Did you know that from 2008 to 2010 the ONLY cardio I did was running? Learning to run (so walking first and then building up my running distance) helped to give me a perfect no-excuses way to get fit. All I needed was a pair of good shoes and a route and I was off. For two years I walk/ran and than ran, 3x per week and I lost heaps of weight. In 2010-2011 I did start grabbing a couple of workout DVDs (mostly Jillian Michaels DVDs) and tried a couple of classes but I never stayed with any of them consistently – running was still king in my world!
But in 2011 I began to notice that my weight started to slow down and when I got to 159lbs – 10lbs away from 100lbs lost – I started fluctuating and this fluctuation lasted for a year. I was training for a 30k race at the time and wasn’t seeing ANY results and I couldn’t really figure out why so I started doing some research and that’s when I discovered that, as much as I enjoyed running, my body was just so used to it that stopped giving me results. I was thinner sure, but I was still flabby and my body didn’t see the need to lose any more weight. Yes, even training for a 30k race my body was all like “Meh! Who cares! You do this all the time!”. My beloved running was no longer cutting it – something had to change.
That’s when (well, that and a sprained toe a week before my race) I decided to hang up my running shoes for a bit and do something different and I discovered TurboFire.
Doing that program opened up a whole new world for me. Not just one where I realized that working out could be über fun but one where I had to push myself more than I ever did before. In running, I never did speed work or hill work – I didn’t like it! I did short runs during the week and wonderful, soul-searching long, slow runs on the weekend. Doing TurboFire, however, I didn’t have a choice – I was forced out of my comfort zone. For the first time I had to do tuck jumps, air jacks, HIIT, burpees and more. I was out of breath, had to take breaks all the time, sweating like a maniac and I started seeing results! After TurboFire I did my first TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme hybrid and the added heavy weights in CLX propelled my results even more and I finally saw that coveted 100lbs lost mark! Since then I have refused to go easy on myself for more than two weeks and not surprisingly I am currently in the best shape of my life and getting into even better shape.
What’s the point of all of this? The point is that I hear from far too many people that they’re not seeing results but when I probe deeper it turns out that they’re doing the same program they always do or they’re not paying attention to their eating or they give me excuses as to why they can’t do this or they can’t do that. The simple fact of the matter is that if you have a goal, you’re going to have to work and you’re going to have to work HARD! You’re going to have to push yourself to get uncomfortable. You’re going to have to dig a little deeper, tell yourself that you don’t care if you don’t “think” you can do something, you’re going to do it anyway. You’re going to have to attempt those tuck jumps or push-ups on your toes sooner or later so you might as well at least try ONE today. You’re going to have to learn to get through your eating issues, no matter how uncomfortable because if you don’t, you’re never going to take control of your nutrition. You’re going to have to give up the excuses, false beliefs and blasé attitude and get a little dirty! Challenge yourself with EVERY workout to do more than you did the day before. Tell yourself EVERY day that you’re going to eat even healthier at your next meal than you did your previous meal. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Remember that if you want a change to occur in your life, you can’t expect it to happen if YOU don’t make a change! Things don’t just change on their own! Know that you can, and you will, push more every day to get you closer and closer to your goal. I promise that after a while you’ll get used to it and that “I think I’m gonna die” feeling you get in your workouts is just going to become a regular occurrence and you’re fine with it because, guess what? You haven’t died yet!
I don’t care how long you’ve been at a plateau for, the one thing I do NOT want you to do is GIVE UP. Whatever healthy behaviours you’re exhibiting now are more than likely a hell of a lot better than what you did before you started so if you are experiencing a plateau ask yourself if you could stand to do more in your workouts or switch them up. If that doesn’t work, look closer at your nutrition. If that doesn’t work, ASK FOR HELP but for the love of God do NOT give up! You owe it to yourself, your family and everyone else who loves you to keep GOING!