Plateaus are for SUCKERS!
I started my weight loss/strength/fitness journey in April of 2016. This was the first time that I've really taken it seriously and tracked my diet and stepped up my workouts from just cardio 2 days a week to full on BEASTMODE 4-6 days a week. It's now December and I haven't reached that goal. I'm happy with what I see in the mirror, a tighter and more toned body. I wear smaller sizes but the scale hasn't budged in months. In fact, I'm only 3-5 lbs. lighter than my "usual" weight.
Weight ain't nothing but a number right? Muscle weighs more than fat. If you love the way you look why does the scale matter? Blah. Blah. Blah. I've heard it all. And while I don't disagree, there's something psychological about setting a goal and not achieving it, especially if the goal isn't totally unrealistic.
So I got a chance to catch up with an old friend and local dynamo, Deb Dutcher. She's a health coach and at 62 she's got more energy and abs that rival women half her age. She explained a few reasons why I had hit my fitness plateau and how to get over the hump.
- Diet. I knew diet was part of it. I am inconsistent and right before and after the Spartan race I really let it slide. I needed the calories to prepare for the race and after I was so hungry that I ate everything in sight. Then there was Thanksgiving. See how easy it is to get off track? I learned a new saying today, "food is information". Everything you eat is broken down, and each cell is telling it where to go and in what quantities. If you think of our bodies as a super computer, some of the foods we eat, our bodies don't know how to process that information.
- Water. As in I'm not getting enough. Lack of water slows everything down. I bought a pink sparkly BPA free cup with a straw and carry it everywhere and all over the house.
- Supplements. Or more specifically, not supplementing correctly or effectively. I've used various products for years, but I've been inconsistent. Deb introduced me to USANA products 3 years ago and I even signed up to be a distributor (for the discount). It wasn't until just recently that I began using the vitamins in the correct doses to feed my body what it really needed. Once again "food is information", so supplementation plays a big important role in getting the right stuff to our supercomputer., i.e. our bodies.
- Working out too hard. This caught me off guard. The more I worked out, the better I felt/feel and the better I looked. How can stepping up my game inhibit my progress?
So what's the solution for me to get over the hump? Starting in January (I'm gonna at least enjoy the rest of the month in December in moderation) I will be joining Deb on a weight loss challenge. It runs from January 7th to February 7th and she guesses that I could shave 5-7 lbs. from my belly and another 3-5 from my hips/butt/thighs. Some people could lose up to 15 lbs. There will be prizes
The challenge is a reset for your body. The idea is to flush out all the sugar and bad sh*t, get your blood sugar in balance, nourish your body with what it really needs on a cellular level and with moderate exercise, get yourself off to a great start for the new year.
If you'd like to join me on this restart, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you all the details on what's needed to start. Sign up by December 18th. From there, you'll be added to the Facebook page for additional tips, recipes and more.
Hurry! Sign up by December 18th!