Harsh Realities…

I have made incredible progress over the last month and a half.  People tell me I look great.  And for the first time in a long time I feel great.

Unfortunately I have only 10 more weeks to make this work and I feel as if I’ve reached that point that everyone dreads in their weight loss efforts… the plateau.

Plateau– high plain or tableland usually consisting of relatively flat terrain.

No, I am not some kind of geographic landmass.  I’ve commonly heard the term used in reference to reaching a point where you’re working just as hard to drop weight, you’re just not seeing any results.  I knew it was coming.  It always does.

Something needs to change.  I’m not quite sure where to go from here.  To help try and keep myself at least mentally on track, I have decided to set some short term goals until I can get further guidance.

  1. No more cheating on my meal plan.  This applies to lean shakes, fruit, and yummy treats alike.
  2. 20 minute Windsor Pilates video.  I will start every day by rolling out of bed and rolling out my yoga mat.  20 minutes to stretch, lengthen, and strength my core.
  3. Cardio.  Not my favorite activity.  My warm ups before training sessions will be upped from 5 to 10 minutes of cardio.  I will stick around after to partake in an extra 25 minutes of heavy cardio.  I also make the promise to run an additional 3 days a week.
  4. Supplemental gym membership.  My training at Body Blocks is going awesome, but I need to work more.  The facility isn’t open on Sundays but I can’t just take the day off.  Signing up for a cheap membership somewhere close to home sounds perfect.
  5. Drop 3 more LBS over the next two weeks.  I don’t think this is too unreasonable.  It needs to be done.  I have to start dropping more and fast.

Hopefully these changes can help steer me in the right direction.  I still need to talk things over with my trainer and see what his recommendations are.  Perhaps I can even gain some guidance from experienced competitors next weekend at the 2012 Arnold Classic.

This plateau will not get the best of me.  Eventually the edge has to drop and I will be back on track!

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