There are may reasons why someone would plateau in life, fitness, health, food, dieting. Plateauing SUCKS, but I think the key to it is to keep your head up in the game no matter what. Stay positive and whatever effort you do put into your goal is better than just giving up.
The past two weeks in my household has been ridiculous. First it was Richard teething, for 3 days we didn’t really get much sleep, at the end of it my husband got really sick, so much that he fainted and couldn’t really move due to his achy joints. That was hard on me, taking care of my son and also cooking and making sure my husband was taken care of. Then when my husband got better, I got sick – even worse than my husband! Achy joints, the most sore throat I’ve had since I had tonsilitis when I was 7, extreme exhaustion, light headedness: basically major suckage. I could barely even breastfeed my son that’s how exhausted I was.
Needless to say, because of all of this, the workouts were put on hold because I could barely even go to the bathroom. OH, I just remember, and right before I got sick I went running in my vibram five fingers for the first time (I ran for 12 mins LOL) and I couldn’t walk for 2 days because my calves were so sore, BUT, I knew what I was getting into so I was expecting it. Did I feel bad that I wasn’t able to work out? Yeah, did I beat myself up over it? No, what good does that do, I CLEARLY wasn’t able to workout, the only thing I made sure that I kept on top of was my eating, and even that was difficult with a sore throat.
With my eating somewhat on track, I still lost weight which is awesomeee!! It really showed me that even if I can’t at times workout, it’s important that I keep other things in my life in order which was eating. When you are properly nourished it makes a world of difference! My husband and I are still recovering, we are still rather tired, but I had to get my workouts back in so today I started with legs, and normally I hit them pretty hard, but I realized that I can’t just jump right back into it after 1.5 weeks off, so I took it easy and I was exhausted by the end! I barely finished, but what matters is that I got it done and I didn’t over do it. What’s the point of overdoing it if I can’t even function tomorrow? I’d rather take it easy in my workout today, and be able to do a little workout tomorrow.
With this intruded time off, I have also realized that my whole entire schedule revolves around working out. When I wasn’t sick, or still recovering, I couldn’t even clean because my “groove” was gone. Normally when I work out I clean in between sets, I put dishes away, pick up random things here and there and then after my workout I get to my check list and clean a few more things! I also eat much better when I work out. So for me, my workouts keep me grounded and focused, they clear my head and give me motivation to stay on top of the other things in my life!
What does working out do for you? Maybe try this out and see how it effects you? Don’t take being healthy for granted! Accomplish what you can and be grateful for being able to function properly.