Sunday, February 10, 2013
Plateau, I knew someday I would hit one. But boy I didn't know it would feel like hitting a brick wall. The first signs of this plateau arrived as I gave up smoking. It was a great disguise for the plateau. Gaining and losing the same two or three pounds. I thought this was reasonable, because of the extra calories in the gum and mints I was popping in my mouth. That was six weeks ago. The quit is going well and the gum/mints are gone.
Now as I start week seven of my quit I realize for the last two weeks my weight has stayed the same. This despite the fact I am training for my first 5k in a looooooong time. Time to look at what I am doing. Drinking water - check, Eating with in range - check, Exercising - check, Quit still going - check. That is when I hit the brick wall. I picked myself up, checked for broken bones and then dusted the dirt off. What can I do to move this wall?
Go back to the basic and make sure I am eating right, look at my rest and my exercise. Something needs to be adjusted. At first glace I checked off eating within range. However I am eating on the low end of everything, body is thinking I am starving it. As my exercise has increased. Next I notice my sleep, opps didn't check that off. If I get 6 to 7 hours of rest that is a good night. Now there are two strikes against me, my body is not getting enough rest. It is time to put a new plan in place.
Add some calories and protein each day - make a smoothie with protein powder
Change up my workouts - add incline to my treadmill and use the nu step machine
Sleep - this one will be hard but I will try and add another hour
"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They're there to stop the other people." ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
I know this journey to a new me is worth it, so I will just find away around my plateau (brick wall).