By Melissa Kathryn
I’m not just necessarily just talking about a weight loss plateau or a fitness plateau, but a life plateau, where everything seems stagnant. You find yourself going through the motions of life but not really being present and enjoying. It can seem like you’re an observer of your own life. Do you know what I’m talking about?
I have clients come to me often feeling this way, sometimes in one particular area but often times it’s overall. What do you do when the scale isn’t moving, when your fitness routine no longer gives you the same results, when your job doesn’t excite you or your relationship is lacking passion and your life, lacking fun?
What can happen is we feel drained, overwhelmed and exhausted because we continually go back to our old ways of doing, hoping to get our desired results.
This is when I like to do a reframe exercise, which is when you take your current way of doing something and reframe it. There are two components, a mental reframe and a physical reframe.
Mental Reframe – look at your circumstance and your perception, instead of having a negative energy behind your efforts, change your view point and look at it from a place of empowerment. You are in control and you can create whatever experience you choose to have.
Physical Reframe – this is your next action – what are the new action steps to get you where you want to be.
When you are experiencing a plateau in weight loss – simple tweaks around food that will make all the difference. Go back to the basics and listen to your body. Take your mind out of it. Take all of the crazy diets and things you read for quick weight loss and go back to what works for your body, what FEELS good for you.
When you are experiencing a plateau in fitness – again, change your routine – you should change your fitness routine every 6-8 weeks for your body to give you optimal results and to continually challenge your muscles. Add intervals and plyos or sprints to your cardio – add strength training if you don’t have that component, and if you do – add more resistance or more repetitions depending on your desired goal.
When you are experiencing a plateau in relationships – mix it up, add some sizzle, have fun and let go. Communicate your desires with your partner.
When you are experiencing a plateau in life – take a time out, plan a vacation or find time for you, even if just a few quiet minutes alone. Create your own oasis. Fuel your tank so you are not left depleted.
Sometimes, it’s simply changing your daily routine, walk a different path, take a different train, shop at different stores, try new things and a new way of doing things. Mix up your own life – You are in control!
This doesn’t need to be hard and shouldn’t feel taxing, it should feel exciting!
I’m personally doing a reframe on my current routine. I’m so excited and looking forward to leaving the NYC for a bit to spend some time at the beach during the summer months. I love being near the water and fresh air, my body and spirit crave it as much as my mind.
Figure out what you need and make it happen! Sometimes it’s simple changes that can make all of the difference. Start small but know you are always in control and are the creator of your own body, life and experience.