Ruts, nuts and Plateaus

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3 Mar 2017 by Hazel


Dealing with and overcoming challenges

No matter what journey you embark on there will always be some pot holes and roadblocks along the way.  Building up some techniques to deal with them means you are likely to reduce any adverse impact and be able to get back on track swiftly. Once again I cannot stress how important it is to find techniques that work for you, these are the ones I have found work for me when I am faced with being stuck in a rut, eating (or dating) far too many nuts or trying to overcome a plateau in my weight loss.

  1. Change
  2. Get support
  3. Listen to your body
  4. Establish good habits
  5. Refocus and adjust
  6. Have a positive mental attitude

I will focus on each area in separate blogs but sometimes, like this week, I am doing all these all at the same time. This week seems to have just been one challenge after the other.  Nothing major, but rather small things just pushing at the edges of my routine.

First there was this rather unsettling and painful stomach bug which appeared last Friday. Having established a great daily exercise habit I was not going to allow it to stop me in my tracks so I pushed on through the weekend, however, by Monday I was really not feeling great so at this point I started to listen to the body and gave in to a down day. Tuesday’s Body Balance class was booked so I’d get back to it in 24 hours, little did I know that the next challenge was looming.

At this new job I’ve built in a walk to and from the office. I track it using “map my walk” and always push to improve on my time. This Tuesday morning was no different. Ignoring the painful stomach I parked up at the head office, hit the button to start tracking and yomped up the hill towards the satellite office where I was based. Even improved my time from the last walk so by the time I got in I was smiling. Did the same in the evening going home, however, on the drive back something Went bang on the car and BANG went my Body Balance as I limped the car home. I made up for it by doing a 15 minute HIIT session at home. This is how I was adjusting to the situation and ensured I was still exercising. Despite Wednesday and Thursday spent sorting cars out I built in a number of opportunities for walks and used the exercise bike at home to keep up the routine, but I was missing my body balance and friends at the gym!

The fact I’d established the great habit of exercising daily meant my brain naturally kicked into gear and started to come up with ways I could overcome the disruption to my usual routine. Self preservation came to the fore when the bug took hold and I found myself with a day to rest and pushed aside the nagging exercise voice by promising it tomorrow. Then when tomorrow turned out differently I adjusted what exercise I could do instead. All the while keeping a very positive eye on my goals.

I’ve also adjusted my food intake this week and tonight, on a day when I am resting I am enjoying a bowl of this lovely thick, stewlike veggie mulligatawny soup. Low calorie and incredibly tasty.

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