It’s happened again. When trying to lose weight or increase strength, there always seems to be a point where despite your best efforts, you can’t get that stubborn needle to move!
I hit the wall about 10 days ago. In that time, my scale hasn’t budged. Not even 50 grams! It can be very frustrating, especially when you’ve been avoiding all temptation and sticking to your guns: eating right and exercising. Even worse is when the scale shows you’ve added weight!
Early on in my fitness revolution, I encountered these plateaus pretty often, and they were absolutely devastating. “All that work for no result? Ugh, I’m ordering a pizza.” It’s very difficult to stay motivated when there seems to be no improvement.
With time and experience, however, I’ve learned to treat these plateaus as a chance to step back and re-examine what I’m doing. Some of my best routine improvements have come out of the frustration of a plateau. In most cases, I find that by either staying on track or slightly changing my routine, I’m eventually able to overcome and start seeing results again.
Not to say it isn’t frustrating, but it’s much more of a known commodity and I know that if I keep working hard, I’ll reach my goal.
Does anyone else have problems with hitting a fitness wall? How do you overcome it? Please comment! There are lots of tips online for how to break through, but as always, try to find out what works best for you.