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I've hit a wall; Has this happened to U?

Ok friends. I need some help. I've been on my new diet and exercise plan since Sept. 1 and I've hit a wall. Not only have I hit a plateau in my progress, but in my inspiration too.

For the first time today, I went out for my run/walk and after 5 minutes said f--- it, what's the point!

Before you even say it, I'm a dedicated peertrainer member who logs almost every single day. I've lost 16 pounds in 3 months and I exercise 5 of 7 days per week for 30-45 minutes or running/walking.


Wed. Jan 9, 1:45pm

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I'd bet yer just tired/over-trained. Take a day or two (or three) off yer exercising and continue to eat healthy. Use your free time to go do something fun- something you haven't had time to do in a while.

Do that, and I bet you'll feel a lot better when you start exercising again.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 1:56 PM

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Maybe you are bored of your exercise plan? If you are walking and running try biking or maybe an elliptical. Do you weight train? If not try adding that to your plan, it will really help get you off a plateau! Try yoga or pilates too!
I have been there and here's what worked for me: varying my workouts. I added interval training to my runs to help. It worked! Also for me I started eating bigger breakfasts and that helped for some reason. Just a few suggestions to help you feel better! Don't give up though, it is worth it!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 1:57 PM

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What did a fish say when he ran into a wall?


I try to vary my workouts, and I read all the silly things on here and give them a try. Today I took CLA, gren tea and will go to the sauna. And while i am at the gym might as well try a new water aerobics class they just opened...
also I love Carmen electra's strip workouts.. Sexy! Like me :)

You have to have fun with it.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 3:19 PM

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Do you dance ? Dance classes are lots of fun and burn mega-calories. Or you can get a Dance Video for those days you just can't bear to see the inside of your gym again.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 3:32 PM

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 3:43 PM

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There is a formula on a thread about how many calories you need to eat to lose weight. At the end of it it says you need to recalculate as you lose weight. Maybe what you are eating and working out are what you have to do to maintain the weight you are at and not to lose any more. Great formula detailed formula.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 3:51 PM

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I agree with others here, try something new! It's worked for me in the past.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 3:53 PM

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op i know how u feel ive been in the same positin. I just thnk about how im goign to feel in the long run. I tell myself im goign to look and feel great so i have to keep up working out and eating healthy as much as i hate doing it

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 4:22 PM

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Try writing down all the reasons why you want to lose weight/get in shape. That helped me a lot. I read that list almost every day and it reminds me why I'm working so hard in the first place.

I was on a 6 month plateau until I did that!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 4:28 PM

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Search "motivation" and "plateau" in this forum - several threads with tons of responses detailing solid, practical advice.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 4:41 PM

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after three months i was bored with my exercise plan too (down 30 pounds at that point), i mixed it up and my inspiration came back!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 5:39 PM

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It may be the typical plateu syndrome so to speak...your body has now adjusted to it's new life need to shake things up agin trick the body...start interval training..if you run continue except add hills or run normal pace then sprint for ten seconds...15 repeats...also it may be time to readjust the calorie intake...You can do it..Great job asking for help. Keep us posted!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 10:52 PM

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Hit a wall and pretty much stayed there (ok, i gained 5 lbs, too) until I finally found a rational 3rd party viewpoint - not spamming here, but it was reading the Becks book. I've been back on plan, able to keep my cals lower than ever before and it's not even as hard - on track to hit my goal weight by the end of Feb. May be worth a try... (certainly the best $13 I've spent in the last year!!)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 11:21 PM

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i have been in your shoes before!! and recently! My advice is to change up your routine and to change your calories.. i dont know how much you weigh but you might need to drop your calories a bit and if you dont lift weights at all you might start. I lift weights 3 days a week including my cardio. When i hit my plateau i was doing 30 min of cardio 5 days aweek and changed that to 45 min. I also decreased my caloric intake from 1500 to 1200 daily, this was at the advise of a registered dietician at the hospital i work at. It has worked! Good luck to you, and remember to hang in there, as long as you are eating properly and exercising it will come!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 11:34 PM

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OP - the consensus seems to be that you need to do something new for exercise! By now you've adapted to your running routine and you're not getting the same benefits you were back in September.

Dx - same ole workout
Rx - A new workout! And a regular day of rest :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008, 3:04 PM

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totally understand

I empathize with you as I am currently in the same position. After not seeing any results lately I feel tempted to give up. Fortunately, I have a trip to Jamaica coming up that makes it a much better idea to stick with it. Do you have a light at the end of your tunnel to look forward to? Maybe you need to plan yourself a little trip. That way, there is a time limit in your immediate future and you will be re-motivated! Also, I think it's natural for all of us to hit plateaus. Your body becomes accustomed to the changes you've made and you just have to shake things up a bit to get things kick-started again. My husband and I used Aeroplan points to purchase a Bowflex and have started weight training on that. Hopefully I'll see some results soon... Good luck!

Sunday, January 13, 2008, 9:01 PM

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Monday, March 17, 2008, 7:53 PM

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Saturday, June 07, 2008, 2:01 PM

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i too am at a plateau in my training, i run, play squash, weight train, exercise bike, even some boxing, oh and yoga. i have put on around 8lb over the last 4 months. i realise i have been eating a few of the wrong things but not to the extent of feeling like a fat cow who doesnt feel attractive. i do enjoy training in everything i do so feel that i need to change my routine a little. i am having an operation on the 19th of june so will be off for about two weeks, but after that i have promised myself that i will learn to swim and i fancy rock climbing. will keep you all upto date on how i go with the swimming x

Sunday, June 08, 2008, 1:49 PM

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