It's been a while since my last update, and for a very common reason - I've hit the dreaded "plateau".
What did I do?
Ah, I feel like I need to apologise for everything getting so - boring. I mean, it's not boring for me, I love what I'm doing. But it's more of the same, and maybe that's the problem.
If you've been following this journey from the beginning, you'd know how important hiking is to me now. It's everything. It's my exercise and my meditation and my social life, all rolled into one. I still try to get out every weekend, and the hikes themselves have been getting gradually more intense.
Hiking is addictive, y'all. Hiking is life. Hiking: Not Even Once. Just Do It.
Yoga is something I've not been doing as much of, but know I really need to. My upper back and shoulder pain is returning, and I previously found it so useful for combating post-hike tension and muscle pain. After a hike is actually my favourite time for yoga, but the night-time wind-down routine is important and I'm going to bring it back - promise.
A great hike fills me with energy to do more...so tonight I took advantage of that by doing a short weights routine (Fitness Blender's Tank Top Arms video) after a nice hot bath, and now moving into some post-hike @adrienelouise Yoga to stretch everything out. This week I'm planning on amping it up a little, either running or riding to work. Let's see how it goes! #couchpotatotowonderwoman #weights #yoga #fitnessnoob
I am a little over a month away from my first "fun run" type event. I'm going in the City 2 Surf and I am terrified. I need y'all to cross everything for me, because I'm still doing all my runs alone where no one can pick on my weird leg-flicking unco-looking technique oh no what have I done.
Oh boy, running with a backpack on is a whole other thing altogether (it weighs 3kg). Planned to try the 6km to work, bailed after 2km when I reached the train station ? But hey - new goal? New goal ??Also - I ran 2km in the dark this morning instead of scrolling through Instagram- not a bad way to start the day! #couchpotatotowonderwoman #running #fitnessnoob
I need to run more - immediately. Luckily, even though it's getting colder now and it's tougher to get motivated to get outside - I really do enjoy it. I know, it's weird. I get it. I'm one of "those" people now. But trust me. It happens to us all - AND IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU. /#fitspo
Oh yeah, and this happened.
Uhhhhhhh the face when you're supposed to be attending group training for a 25km trail run and you slept in! These things happen, and the important thing here really is to still do *something*, so that's what I'm gonna talk myself into now instead of enjoying my amazingly comfortable bed....dammit. There's no such thing as failure with trying to be healthier - it's just a detour ????#couchpotatotowonderwoman
I'm lifting, ma! Check out my guns.
I either head to the gym and fumble through a routine trying to stop thinking about everyone in there judging me (they're not), or I do a routine at home with cheap hand weights from Kmart and a FitnessBlender video. They are great.
Especially when it's chilly outside, and especially when I'm on a high post-hike - oh wow, weights make you feel good. Bonus: they help burn more calories and you can lift heavy stuff easier. I'll carry my own shopping, thank you very much.
Update on skull crushing with thighs: getting there.
So yeah, it's more of the same, really. I know I need to up the yoga, and start running further - but I've been so busy lately. I know it's the classic excuse, and if you really care about something you'll make time for it blah blah - but seriously I've had some weeks with solid 16+ hour work days and I've just been tired.
I'm going to try and find a solution, though. Preferably one that isn't caffeine.
What did I eat?
So as you know, I have personalised "macros" - hitting protein, healthy fats and complex carbs goals which I log in MyFitnessPal. Food like this:
- Coconut oil
- Cheese (yes!)
- Flaxseed Oil
- Dark Chocolate
- Lean red meat
- Lean poultry
- Milk & Cheese
I mostly stuck to this, with a few "high quality" treat exceptions. I'm talking the super fancy mint chocolate coated macadamias, not the free Mars bars we have in the office at work. (Why?!)
So...do you have any results?
Nope. This is the "plateau" I was alluding to earlier.
I've lost no weight at all, not even 100g. This isn't unusual when you are losing fat and gaining muscle, but my other measurements haven't budged either. My waist is the same, hips are the same, bust is the same.
I was hesitating updating y'all because it just felt a little - uninspiring, you know? Kinda boring.
But I'll work this out, because I know it's not uncommon. And when I do, I'll let you know how I did it. Solidarity!
Let's take a look at "The Plan"
- Strength (Lift more! It's fun)
- Flexibility (Remember how Yoga helps me in every other aspect of my life, do it more)
- Endurance (Longer running sessions, get ready for City 2 Surf)
- Eating food that fuels me (Keep doing what I'm doing - it seems to be working for me!)
- Killing a man with my bare hands AKA badassery (I'll get there eventually, just you wait)
It's hard doing an update when it really feels like nothing new has happened. But plateaus are super common.
Getting past them is different for everyone, and I'll spend this next month trying out at least one to see if it works for me.
Strangely, even writing this has made me more motivated. Looking back on what you have done, instead of dwelling on what you haven't done, is super useful.
You can follow along, and join in, with #couchpotatotowonderwoman on Instagram - and feel free to join in with the people that are motivating me!
I've learned more about myself this year than in any other. I've gone from being a couch potato, to a self-starter, to a fully fledged-fitness noob, complete with a month of "failures".
Now I'm in month four of Couch Potato to Wonder Woman, I'm finding some balance.