Yesterday I poured out my heart to you all and outlined my frustration with gaining weight. I’d like to take today to thank all of you for your kind words, great advice, and your understanding. While writing yesterday’s post I was afraid you’d all think I was either really shallow or a hypocrite. I’m a big believer in being active for the overall health benefits rather than solely for the aesthetic benefits and I haven’t been afraid to preach that perspective ad nauseam here on Fitness Cheerleader, so writing about my weight is something I’ve been hesitant to do for quite some time.
Truthfully I really struggled to find the right words to voice my frustrations accurately. And today, with your help, I’ve finally put my finger on the source of my frustrations. PROGRESS. Or, the lack of it. While I’m sure there has been great health benefits from all of my running, spinning, swimming & body pump classes – it’s been hard to see them. On the other hand, my weight has been easier to measure. Another way I measure my progress is through my running performance and rate of perceived exertion (RPE), and lately even what used to be a slow “easy” run has ranked an RPE of a 10+. Something has gone wrong.
I’ve hit a fitness plateau and my rising weight is just one of the many symptoms pointing to the fact that my body has adapted to my current fitness regime. I probably hit the plateau last fall but failed to realise it because I thought the weight gain was due to changing hormones from weaning Miss Amber. I’ve also been eating more processed foods then I should.
Thank you so much for your support everyone – with your help I know that I’ll be back to setting new PR’s in both running AND triathlon next summer!