This is a great topic, because I’ve totally been there. Now, keep in mind, I am not at all a fitness or nutrition professional. I’m an engineer. So if you’re looking for an expert in reaction kinetics or calculus, I’m your girl. But heath? Not so much. That being said, I did swim competitively for a looooonng time, so I know how it feels to reach a performance plateau.
First: Give yourself a break! You’re feeling bummed out because you feel like your not making any progress and you’re probably beating yourself up over it. Cut that out! Step back, take a few days (or weeks, whatever) and relax a little. Do something just for fun. Sleep in! Don’t overdo it, but you really may just need to rest a bit (mentally and physically)
Second: Rethink your plan. If you’ve reached a plateau, it means your original plan isn’t working (duh). So try something new! Add a new type of cross training. Try a new class. Find some new interval workouts. Or maybe just a change of scenery! Sometimes going running (swimming, biking, eating) somewhere you don’t usually go can really change your perspective. You also may just need to amp things up a little! What worked for a 2:30 half marathon will not work for a sub 2 hour! If you’ve been losing weight, your body has changed, and so has its needs.
Third: Get back at it! You can do it! I believe in you! =)
Also, I had a physical today…and I’m healthy, hooray! I got to sleep in a bit because I was going to head out for a run this morning, but then a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in, so I went back to sleep and did 4 (horrible) miles on the treadmill. I went to Body Attack after work, which was so much more fun than running on the treadmill (my worst enemy).
Since I feel weird not having a picture, here’s a picture from the Hope Relay that I did last November! If you’re in the area, sign up! It’s for a great cause and it was a blast!