Last night, I tuned into SparkCoach before heading to bed. Becky, the nutritionist, was talking about breaking through a plateau. She talked about several aspects of health and weight loss,
Nutrition: Make sure you are taking in the correct amount of calories, especially if your weight has changed... so would the intake.
Food and Beverages: Weigh and measure rather than eyeballing it. It's too easy to underestimate what you eat. And eat foods in their whole state; lean proteins, fruit, dairy, whole grains.
Exercise: Variety is important, as are the rest and recovery periods. And SLEEP; lack of sleep signals hunger hormones, so aim for 7-9 hours a night.
Well, there's always room for improvement. In my case, exercise and sleep are areas of concern. I am having such poor nights lately. Up at 4:30 after having had 4-5 hours of restless rest. The IDEA of 7-9 hours sounds heavenly, but REALITY is something else.
But something I can change is exercise, which brings me to today's SparkCoach topic; Take your fitness to the next level.
To reap the benefits of a workout, it has to challenge you. Your body gets used to a routine of exercise, and it will not keep working for you if it's "routine" and no longer a challenge. Nicole spoke of changing the intensity, the mode, and the exercise itself. This is an area that I am going to work on this week. I have been using my Walking 4 Fast Miles dvd as well as Jason's Fit Kitchen walking workout on youtube. Jason does use weights, so that is a little different, but it's still walking... So I'm going to see if I can workout with my exercise ball and resistance bands this week.
I really want to break through this plateau and get the weight off. Are you with me?