PLATEAUING - Defined as Reaching a state of little or no change after a period of activity or progress.
Sound familiar? They say that the slump people go through during trying to get into the healthy lifestyle is a big cause of people actually giving up. Whether its your weight loss, trying to attempt or perfect new techniques, or even just trying to eat healthy, we all go through this "SLUMP".
I have had this quote taped up at work for well over a year now, it reads "MANY GIVE UP ON THE BRINK OF GREATNESS". I put it up after I went through my first slump. I wasn't making progress, I was getting lazy with my eating, I was really frustrated training in the gym and with gym machines in general. I had had enough!. I was just bored (stuck inside a gym 5 days a week), so I stopped for a bit…… but that didn't last long!
I could have easily given up right? Would have been easy, "Oh well, I gave it a crack" certainly came to mind, but I thought about it. I looked at how far I had come, I listened to my friends and family and I realised that, yeah, I have slacked off and made some mistakes with my food choices and so on, but thats not the end of the world. That can be changed!.
It took me a little bit to get out of my slump, but I did a complete 360 in my training, went from all machines, all the time to complete body weight and Kettle-bell workouts for a solid 12 weeks.
I think, and preach this to all my friends who ask for advice "If you can do it for one day, why can't you do it for two? or three or four? It only gets easier the more you do it". So, essentially, its like learning a new skill or playing a new video game. The more you do it the better you get. I'm hearing it a bit lately and I think it rings true, and I hope if your stuck in a slump that this can help you or put it into perspective a little bit.
I have found something Im passionate about and there is no stopping me now! This year I'll be doing something I never thought I would ever do again….EVER! I'll be studying at University level. I know right!!!! Wait till I tell my mum, she will think Im pulling her leg, hahahahaha!
I also think I have fallen in love with lifting weights, It never really tickled my fancy, it was always a means to an end (loosing weight). I have been training myself for the past 8 weeks, incorporating a lot of what I have learnt over the past 2 years, as well as implementing some things I have been studying online, and I must say my lean muscle mass is at a all time high. Im very happy with the continued results, proving to myself that I can accomplish these things on my own.
Below LEFT is me Feb 2013 and Feb 2015 on the RIGHT(this morning actually 11/2/15)
Watch this space is all I can say……BIG THINGS ARE COMING!