So, how do you recognize it?
It is tough really. I’d like to come up with a sure-fire, complete list for all of you to look through and either answer yes or no to all and know, without a shadow of doubt, whether or not you are in fact in a plateau.
You may have noticed by now, that I truly am writing this blog for those of you who have some sort of a consistent fitness routine, who may or may have not experienced a plateau yet. But, I want to be clear in that if you do not have a consistent fitness routine, I hope you can apply what I am saying to other areas of your life; a period of rough parenting, healthy eating challenges, a stagnant time in your profession. The theories should cross over.
So, here is my first attempt at a list of plateau indicators. After all, the first step in overcoming a plateau is RECOGNIZING a plateau.
- Excuse master – “I could go for a run, but, I have to clip my toenails”
- The tit for tat – “Okay, I worked out, so, I have earned a pie”
- The fake cough – “I think I might feel tonsillitis coming on, I better eat, rest and think about it”
- The towel throw – “I’ve been doing this day after day and I am not progressing, so WHY even try”
- The fear of sweat – “I still want to get a workout, but, really I don’t want to smear my mascara, so…. can’t go too hard”
- The multi-task – “I am going to walk on the treadmill, while I text, read a book and watch four shows”
- The rut – “well, it’s Monday, on Monday I walk at a 2.5 mile per hour speed for thirty minutes. So, guess I’m done then”
- Sense of duty – “I always go to the gym after work, but, there are five other things I would rather be doing right now. But I’ll go, even though there is no one thanking me for walking through that door”
Over my next few posts, I will explore each item on our plateau indicator list and share some of the ways that I have overcome them before and am attempting to overcome them during this plateau.
Please respond with a “Yes” if any of these indicators sounds like where you are right now. I would love to get a feel for who is currently in a similar place.