How to Break Through A Plateau! Tips From #TIUgirls
Hey gorgeous! We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how to break through a plateau in your fitness journey, so today we’re talking all about it. The first thing we want you to know: Plateaus happen to ALL of us. There may be some days or weeks when you’re not feeling as motivated or seeing the same kind of results, and that’s OK. We’ve had these times too. A few years ago, we both had a point where we were working crazy hours and we weren’t focusing on ourselves or our health. We refocused and came back stronger! And trust us – you will overcome the plateau and bounce back even stronger too!!
Tone It Up is a lifestyle and your strength and dedication will overcome any temporary setbacks. A plateau is just an opportunity to refocus, reenergize, conquer new goals, and amaze yourself even more! Next week will be the perfect opportunity with the 7 Day Slim Down!!!! It’s the plan we do to tone up, de-bloat, reset our metabolism, and really feel back on track and in control. Join us all on Monday!!! See more details on the 7 Day Slim Down HERE!
We hit up some of our #TIUgirls to share their best tips on how to break through a plateau. These babes have such inspiring advice!
Be kind to YOU
This is our #1 piece of advice! You are strong and beautiful ~ never forget that and always have compassion for yourself! LOVE this advice from our girls…
“What has helped me is knowing that plateaus are normal and they do not represent failure. Rather they are a time of preparation for your next success!” ~ Elise
“I think it is really important to recognize and admit to yourself that sometimes life is just going to get in the way, it just is….and that is OK. If you can look at your fitness journey from the perspective of a lifelong commitment…..a few days or even a few weeks of “life getting in the way” really is not a huge deal…especially when your heart is committed to the TIU lifestyle you will find your way back.” ~ Ashley
Remember your WHY
We asked you to find your WHY at the beginning of the Bikini Series and you shared your inspiring goals and dreams. Return to that why whenever you need an extra dose of motivation. It will drive you and inspire you through everything!
“We all face this obstacle at one point or another…it’s inevitable! Being able to take a step back and reevaluate my goals and my WHY always helps me power through.” – Whitney
“My best advice is to look deep down within yourself, and try to remember why you set out to accomplish this health and fitness goal. Try to identify something that is not just focused on physical appearance, for example, maybe something deeper, like confidence, energy, longevity, to name a few.” ~ Natasha
Refocus on your nutrition
This is everything and has helped us so much when we needed to reenergize and get major results!! We talked all about the importance of nutrition in our post HERE!
“If you are really looking to move through a plateau, reevaluate your nutrition. Resetting with the 7 Day Slimdown, or being mindful of sugar and alcohol can make a difference in jumpstarting your body again.” ~ Terra
LOVE Terra’s advice about doing the 7 Day Slimdown from the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan! We’re all doing it together starting June 19! And psst…there will be some brand new 7DSD approved treats (cookies!!!) we’re sharing this week.
Journaling is everything
Journaling has been such a powerful tool for me. When I felt like I hit a bit of plateau, I looked back at my food journal and noticed that I was having more fried food than I thought, like sweet potato fries and wontons with ceviche. Once I saw the pattern, I challenged myself to nix fried food and that one change has made a huge difference! Karena noticed that she was having a lot of treats on the weekends (she loves a good cheese plate or wings). Weekends are a huge part of your success so we both refocused on keeping it Lean, Clean, ‘N green on Fridays and Saturdays. With a little wine and chocolate mixed in too ;)
“Logging your food is one of the biggest tools you can use when you hit a plateau. I took note of periods of time where I consumed veggies more frequently throughout the day, versus periods of time when I had minimal veggie consumption, and maybe a little bit too much snacking. With my previous meal logs, I was able to restructure my weekly meal plan based on new, small goals that would allow me to fine tune my nutrition. My first step was to incorporate more veggies during breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dinner.” ~ Natasha
Mix it up
“One of my absolute favorite ways to hop back into working out from a hiatus is to find a local studio that I have never been to or a new type of workout that I have never tried.” ~ Ashley
“I reset my intentions and goals and in turn changed my workouts to match. Find something that re-sparks that passion for you. Whether that’s working out with a TIU girl or simply going to a fun class at the gym, learn what motivates you individually, and find renewed strength in the method.” ~ Camryn
“Consider adding in some different workouts that your body is not used to doing. If you want some more arm definition, maybe learn to box. If you want more strength and flexibility, maybe take ballet or pilates. Don’t be afraid to switch things up! If you do what you’ve always done, you get what you’ve always gotten. Never, ever be afraid to be the only beginner in the room, because out of everyone else there you are the one who is going to improve the most! And who knows, you just might fall in love with something that motivates you more than ever before.” ~ Yassi
“Try something new such as a new fitness class or new healthy recipes. I’ve also found joining in on community fitness challenges, such as the TIU Bikini Series, very helpful for getting over a plateau as well. It shocks your body because it’s something new your body may not be used to doing.” ~ Stephanie
Lean on your #TIUteam
“REACH OUT TO YOUR #TIUTEAM! We are all in this together, and likely, one of us has felt what you’re feeling in the process. I think it was so comforting to know that most everyone experiences a plateau or 2 along the way.” ~ Terra
“One of the most important things for me during a difficult time is to not be afraid of being vulnerable. Share with the #tiuteam that you’re having a hard time. I can guarantee there will be someone who will share insight & encouragement to get you back to where you need to be. The Tone It Up community is so supportive and appreciative when we are real, open and honest! Having someone to hold you accountable to your goals, to remind you it’s okay to struggle and to support, encourage and share LOVE no matter what is a blessing.” ~ Whitney
Treat yo self
“To keep myself motivated I try to pick a non food reward to treat myself when I get to my next goal! That helps me stay motivated during the tough moments when I’m working toward my goal.” ~Elise
Think beyond the scale
“Focus on non-scale victories- when I was in the middle of a plateau, I continued to focus on how my body felt. Was I getting stronger? Did my clothes fit a little better? Are my measurements changing? Was there more definition in my arms/abs/legs? There have been multiple times where my weight hasn’t changed, but my body has! I lost 1.5 inches from each thigh from June-Sept last year, and my weight remained almost exactly the same.” ~ Terra
Getting uncomfortable = game changer
“A quote from K+K that really changed my mindset was, ‘If we are always comfortable, we will just sustain and maintain.’ The game changer is to get uncomfortable. Push yourself that extra mile, do that extra rep.” – Camryn
Keep going ~ YOU GOT THIS!
“It’s important to be kind to yourself and honor all the hard work you’ve already put in. What matters most is consistency. Be patient, everything else will fall into place. And plus, I always bounce back WAY stronger than I ever was before. Trust me!” ~ Yassi
“My advice is to never give up! Consistency is everything. Not only that, you have to truly believe you can do it. Mind over matter. Keep telling yourself you are worth it! ” ~ Heather
YES! You’re worth it and you can do anything you put your mind to! We’re here for you always!
Nutrition is KEY for breaking through a plateau and getting the best results! The Tone It Up Nutrition Plan makes it simple to fuel your gorgeous bod and feel your leanest & healthiest ever!
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