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Yesterday, I was talking to someone who was having trouble losing weight. She had lost a significant amount of weight in the past 8 months, but now the progress was stagnating.

I told her to step it up and increase the volume and intensity of her workouts while being extra careful with her diet.

She became defensive and claimed she was exercising and hour every day. She failed to comment on her diet which is where I suspected she was not as vigilant as she could have been.

Her problem is one I’ve experienced myself. We are at risk of becoming victims of our own success. When we hit hard to reach goals, there is a tendency to ease up or stop increasing our efforts.

It is important to understand that the amount of time and effort to reach a one level of fitness may not get us to the next level. We may continue to see results but the progress could be so slow it becomes discouraging.

It is important to remember how it was when we first started reaching for a fitness goal. We need to remember how difficult, painful and uncomfortable we were when we started out even though we couldn’t do half of what we could today. The progress we made was a result of facing that pain and discomfort.

To get to the next level, you need to reach for the same level of difficulty you faced when starting out. It’s okay if you allow yourself to settle into a routine for period of time – we all need time to adjust to a new lifestyle. But if you want to get to the next level, and you will, you will need to push yourself towards uncomfortable and difficult levels of effort.

If you do this, you will start a new cycle of growth, both physically and mentally, and you will be rewarded with outstanding results.

Each time I breakthrough a “peak”, I look back with amusement at what I used to consider extreme effort. For example, I used to feel that doing 30 minutes of cardio, 3 times a week as an excessive amount of exercise – now I occasionally do 30 minutes of cardio, 3 times a day.

I know I’m at the right level of effort when I feel fear facing a workout. On the other hand, if a workout feels like a nice way to unwind after work – I’m not doing it right.

Whenever your ability is greater than the challenge, it’s time to step up the challenge.

Written by Tim ThinkAuthor

April 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Posted in Fitness, Self Improvement

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