I recently began a new exercise program. I ran my first marathon back in February, and for five months prior to the race I ran. A lot. I did little else: no crunches, no ab work, no weights. My main goal at that point was to learn to run fast and far and long. The other stuff, it just got in the way.
Once the race was over I took some time off from everything to recover. After that, I decided to ease back into running but to add in some ab work and strength training at the same time. I felt my body hat hit a plateau. Even when I was running 14, 15, 17 miles on a weekend I wasn’t seeing a noticeable difference in my waistline. I had plateaud, and I was stuck at my weight, and while my goal wasn’t to lose weight, I found it interesting that I wasn’t losing it just in the process of adding on miles each week.
This morning I realized when I pulled on my blue jeans that I had lost some weight. My clothes were more loose and fit better. I’ve also felt that my stomach had gotten more toned from doing the ab work. Finally, I saw my body changing with all of my exercise effort. So as I ran I thought about how we often hit platueaus in life, either with our personal issues or with our businesses or with our weight, and unless we make a change-a considerable one-we won’t move forward and see improvement or changes.
I was thinking about this and the way that it relates to my company. I’ve seen times when I’ve been doing the same thing over and over, in this businessa nd in my previous jobs, and things have started to turn stale. Then, when I make a change, whether it is taking a class to learn a new skill or starting to network with other people, things improve.
If you are feeling as though you have hit a plateau, whether it be in your weight, your lige or in your business, take some time to reflect on the things that you have been doing and the wayt hat you have been doing them. Stuck in a rut? Time to dig yourself out. Make just one or two changes. Up the intensity with your workout or start some ab work. Create a new schedule that would work better for your family. Take a class or learn a skill that will improve your business or your employment.
The amazing thing is that sometimes it just takes the most subtle change. When did I notice a change in my weight and body shape? WheN I began to do a few stiups and I started doing a little bt of sprinting with each run. I didn’t start with incredible changes, just small steps that added up to large accomplishments.