in shape, not through crash-dieting but by small attainable lifestyle changes! With that said, here is where I am currently: I have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. I am looking to lose 50 lbs., find affordable non-gym membership options for working out, and change the way I consume food; this includes meals, snacks, and splurges!
Here’s where I am today:
1) I am 32 years young
3) Weight 189 lbs; I am down two pounds since last week.
- I walk my dogs.
- Continued yoga and meditation.
- Using a pedometer
- Portioning my meals
- Measure myself monthly using seamstress tape
So for those who may know know, I used to be in shape. I played tennis, took jazz, ballet lessons, and would walk for miles on end at the beach. That, of course, was then. That was before life piled up. A decade of graduations, working, saving, relocating, marrying, and general laziness began to take its toll, on my health and life.
As the years wore on into my twenties, exercise became less important, less frequent. Injuries began to take their toll, starting with my ankle, then a diabetes diagnosis, and further limiting my activity, working from a home office upwards of twelve hours a day. The predictable result is that today I am but a shadow—a soft, blurry-edged, crusty shadow—of my 120-lb tones, svelte frame of yore.
While I’ve made my peace with my life-work-toil life at home, the overall dénouement of hitting the big 3-0 and beyond, occasionally when Facebook posts photos of “this was your life, many moons ago” wall posts, I can’t help wondering: What went wrong? And one night recently it occurred to me, my problem was not with consistency, but results. I hit a workout plateau. I knew I needed to make a few exercise tweaks, and I started to incorporate some of the tips I share in this post.
First, do we all know what exercise plateau is? If you have never hit a training plateau, consider yourself lucky! Generally most who workout, gym-nuts and newbies alike, will run into a point in their training when they have a stop in their progress whether it is muscle gain or just overall performance. A training plateau is a time when you are no longer progressing in your workouts. The worse part about hitting a plateau is that it could be due to a number of reasons which only leaves you feeling more confused than ever!
1. LOSS IN STRENGTH: A common sign of hitting a plateau is when you suddenly experience a loss in overall strength. This is a tell-tale sign that your body has not been able to properly recover and grow more muscle tissue. To prevent this loss? Listen to your body. Do you need more rest? Rest. Do you feel dehydrated? Drink water? Are you mentally exhausted? Perhaps its time for a life, office, and home de-cluttering session. It’s time to give yourself the much needed grace to work on you!
2. FEELING FAILURE: Ever notice when you take a break from training, your body doesn’t give you that ‘pumped’ feeling? This could be from one of two things. First, a lack of exercise, for which case you already know how to correct this issue. However, this sense of failure could be due to overworking your frame. If this is the case, consider excising every other day.
3. LACK OF MOTIVATION: Do you feel unmotivated to shake it up in the morning? When you lose motivation, it could be caused by a number of reasons such as personal matters, pursuit of different interests, personal and business, but if those are not your reasons then it is more than likely caused by hitting a plateau otherwise known as over training. When your body is tired, fatigued and does not feel like going to train with heavy weights. This is pure instinct and your body will tell your brain ‘We need to recover…STOP training’. Your body, your proverbial temple, knows better than you might think. In order to let your body recover properly.
- These small breaks will help to ensure proper recovery and muscle repair.
- Refresh and relax your central nervous system.
- Gives your joints and ligaments a much deserved break.
- This will give you time to hit your home gym, or gym refreshed, and with much more motivation than ever before.
So, here’s a recap of how to fight off exercise plateau:
-Do not change everything all at once.
-Make small changes in your workouts over time.
-Make sure to give yourself sufficient time to apply new changes before seeing results; think weeks not days.
-Do not change variables on a weekly basis.
-Don’t panic. Healthier living is not about your total weight, but your total health.
-So if you are looking for new, creative ways to help end your workout plateaus, I hope these tips will be helpful for you. Creativity is key. Be diverse. —Listen to your body. Stop examining the success stories of others as a marker for your current rate of progress, when it comes to how healthy you are. -You will only trigger change when you work injunction with your mind, muscles, and total mass.
The best news of all? If you keep with a plan of change, you will eventually be able to return to your original plan, healthier and more progressive that before!
Here’s to a healthier you,