When you have hit a weight-loss or fitness plateau, how do you shake up your program and start seeing results again?
If I get enough sleep, I am happier and have more motivation to exercise and track my food. I also have a better attitude, where as if I am tired, I often say "who cares" in regards to health.
I find that food cravings are lessened if I drink a cup of hot tea (black or herbal) or coffee.
When I hit a plateau, I try something new. If you are walking at a slow pace, ramp it up and walk at a brisker pace or do it in intervals, 5 minutes slow then 5 minutes fast. Remember, if you're doing the same old thing, you get the same old results.
I find that if I up my exercise by just a bit, even somedays when you can't even think about going another minute, do the minute. YOu will see an end to the plateau.
Often, I think that I am not making any progress towards my weight loss goal. Too often, it turns out to be a matter of perspective. If I weigh myself EVERY day and I don't see any results, I often have forgotten to look at my monthly chart of my weight loss. Remember, it wasnt gained overnite!
Expectation-I expect that I will hit some plateaus along the way. I know that might sound weird, but if I expect to be perfect or to lose weight consistently for months on end, I will be really disappointed. So, I expect that plateaus will come, but, they are bumps in the road, not road blocks!
I review my goals and motivation b/c I usually need to refocus. Then I get back to the basics-I return to some fast break goals, weigh, measure, track food, add or change exercise, review info in THE SPARK, stay positive, keep moving, etc
Every time I think I'm on a "plateau" I have found that I am forgetting to track ALL my food and I'm also being careless about portion size. When I go back to tracking, suddenly I'm off the plateau...hmm
I uped my daily calories and workout exercises.
I have been reminded by SP that I am at a plateau. I agree with each of you about doing something different to shock your body. I've been in a rut doing the same old thing, I think.