Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Infamous "Plateau"

Oh that dreaded moment when you step on the scale and it hasn't moved... in fact it has gone up by one pound!

I know that feeling well.  It is known as the "plateau" of weight-loss.  The moment when you realize that what you've been doing will only take you this far.  The moment you realize that something needs to change in order for the forward moving trend to continue.

Let's put this in terms of a workout.  When you go to the gym, diligently, three times a week... incorporating the right mix of cardio, weights, resistance and stretching.  You're feeling good, the endorphins are flowing, the weight is starting to come off and your pants are fitting just a little looser.  You go through the same routine for a couple months and continue to see improvement!

The start of the next month rolls around and you notice that the workouts are easier and that your body is not reacting as much... it is used to the routine and the effort needed.  Your body has become "bored" with the workout and therefore has realized that it doesn't need to exert more effort... so it doesn't!  Your body basically sits back and says, "Ha!  That's a piece of cake... I'm sitting this one out at half effort."

This is the start of the "plateau."

Let's get back to juicing... This same "plateau" can happen when you are on a juicing regimen.  For instance, I noticed that lately, I've been falling into a routine of drinking the same juice in the morning and the same routine of bike cardio at the gym with stretching afterwards.

This routine is what helped me lose 30 pounds!  A fantastic feat that I am very proud of.  Yet now, this routine is not enough to take me past that 30 pound marker.  I have 15 pounds to my goal weight and I am stuck... staring at the scale... feeling a bit defeated.

You know what?  It's time for change... that is what this experience is telling me!  Over the next week I will be researching, posting and coming up with some plateau boosting juice recipes and regimens to help guide myself and you through this phase of the process.

The most important thing is to not get caught up in the halt in your progress.  Recognize how far you have come.  Be proud of the hard work you have put in thus far.  Own and celebrate the positive results you've already accomplished!  If you are just beginning, know that these results are waiting for you!

Reaching your "plateau" is actually a good thing (I know, I'm an eternal optimist)... it indicates that you have passed the first phase and are ready for the next step in juicing!

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