What broke my last plateau? Christmas holiday season ended.
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The way I understand plateaus after many false starts/stops/failures is that they are a state of same-ness. So, when you're in a plateau, nothing is moving either direction. And the way to break out of that sameness is to change something.
When you get into a routine, and you do the same exercises every day and eat the same foods (or calories) every day, your body will find a balance there - a state of "same-ness" and will plateau. To prevent that, you have to change things up. Surprise your body with a different type of fitness - if you're a runner, swim. If you're a swimmer, bike. If you aren't lifting weights - start. Etc. Change something. In addition, I've found that calorie zig-zagging has been helpful for me when I was in weight-loss mode.
So I'd spend 2-3 days eating at my minimum calorie goal, and then a day at my max, then 2-3 days at the min, and a day at my max. I really found that very helpful not only in preventing plateaus, but in keeping me from abandoning the process altogether.
Good luck. Plateaus are absolutely manageable. Just takes effort.
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oh wow. thanx. I just added a tiny bit of interval training last night. it REALLY got my heart rate up!
I am loving the BeFit 30 Day 6 Pack on the BeFit channel on YouTube. It's intense, though. I also like Coach Nicole's crunch less core video here on SP and Plates inspired core workouts. See if you can fine New Rules of Lifting for Women at your library. Don't be afraid to lift heavy. You can lift more than you think, think about all the lifting you do in real life. Hw much does a carseat with a baby in it weigh? Or the 6 bags of groceries you lug in the house in an attempt to only make one trip? If weights are intimidating, you can get cheap resistance bands at Walmart and start there. The BeFit Channel also has BeFit in 90 (and a new more intense one I haven't tried) that combines moderate weights for moderate reps circuit style along with cardio workouts that's pretty good.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/17/2013 (08:31)
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Running helped me, but I also increased my intake of fruits and vegetables at the same time.
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i'm quite wimpy so next week i was going to try and add in some core training program for women who have had kidz. it includes interval training.
if you know of any core training or strenght training for wimpy women, PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEASE let me know!
If your diet hasn't been in order, start there. Try something new with exercise. If you have been doing the same routine for months on end, it's time to change it up. Throw in some intervals, try HIIT or even some Tabata protocol if you're fit enough for it. Make sure you're doing adequate strength training, lifting nice and heavy.