Thursday, July 29, 2010
I was looking through the motivation secrets yesterday, and it seems that most of us are worried about hitting plateaux. I must admit that I used to find them frustrating but now I look at them a different way. In fact they even seem to fit in with the Sparkpeople way to health and fitness and of course weight loss.
Firstly, its a small victory in itself. To get stuck on a plateau, means your weight has been the same for a while. So the chances are you lost some weight first. Thats great! You also have'nt put any back on, so thats great too. You have won your first battle in the fight !
Secondly, its a sign that the small changes you began with have worked, but its now time to review what new changes you can make to you lifestyle and habits.You'll recognise this advice of small stages if you have read The Spark. Look at your day, and see if you can make any positive changes .
Thirdly, its a sign that your body has adjusted to those initial changes you made. By now your body will know what it can do easily on the calories you give it. Your stomach will have probably shrunk a little so you dont feel so hungry. Its telling you that everything is nice and comfortable, and so now you have to up the challenge a step.
This is how I look at plateaux now. Not a worry, but a step taken, and a battle won on the road to ultimate victory. Most victories have been achieved by subtle changes in tactics, and thats what you need when you hit that plateau. It may be cutting down on the 'Naughty but Nice' (I'm ashamed to say thats my next step). It could be your own tried and tested way to boost your efforts, or it could be as simple as changing your meals about, or adjusting times etc. There is no wrong way, because we are all individuals and what works for one may not work for another. I'm not saying the ideas I read are of no use. I am just saying that if we think of the situation as a help rather than a problem, we are part way to succeeding on the next stage of our journey to our goals