Since my last post, I’ve been doing a lot of research on reaching a plateau in ones diet/exercise. There are a number of reasons why one plateaus, namely:
1. Lack of exercise variety – when ones body gets used to those workouts and they don’t seem so hard anymore
2. Not realising what you’re eating – having the odd snack because it’s ‘ok’ could become a habit
3. Muscle gain – the scales show the same weight but are you gaining muscle and losing inches?
4. Not understanding your portion size – slipping into eating larger meals
I was getting a bit annoyed with not being able to lose the last 5 kilos so recognised that I was probably doing 1, 2 and 3 (above). I had a craving for scones (albeit homemade, I still shouldn’t eat a whole batch of them), have been out drinking red wine (with those aforementioned naughty friends in previous post) and stepping on the scales and not losing anything (which is better than gaining) but am still losing inches (slowly) from my waist.
Delicious scones (but not my best friend)
So in order to kick start my system again, I’ve decided to up the ante and go for higher intensity work outs, quit the sweet stuff altogether and show a bit of will power and moderate my boozing (very hard at the moment cos the rugby’s on and I’m partial to a beer when cheering on my team :)).
I found a very handy app – the Nike Training one which is fantastic – it gives you different levels of workout (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and different types of training from cardio to toning or targeting certain areas such as the legs, arms or abs. I did the leg sculptor workout the other day and in the 15 minute session I managed to work up a sweat and not being able to walk the next day – I was using muscles that I didn’t even think I had! Even though I’m a regular runner, I think my legs were getting used to it. I then did the ab blaster and that gave my stomach muscles a run for their money! The good thing about the app is that you can also choose to set your favourite tunes to it and instructions are given during the exercise to perfect your form. It has videos to show you how to do the workout and the best thing is that it’s FREE. Good on you Nike! Fully recommend it.
To be honest, I know why I’ve plateaued, I haven’t been following the diet to its strictest form – I have been drinking, I have had regular treats, I have…shock, horror had a spag bol after 6pm (usually no carbs for dinner). Oh well, I’d better get back on it – it is all about moderation…!