When it comes to losing weight, at some point it will be inevitable that you will get stuck. Your weight loss may stall. You can’t get any inches off or the needle on the scale to go down, no matter what you try. I was in a weight loss plateau for two years, girlie! But…I figured it all out and I’m so glad to show you “3 Top Secrets to Breaking a Weight Loss Plateau (that I bet you don’t know)”.
Secret # 1:
Break the Cycle!
Often times we find our unhealthy habits are hard to shake because they are such a part of our daily routine. We find ourselves unable to break the weight loss plateau because we are still doing the same things as before we started dieting and working out. Our habits are just plain unhealthy.
In order to break our plateau we need a new routine. New habits. Healthier ones.
Our current daily routine is taking us where we don’t wanna go. Something has to happen to break our bad routines.
But then if it’s that simple, “just break old habits”…why does it seem so hard? Well, if you are like me, trying to take on ALL the things at once gets me so flustered and I just end up quitting or stopping altogether. Sound familiar?
Herein lies the “secret sauce” to creating new, healthier habits…and making them stick — only attempt 1-2 new things at a time!
We all tend to get wrapped up in the “here’s what you do, then do this, now do this, don’t forget this, ok now you should have lost 20 lbs” mind-game, all the while getting too overwhelmed, frustrated and sometimes, pissed off when it doesn’t work. It’s not working cuz we’re doing all the things half-assed and none of the things on point.
Example: Instead of trying to diet and eat less, get 5 workouts in this week, drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day (when you only drink half of that right now) PLUS get the laundry done, dinners made and floors cleaned, start with just working on increasing your water intake daily. Slowly add 8-16 oz more each day until your kidneys have adjusted and you’re not running to the washroom every 15 minutes, or it’s just 2nd nature for you, whichever comes first. lol
Then, the following week, cut out drive-thru meals. No more takeout if it’s not scheduled or planned ahead. Do that for as long as it takes you to finally feel comfortable. Maybe that’s one week, Maybe it’s 6. Just focus on that and getting your water in till you can do both in your sleep.
Next, add exercise to your routine, something you truly enjoy doing. Maybe you don’t know what that is right now. That’s the fun part! Sign up for a class, buy a DVD, download an app — try all the things and then stick with your faves. The point here is, you will not know what exercise you like to do if you don’t try different kinds of it.
See how this “weight loss thing” is a journey, not a quick fix? Baby step it girl. Take it one little baby step at a time.
Secret # 2:
Hit the Eject Button on Toxic Peeps!
Tell me if you can relate…you start a new diet and exercise program, and you are really pumped and motivated. You hired a weight loss coach, emptied your kitchen of trigger foods and unhealthy snacks and bought two new pairs of runners. You are all psyched up and ready to roll.
You share your newfound excitement and reasons for wanting to get healthier with a loved one or friend, only to have your hopes dashed and excitement crushed when they toss their toxic comments on you. Comments like:
- you’ve tried to lose the weight before. Why are you wasting money on this again when you always fail?
- you’re fine just the way you are
- what’s with ordering a salad? You don’t eat salad. What, you’re too good for a burger now?
- come on, it’s wing night! One night won’t hurt your diet! Just start over tomorrow!!
They try to make is easy for you to go back to your unhealthy ways.
Now before we go any further, let’s address the psychology of these types of situations because I don’t want you to get discouraged if this has happened or is happening to you.
These comments are not always coming from a place of trying to bring you down. They are coming from a place of insecurity from the peep saying them. It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. They are worried you won’t have time for them anymore with your new workout schedule. They are afraid you’ll leave them once you lose the weight and get fit. They see themselves in a poor light as they are the ones who also need to do the work and get healthier.
It is all based on their insecurities not yours.
Maybe it’s not possible to remove all the toxic peeps from your life, but it is possible to spend less and less time with them. It’s also time to REFRESH the peeps around you! You will def need a support system of some type on your journey. You need peeps that get what you are trying to accomplish, to help you get back on track when you fall (and you will. I fall all the time!). You need to surround yourself with like-minded peeps who just…get it…and you.
Where to find them?
Facebook groups! Doin the Whole 30? Try this group. Love the Fit Plan app? This group is for you. Of course the BEST Facebook Group these days is MINE lol 😉 Come and ask to join…we’d LOVE to have you!
Other places too meet peeps that have similar interests? Volunteer. Join a local hiking or running group. Take a cooking class at your local college. Join a book club.
(Check out this article for 30 ways to meet new peeps).
Secret # 3:
Build a Bridge
- you have your current life — your work, family, spouse, friends etc in your left hand
- you have your new healthy lifestyle in your right hand
YOU NEED TO FIND A WAY TO BRIDGE THE TWO TOGETHER
These two very important factors need to co-exist so you aren’t trying to live two separate lives. Girl, that can be exhausting! I know. I tried that for two years when I first started my own weight loss journey. TWO YEARS!!!!
Be healthy but also make change with your old habits and new way of life — that is key to your weight loss success.
How?? (here’s where the brilliance happens)… You BREAK THE CYCLE (step #1) and HIT THE EJECT BUTTON ON TOXIC PEEPS (step #2)!
Do you want my help showing you how to do this?
Normally I reserve this kind of info for the ladies on my email list but if you want to figure out how to accomplish these things then this is for you:
Now my 1:1 coaching is not for everyone. I only reserve my time, programs, support and individualized techniques for those who are ready too work. Cuz it does take work. I don’t want to lead you astray and say it’s easy. Cuz it’s not. Not all the time, anyways.
Now, that being said it does become easier as you progress and as time passes as your new healthier habits become your new second nature and your old, unhealthy habits fall to the wayside.
But I have figured out a way to take where you are now, and create a program just for you to enable you to reach your weight loss and health goals.
I know you’re ready cuz you’re still here, reading the end of this post. YOU’RE the kind of gal I wanna work with!
If you are ready to lock arms, get down to business, lose weight and gain confidence, become a better (the best!) version of you, click here and enrol in my 6 or 12 week program.
Wanna chat about it first! Sure! Hit me up and I’ll get back to you within 24 business hours.
Remember girl, you can do this. You can break the cycle, find peeps on the same path as you and build a bridge between your old and new healthier habits and ways. It just takes a first step. I’m here when you’re ready. <3
Got a thought on today’s topic? Maybe you have another secret you’d like to share? Well, I’d love to hear about it! Post your comment b’low girlfriend!