Motivation Monday – February 8, 2010

Hitting a plateau...

I know, I know – I’m the “Fitness Cheerleader” so motivation shouldn’t be an issue. Unfortunately even I battle the workout blahs and this week was tough. After my great 10K run on Sunday, I went out for an easy 6K run on Monday – or so I thought… 1K into my run my calf cramped and the contraction was so strong it caused a minor muscle tear of my soleus muscle. I went to my yoga class on Tuesday, then ran through the pain on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday I rested my leg and on Saturday I managed to run 10K with less pain. Through all of that I felt bummed out and I was PMS’ing and turned back to my old self – eating healthy meals yet sabotaging myself with snacking on crap betweeen meals telling myself – it’s ok, there’s always my next meal to eat better.

Despite everything, this week I lost .4lbs. It’s still a lost but when you look at my recent weightloss history you can see that I’m hitting a plateau:

(btw-here’s instructions on how you can create one of these charts for yourself)

My weightloss curve is flattening out. I need to step things up a notch – get back to my healthy eating and add some intensity to my workouts. I need to start running a bit faster and longer on my weekday runs and I need to do something different to burn more calories and bring back my enthusiasm. What could that be? Hmmmm… Weights? Interval training? Maybe swimming?

Yep – that’s what I’m going to do next week, some good ol’ swimming. Heather at Run Faster Mommy added swimming to her routine last week and kick started her weightloss – she lost 5 lbs in a week! On Tuesday and Thursday morning I’m going to get up early and swim some laps before work. (Can you guys all remind me to go to bed early Monday and Wednesday nights?). It shall be interesting to see if this kicks my enthusiasm and motivation back into gear!

How are you doing? Have you had a good or bad week?

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