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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein
A plateau means…
- That it is humanly possible for you to lose additional weight but you are not. (your body does not keep losing weight indefinitely).
- That you’re doing everything right “i.e. diet & exercise in adequate amounts.
- That you were losing weight with what you were doing, but have stopped.
- That you haven’t noticed any difference in 2 weeks or more.
When it comes to plateaus, there really are only a few ways to bust them. But they involve making changes to what you are currently doing. You cannot keep doing the same thing, expecting different results. A plateau is your body’s way of letting you know that it NEEDS to stay where it is based on what you are doing NOW. In most cases, it just needs a little TLC from you in order to get back on track.
Our bodies talk to us, and plateaus are feedback.
Reasons why you might be ‘stuck’.
1. A plateau can occur when your body has reached starvation mode (or rather thinks it has). When we over restrict and exercise, the body goes into ‘shutdown’ to save itself from us. Fat is necessary for survival: it won’t give it up easily if it feels like there’s a need to keep it for later. It will slow down other processes to compensate for the deficit you’re making if that deficit is too large.
Solution: boost your calories for a few days (up to a week), and take an extra day off (or two). You need to reassure your body that things are okay, before it’ll be willing to work efficiently again. Boosting your calories can bring your metabolism back up again. No need to go crazy, but anywhere from 300-600 extra calories a day is sufficient. Re-examine whether or not your restricted calorie diet is enough for your body, and raise your calorie limit permanently if that’s what your body needs.
My friend Joey shared a story recently and I thought it was definitely one worth sharing.
“When I was 11 I visited India and doing the typical tourist in India routines I got to see and ride elephants. Now if you’ve been near elephants before you know that huge doesn’t aptly capture the sheer size of them, and in the eyes of an 11 year old that was just amplified. Oddly enough though all of the elephants had their ankles tied to the ground with a bit of rope, and while the rope looked like it was good quality, the amount and thickness just didn’t seem capable of holding back a fully grown behemoth like an elephant. So I asked one of the workers and he explained that they had the elephants from infancy, and when the elephants are young the rope that is used is enough to keep them contained as they don’t have the strength and size to break free yet. But by the time they grow into adults and have the strength to easily break away, they’ve grown so accustomed to being unable to snap the ropes that they don’t believe they can break free, even when it seemed so obvious to anyone else looking.
It was habit and fear that kept them in bondage, not the ropes themselves.
I guess the point of this long winded story about Dumbo is that we never really know what we’re capable of until we push the limits a bit, step outside of our comfort zone, and be ballsy and crazy enough to tug at the things that we feel hold us back every once in a while, in hopes that they’ll rip apart, leaving us free to command our destinies.”
My Life as an Actor & Beachbody Coach.
I first started as a Beachbody coach in June. I had a slow start, but I knew it would take time to build my business. I continued to talk to people about the products that worked for me. Little by little people were saying, “okay, now I’m ready!” The handful of people who have been sticking to the programs and Shakeology have been getting amazing results. People finally reaching their goals.. you simply cannot put a price tag on that.
I live in New York, and I’ve just completed my first semester at an acting conservatory… and it has changed me as a person completely. I believe Stella Adler had it right when she said, “Growth as an actor and as a human being are synonymous.” So I want to give you something that reflects the amazing growth that I have had as a person over the past 4 months.
Merging My Two Worlds.
I believe and I’m sure you would agree, the better you feel about yourself, the better mother, father, sister, son, friend, Coach you can become.
So, let’s start the new year off with some self reflection…
The other day my coach posted a quote, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life… If You keep re-reading the last one.”
For so many people the New Year is that new chapter. It’s a reset button, and they get to wipe the slate clean and start over. So let’s start over, and stop living in the old chapters, let’s stop living in the past. Let’s exist in the present.
If you’re thinking about the past you’re not in the present. If you’re thinking about the future, that’s also part of the past. When I *snap*, that was in the present, and now it’s the past.
I’m sure everyone knows that one person who is always obsessing over the things they haven’t done, and talking about the things they should have done differently and all they do is complain and find fault absolutely everything. I’m sure someone specific has just come to mind. And sure we all do this to varying degrees. I find this happens a lot to people who are having difficulty losing weight. “If ONLY they had started working out two months ago!”— “If ONLY they hadn’t eaten that extra cupcake!” The vicious cycle of “if only’s” and “what if’s” only leads to regret, guilt, and sadness. Especially for emotional eaters, this is a bad cycle to fall into.
So how do you stop??? How do you snap out of it?
First by becoming aware of your behavior. Then you can learn live the present. The present moment. Learning to slow down, take in, and appreciate the things around you.
Look. The guilt, the regret, chronic complaining, the over-eating… they’re all only symptoms to a much larger issue that is very personal to each and every individual.
So, we will do some awareness work in order to peel back the layers and uncover the source of the guilt, unhappiness, over-eating, etc.
Awareness without judgment.
We all have specific relationships to everything we come into contact with. And we have a specific feeling towards things. I’m talking everything: objects, places, people, ideas.
I challenge you to start a list of things that you like and things that you don’t like. It can relate to fitness, business, family, anything and everything. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about yourself. It can be as simple as I don’t like cracks on the sidewalk because I like things that are orderly and neat. Or I like cracks in the sidewalk because I think they are beautifully random.
This might seem a bit abstract to some of you. BUT- Once you can define the things around you, you’re on the road to more understanding.
It’s similar in the way you would define “why” you want to be in this business, or when you ask your clients “why” they want to try one of the beachbody programs.
The more you understand about yourself, the more you can reflect and become a better person. The better mother, brother, daughter, friend, coach you will become. And the more efficiently you can then help others.
You’ll be surprised also how present you will become when you begin to look at trees, door nobs, your child’s sippy cup, morning coffee, sit ups, push ups — and you place it on your list. You’ll be in the present moment, taking in the little things around you. And also when you do this, appreciate the history of these things. FORKS. How simple, but how efficient! It has history.
You’ll also find that the things on your Don’t Like list, may instead become a list of things that you understand. Maybe you dislike taking out the garbage. BUT- when you place it on your “don’t like” list, and you think about the history of sanitation, you make actually learn to appreciate it.
Another exercise I really love is this…
*Everyday I write down one thing I’ve learned.
It can be something as simple as I’ve learned that today I am wearing one blue and one black sock.
Or it can be something bigger- like, I’ve learned that resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Or it can be something leaning more towards the fitness and business. Something that I learned recently from Chalene’s PUSH book,… I learned that if there is no opportunity presenting itself, I must create one.
In the New Year let’s learn to slow down and appreciate all that we have, bring more understanding to ourselves and to those we reach out to, and continue to better ourselves so we can better help others.
Now, I want to ask… what have you learned?