Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I'm in "Transition" right now.
What does this mean? Transition, for me, is the early phase of a new exercise routine. When you first start out you with your routine you are typically soft with fatty tissue and you don't have much muscle mass. As you start working out you begin to grow the muscles under the fat and the fat begins to break down and is used for energy. Unfortunately, fat seems to go away slower than muscle grows so during this "Transition" phase you might not see weight loss or you may think you are gaining weight because you look bigger. This is a fatty illusion! There will be a point where you've used enough fat as energy and you can start to see the muscle definition. Keep working out and you'll see the fruits of your labour.
I think the transition phase is difficult for a some people because they work their butts off and they see the scale actually going up instead of down. But I encourage you to not give up hope. If you can just hold on for another week or 2 you'll be so glad you did. Not only will you start to see your new muscle growth and the scale going in the right direction but you will have established yourself a good routine and that's the most important thing! I don't know about you but once I get into a routine, I don't like to break it. I also don't like stopping something that I've committed lots of time to. Sparkpeople for example, I've put so much time into this website and I've collected so many sparkpoints that I don't want to stop. I guess that's what Sparkguy wants! haha. Well your routine should be the same way. You should put so much time and effort into it that you don't want to ruin it by taking unneccessary breaks.
What also helps to have before you start your new routine are good, clear, specific goals. You should have short term, medium term and long term goals. I'd encourage you to write them down and keep them in plain sight so that you are reminded of them every time you walk by or sit down. Hiding them after writing them down won't help you at all. You may also want to create little "mini-goals" with little rewards along the way that help you reach your major goals. It's a lot easier to take baby steps than big jumps when you are trying to accomplish something.
So yeah, I'm transitioning. I've got some good, clear, and specific goals which I'm working towards and I'm establishing a new routine which I fully intend to stick with.
Have you got goals? Are you transitioning? Are you maintaining? Think about it. Go!