Throughout my ongoing journey of living a healthy lifestyle, I've experienced plateaus more times than I can count and I'm thankful for each and every one of them...yes I said thankful. Why? Because I know that's my body sending me a message and I make sure I listen and you should too.
Let's get this out there from the start...plateaus happen to everyone, they are normal, they are common and the best thing you can do is accept them and learn from them. You don't plateau because you're doing everything right, you plateau because something in your fitness or nutrition regimen is too easy, not working, stagnant or in need of a change. So be honest with yourself when answering the following questions:
Am I really giving 100%?
Am I enjoying/satisfied with my fitness/nutrition plan?
Am I putting forth a lot of effort but still not seeing results?
Am I doing the minimum instead of the maximum?
Do I allow myself to quit early?
Do I make excuses where I could be making progress?
Do I lie to myself and think less efforts will lead to more results?
Am I being realistic about my goals?
Am I allowing myself sufficient time to realize results?
Understanding the answers to those questions and the message your body is sending you is the first step. The second step is to regroup, reassess, refocus and make a plan for a changed or new path. The third step is to move forward and put that plan into action!
If plateaus didn't happen, we would all keep doing the same thing over and over and eventually get bored, stop seeing results or simply exist somewhere in the maintain mode. Plateaus force you to grow, to learn, to break through and most importantly, teach you about what you are capable of accomplishing...and I'll bet it's so much more than you ever thought! So next time you hit a plateau (and you will), be thankful because your next break through is just around the corner!
What types of plateaus have you experienced?
My true passion is health and wellness and helping others achieve and maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle through strength training, cardio training and optimal nutritional choices. Everyone has what it takes to achieve their goals - all you need is the right motivation, guidance, and education to help get you there.