We’ve all heard of them–even stated “I’ve hit a plateau.” Stagnate, nothing is working. I’m doing everything right. Well–maybe.
When someone says this, I can empathize, but not actualize. Let me explain. Cue in one of the rules of physics. “For every action, there is an equal & opposite reaction.” That doesn’t mean positive or negative. It’s just one of those “facts” here on planet earth. It is also reason one for my insistence on food diaries. And yes the old fashioned, hand written kind.
ACCOUNTABILITY is more likely Kinesthetic
Why? Not real sure. It seems to follow that when something is hand written, it becomes actual–actualized & realized. The latter says it all. If you take time to record your movement-exercise, what you ate afterwards, as well as what you were snacking on while binge watching political skulduggery, you may find that wasn’t your only BINGE.
EXERCISE is exercise–not really
True enough, exercise is movement. Your activities of daily living (ADLs) are considered movement. But most of us want more–we want shape, tone, definition, and of course muscle. For me, I would add elongation w/accompanying definition. Whatever you crave from your exercise routine–ask yourself “Am I getting it?” Believing you’ve hit a plateau means THAT routine is no longer delivering. It may have taken you into a smaller dress size, but may fall short in fine tuning.
TIME OUT to tune in
Mindfulness & meditation are often used (and overused) catch phrases without delivering specifics. Each one of us is responsible for acquiring our own insights into these. No one can really tell you how, when, or even if to do this. We are each accountable for our own mindset. The takeaway however, is that your ARE ACCOUNTABLE for it. Sowing to mindlessness reaps its own ramifications–in excesses beyond overeating.
My own delve into this was through hot yoga–and not just an exercise class aka “yoga.” That was the gateway. Developing a practice of my own helped me with both meditation & mindfulness. So it was a two-fer for me.
If you are bored with counting every carb, shuffling through your cardio, or your grunt & fart routine at the gym, CHANGE IT. With the advent & explosion of home workouts–from hip-hop to ballet, PILATES to YOGILATES, its easy to find that change. Also consider trying something you may have been afraid to do. It doesn’t mean you stick with it. It just means you’ve tried it. For some it may be CROSS FIT. For others, learning to dance is enough to induce Metamucil-like results. Whatever the case, doing the unexpected raises heart rate, and stimulates receptor sites in your brain BECAUSE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING NEW.
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