Committed exercise journey – Stalled progress

Working towards a change can be challenging. It’s challenging to make adjustments to the way you’ve done things for a long time, and it’s very hard to maintain the focus without having a strong motivation, and seeing the results of the change. The problem is that you don’t always see the benefits of your work when you want to.

I’ve been working out consistently, 5 times per week, every week. However, in the last 2 weeks, I’ve seen very little progress. My weight previously stalled a little at 14.5 stone. I’m now stalled just a fraction under 14 stone. My trousers are no looser and I don’t feel I am making progress when I look in the mirror. In these times, it’s frustrating to be working hard and see nothing come from it. Of course, that’s the attitude that is wrong to have, and results in so many people giving up. I’m smart enough to know that if I’m working hard and not eating badly, good must be coming from it, even if I can’t notice a difference.

Instead of focusing on what’s not happening, let’s instead focus on what is happening. I’ve be running a little more consistently and I still hate it. However, I’ve knocked 4 minutes off my time for my route, and have managed to run 1k of my route in under 5 minutes. I stopped cycling for a while, but have brought this back into my exercise routine. Instead of doing 1 minute sessions between some weight sets, instead I cycle 10k before lifting weights. I either try to go faster than the time before, or look to up the difficulty, so I’m always doing more. I have increased all of the weights I lift on each move. I have worked on expanding the moves I do in order to push myself more and promote body change in the areas I want to see it. Most importantly, I’m putting more numbers on my tracking board, getting closer to the goal of 100 workouts by early June. I’m very much on target and expect to over achieve in that number.

I know that if I keep doing what I’m doing, visible progress will be seen. So long as I’m not staying comfortable in my workouts, and pushing what I can do, then the rest will come in time. Stepping back and reminding myself of these things helps me maintain my focus. I remind myself that I’m human and am likely to feel disappointed when I don’t see what I expect. However, the difference between success and failure is not giving up when things get difficult. This is why so many people fail to get the body they want. Don’t give up. Work harder.


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