Getting Past a Plateau

If you’ve been on your fitness journey for a while, then you know exactly what I’m talking about!

Eventually, you get to a point where you just stop noticing any progress. You put in the same effort, the same work, you abide by the same routine, but end up with different results – or lack thereof.

This, of course, is ultimately so frustrating. 

But not to worry, because in this post I’m going to share with you 4 tips on how to get past that plateau and back on track towards your goals!

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1. Switch it up. Whether that’s your fitness routine, your diet, or both. Our bodies are smart, and they come to know what to expect. It’s possible that the simplest tweak in your routine can get you going again! Used to weight lifting? Try a HIIT workout! On a high fat diet? Try switching back to a more carbohydrate-focused diet. Give it a shot!

2. Check for allergies. Adult onset allergies are so real! Allergies are closely related to Leaky Gut syndrome. Leaky gut and allergies disrupt digestion, promote inflammation, and affect all other body systems as a result. This can lead to issues with both losing fat and gaining muscle! If you are having gastrointestinal issues, allergy-like symptoms, or dealing with chronic inflammation, this might be worth looking into. You can pay to have an allergy test done, or go on a simple elimination diet to find the culprit.

3. Eat more! For those on a weight loss journey this may sound counter-intuitive, but trust me, it’s not. You might be skeptical… but stay with me here. Let’s say you’ve started this brutal, insane workout routine – but you’re eating the exact same. You expect to lose weight, but instead: nothing. It’s possible that your body is functioning as though food is scarce – and going into starvation mode. As a result, it’s holding onto every. single. calorie. Try upping the calories by about 100 per day at a time to find the right balance for you. Also – it’s important to fuel your body properly, so when you are active be weary of under eating! It can not only affect your weight, but also your performance!

4. Chill out. Just like adult onset allergies and sensitivities, chronic elevated cortisol levels can also wreak havoc on your body. In fact, high cortisol levels promote weight gain, especially in the midsection area. Our culture of “go-go-GO!” has made it really difficult for us to really focus on taking a breather – but trust me it’s worth it. If you’re always in go-mode and typically stressed, try taking out 30 minutes a day that is just for you. Whether that’s meditating, having a bath, or reading a book, use that time to slow down a bit each day.

 

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Most importantly, don’t get discouraged. Plateaus happen – instead of seeing it as a giant roadblock, understand that you are probably only one small tweak away from getting back on track!

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to ask a professional for help – your health and happiness is so worth it.

Readers – have you ever plateaued before? If so, I’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

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2017 – January Update

Hey Strongbabes!

Here we are with the first update of the year. It’s actually kind of exciting. Moving forward, this will be a huge year for me.

This is the year I feel like my life truly gets started. I’ve been in and out of school for the past 9 years, and now I’m ready to truly pursue. I will always be a forever learner, but at the same time I am ready to part ways with my label as a student and ready to become a teacher.

This is the year I will enjoy life more than ever before. I used to feel like I lived to work, but now I work to live.

Speaking of which: last weekend Matthew and I went to Drumheller – it’s only 1.5 hours from home and they have a huge dinosaur museum. We also took our time exploring the Badlands, which is famous for all the dinosaur remains found there. A bit snowy, but just to get out of routine felt so good.

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I don’t know if you can tell by this photo of me gazing off into the clouds, but I truly am just feeling content. Not because I am where I want to be, but because I feel myself getting there.

Newsflash: This will also be the year I write a book. Yes, I already know the theme. Yes, I already have the title! But no, I haven’t written a word yet. But I am feeling incredibly driven and inspired. I will keep you all posted on that further in the year.

Now: Are y’all wondering where my fitness is at? I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve talked about it!

 

These are the most recent physique pictures I have, showcasing the blue hair! It’s all gone now! So yes these are a couple weeks old. But, nothing has majorly changed yet.

I’m eating consciously, I’m eating smart. I’m having carbs for breakfast, and to replenish glycogen after a workout. I’m making drinking water a priority, and I’m doing more cardio. I’m on my way to shredding down and guess what? I’m not hungry. I touched on this on instagram earlier this week but I’ll say it again: health is about abundance, not restriction. I eat good, healthy food and LOTS OF IT.

Obviously like most of us I treated myself over the holidays. I have zero guilt, but I will admit that it took me a while to get my gut and skin back on track!

I have been hitting the gym more since I’ve been able to settle into my school routine. And at this point in time I’m as in love with the gym as ever. I think the biggest gains I made in 2016 were definitely in my legs. I guess hard work does pay off!

It’s been great touching base with you guys, and I’m so happy you stopped by into my corner of the internet! If you haven’t already, press the follow button if you want to be notified every time I post. I keep it pretty interesting here!

 

Until next time!

October Fitness Update 

Hiya #strongbabes ! ❤️

How has the month been so far for you all?

Are those of you in my hemisphere overdosed on pumpkin, squash, and nutmeg yet?

Jokes aside, I’m ‘basic’, and fall is my favourite season. I love the crunchy leaves and how warm and inviting a hot cup of tea becomes. I don’t need a big excuse to “stay in” because finally, once again this year, everybody is on the same level. Oh, and putting cinnamon on and in everything is acceptable.

Here’s me and Bella holding hands on our last hike

Oh right, this is also a fitness update:

Here we go.

This past month was a bit different for me.

I walked into class one morning utterly distraught. Everything that I have going on is a lot for one person to accomplish (I thank the Universe for providing me with the support I have!). But it just all got to be too much. I was stressing out about making it to my workout that day although I had so many other things on the go.

I realized that it’s just not something worth being distraught over. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth my time, but it isn’t worth stressing about. And truth be told every workout leading up to that felt like work, not enjoyment. Imagine taking something you love and twisting it into something that pains you to do. It’s not right.

So I took a much needed break. It was my intention to take two weeks off. I wish I could say I had sooo much extra time, but it didn’t really feel that way, although I’m sure it helped my cortisol levels having one less thing to fit into my agenda. I also noticed something really important which is this:

Nothing changed.

Believe it or not: 2 weeks will not make or break you. I look virtually the same. However after that much needed break I feel so much stronger, both mentally and physically. You know, your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and we should never feel bad about putting that first.

That being said, I was actually back in the gym after a week and a half. You know, I won’t worry anymore about missing a workout, or six workouts, or ten workouts because the gym will always be there, and fitness is who I am.

 


See? There’s a current picture of me. Still killin it #strongaf .


This was me back in the gym after my break. I feel blessed to have a partner who respects my choices and the intuition I have for my own body. He pushes me to be my best without being pushy. He is my number one fan.

As far as food goes, I have been just as drawn to earthy foods as I have always been. Here’s what I’ve been eating lately:

This salad was basically made from leftovers – that being said isn’t it gorgeous? Talk about eating the rainbow! I topped it with a simple homemade honey mustard dressing.

I know you’re wondering “what is this real?” ; and my answer is: this is what HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE. But it is also real. I made this chocolate terrine with my mum last weekend. I’m not so great when it comes to baking as I have a propensity to not follow directions. So it was great to have some guidance and create this masterpeice together. It is the most simple, dense, chocolately, smooth dessert I have ever made.

This meal looks a bit like Thanksgiving leftovers, which it was not but the flavours are all there. Mmmm this one was good. Chicken, yam fries, and homemade cranberry sauce!

Here is breakfast from the other morning: gluten free oats, coconut sugar, hemp seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.

If you want to keep up-to-date on my eats, add me on instagram !

Good food is good.

This week I am feeling 100% motivated and ready to put in work! I am going to a spin class tonight for the very first time… wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!