We all have been in a place where progress is great and then it suddenly seems to slow down or stop. This is commonly referred to as the "Dreaded Plateau".
A plateau occurs when you stall on progress despite continuing to do “all of the right things,” usually including eating right, exercising properly, getting adequate rest, and such.
Our bodies go from losing weight consistently to getting stuck at a certain number. Or we go from building muscle and getting stronger, to having a week or two where we can’t seem to lift anything heavier.
When we work hard for something and don’t see progress, we get unhappy. First, before you are hell bent that you have plateaued, you have to ask yourself 3 very serious questions:
If it’s something worth doing, there will most likely be very hard work, and that’s why I want to share with you The Dip.
We all hit plateaus in our lives and quests for health and happiness. In order to be successful with the task at hand, we need to grind our way through that low point (or flat point) until we can climb out and continue progress.
Here’s a visualization of the dip:
When you first start something new, quick progress is easy and everything is great because you see big changes. In the first few weeks of weight loss, everything is GREAT! The scale is moving, your clothes are getting looser, progress is exciting because it’s coming so quickly. Then, you might have a few weeks where you’re really trying hard and yet the scale stalls or increases. However, after a few months (or even years), the reward you get from your effort decreases and it seems like you’re going in the wrong direction. The same can happen with trying to build a running habit or trying to build muscle.
When we hit that dip/plateau where our hard work seems like it goes unrewarded, it’s easy to give up and say “I’m a failure.” Not true. We will all experience a dip when it comes to progress on things that are important to us. If we want to TRULY be successful, we need to anticipate the dip’s arrival so that it doesn’t completely derail us.
So, how do we stay dedicated, focused, and motivated through the dip?
How do we progress during the plateau when we feel like our hard work is a waste of time? What do we do when we feel like we are just spinning our wheels?
FOCUS on your small wins, and always find a way to get a teeny tiny bit better.
In order for us to get out of a dip or off a plateau, we need to find a way to make a small win every day.
Here’s how you can crank out your own small wins and prove to yourself that you are still progressing when you are in the dip:
1) TRACK EVERY SET, REP, AND WORKOUT METICULOUSLY. For example, if you are stuck at 3 sets of 5 reps of 150 pounds on the bench press and haven’t been able to go up to 155 lbs for a few weeks, try 3 sets of 6 reps of 150 pounds.
2) COLLECT TINY WINS. It’s these tiny, small victories that can push us over the edge. Enough small victories and we can reach that tipping point, that end of the dip where progress continues again.
3) TRACK OTHER METRICS OTHER THAN THE SCALE.
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Other tips to get your body out of the dip are:
Remember, any sign of progress in any way is a step toward the “light” at the end of the tunnel.
Are you experiencing a plateau? Did you find this information helpful?
Khyrunnessa Rabbani - I am perfectly imperfect! I am passionate about health and fitness but lack the bod and six pack to prove it! .Love your body and yourself and the rest will fall into place.