Forget plateau-land, I'm in plateau-hell.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It's been a frustrating few weeks. I seem to have found my way back to plateau-land and this time it's really gotten the better of me. For the first two weeks of the plateau I had started a new, interesting, and more intense workout routine and I was sure it would get results. Instead, I stalled out completely. It's been so discouraging that I've been skipping the workouts for several days to sleep late and play The Sims 2. Fortunately, I'm still eating well so the trend is still even-to-downwards, but I feel a sort of righteous anger I didn't feel the last time I landed on a plateau. I feel like there shouldn't be a plateau here. I was working harder, trying new things, and eating well. Why now? I certainly wasn't stuck in a rut or in a repetitive routine. It just doesn't seem fair.
Unfortunately, though, on some level it does make sense. When I was going up in weight, I was about this weight for about a year and a half even though I was overeating all the time. So my body seems to find this weight comfortable. That, and I think I'm starting to notice the effects of all the strength training I've been doing - my arm muscles, where I don't have much fat, are lean and defined now. It's possible that strength training got easier so gradually that I didn't realize until now that I need more weight, but it's getting clear that I do. And since I don't own any resistance bands or free weights, that could be tough - until now, my own body was enough resistance. But almost 20 pounds lighter and much stronger, it's not enough for a lot of the exercises anymore. And although my cardio is (WAY) more intense and is a new Wii game, it's still boxing, which was my favourite Wii Fit exercise when that was my primary method of cardio. I must need to start doing something that's a bigger leap from that kind of movement, I guess. Time to break out the dance aerobics? I hate pilates and yoga is too low-intensity. Or I could go back to trying running like I had planned.
I also need to get moving earlier in the day, but that feels like a pipe dream. I don't always sleep late, but I am NOT a morning person and the last thing I want to do at 7:30 am is exercise. I want to weigh myself, have my tea, eat breakfast, read the news, and wake up for a bit. Unfortunately, "wake up for a bit" often turns into "don't exercise until 9 pm", which is probably not helping the plateau situation. It's also keeping my fiancé up at night because after I exercise I'm wide awake for at least 2 hours. 10 pm exercising means I blather incessantly until 1 am. Lying down within an hour of doing cardio probably isn't doing much for my metabolism or calorie burning either.
Gah. Well, I guess I know there's a problem... I just am not that thrilled about the solution - get up earlier, exercise earlier, stop doing the boxing I love, and try and scrape together some cash for some resistance bands. But maybe I'll feel better if I hop back on the horse today and go and do my boxing one last time. But I know I need to change it up. Last time I got serious about fixing a plateau issue, I lost 2 pounds within a few days of implementing the changes. It will work. I just need to want to do it. But right now, the motivation isn't there - I guess I'll just have to suck it up and do it anyway and when I feel better I know the motivation will follow.