The big thing I have done in the past few weeks is add more cardio to my routine. Everyone says cardio helps you lose weight. However, I was doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) CrossFit workouts every day for at least 30 minutes, 6 times a week. The scale wasn't moving. Well 4 weeks ago, I decided to change things up a little bit. Now this is my routine, although it does vary by day, so this is a rough estimate:
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: Spin class for 45 min, sometimes I do an extra 15 minute CrossFit workout too
Wednesday: 30 min CrossFit workout
Thursday; 30 min CrossFit workout and 30-50 minutes of rowing
Friday: 15-30 min CrossFit workout
Saturday: 20 min CrossFit workout
Sunday; 20 min CrossFit workout and 30-50 minutes of rowing
I also intersperse strength training into those days.
Well, my body has been way happier with a change. I didn't do as much cardio rowing/spin as I am currently doing. I knew the science behind mixing up exercises, as I do it with my patients every day, but I didn't do it enough myself. I mix up my workouts and my strength training, but I didn't add more cardio. Now that I have, the scale has moved again!
So if you are working out, and you are stuck, try mixing things up. The cardio really gets your metabolism firing. I have also stopped calorie counting and am just eating what I desire. It is making me eat more, which I think my body needs, as I usually under eat. So overall, I am not trying a "listen to my body" approach, and so far it is working. Once my next plateau hits, I am sure I will change it up again, but this is what is working for me at the moment, and that is all that matters.
What is working for you?
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my story and my life. My hope is to motivate some of you to get going on your weight-loss journey as well as help people along the way. If you have questions about how to get started, or anything else, feel free to ask.